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Grammys 2021 are today: Start time, nominees and how to watch the livestream

How to watch the Grammys 2021 hosted by Trevor Noah without cable.

Jennifer Bisset Former Senior Editor / Culture
Jennifer Bisset was a senior editor for CNET. She covered film and TV news and reviews. The movie that inspired her to want a career in film is Lost in Translation. She won Best New Journalist in 2019 at the Australian IT Journalism Awards.
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The 63rd Grammy Awards airs tonight at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on CBS. Though it's a live broadcast from the large Los Angeles Convention Center and other nearby locations, the Recording Academy has teased a more intimate Grammys, which is a surprise -- aside from members of the media, there won't actually be anyone watching in person. Without an audience, who will watch the performances (which were recently announced) and cheer on all the winners?

Like the Golden Globes, most Grammy Award nominees will appear virtually. Hopefully, unlike the Globes, there won't be any accidentally muted audio -- after all, sound is a key component for a music awards show.


Beyonce at the 59th Grammy Awards in 2017.

Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Along with the pandemic-related tweaks, expect as much controversy as ever to surround the show. Two words: The Weeknd. After Hours, aka the album with Blinding Lights, aka the song of 2020 that sounded more like the song of 1985, saw the Canadian singer without a single Grammy nomination. At least Beyoncé continued her trend of nabbing loads of nominations (let's hope she actually takes home some awards -- it's still too soon to talk about 2017). Roddy Ricch, Dua Lipa and cottagecore enthusiast Taylor Swift  are also up for a host of awards.

Keen to tune in? Here's all the information you'll need for how to watch Grammys 2021.

When do the Grammy Awards start?

The Grammys had a January spot this year but vacated it for a mid-March show because of the coronavirus pandemic. It'll air on CBS from the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.

US: Sunday, March 14, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.

UK: Monday, March 15, at 1 a.m. GMT.

Australia: Monday, March 15, at 11 a.m. AEDT.

The premiere ceremony kicked off before the main event, with awards like best pop duo/group performance already announced. Check out all the early winners here and re-watch the livestream on the Grammys site or Facebook page.

Who's hosting?

For the first time, Daily Show host Trevor Noah will take on the (slightly different) emcee gig.

Who are the nominees?

Beyoncé is up for a whopping nine awards despite not having an album out for the year. She's nominated for 2020 song Black Parade, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. BTS scored their first ever Grammy nod with the song Dynamite, up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Harry Styles is in the mix for the first time too (no, One Direction were never nominated), with Fine Line up for Best Pop Vocal Album and Watermelon Sugar up for Best Pop Solo Performance. As for Taylor Swift? Not only is Folklore up for Album of the Year, but, um, Beautiful Ghosts is up for Best Song Written for Visual Media. As in, the song she wrote and performed for Cats. No regrets.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see all the nominees. (Here's the full list on the Grammys site.)

Who's performing?

What a lineup! Taylor Swift, BTS, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Bad Bunny Harry Styles, Haim and more will perform at the show. For the full list, head to the Grammys site.

Is there a red carpet?

The Grammys pre-show and red carpet coverage starts at 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET. You can watch on the Grammys website or its Facebook page.

How to watch the Grammys without cable

To watch the Grammy Awards, you'll need to find a streaming service that includes CBS. Not every service carries every local network, however, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries CBS in your area.

You can watch the Grammys on CBS All Access, soon to be revamped as the expanded Paramount Plus, if you live in one of these 206 markets where the service offers live TV. Paramount Plus costs $6 a month or $10 a month for no commercials. 

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes CBS. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see what live, local networks are available where you live.

Hulu With Live TV costs $69 a month and includes CBS. Click the "View all channels in your area" link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code. 

FuboTV costs $60 a month and includes CBS. Click here to see which local channels you get.

AT&T TV Now's basic, $70-a-month package includes CBS. You can use its channel lookup tool to see if you get a live feed of CBS and the other local networks in your ZIP code.

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive streaming services guide.

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Free over-the-air TV

If you live in an area with good reception, you can watch for free on over-the-air broadcast channels just by attaching an indoor antenna to nearly any TV.

