To paraphrase the great Lana Del Rey: Did you know that there’s an awards ceremony on Figueroa Street?
Breathlessly described by the Recording Academy as “music’s biggest night,” the 66th Grammy Awards are underway. Trevor Noah is back to host for the fourth time in a row, and performances are expected by a mix of young stars and old-timers including SZA, Joni Mitchell, Olivia Rodrigo, Billy Joel, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Travis Scott and U2.
Top nominees in a very strong year for women include Eilish, SZA, Victoria Monét, Boygenius — and, of course, Taylor Swift. (Alas, Swift’s boyfriend, Travis Kelce, has said that prep for next weekend’s Super Bowl will keep him from making the show. A million meme makers mourn.)
Now that Vanessa Franko has filled us in on the Premiere Ceremony winners, The Times’ Mikael Wood and August Brown will be covering the prime-time event as it happens. Stick with us here throughout the night for news, analysis and the occasional mystified reaction to some upset or other.
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5:02 p.m. And we’re off. First rain-in-L.A. joke arrives approximately 12 seconds into the show courtesy of host Trevor Noah. — M.W.
4:58 p.m. Sign of the times: The Recording Academy’s official YouTube feed from the red carpet just showed an uninterrupted 90 seconds or so of Taylor Swift making her way inside the building. — M.W.
4:32 p.m. Reading the tea leaves from the Premiere Ceremony, I’d say Boygenius and Victoria Monét are both in strong positions — maybe stronger than I thought this morning — as we head into the telecast. Boygenius’ wins in the rock and alternative categories suggest that voters still attached to guitars have lined up behind the supergroup that features Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker; SZA and Bridgers’ taking pop duo/group performance with “Ghost in the Machine” signals still more love for Bridgers. And Monét’s win for R&B album shows she might have the allegiance of the academy’s sizable soul-music contingent. — M.W.
4:19 p.m. Producer of the year, non-classical goes to Jack Antonoff, who wins based on his work with Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and the 1975 — and who becomes the first producer to win this award three times in a row since Babyface did it in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Of his time in the studio with Del Rey, he said, “I can’t believe how weird it gets in there and how your brain takes it to these most amazing places.” He also thanked Swift for opening doors for him as a producer by recruiting him to work on her album “1989.”
Is Antonoff’s win a sign of support among voters for Swift’s latest LP, “Midnights,” which is up for album of the year later tonight? Among his competition for the producer prize was Dan Nigro, who oversaw another album contender in Olivia Rodrigo’s “Guts.” — M.W.
4:02 p.m. Drake was nominated for four Grammys this year — the categories in question were handed out during the Premiere Ceremony, and he didn’t win — but the superstar rapper used his Instagram story on Sunday afternoon to air out some thoughts on the subject.
“All you incredible artists remember this show isn’t facts,” he wrote beneath a video clip of himself accepting the rap song award for “God’s Plan” at the 61st Grammys in 2019. He added that “it’s just the opinion of a group of people who’s name are kept a secret” and offered “congrats to anybody winning anything for hip hop but this show doesn’t dictate s— in our world.” — M.W.
3:30 p.m. The Joni Mitchell comeback train keeps rolling with her win in the folk album category for “Live at Newport,” a document of the surprise gig she played at the Newport Folk Festival in 2022.
“I don’t know what to say about this,” Mitchell, 80, told the crowd as she accepted the award. “We had so much fun at that concert, and I think you can feel it on the record. It’s a very joyous record because of the people that I played with, and the spirit of the occasion was very high.” Flanked by Brandi Carlile, who helped organize the Newport show — and will rejoin Mitchell at the Hollywood Bowl for a pair of concerts in October — the beloved songwriter added: “Even the audience sounds like music.”
Mitchell is set to perform later this evening on the Grammys telecast, her first time playing the show. — M.W.
3:20 p.m. One of the power couples of American politics now has four Grammys between them: Michelle Obama won the award for audio book, narration and storytelling recording with “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.” It’s the former first lady’s second Grammy after the spoken word prize she won in 2020. Former President Barack Obama, meanwhile, has two spoken word Grammys — one for “The Audacity of Hope” and one for “Dreams from My Father.” — M.W.
