How to watch the Grammys 2023 live tonight: watch the music awards show online, without cable and from anywhere

Four Grammy awards sat on a table
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The biggest night on the musical calendar is just a hours away. The 65th Grammy Awards takes place tonight and looks set to be a celebration of talent and diversity in the music world, with everything from pop, rock and blues, to R&B, country, metal, jazz, Latin music and more represented. If you want to know how to watch the Grammys 2023 this evening, from wherever you are in the world - and for free - we’ve got all the guidance you need right here.

How to watch Grammys 2023 tonight: At a glance

Grammy Award on a white background

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Air date: Sunday, 5 Feb (that's tonight!)
Start time: 8pm ET/5pm PT
Cable network: CBS (USA)
US streams: Paramount Plus (free trial)
Watch outside the US: ExpressVPN

The Daily Show presenter Trevor Noah is back as host for a third year alongside a brace of performances and collaborations that we’ll all be talking about come tomorrow morning. So far we know there will be live appearances from Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Lizzo and Brandi Carlile amongst others, but the Grammys usually has a few nice surprises up its sleeve. 

Away from the performances, the Grammys is all about awarding the great and good of the music world. 

Beyoncé is leading the charge this year, with a crazy 9 Grammy nominations thanks to her album Renaissance - she now ties with her husband Jay-Z for the most nominated artist in Grammy history. She's followed closely by Kendrick Lamaar with eight noms. 

There are some new categories to consider this year too, including Songwriter Of The Year and Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games.

H.E.R., Travis Barker and Lenny Kravitz perform at the 2022 Grammy Awards

H.E.R., Travis Barker and Lenny Kravitz perform at the 2022 Grammy Awards (Image credit: Getty)

There’s plenty to get excited about in the rock world, too. Ozzy Osbourne, Turnstile, The Black Keys and Beck are all nominated in the best rock performance category, meanwhile Ghost, Ozzy, Megadeth, Muse and Turnstile have nods for best metal performance. 

With Diplo, Bonobo and David Guetta getting nods in the electronic music field, it’s shaping up to be a great evening. And here's how you can watch the Grammys from wherever you are in the world, live tonight...

How to watch the Grammys in the US tonight

If you’re based in the US right now and have cable (but didn’t get an invite to watch the show live at the Arena in LA), then watching the 65th Annual Grammy Awards is as easy as switching to CBS tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

If you’ve already said goodbye to cable, you can stream the event via Paramount Plus. They currently have a 7-day free trial on the go, so if you’re not fussed about anything else they have on offer, you could always use your free trial to watch this evenings Grammys then cancel straight after. Like most of these services, it takes minutes to sign up. 

That said, in addition to events like the Grammys, Paramount Plus plays host to original shows like Halo and Mayor of Kingstown, alongside reboots of epic music docs including Behind The Music.

Paramount Plus: $4.99/$9.99 a month

Paramount Plus: $4.99/$9.99 a month
This fully-loaded streaming service is available for $4.99 per month, or you can pay $9.99 a month for an ad-free Premium plan. You can even pay for a year's worth in one go - it will cost you $49.99 a year with commercials or $99.99 for an annual subscription to the Premium plan. Not sure you want to take the plunge and shell out already? Paramount Plus offers a 7-day free trial.  

How to watch the Grammys outside the US tonight

If you live outside the US or you’re out of the country right now, you may be thinking you can’t watch your favourite artists scoop up their awards tonight, but you can! While Paramount Plus isn’t currently available outside of the US, it can be accessed via the help of a VPN. These Virtual Private Networks are used to change the location of your IP address, therefore tricking the streaming service into thinking you are, in fact, viewing from the USA.

Right now, our VPN of choice is Express VPN, and they currently offer the service on a 30-day trial. Not sure where to start with a VPN? We have further guidance below.

ExpressVPN: Try 100% risk-free for 30 days

ExpressVPN: Try 100% risk-free for 30 days
Our VPN of choice is ExpressVPN. It’s compatible with just about any streaming device around and if you sign up now for an annual plan, you’ll bag an extra three months absolutely free. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure if it’s for you. Simply tell them within 30 days and you’ll get your money back! 

How to use a VPN

Got your VPN of choice downloaded? Here’s the three simple steps you need to follow to get it up and running ready to watch the 2023 Grammy Awards tonight:

  1. Install your chosen VPN: Many VPNs, including Express VPN, are compatible with most devices you can think of, whether that’s your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
  2. Connect to an appropriate server: Within your VPN, select the appropriate location for the content you want to consume.
  3. Load up the service you want: Now you can login to Paramount Plus and scratch that Grammy itch!

Grammy 2023 nominee highlights

Eight Grammy Awards on a table

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For a full list of this year's Grammy nominees, head to the official Grammy site. These are the categories we’re most excited about at this evening's ceremony:

Album Of The Year
ABBA: Voyage
Adele: 30
Bad Bunny: Un Verano Sin Ti
Mary J. Blige: Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe)
Brandi Carlile: In These Silent Days
Coldplay: Music Of The Spheres
Kendrick Lamar: Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
Lizzo: Special
Harry Styles: Harry's House

Best New Artist
Omar Apollo
DOMi & JD Beck
Muni Long
Samara Joy
Tobe Nwigwe
Molly Tuttle
Wet Leg

Best Dance/Electronic Recording
Bonobo: Rosewood
Diplo & Miguel: Don't Forget My Love
David Guetta & Bebe Rexha: I'm Good (Blue)
KAYTRANADA Featuring H.E.R.: Intimidated

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album
Beyoncé: Renaissance
Bonobo: Fragments
Diplo: Diplo
ODESZA: The Last Goodbye
RÜFÜS DU SOL: Surrender

Best Rock Performance
Bryan Adams: So Happy It Hurts
Beck: Old Man
The Black Keys: Wild Child
Brandi Carlile: Broken Horses
Idles: Crawl!
Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck: Patient Number 9
Turnstile: Holiday

Best Rock Album
The Black Keys: Dropout Boogie
Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Boy Named If
Idles: Crawler
Machine Gun Kelly: Mainstream Sellout
Ozzy Osbourne: Patient Number 9
Spoon: Lucifer On The Sofa

Best Rock Song
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Black Summer
Turnstile: Blackout
Brandi Carlile: Broken Horses
The War On Drugs: Harmonia's Dream
Ozzy Osbourne: Patient Number 9
Best Metal Performance
Ghost: Call Me Little Sunshine
Megadeth: We'll Be Back
Muse: Kill Or Be Killed
Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Tony Iommi: Degradation Rules
Turnstile: Blackout

Best Alternative Music Performance
Arctic Monkeys: There'd Better Be A Mirrorball
Big Thief: Certainty
Florence + The Machine: King
Wet Leg: Chaise Longue
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Featuring Perfume Genius: Spitting Off The Edge Of The World

Best Alternative Music Album
Arcade Fire: WE
Big Thief: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
Björk: Fossora
Wet Leg: Wet Leg
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Cool It Down

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