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All the Grammy Awards nominees

Record of the Year

Black Parade by Beyoncé
Colors by Black Pumas
Rockstar by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
Say So by Doja Cat
Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish
Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa
Circles by Post Malone
Savage by Megan Thee Stallion

Album of the Year

Chilombo by Jhené Aiko
Black Pumas by Black Pumas
Everyday Life by Coldplay
Djesse Vol. 3 by Jacob Collier
Women in Music Pt. III by Haim
Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa
Hollywood's Bleeding by Post Malone
Folklore by Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

Black Parade by Beyoncé
The Box by Roddy Ricch
Cardigan by Taylor Swift
Circles by Post Malone
Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa
Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish
I Can't Breathe by H.E.R.
If the World Was Ending by JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels

Best New Artist

Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion

Best Pop Solo Performance

Yummy by Justin Bieber
Say So by Doja Cat
Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish
Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa
Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles
Cardigan by Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Un Dia (One Day) by J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy
Intentions by Justin Bieber featuring Quavo
Dynamite by BTS
Rain on Me by Lady Gaga featuring Ariana Grande
Exile by Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver

Best Pop Vocal Album

Changes, Justin Bieber
Chromatica, Lady Gaga
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Fine Line, Harry Styles
Folklore, Taylor Swift

Best Rock Performance

Shameika, Fiona Apple
Not, Big Thief
Kyoto, Phoebe Bridgers
The Steps, Haim
Stay High, Brittany Howard
Daylight, Grace Potter

Best Rock Album

A Hero's Death, Fontaines D.C.
Kiwanuka, Michael Kiwanuka
Daylight, Grace Potter
Sound & Fury, Sturgill Simpson
The New Abnormal, The Strokes

Best Alternative Music Album

Fetch the Bolt Cutters, Fiona Apple
Hyperspace, Beck
Punisher, Phoebe Bridgers
Jamie, Brittany Howard
The Slow Rush, Tame Impala

Best R&B Performance

Lightning & Thunder, Jhené Aiko featuring John Legend
Black Parade, Beyoncé
All I Need, Jacob Collier featuring Mahalia and Ty Dolla Sign
Goat Head, Brittany Howard
See Me, Emily King

Best R&B Song

Better Than I Imagine, Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello
Black Parade, Beyoncé
Collide, Tiana Major9 and Earthgang
Do It, Chloe x Halle
Slow Down, Skip Marley and H.E.R.

Best Progressive R&B Album

Chilombo, Jhené Aiko
Ungodly Hour, Chloe x Halle
Free Nationals, Free Nationals
Fuck Yo Feelings, Robert Glasper
It Is What It Is, Thundercat

Best Rap Performance

Deep Reverence, Big Sean featuring Nipsey Hussle
Bop, DaBaby
What's Poppin, Jack Harlow
The Bigger Picture, Lil Baby
Savage, Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
Dior, Pop Smoke

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Rockstar, DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
Laugh Now, Cry Later, Drake featuring Lil Durk
Lockdown, Anderson .Paak
The Box, Roddy Ricch
Highest in the Room, Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

The Bigger Picture, Lil Baby
The Box, Roddy Ricch
Laugh Now, Cry Later, Drake featuring Lil Durk
Rockstar, DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
Savage, Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

Best Rap Album

Black Habits, D Smoke
Alfredo, Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist
A Written Testimony, Jay Electronica
King's Disease, Nas
The Allegory, Royce Da 5'9"

Best Country Solo Performance

Stick That in Your Country Song, Eric Church
Who You Thought I Was, Brandy Clark
When My Amy Prays, Vince Gill
Black Like Me, Mickey Guyton
Bluebird, Miranda Lambert

Best Country Song

Bluebird, Miranda Lambert
The Bones, Maren Morris
Crowded Table, The Highwomen
More Hearts Than Mine, Ingrid Andress
Some People Do, Old Dominion

Best Country Album

Lady Like, Ingrid Andress
Your Life Is a Record, Brandy Clark
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert
Nightfall, Little Big Town
Never Will, Ashley McBryde

Best Latin Pop or Urban Album

Por Primera Vez, Camilo
Mesa Para Dos, Kany García
Pausa, Ricky Martin
3:33, Debi Nova

Best American Roots Performance

Colors, Black Pumas
Deep in Love, Bonny Light Horseman
Short and Sweet, Brittany Howard
I'll Be Gone, Norah Jones and Mavis Staples
I Remember Everything, John Prine

Best Global Music Album

Fu Chronicles, Antibalas
Twice as Tall, Burna Boy
Agora, Bebel Gilberto
Love Letters, Anoushka Shankar
Amadjar, Tinariwen

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
Dave Cobb
Flying Lotus
Andrew Watt

Best Music Film

Beastie Boys Story, Beastie Boys
Black Is King, Beyoncé
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, Freestyle Love Supreme
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, Linda Ronstadt
That Little Ol' Band From Texas, ZZ Top