3:05 p.m. As anything but a jazz specialist, I have my misgivings about the alternative jazz award the academy is handing out for the first time this year. (Decades into the life of alternative rock, does that marketing term mean anything more than it ever has?) That said, I’m always happy to see Meshell Ndegeocello get a moment in the sun, as she just did with her win for “The Omnichord Real Book.” — M.W.
2:45 p.m. Three big wins for Boygenius: rock performance and rock song for “Not Strong Enough” — which beat tunes by the Rolling Stones, Metallica and Foo Fighters, among others — and alternative music album for “The Record,” which bested LPs from acts including Gorillaz and Lana Del Rey.
For rock album, meanwhile, Paramore’s “This Is Why” triumphs over Foo Fighters’ “But Here We Are” — a definite surprise to me, given the Foos’ long dominance of the category and the recent death of drummer Taylor Hawkins. — M.W.
2:35 p.m. Every time Metallica is up for a Grammy I have flashbacks to the time Jethro Tull beat the band for best hard rock/heavy metal recording in 1989 in one of the most questionable upsets in the awards’ history. Grammy voters have rectified this in subsequent decades and on Sunday Metallica picked up the best metal performance Grammy for “72 Seasons.” Bassist Robert Trujillo showed up to accept the award because he lives locally.
“Keep those instruments in your hands. Let’s keep the youth making music and keeping the dream alive,” Trujillo ended his speech with a spirited yell. — V.F.
2:20 p.m. “It is a sweep!” a very sweaty Killer Mike declares, and so it is: The 48-year-old Atlanta rapper just took the awards for rap performance, rap song and rap album. Can’t say Mike’s music moves me as much as some of his competitors’, but I love his framing of his victory as proof that you can never be too old to rap. — M.W.
2:06 p.m. Victoria Monét’s taking R&B album with “Jaguar II” — a win that required her to beat Babyface, a longtime Grammy fave — bodes well for her chances in the bigger categories, including best new artist. — M.W.
2:00 p.m. Theron Thomas wins songwriter of the year on the strength of his work with Lil Durk, Tyla, Jung Kook and others — and the man couldn’t seem more pumped about it. (Two Red Bulls, you think? Three?) This is just the second time the songwriter award has been handed out, after Tobias Jesso Jr., a frequent Adele and Harry Styles collaborator, took it last year. — M.W.
1:40 p.m. Nice to see the oft-nominated Brandy Clark finally win a Grammy with the Americana performance prize for “Dear Insecurity,” her moving duet with Brandi Carlile, whose role as producer of the singer’s self-titled 2023 album may finally have tipped the academy Clark’s way. — Mikael Wood
1:10 p.m. “Barbenheimer” has invaded the Grammys.
“Barbie” notched its first wins of the day for best compilation soundtrack for visual media for “Barbie: The Album” and best song written for visual media for “What Was I Made For,” written by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell.
“This is shocking to me. I was expecting to turn right around and leave,” Eilish said as she accepted the award with her brother.
O’Connell noted that their dad worked as a construction worker at Mattel during their childhood.
Meanwhile, “Oppenheimer” composer Ludwig Göransson won best score soundtrack for visual media for “Oppenheimer.” — V.F.
12:35 p.m. Greetings, music fans! We’re gearing up to cover the 66th Grammy Awards. Will Taylor Swift finally win song of the year? Will she break the record for album of the year wins with “Midnights”? Will we find out a release date for “Reputation (Taylor’s Version)”?
The main show starts at 5 p.m. Pacific, but first, we’ll keep you posted on the big highlights from the Premiere Ceremony, which will award dozens of genre and technical Grammys. We’ll be updating the winners throughout both ceremonies.
The Premiere Ceremony is getting things started with Sheila E., Larkin Poe, Pentatonix and Jordin Sparks,performing Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” As someone who used the same song to start off my wedding reception, I can tell you it’s a smart choice to inject energy into the early ceremony. — Vanessa Franko