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The bad news: The Grammy Awards show airing this Sunday has two things in common with the Super Bowl halftime show. The good news: Neither of them is shirtless Adam Levine!
The 61st annual Grammys airs on CBS, just like the Super Bowl. The telecast will feature a Travis Scott appearance—again, just like the Super Bowl. But the Grammys also boasts Alicia Keys hosting, performances from Janelle Monae, St. Vincent, and a ton of other compelling artists, and—and this is important—zero Patriots. In other words, there’s plenty of reason to tune in beyond playing yet another depressing round of “How will the Grammys find a way to snub hip hop?” (Seriously: Give Kendrick album of the year already.)
However. It’s a big, confusing world out there if you’re not still beholden to a cable subscription. Never fear: Contained herein is all you need to enjoy the Grammys, curtain-patterned tank top or no.
How to Watch
The award ceremony begins at 8 pm Eastern (5 pm Pacific). CBS being a broadcast network, you’ll be fine with a digital antenna—or, as mentioned, if you’re a cable customer. The CBS and CBS All Access apps will be airing the show as well; you can find those on … well, everything. iOS devices, Android phones and tablets, Apple TV, Xbox consoles, sticks like Roku/Chromecast/FireTV, and any smart TV worth its price tag. (CBS All Access is the network’s premium streaming service, which includes originals like The Good Fight, Star Trek: Discovery, and Jordan Peele’s forthcoming Twilight Zone reboot. If you don’t want to shell out $5.99 a month, and already used up the free trial, just go with the regular CBS app.)
If want your live TV like a Sylvester Stallone arm-wrestling movie—over the top—CBS is available on a host of non-cable services. DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, YouTube TV, AT&T WatchTV, and something called Fubo all include the network in their lineups, at costs that range from $15 to $45 monthly. (Also: Fubo? Did they let the intern name the company? Did they ask an incredibly drunk person what their favorite sport was? Anything sounds plausible.)
Want to party like it’s 2007? Watch the ceremony in a web browser at CBS.com. Maybe you can update your Myspace page during commercial breaks.
What About the Pre-Shows?
More interested in what Kacey Musgraves is wearing? Can’t get enough of Cardi B’s continued unvarnished joy? Just happen to love red carpets? The pre-ceremony duck walk—Grammys Live From the Red Carpet, as it’s called—begins at 2 pm Pacific (5 pm Eastern) and will stream on the official Facebook pages for The Recording Academy and CBS, as well as on grammy.com. (Later, at 4 pm Pacifig (7 Eastern), a different version of the red carpet show, Grammy Red Carpet Live, will be available on CBS All Access.)
Of course, as with the Super Bowl, the Golden Globes, or any other huge live event, the real action happens online, where you can indulge your stannery and schadenfreude in equal measure alongside
a ceaseless army of bots the citizens of the world. We’ll see you on Sunday, music (and meme) fans.