Trevor NoahTrevor NoahJimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah mock Ted Cruz’s Cancun tripCori Bush: Marjorie Taylor Greene didn’t take back what she said about meObama: Republican Party ‘is the minority party in this country’MORE opened the 63rd annual Grammy Awards with a monologue heavy on dreams of post-coronavirus pandemic life, saying, “we’re hoping this is about what 2021 can be.”
“I know it’s been one year, but it feels like 10,” the “Daily Show” host acknowledged as he kicked off Sunday’s music awards show from Los Angeles.
“Tonight,” Noah said, “we’re going to celebrate some of the fantastic music that has touched our lives and saved our souls over this unprecedented year.”
Noah assured the audience that the Staples Center behind him was “not a Zoom background. This is real.”
“My uncle isn’t going to walk behind me naked even though I told him I had an important meeting,” Noah, 37, quipped.
The annual awards, held this year in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center, was moved from January to March due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in California.
“Rest assured, everyone here is following all COVID-19 protocols and guidelines,” Noah said, as audience members sat distanced from one another while wearing face masks. “In fact, this is going to be the rare awards show where the white stuff going up people’s noses is cotton swabs.”
“This year’s Grammys does look a little different,” he said, adding the ceremony was about “bringing us together as only music can. I mean, music and vaccines.”
“Tonight is going to be the biggest outdoor event this year,” Noah said, “besides the storming of the Capitol.” The Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by a mob of supporters of then-President TrumpDonald TrumpPompeo: Reentering Iran deal would make Middle East ‘less secure’DNC gears up for midterm pushBiden struggles to unravel web of Trump immigration rulesMORE left five people dead.
“This evening we will celebrate music, and hopefully forget all our problems,” Noah told CBS viewers.
“We’re hoping that this is all about what 2021 can be full of joy, new beginnings and coming together,” he said.
“Never forgetting about what happened in 2020, but full of hope for what is to come.”