BC-US--AP Entertainment Advisory-Grammy Awards, US
The 61st annual Grammy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb.10, from 8-11:30 p.m. Eastern at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, hosted by Alicia Keys and airing live on CBS. Roughly 10 awards will be announced on the main show, and about 70 lesser categories will be presented at the Premiere Ceremony from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Eastern at the Microsoft Theater, streaming on Grammy.com. Kendrick Lamar is the leading nominee with eight, including album, song and record of the year. Drake, Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, H.E.R., Greta Van Fleet, SZA and Post Malone will also compete for multiple awards. Performers include Diana Ross, Miley Cyrus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae and more.
The AP plans extensive coverage across all formats.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-Q&A-DAN + SHAY. Country duo Dan + Shay is heading for their biggest TV performance to date at this year’s Grammy Awards, where their crossover hit “Tequila” is up for two awards. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT Monday: 800 words, photos, video.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-EXPANDED NOMINEES. More nominees in the top categories and vote splitting makes this year’s Grammy Awards a hard prediction. An awards analyst breaks down the odds for this year’s top four categories. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT Monday: 800 words, photos.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-PREDICTIONS. Kendrick Lamar? Drake? Cardi B? The AP makes educated guesses at who will dominate music’s biggest night at the 2019 Grammy Awards. By Music Writers Mesfin Fekadu and Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT Tuesday: 800 words, photos.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-Q&A-GHOST. The first time Tobias Forge walked up to collect a Grammy Award, very few knew his name – literally. The leader of the Swedish heavy-metal group Ghost fiercely protected his anonymity and hid behind thick ghoulish makeup. Things will be different if he wins this year. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Tuesday: 800 words, photos.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-Q&A-BOI-1DA. Rap producer Boi-1da is nominated for six Grammys, including three nods for best rap songs thanks to his work on Drake’s “God’s Plan,” Eminem’s “Lucky You” and Jay Rock’s “Win.” He’s also up for non-classical producer of the year. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT Wednesday: 800 words, photos, video.
_ MUSIC-CARDI B. Even though Cardi B has a strong chance of winning her first-ever Grammy, the rapper says she’s feeling nervous heading into Sunday’s awards show. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum. SENT Thursday: 420 words, photos.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-WILLIE NELSON. Willie Nelson will be honored by the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT Thursday: 400 words, photos.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-ALICIA KEYS. Alicia Keys on hosting the Grammys Awards for the first time. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING Thursday: 400 words, photos, video by 6 p.m. Eastern.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-CLIVE DAVIS PREVIEW. A preview of Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala, which takes place a day before the 2018 Grammys Awards. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum. UPCOMING Thursday: 400 words, photos, video by 8 p.m. Eastern.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-BEST NEW ARTIST. H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha, Margo Price and Jorja Smith are all nominated for the best new artist Grammy and will perform at Spotify’s annual event highlighting breakthrough musicians. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING Friday: 400 words, photos by 6 a.m. Eastern.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-JANELLE MONAE. Album of the year nominee Janelle Monae hosts Instagram’s pre-Grammy brunch. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING Friday: 400 words, video, photos by 8 p.m. Eastern.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-DOLLY PARTON. Dolly Parton is the 2018 MusiCares person of the year. Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, Pink, Shawn Mendes, Chris Stapleton and Don Henley are among the performers set to pay tribute. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING Saturday: 700 words, photos, video by 6 a.m. Eastern.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-ROC NATION. Jay-Z hosts his ultra-exclusive brunch a day before the Grammys. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. UPCOMING Saturday: 400 words, photos by 8 p.m. Eastern
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-UNIVERSAL MUSIC. Universal Music Group, the parent label to acts from Ariana Grande to Kacey Musgraves, hosts its annual pre-Grammy brunch featuring chart-topping performers and budding artists from its roster. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING Saturday: 400 words, photos by 8 p.m. Eastern.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-CLIVE DAVIS GALA. Clive Davis hosts his annual pre-Grammy gala featuring A-List musicians and buzzed newcomers. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING Sunday: 500 words, photos, video by 6 a.m. Eastern.
