This week’s postponement of the Grammy Awards to March 14 has left Grammy watchers with time to fill between now and “music’s biggest night.” To help fill that time, the Grammy Museum has released more than 20 programs involving 2021 Grammy nominees to its streaming service, Collection:live.
These include five nominees in top-tier categories – Black Pumas (album and record of the year), Haim (album of the year), JP Saxe (song of the year) and Phoebe Bridgers and Ingrid Andress (best new artist).
The nominee-related programming includes sessions with two pairs, only one of whom was nominated. Burt Bacharach and Daniel Tashian sat for a session for their album Blue Umbrella, but only Tashian was nominated for best traditional pop vocal album. (Bacharach wasn’t featured on enough of the album’s playing time to meet the Grammys’ rules.)
Likewise, Bettye LaVette and her producer Steve Jordan sat for a session for her album Blackbirds, but only she is nominated for best contemporary blues album. (Only artists were nominated in that category.)
Other programming for January focuses on Cheap Trick and the Verve Label Group.
Cheap Trick, which has yet to receive a Grammy nomination, is the focus of a digital exhibit that will be available on Collection:live on Jan. 8–Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me. An archived “public program” will also be available.
Collection:live is the Grammy Museum’s new online streaming service available for $2.99/month or $29.99/year. Proceeds benefit the museum’s music education initiatives and help keep the museum’s mission alive while the physical location remains closed due to COVID-19.
Below is a list of programs available to stream by 2021 Grammy nominees. All feature interviews and/or performances; the categories in which they are nominated are noted.
Ingrid Andress (best new artist, best country album, best country song)
Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian (best traditional pop vocal album—Tashian only)
Phoebe Bridgers (best new artist, best alternative music album, best rock performance, best rock song)
Black Pumas (record of the year, album of the year, best American roots performance)
Brandy Clark (best country album, best country solo performance)
Motown Records’ Ethiopia Habtemariam and Lindsey Lanier and the artists, songwriters, and producers of “Collide” – Tiana Major9, EarthGang’s Olu, Benny Cassette, Kaveh Rastegar, Stacy Barthe, and Fresh (best R&B song)
Luke Dick (best country song)
Gregory Porter (best R&B album)
Haim (album of the year, best rock performance)
Jagged Little Pill on Broadway (best musical theater album)
Sarah Jarosz & John Leventhal (best American roots song, best Americana album—Jarosz only)
Bettye LaVette with producer Steve Jordan (best contemporary blues album—LaVette only)
Ashley McBryde (best country album)
PJ Morton (best gospel album
Poncho Sanchez (best Latin jazz album)
JP Saxe (song of the year)
The Secret Sisters (best folk album)
The Steep Canyon Rangers (best bluegrass album)
Tame Impala (best alternative music album)
Toots & The Maytals (best reggae album)
Rufus Wainwright (best traditional pop vocal album)
Lucinda Williams (best Americana album, best American roots song)
Digital Museum: www.grammymuseum.org