While the Grammy Awards clearly missed the mark by overlooking The Weeknd’s acclaimed After Hours album this year, show organizers are planning to go big with the Awards’ opening: Harry Styles is set to perform at the top of the show to set the tone.
The idea is to serve up high-octane entertainment to an audience (the viewers at home), who’ve been starved for live performances for a year now (yes, we’re officially at the one year mark) and Styles is an easy choice here: Styles himself is nominated for best pop solo performance for “Watermelon Sugar, best pop vocal album for Fine Line and best music video for “Adore You.”
The performances will take place inside the Los Angeles Convention Centre, at an outdoor open-air tent in the place of L.A. Live, while some performances will also be taped. This year, the presentations will also include a series of short films shot by filmmaker Gibson Hazard to help tell the stories behind the songs and artists who are nominated.
The circumstances of the pandemic have impacted the planning of the awards’ show, but Grammycast exec Ben Winston has been working with Styles and other artists to come up with ambitious, production-packed entertainment throughout the three-and-a half hour show on music’s biggest night.