The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards kicked off with a largely instructional monologue by host Trevor Noah. The first time host took the first six minutes of the telecast to, essentially, explain the logistics of this year’s singular Grammys ceremony.
Noah began on an open-air stage located in downtown Los Angeles outside of the Staples Center, where the ceremony is typically held.
“This is not a Zoom background” he said, gesturing to the arena and L.A. skyline behind him, “This is real.”
Noah then stepped down from the stage to explain that awards would be given from this open-air space, with nominees for each award gathering at the socially distanced tables. He noted that “this is going to be the rare awards show where the white stuff going up peoples’ noses are cotton swabs. It’s really safe.”
The tour then continued with Noah stepping onto an adjacent red carpet, where tonight’s performing artists will appear before they enter the Staples Center to perform. As he walked into this space, Noah gave a run of show, breaking down who would perform and other elements we can expect to see tonight.
Noah then entered the opulently lit performance space, populated by the Black Pumas, Haim and Finneas and Billie Eilish, an artist who’s Grammy wins were so huge last year that, Noah joked “her Uber home was a Uhaul. You gotta watch her.”
“Tonight we’re hoping that this is all about what 2021 can be,” Noah continued before presenting the night’s first performer, Harry Styles. “Full of joy, new beginnings and coming together, never forgetting what happened in 2020 but full of hope for what is to come. So, let’s do this people.”