The 2021 Grammy Awards’ Premiere Ceremony celebrated music’s biggest day on Sunday (March 14) by kicking off with a tribute to Marvin Gaye‘s hit “Mercy, Mercy Me” for its 50th anniversary.
“I’m delighted to introduce to you a performance by 20 of this year’s nominees with a special musical tribute on its 50th anniversary, as poignant and as timeless as ever,” Harvey Mason Jr., the interim president and CEO of the Recording Academy, said ahead of the number.
The performance featured artists from various categories — including Regina Carter, Alexandre Desplat, Gregory Porter, Lupita Infante and more — appearing from different locations and appearing in triangular frames against a starring backdrop. The performances were stitched together for a seamless and harmonious rendition of the classic song, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.
The bulk of the Grammy awards — more than 70 — are handed out during the Premiere Ceremony. This year, the event — held hours ahead of the big show — is set to feature 8 performances and is hosted by Jhene Aiko.
The main event kick off at 8 p.m. ET. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah is set to host. The ceremony will be packed with major performances from artists including BTS, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, DaBaby, Miranda Lambert, Harry Styles and many more. The musical acts will come from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but the Grammys will be using various venues to announce winners.
Watch the tribute performance below:
The 63rd annual Grammy Awards will air live on Sunday (Mar. 14) at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS, Paramount+ and Grammy.com. Online viewers can also stream CBS with free trials on fuboTV and Sling TV. Billboard may receive affiliate commission through links on our site.