A galaxy of stars on the red carpet in Las Vegas for the 64th Grammy Awards

Confirmed superstars, rising stars and even a crooner in the nineties: all generations are represented on Sunday for the 64th edition of the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, featuring the eclectic jazzman Jon Batiste, who has already won four awards, and the pop revelation Olivia Rodrigo leaving favorites.

The ceremony, which was held this year in Las Vegas due to the pandemic, opened in the evening with Silk Sonic, the retro project carried by Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak.

During an awards ceremony ahead of the gala evening, the big favorite, the talented jazzman Jon Batiste, has already won four Grammys, including the music for the animated film “Soul”, which had already given him an Oscar last year.

Virtuos pianist, very popular orchestra conductor thanks to a TV show, composer and anti-racist activist, Jon Batiste, 35, defends his album “We Are” and the title “Freedom” at the Grammy Awards in the major categories, but he competes in almost every style (R&B, jazz, classical, etc.)

Canadian megastar Justin Bieber, darling on social media, is nominated in eight categories, just as the Grammy darling HERE and rising star Doja Cat are nominated at this ceremony, which hosts comedian Trevor Noah.

Another lover of the academy, Billie Eilish, who has just won an Oscar with the song “James Bond” “No time to die”, is looking for seven trophies, but risks on her way to finding Olivia Rodrigo, even younger than she with only 19 years old.

Some professional recorders predict that the big pop sensation launched by the Disney series “High School Musical” will be able to repeat the grand slam that Billie Eilish achieved two years ago, by winning the four most prestigious trophies.

In any case, it is given as an ultra-favorite in the category “revelation of the year”.

And she has already been named the pre-gala “best solo pop performance” for her title “licensed drivers”, winning over Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Brandi Carlile.

– “Best rap song” for Kanye –

With six nominations, the unlikely duo formed by pop diva Lady Gaga and crooner Tony Bennett, 95 and absent from the evening because he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, could create a surprise with the cover album “Love For Sale”.

The quirky Kanye West is also in the running with his album “Donda”. Two titles from his record have already been awarded on Sunday afternoon in the rap category, “Hurricane” and “Jail”, Grammy for “best rap song”.

In the main category of this year’s album, Kanye West will meet “Evermore” by pop star Taylor Swift, who has a bad memory from a previous meeting: “Ye” had roughly snatched the microphone from his hands in 2009 when she had taken it. stage to receive an award at the MTV Music Awards.

Among rappers, we noticed the absence of Drake, very influential and among the most listened to. He was selected, asking the Academy to withdraw both of its nominations without giving a reason. His hit album “Certified Lover Boy” had been generously ignored in the generalist categories during the nominations, and the artist has often accused the Grammy Academy of limiting him to the category of rappers because he is black.

On the rock side, the Foo Fighters have won the three awards they were in the running for, a week after their drummer Taylor Hawkins’ sudden death in Colombia, shortly before a concert.

The group of Dave Grohl, the former drummer from Nirvana, received the Grammys for best rock album, best rock song and best rock performance.

The explosives Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, who ignited the Grammy stage last year by rubbing against each other, with legs apart on a giant bed for a duet on the hit “WAP”, will this time be opponents in “best rap performance “. “category.

BTS, the sacred K-pop monster, will defend its planetary success “Butter”, but it is its only nomination for the Grammy Awards, where the South Korean group is struggling to enforce itself.

He is scheduled to perform on stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, as Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Jon Batiste, HER, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow.

And Kanye West? As named, he was invited into the room, but he is no longer welcome on stage. It’s about attacks on social networks against comedian Pete Davidson, in a relationship with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, and Trevor Noah, which gave “Ye” a brief suspension from Instagram.

Trevor Noah spoke against the decision to exclude him from the evening.

The organizers of the Grammy Awards are eager to avoid an incident, just a week after Will Smith’s resounding slap at the Oscars, which had darkened the party and rewarded the artists.

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