To be asked to open the Grammys is a major vote of confidence in an artist.
Harry Styles’ first Grammy Awards’ performance is going to be major: He has been tapped to open the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (March 14).
To be asked to open the Grammys is a major vote of confidence in an artist. If the audience doesn’t know the artist or doesn’t much care, they can drift away before the show even gets started.
In the past decade, just three other individual artists (not groups or collabs) have had that honor. Taylor Swift – whom Styles briefly dated – has opened the show twice. She opened the 2013 show singing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and the 2016 show with “Out of the Woods.” Adele opened the 2017 show with “Hello,” which wound up winning record and song of the year. Lizzo opened last year’s show performing “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts.” She won best pop solo performance for the latter song, edging out Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” in that category. It was Eilish’s only Grammy loss of the night.