Feminine performers together with Beyoncé and Taylor Swift had a record-making evening on the 2021 Grammy Awards, a jam-packed however socially distanced present highlighted by reside music sorely absent throughout the pandemic period.
4 girls received the highest 4 prizes Sunday, together with Swift, who grew to become the primary feminine performer to win album of the yr thrice. Beyoncé — together with her twenty eighth win — grew to become essentially the most embellished girl in Grammy historical past.
H.E.R. received music of the yr and Billie Eilish picked up her second consecutive report of the yr honor, telling the viewers that greatest new artist winner Megan Thee Stallion deserved the award.
Although girls have received all prime 4 awards up to now – together with Eilish’s sweep last year – it marked the primary time 4 separate and solo girls received the highest 4 honors.
“I really feel like there’s been plenty of feminine empowerment and plenty of girls successful awards tonight. And so it has been completely superb to only be alongside all that, to really feel that vitality,” Dua Lipa, who received greatest pop vocal album, stated backstage.
Swift received the highest prize with “folklore,” the folky, different album she launched as a shock final yr. She beforehand received album of the yr with “Fearless” and “1989.”
Beyoncé walked into the present with 24 wins and picked up 4 honors, together with greatest R&B efficiency for “Black Parade,” greatest music video for “Brown Pores and skin Woman” in addition to greatest rap efficiency and greatest rap music for “Savage,” with Megan Thee Stallion.
“As an artist I imagine it is my job, and all of our jobs, to mirror time and it has been such a troublesome time,” Beyoncé stated onstage as she received greatest R&B efficiency for “Black Parade,” which was launched on Juneteenth.
She went on to say she created the music to honor the “stunning Black kings and queens” on this planet.
She added: “I’ve been working my complete life … That is such a magical evening.”
Beyoncé now ties producer and multi-instrumentalist Quincy Jones for second place amongst all Grammy winners. She is just behind the late conductor Georg Solti, who’s essentially the most embellished Grammy winner with 31 wins.
However Beyoncé did not solely make historical past, her complete household did. The royal household of music all received honors Sunday: Jay-Z picked up his twenty third Grammy, sharing one of the best rap music win along with his spouse since he co-wrote “Savage.” And 9-year-old Blue Ivy Carter — who received greatest music video alongside her mom — grew to become the second youngest act to win a Grammy within the present’s 63-year historical past. Leah Peasall was 8 when The Peasall Sisters received album of the yr on the 2002 present for his or her look on the T Bone Burnett-produced “O Brother, The place Artwork Thou?” soundtrack.
Megan Thee Stallion, who received three honors, additionally made historical past and have become the primary feminine rapper to win greatest rap music. She’s additionally the fifth rap-based act to win greatest new artist.
Beyoncé was the night’s top contender with nine nominations. She did not carry out however Swift did.
She sang “cardigan” and “august” from “folklore,” in addition to “willow” from “evermore,” and was joined by the collaborators who helped her make the albums, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, who each received album of the yr with Swift.
The Grammys featured pre-taped performances that helped the practically four-hour present run seamlessly — a not-so-easy feat throughout a world pandemic. Host Trevor Noah advised jokes in regards to the pandemic and the yr that was 2020, showing reside from downtown Los Angeles with attendees sporting masks and sitting, socially distanced, at small spherical tables.
Silk Sonic, aka Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, additionally carried out, bringing a throwback R&B vibe to the present with their easy new single, “Go away the Door Open.” Lipa proved her pop star standing with a efficiency of her hits “Do not Begin Now” and “Levitating,” the place she was joined by DaBaby, who was an all-star throughout his personal efficiency of his guitar-tinged rap hit “Rockstar,” flipping the music for an distinctive reside rendition that includes R&B singer Anthony Hamilton, a talented violinist and background singers.
Nation singer Mickey Guyton – the primary Black girl nominated for greatest nation solo efficiency – gave a prime notch efficiency of her music “Black Like Me,” which she launched final yr as police brutality continued to devastate Black households and the coronavirus ravished Black America disproportionately. Lil Child, joined by Killer Mike and activist Tamika Mallory, gave a political efficiency that impressed.
“Black Parade” joined a listing of songs honoring the Black expertise that received Sunday, together with H.E.R.’s protest anthem “I Cannot Breathe” and Anderson Paak’s “Lockdown,” which was launched on Juneteenth like “Black Parade.”
Different performers Sunday included Eilish, Cardi B, Dangerous Bunny, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Harry Types, who received greatest pop solo efficiency for the hit “Watermelon Sugar.”
“To everybody who made this report with me, thanks a lot,” stated Types, the primary member of One Course to win a Grammy.
Double winners included H.E.R., Fiona Apple, Kaytranada and late performers John Prine and Chick Corea.