The upcoming Grammys have a tough act to follow: the unprecedented year that was 2020. Ahead of the ceremony — slated for Jan. 31, 2021, which will celebrate the music that sustained us all through a tough year — artists across genres answered the following question: 2020 has been unlike any other for the industry and the world. Why do the Grammys matter this year — and what do you want out of the show?
ALUNA: "This year's Grammys are a chance to recognize the perseverance of artists who didn’t let COVID-19 stand in the way of their creativity and made sure fans had art to help them through the most tumultuous year of our lifetime. It’s also a chance to honor Black artists who, in the face of the amplified realities of racial injustice, shared a real piece of themselves, not just a black square."
Mickey Guyton: "This year has been so different. Many artists, including myself, have had to write and record music in isolation. We haven’t been able to share this music live, so our connection to our fans is all through the recordings we’ve made. Music has given us an avenue to share our fears, faith, hope and love. During a time when we’re having to be separated from people, music continues to bring us all together and I hope we can celebrate this around the Grammy Awards show."