Sunday – Show Stories
_ GRAMMYS. The running mainbar by Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. A laydown will move at 10 a.m. Eastern and will be updated beginning around 3:45 p.m. with early winners, arrivals and other color prior to the show. The pre-show concludes at 6:30 p.m. Further updates will move throughout the ceremony, beginning with the first presentations at about 8:10 p.m. A wrap-up lead will move as soon as the show ends about 11:45 p.m., followed by a more analytical new approach by Dave Bauder around 3 a.m. Eastern.
We also plan to move the following Grammys stories Sunday, with spontaneous separates as warranted:
_ GRAMMYS-THE LATEST: This feed will deliver short blurbs on the top moments from the show as it happens live, including winners in significant categories, quotes from artists backstage and more. DEVELOPING Sunday.
_ GRAMMYS-FASHION: A look at the best dressed musicians, and some of the worst. by Leanne Italie. UPCOMING Sunday: 700 words, photos, video
_ GRAMMYS-LIST. List of winners in the top categories. First list will move at 7 p.m. Eastern with about 15 categories from the pre-telecast. A complete list of winners in major categories will move at 11:45 p.m. Eastern.
_ GRAMMYS-RATINGS. A look at the show’s overnight ratings on Monday afternoon compared to previous years. By David Bauder. UPCOMING Monday: 400 words, photo.
Contact: Nekesa Mumbi Moody , 347-489-0743, firstname.lastname@example.org
Following is a list of stories leading up to the Grammys already available to members:
_ GRAMMYWATCH-FEMALE PRODUCERS. By Mesfin Fekadu. MOVED 2/1.
_ GRAMMYWATCH-LINDA PERRY. By Mesfin Fekadu MOVED 1/30
_ GRAMMYWATCH-LINDA PERRY-OUTTAKES. By Mesfin Fekadu MOVED 1/30.
_ GRAMMYWATCH-GRETA VAN FLEET. By Mark Kennedy. MOVED 1/24.
_ GRAMMYWATCH-JAMES BLAKE. By Mesfin Fekadu. MOVED 1/18.
_ GRAMMYWATCH-MAREN MORRIS. By Kristin M Hall. MOVED 1/17.
_ GRAMMYWATCH-PJ MORTON. By Mesfin Fekadu. MOVED 1/17.
_ GRAMMYWATCH-JACKIE SHANE. By Kristin M. Hall. MOVED 1/16.
_ GRAMMYWATCH-TIA FULLER. By Mesfin Fekadu. MOVED 1/8.
_ GRAMMYWATCH-PUSHA T. By Mesfin Fekadu. MOVED 12/19.
_ GRAMMYWATCH-FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE. By Kristin M Hall. MOVED 12/12.
Coverage: Invision will have photos of celebrity arrivals, the pressroom and show. A selection of photos will be sent over PhotoStream with a much larger selection of photos available on the APImages.com. There are no restrictions on this content.
Contact: Ali Kaufman, 323.286.9677, email@example.com
Coverage: Early red carpet fashion and arrivals will be sent to all broadcast portals starting at 1845 Eastern/2345 GMT on Sunday. More edits of arrivals and soundbites from the carpet will be available throughout the evening. Show highlights will be available by 12:00 a.m. Eastern Monday/0500 GMT Monday if the show ends on time. A wrap of show highlights will be available for online clients by 0130 Eastern/0630 GMT. Backstage reaction from winners, performers and presenters will move around 0700 GMT. Please adhere to show restrictions in scripts for show highlights.
Contact: Brooke Lefferts, 917-3751224, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coverage: Margie Szaroleta will pull sound from the telecast. Audio will be filed to AP Radio affiliates during and after telecast.
Contact: Margie Szaroleta, 312-833-1925, email@example.com