Grammys 2021: Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Billie Eilish, more on tap for ‘safely apart’ performances

She comes back stronger than a ’90s trend. 

Taylor Swift will perform at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards March 14, where her wistful indie-folk effort “Folklore” is vying for six prizes, including album and song of the year (“Cardigan”). The 10-time Grammy winner last played the show in 2016, when her first official pop outing “1989” earned album of the year. 

Swift will be joined by a stacked list of talent during the upcoming CBS telecast (8 EST/5 PST), which is hosted by Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” and will also stream live on new service Paramount+. Fellow album of the year nominees Dua Lipa (“Future Nostalgia”), Haim (“Women in Music Pt. III”), Post Malone (“Hollywood’s Bleeding”), Black Pumas (“Black Pumas” deluxe edition) and Coldplay’s Chris Martin (“Everyday Life”) are all slated to perform. 

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Taylor Swift performs on stage during the 58th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 2016. (Photo: ROBYN BECK, AFP/Getty Images)

The full lineup of performers, announced Sunday, also includes Bad Bunny, Cardi B, BTS, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Mickey Guyton, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion, Maren Morris, Roddy Ricch and Harry Styles.  

“Artists will be coming together, while still safely apart, to play music for each other as a community and celebrate the music that unites us all,” the Recording Academy said in a statement on Sunday. 

This month’s Grammy Awards were initially slated for January 31 at LA’s Staples Center but were postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. The show will now be held at the smaller Los Angeles Convention Center, as well as remotely from other places. 

Additionally, the show will pay tribute to independent music venues impacted by the pandemic. Employees of the Troubadour and The Hotel Café in Los Angeles, New York’s Apollo Theater and Nashville’s The Station Inn will present various awards throughout the night. 

Beyoncé, a 24-time Grammy winner, leads this year’s nominations with nine, including two record-of-the-year nods for “Black Parade” and her “Savage” remix with Megan Thee Stallion. Super Bowl halftime show headliner The Weeknd was curiously shut out of the nominations, causing backlash and raising questions about voting transparency. 

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