Don’t check your calendar: Yes, it’s April 3, and finally time for the 64th Grammy Awards. Originally scheduled to take place at the end of January in LA, the show was upended by the winter surge in the Omicron variant, and eventually moved two-plus months and about 250 miles northeast, to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena.
Scheduled to appear at what’s expected to be a wide-open ceremony: host Trevor Noah; top nominee Jon Batiste; pop stars Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X and Lady Gaga; Musicares Person of the Year Joni Mitchell; and certainly there in spirit, 95-year-old multiple nominee Tony Bennett and the late Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins. Not expected: Kanye West, or anyone involved in last Sunday’s slap.
Keep it here throughout the day, for who-wore-it-worst updates from the red carpet and the first wave of winners from the afternoon’s Premiere Ceremony, starting at 12:30 Pacific. Then, beginning at 5 pm Pacific, The Times’ Mikael Wood and Suzy Exposito will break down the big winners, bigger upsets, best live performances and other top stories from Sunday’s main ceremony in our 2022 Grammys live chat.
1:23 pm Brooklyn-based Pakistani composer Arooj Aftab won her first Grammy on Sunday, for global music performance.
Aftab, who also earned a surprise best new artist nomination, won for her song “Mohabbat,” from her album “Vulture Prince.” Accepting her award, Aftab thanked the academy while expressing confusion at what connected her fellow nominees in the category. “I feel like this category in of itself is so insane — Burna Boy, Wizkid, Femi Kuti, Angelique Kidjo? I mean, should this be called best world music performance? I feel like it should be called, like, Yacht Party category.”
Aftab will return to the prime-time ceremony to learn whether she’ll upset favorite Olivia Rodrigo for best new artist.
1:07 pm Pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste just earned his first Grammy of the day, winning score soundtrack for visual media for his work with Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor on the Pixar film “Soul.”
Batiste, best known for being bandleader on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” leads the Grammys field with 11 nominations in categories including R&B, jazz, American roots music, music video, classical and music for visual media. Later tonight, Batiste will compete for album of the year for his “We Are” and record of the year for “Freedom.” —RR
1:03 pm Welcome to our coverage of the 64th Grammy Awards, which has officially commenced at the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom in Las Vegas.
For the first of 86 (!) awards, the winner in musical theater album are: Emily Bear and Abigail Barlow for “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical.” — Randall Roberts