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Trevor Noah's Grammys Opening Monologue Hit All the Right Notes

They don’t call the Grammys the biggest night in music for nothing. This year's ceremony kicked off on Sunday night at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles, California, with just about everyone you'd expect attendance. Taylor Swift? Of course. Mark Ronson, Lenny Kravitz, and Maluma? Present. Even Meryl Streep showed up to enjoy the fun.

Once again, this year's host is Trevor Noah, who opened the ceremony after (his former flame!) Dua Lipa performed a new track, “Training Season,” along with her Barbie hit, “Dance the Night.” During his opening monologue, Noah quipped, “The Grammys has everything, people. We’ve got hip hop, we’ve got country, we’ve got rock, we’ve got afro beats—if it’s recorded, the Academy has it.”

As the Grammys evolve to keep up with the rise of audio streaming services, they’ve expanded their awards categories, too. “You know, they’ve even got a Grammy for audiobooks,” Noah explained. “I mean, they’re really hard to twerk to, but they’re still great.” Aside from, you know, audiobooks, this evening’s biggest awards include Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

No matter what happens, we can count on Taylor Swift to dominate the conversation on your social media platform of choice. This year, she’s been nominated for six awards (Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Solo Pop Performance, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year), all of which recognize her 2022 album, Midnights. When Swift entered the arena, Noah joked about her star power. “As Taylor Swift moves through the room, the local economy around those tables improves,” he said. “Lionel Richie? Now Lionel Wealthy.”

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