Girls night time: Beyoncé, Swift make historical past at Grammys as others win huge
NEW YORK (AP) — Feminine performers together with Beyoncé and Taylor Swift had a record-making night time on the 2021 Grammy Awards, a jam-packed however socially distanced present highlighted by stay music sorely absent through 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 — along with her twenty eighth win — grew to become essentially the most embellished girl in Grammy historical past.
H.E.R. received tune of the yr and Billie Eilish picked up her second consecutive report of the yr honor, telling the viewers that finest 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 final yr – 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 many girls profitable awards tonight. And so it’s been completely superb to only be alongside all that, to really feel that power,” Dua Lipa, who received finest 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 finest R&B efficiency for “Black Parade,” finest music video for “Brown Pores and skin Lady” in addition to finest rap efficiency and finest rap tune for “Savage,” with Megan Thee Stallion.
“As an artist I imagine it’s my job, and all of our jobs, to replicate time and it’s been such a troublesome time,” Beyoncé stated onstage as she received finest R&B efficiency for “Black Parade,” which was launched on Juneteenth.
She went on to say she created the tune 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 night time.”
Beyoncé now ties producer and multi-instrumentalist Quincy Jones for second place amongst all Grammy winners. She is barely 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 the perfect rap tune win along with his spouse since he co-wrote “Savage.” And 9-year-old Blue Ivy Carter — who received finest 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 finest rap tune. She’s additionally the fifth rap-based act to win finest new artist.
Beyoncé was the night time’s prime contender with 9 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 almost four-hour present run seamlessly — a not-so-easy feat throughout a world pandemic. Host Trevor Noah informed jokes concerning the pandemic and the yr that was 2020, showing stay 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 clean new single, “Go away the Door Open.” Lipa proved her pop star standing with a efficiency of her hits “Don’t 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 tune for an distinctive stay rendition that includes R&B singer Anthony Hamilton, a talented violinist and background singers.
Nation singer Mickey Guyton – the primary Black girl nominated for finest nation solo efficiency – gave a prime notch efficiency of her tune “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 Can’t 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 finest 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.