Shania Twain calls 65th Grammys ‘one of the best years of talent in a long time’
Shania Twain hailed the 65th Grammy Awards as “one of the best years of talent in a long time” as she arrived at the star-studded event.
The five-time Grammy winner joined other music industry titans on the red carpet, sporting a polka dot suit and peaked hat.
This year’s ceremony will take place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Twain’s outfit was created by British-American fashion designer Harris Reed, who dressed Adele, Beyonce and Harry Styles – all of whom were nominated for top awards at the ceremony.
The country music star, who is one of the event’s presenters, said: “This is one of the best years for talent in a long time.
“Such a great collection of artists I’m so excited to see perform and hopefully meet backstage as well.
“Grab some hugs from some of my favorites and just stand up and present the best country album. I’m here to represent country music and I’m thrilled.”
She added that she wanted to be reunited with Styles after the singer took her on stage at the 2022 Coachella music festival and was looking forward to meeting Adele for the first time.
Elsewhere, singer-songwriter Anitta said she was “making history” as the first Brazilian artist to be nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys in nearly half a century.
Eumir Deodato was nominated in 1974 but lost to Bette Midler.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly on the red carpet, Anitta, 29, said: “I’m so happy. I’ve said it many times, but that’s because it means a lot. It’s been half a century, 50 years since Brazil wasn’t here in the main category. So for me we make history.
“My whole country is watching and Brazil is waiting. For me, tonight, to be honest, the win is here.”
This year’s Grammys feature five new categories, including Songwriter of the Year (non-classical), and give the Recording Academy a way to honor music’s finest composer.
There will also be a special segment presented by LL Cool J celebrating 50 years of hip-hop in 2023.
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On the red carpet, the rapper said he’s looking forward to serving hip-hop “on a silver platter” and credited the segment’s producer, Questlove, for curating “one of the most spectacular lineups in a long time.”
He added: “It feels like yesterday I was just a little kid listening to Cold Crush tapes in the basement and now here we are all these years later, on the biggest stage on earth in hundreds of countries around the world, and presenting Hip Hop in a way I think should be seen by the masses.
He continued, “For a long time hip-hop was served in a brown greasy paper bag, but tonight we’re serving it on a silver platter to make it feel good.”
Earlier in the evening, Beyonce took further steps to become the most decorated Grammy winner of all time after notching up two wins.
The Crazy In Love singer won her first prize of the night for Best Dance/Electronic Recording presented at the awards ceremony before the main event and Best Traditional R&B Performance.
The victories bring Beyoncé’s total to 30, just one close to equaling the all-time record for a female solo artist of 31, currently held by Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti.
On the show, Beyonce and Adele are set to reignite their 2017 rivalry as they compete for the best awards of the night.
Both stars are nominated in the three main established artist categories: Album of the Year; record of the year; and Song of the Year, as well as Styles.
Beyonce is nominated in nine categories, while rapper and Glastonbury 2022 headliner Kendrick Lamar has the second most nominations with eight nominations.
Adele is nominated in seven categories and styles in six.
Isle of Wight-based rock duo Wet Leg also accepted their first-ever Grammy awards at the premiere ceremony, winning back-to-back for Best Alternative Music Performance and Alternative Music Album.
“This is so funny, thank you very much,” said Rhian Teasdale, accepting the first prize and adding, “What are we doing here? I don’t know. But here we are.”
Comedian Trevor Noah returns as host, while James Corden, Cardi B and US First Lady Jill Biden will be on hand to present the awards at the main event.
Styles, Lizzo, Mary J Blige, Sam Smith and Kim Petras are among the cast members confirmed for the night.
The 65th Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on the CBS TV Network on February 5 and will also be streamed live and on-demand on Paramount+.
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