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The 66th Annual Grammy Awards

Trevor Noah marks his fourth stint hosting the Grammy Awards

Broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Arena, the 66th edition of the Grammy Awards will honour the best music of the past year.

Trevor Noah, Emmy-winning comedian and former host of The Daily Show, returns to preside over the event for the fourth consecutive year (fun fact: he’s also one of the show’s producers).

Noah announced his return during a recent edition of his podcast, What Now? With Trevor Noah. “I’m excited about that, yeah, it’s a lot of fun,” he said.

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards on City & CBS. Pictured: Olivia Rodrigo
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Given Noah’s reputation as a music fan, hosting the show gives him an unparalleled way to experience the performances. “I enjoy the Grammys because I get to watch the show in person, and then just experience and comment on it, in person, while it is happening,” he explained.

As usual, a wide cross-section of the music business will be represented by the range of nominees and performers, with unique teamings of some artists likely to be among the ceremony’s highlights.

SZA leads the list of nominees with nine Grammy bids, followed by Phoebe Bridgers, Serban Ghenea and Victoria Monét with seven each.

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards on City & CBS. Pictured: Jack Antonoff
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Then, several talents are in the running with six nominations each: Jack Antonoff, Jon Batiste, boygenius, Brandy Clark, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and (soon after being named Time magazine’s 2023 Person of the Year) Taylor Swift.

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards on City & CBS. Pictured: Taylor Swift
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Interestingly, in the contest for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, veteran composer-conductor John Williams is competing against himself, for both The Fabelmans and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

Expect the hottest race to be for the Record of the Year honours. This year’s nominees are: “Worship” from Jon Batiste; the boygenius single “Not Strong Enough;” Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers;” “What Was I Made For?” from Billie Eilish: Victoria Monét’s “On My Mama;” Olivia Rodrigo’s “vampire;” Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero;” and “Kill Bill” from SZA.

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards on City & CBS. Pictured: SZA
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Up for Album of the Year are: World Music Radio (Jon Batiste); the record (boygenius); Endless Summer Vacation (Miley Cyrus); Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd (Lana Del Rey); The Age of Pleasure (Janelle Mon‡e); GUTS (Olivia Rodrigo); Midnights (Taylor Swift); and SOS (SZA).

Another closely watched race will be for Best New Artist. The nominees in this category are Gracie Abrams, Fred Again, Ice Spice, Jelly Roll, Coco Jones, Noah Kahan, Victoria Monét and The War and Treaty.

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards on City & CBS
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Meanwhile, music fans can prepare to enjoy live performances from Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Olivia Rodrigo, with more performers to be announced.

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards, airing Sunday, February 4, on City & CBS

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