Trevor Noah's Opening Monologue at 2024 Grammys Pokes Fun at Taylor Swift's Camera Time at NFL Games

The comedian returns to host music's biggest night for the third consecutive year

<p>Michael Schwartz/CBS via Getty</p> Trevor Noah

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Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah is kicking off music's biggest night!

On Sunday, The Daily Show alum, 39, returned to host the 2024 Grammy Awards for his third consecutive year at the annual ceremony. He started off by welcoming a late Meryl Streep (who sat with her daughter, Grace Gummer, and son-in-law, Mark Ronson) to her seat.

"This moment right here — you know what that means?" Noah said as Streep made her way to her seat. "It means the Grammys is gonna win an Oscar. Yeah. I don't know how but we just did it," he joked after calling her "one of the greatest Meryl Streeps of all time."

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Another late arrival: Taylor Swift, who could make Grammy history with a potential album of the year win. As she made her way across the room, Noah took the opportunity to talk about recent reports on the singer's impact on the economy.

"Are you seeing what's happening right now as Taylor Swift moves through the room?" Noah asked the crowd. "The local economy around those tables improves. Can you see you get this magic right now? Look at this magic. Lionel Richie, now Lionel Wealthy. Look at that."

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He also poked fun at the camera time Swift gets at NFL games, where she cheers on boyfriend Travis Kelce. Noah joked that every time the "Lavender Haze" singer is mentioned throughout the night, the cameras will show someone else — who plays football.

"I think it is so unfair how NFL fans have been complaining about the cameras cutting to Taylor Swift? Right? Like she's controlling the cameras at the games," he said.

He went on to say, "I'm gonna get revenge. Every time someone says Taylor Swift. I'm going to cut the cameras to someone who plays football," as the cameras panned to Terry Crews.

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Trevor Noah

In addition to his hosting duties, Noah received a nomination in the best comedy album category this year for his special I Wish You Would. He spoke about the honor — his second Grammy nomination — in an interview with PEOPLE ahead of the ceremony.

"It really is momentous for me because it's not just about the award or the nomination, it's about the company that I'm nominated alongside," he told PEOPLE earlier this month, before expressing admiration for fellow nominees Wanda Sykes, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock.

Noah continued, "I mean, to be in the same category as these people is really something special. It becomes a milestone in my life that reminds me to think more about the process than the outcome. And just to be in this moment, I want to savor it for as long as possible."

<p>Kevin Mazur/Getty</p> Trevor Noah attends the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021.

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Trevor Noah attends the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021.

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Performing at this year's Grammys are some of music's biggest stars, including SZAJoni MitchellBillie Eilsh, Billy JoelDua Lipa, Luke CombsBurna BoyOlivia RodrigoTravis Scott, U2 and more.

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