Trevor Noah, the comedian and face of “The Daily Show,” returns for the second year in a row to host the Grammy Awards. For the 2021 show, Noah took center stage at an unconventional Grammys, with some pre-recorded performances and most of the ceremony taking place outside the Staples Center (now known as the Crypto.com Arena) in Los Angeles. “Overall, Noah has created something that could feel like several competing shows,” wrote DailyExpertNews pop music critic Jon Caramanica.
This year, ahead of another pandemic-postponed show, the coronavirus is one of the few delicate topics Noah addresses in his monologue. In the weeks leading up to the event, he had a much-publicized clash with five-award-winning Kanye West and was until recently scheduled to perform at Sunday night’s ceremony.
Noah devoted part of his March 15 show to a nearly 10-minute, reportedly unscripted monologue about what he characterized as West’s harassment of his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian. West had released a Claymation video in which he appeared to kidnap and bury a figure who resembled Pete Davidson, the comedian from “Saturday Night Live” who is dating Kardashian.
“What she’s going through is terrifying to watch, and it shines a spotlight on what so many women go through when they choose to leave,” Noah said in the segment, comparing West’s behavior to the abuse he witnessed as a child. used to be. (Noah said that from ages 9 to 16, he witnessed his stepfather assault his mother; he later shot her.)
Days after Noah’s monologue, West posted an image of Noah on his Instagram alongside a racist remark. Meta, owner of Instagram, soon banned West — who had also posted lengthy videos criticizing Kardashian and others — for 24 hours. Then, just two weeks before West was due to perform at the awards, the organizers informed his team that he would not be allowed on the podium.
Noah seemed to object to the ban. “I said advise Kanye, not cancel Kanye,” he tweeted.
Noah is a Grammy nominee herself. His stand-up special “Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia” was nominated for best comedy album at the 2020 Grammys. He lost to Dave Chappelle’s “Sticks and Stones”.