March 5, 2024

One of the most prestigious nights in the world of entertainment is upon us, as the great and the good of the music industry descend on Los Angeles for the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Trevor Noah is hosting the awards for the fourth time, and this year there’s a strong showing for female artists, with seven of the eight acts nominated for the top prize of Record of the Year being female acts. That category sees Taylor Swift’s Anti-Hero go up against the likes of Olivia Rodrigo’s Vampire, SZA’s Kill Bill and Billie Eilish’s contribution to the Barbie soundtrack, What Was I Made For?

Rodrigo and Eilish are both scheduled to perform at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, with Dua Lipa, SZA and Travis Scott also billed to play live.

The ceremony is set to feature performances by some legendary acts as well, including Billy Joel and U2. And Joni Mitchell is scheduled to take the Grammys stage for the first time in her storied career.

Read on to find out how to watch the 2024 Grammys, no matter where you are in the world.

Singer SZA speaking onstage during the 65th GRAMMY Awards.

SZA leads the nominations, with the SOS star up for nine awards.

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What time do the Grammys start?

This year’s official ceremony takes place on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The event will be broadcast live in the US on CBS and will also stream live and on-demand on Paramount Plus.

Hard-core music fans should note that the preshow premiere ceremony, where most Grammys are traditionally awarded, takes place a little earlier, at 3:30 p.m. ET /12:30 p.m. PT. Hosted by songwriter-producer Justin Tranter, the premiere ceremony will be available to stream live on live.Grammy.com and the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel.

How to watch the Grammys from anywhere on VPN

So what if you’re traveling outside your home country and want to enjoy the show or want an added layer of privacy for streaming? There’s an option that doesn’t require searching the internet for a sketchy website: You can use a VPN, or virtual private network.

With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the show. If you find yourself unable to watch locally, a VPN can come in handy. Plus, it’s a great idea for when you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.

Most VPNs, like CNET’s Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make it easy to virtually change your location. Looking for other options? Be sure to check out some of the other great VPN deals or another pick from our best list, like Surfshark or NordVPN.

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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It’s normally $13 per month. But you can save 49% plus get three months of access for free — the equivalent of $8.32 per month — if you get an annual subscription. 

Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

How to watch the Grammys in the US

The 66th Grammy Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on linear TV on CBS. That means you’ll be able to livestream the event via the CBS website — all you’ll need for sign-in is your cable provider details. 

The show will also be available for Paramount Plus with Showtime subscribers via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate. Paramount Plus Essential subscribers in the US will meanwhile be able to watch the event on-demand the following day. The service includes a seven-day free trial for new customers. 

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Paramount Plus has two main subscription plans: Essential for $6 per month ($60 per year if paying annually), and Paramount Plus with Showtime for $12 per month ($120 per year if paying annually). 

The cheaper Essential option has ads for on-demand streaming and lacks live CBS feeds, as well as the ability to download shows to watch offline later. Students may qualify for a 25% discount. Read our Paramount Plus review.

Watch the Grammys on a live TV streaming service

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There are numerous live TV streaming services available in the US that carry CBS live, allowing you to watch the Grammys as the event takes place, and YouTube TV is our favorite. It costs $73 a month. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.

Watch the Grammys live in Canada

In Canada, free-to-air broadcaster Citytv is airing the 2024 Grammys live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday. 

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The great news for Canadian music fans is that once again Citytv will be airing the prestigious ceremony live — at 8 p.m. ET this Sunday. 

That means you can also stream the ceremony for free on Citytv’s online platform. You’ll just need to enter your TV provider details.

Watch the Grammys live in Australia

This year’s awards will air live and free exclusively Down Under on Channel 7 and its 7plus streaming service at noon AEDT on Monday, Feb. 5.

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Can I watch the Grammys live in the UK?

Somewhat surprisingly, at the time of writing no broadcaster in the UK is confirmed to be showing this year’s event. In past years, music fans in the region have been able to livestream the event via the official Grammys website. But it still isn’t clear whether the feed will be available to UK viewers this time around.  

Tips for streaming the Grammys using a VPN

  • With four variables at play — your ISP, browser, video streaming provider, and VPN — experience and success may vary.
  • If you don’t see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the “search for city or country” option.
  • If you’re having trouble viewing after you’ve turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log in to your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs — like Roku — don’t have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you’ll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you’re using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
  • All the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a network’s app, you’ll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location. 
  • And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you’re using a privacy-first browser to log in to your services. We normally recommend Brave.