2021 Grammys

By Erin Lewantowicz

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards were presented on Sunday, March 14th. Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, hosted this prestigious award show. It was filled with performances from the world’s top celebrities, celebrations of the music released in 2020, and record-breaking awards.

And the Grammy goes to…

  • Record of the Year
    • “Everything I Wanted” – Billie Eilish
  • Album of the Year
    • Folklore – Taylor Swift
  • Song of the Year
    • “I Can’t Breathe” – H.E.R.
  • Best New Artist
    • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Best Pop Solo Performance
    • “Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles
  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
    • “Rain on Me” – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
    • American Standard – James Taylor
  • Best Pop Vocal Album
    • Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
  • Best Dance/Electronic Album
    • Bubba – Kaytranada
  • Best Contemporary Instrumental AlbumLive at the Royal Albert Hall – Snarky Puppy
  • Best Rock Album
    • The New Abnormal – The Strokes
  • Best Alternative Music Album
    • Fetch the Bolt Cutters – Fiona Apple
  • Best Progressive R&B Album
    • It Is What It Is – Thundercat
  • Best R&B Album
    • Bigger Love – John Legend
  • Best Rap Performance
    • “Savage” – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
  • Best Country Album
    • Wildcard – Miranda Lambert
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album
    • Secrets are the Best Stories – Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Perez
  • Best Latin Jazz Album
    • Four Questions – Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • Best Gospel Album
    • Gospel According to PJ – PJ Morton
  • Best Latin Pop Album or Urban Album
    • YHLQMDLG – Bad Bunny
  • Best American Album
    • World on the Ground – Sarah Jarosz
  • Best Bluegrass Album
    • Home – Billy Strings
  • Best Folk Album
    • All the Good Times – Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
  • Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
    • Jojo Rabbit – Various Artists
  • Best Song Written for Visual Media
    • “No Time to Die”– Billie Eilish
  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
    • Andrew Watt
  • Best Music Video
    • “Brown Skin Girl”– Beyoncé, Saint Jhn & Wizkid featuring Blue Ivy Carter

Two major records were broken at the Grammy’s as well! With Beyoncé’s newest awards, she is officially the most decorated Grammy awardee with 28 of these awards. Taylor Swift became the first woman to win the Album of the Year award 3 times (she previously won for “Fearless” and “1989”.

The Grammy Award Show also included performances from the top stars. Harry Styles opened the show with Watermelon Sugar. He was followed by Billie Eilish and Haim. DaBaby, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, and Megan Thee Stallion also delivered with show-stopping performances.

The show took place in outside LA venues due to COVID restrictions. Attendees sat at separate tables and wore their masks, unless they were on stage. The Grammy’s have been consistently critiqued for their nomination and awarding process. Many fans believe different artists were snubbed of awards, like BTS and the Weeknd, who didn’t even get nominated. Hopefully, the Grammy’s will start to create a higher level of trust and fairness among their artists and fans in the upcoming years. Get ready for another year of incredible music in 2021!

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