Female artists like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift had a recording night at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
The event was a packed but socially estranged show with live music absent due to the pandemic.
Four women won all four of the top awards on Sunday, including Swift, who became the first female artist to win album of the year three times. Beyoncé, with her 28th win, became the most decorated woman in Grammy history.
SHE won song of the year and Billie Eilish earned her second consecutive honors record of the year, telling the audience that Best New Artist winner Megan Thee Stallion deserved the award.
Although women have won all four of the top awards in the past, including the Eilish sweep last year, it marked the first time that four independent and solo women won the top four awards.
“I feel like there has been a lot of female empowerment and a lot of women winning awards tonight. And it has been absolutely incredible to be together with all that, to feel that energy, “said Dua Lipa, who won the award for best pop vocal album, backstage.
Swift won first prize for Folklore, the folk and alternative album she released as a surprise last year. He previously won album of the year with Fearless and 1989.
Beyoncé entered the show with 24 wins and earned four honors, including Best R&B Performance for Black Parade, Best Music Video for Brown Skin Girl, as well as Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for Savage, featuring Megan. Thee Stallion.
“As an artist, I think it’s my job, and all of our jobs, to reflect the time and it’s been such a difficult time,” Beyoncé said on stage as she won the award for best R&B performance for Black Parade, which was released on June 16, a public holiday. celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
He went on to say that he created the song to honor the “beautiful black kings and queens” of the world.
She added, “I’ve been working my whole life … This is such a magical night.”
Beyoncé now ties producer and multi-instrumentalist Quincy Jones for second place among all Grammy winners. She is only behind the late director Georg Solti, who is the most decorated Grammy winner with 31 wins.
But Beyoncé didn’t just make history, her entire family did, with Jay-Z collecting his 23rd Grammy, sharing the best rap song with his wife since he co-wrote Savage.
And 9-year-old Blue Ivy Carter, who won the best music video award alongside her mother, became the second-youngest act to win a Grammy in the show’s 63-year history.
Leah Peasall was 8 years old when The Peasall Sisters won album of the year at the 2002 show for their appearance on O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
Megan Thee Stallion, who won three awards, also made history and became the first female rapper to win the best rap song. It is also the fifth rap-based act to win the best new artist award.
The Grammys featured pre-recorded performances that helped the nearly four-hour show run smoothly, a not-so-easy feat during a global pandemic.
Host Trevor Noah told jokes about the pandemic and the year 2020, appearing live from downtown Los Angeles with masked attendees and sitting socially estranged at small round tables.
Silk Sonic, aka Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, also performed, bringing a touch of R&B to the show with their new single, Leave the Door Open.
Lipa proved her pop star status with a rendition of her hits Don’t Start Now and Levitating, where she was joined by DaBaby, who was a star during her own rendition of her rockstar guitar-tinged rap hit, changing the tune. song for an exceptional live performance featuring R&B singer Anthony Hamilton, an expert violinist and background singers.
Country singer Mickey Guyton, the first black woman to be nominated for best solo country performance, gave a top-notch performance of her song Black Like Me, which she released last year as police brutality continued to devastate black families and the coronavirus was sweeping black America disproportionately.
Lil Baby, along with Killer Mike and activist Tamika Mallory, delivered a political performance that impressed.
Black Parade joined a list of songs honoring the Black experience that won on Sunday, including HER’s protest anthem “I Can’t Breathe” and Anderson Paak’s “Lockdown,” which was released on June 16 as “Black Parade”.
Other artists on Sunday included Eilish, Cardi B, Bad Bunny, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Harry Styles, who won best solo pop performance for the hit Watermelon Sugar.
“To everyone who made this record with me, thank you very much,” said Styles, the first One Direction member to win a Grammy.
Double winners included HER, Fiona Apple, Kaytranada, and late artists John Prine and Chick Corea.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism