Jhené Aiko has been named the host of this year's Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, which is where the bulk of the Grammys are actually awarded. The Premiere is set to take place on Sunday, Mar. 14 just hours before the Grammys.
Aiko, who is a three-time nominee this year, will be joined by current nominees Bill Burr, Chika, and Lupita Infante as well as former Recording Academy Chair Jimmy Jam to hand out the first awards of the day. Performers will include Nigerian singer Burna Boy, jazz band Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science, blues musician Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, classical pianist Igor Levit, Latin electropop musician Lido Pimienta, performer Poppy, and singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.
The Premiere event will begin with a tribute performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic Marvin Gaye track “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology).” The special all-nominee ensemble performance will feature Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Thana Alexa, John Beasley, Camilo, Regina Carter, Alexandre Desplat, Bebel Gilberto, Lupita Infante, Sarah Jarosz, Mykal Kilgore, Ledisi, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, PJ Morton, Gregory Porter, Grace Potter, säje, Gustavo Santaolalla (Bajofondo), Anoushka Shankar, and Kamasi Washington.
The Premiere Ceremony will be livestreamed on Grammy.com on Mar. 14 at 3pm ET/12pm PT. The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live following the Premiere Ceremony on CBS and Paramount+ from 8–11:30pm ET/5–8:30pm PT.
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Article Image: Jhené Aiko at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards. (s_bukley via DepositPhotos.)