The 63rd Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles in a unique socially distanced fashion. The ceremony saw Meghan Thee Stallion and Harry Styles winning their first-ever Grammys. For BTS fans this was an evening of disappointment as the K-pop group lost on their chance of Grammys. The “Dynamite” band gave a performance from Seoul on the Grammy-nominated number.
However, this year’s Grammys were historic for Beyonce, who is now the female artist with the most trophies. She has 28 Grammys now, surpassing the record held by singer Alison Krauss – the 28th win was for Best R&B Performance for Black Parade. The big three Grammys went to last year’s big winner Billie Eilish (Record of the Year for Everything I Wanted), Taylor Swift (Album of the Year for Folkore), and H.E.R (Song of the Year for I Can’t Breathe).
Trevor Noah opened music’s biggest night from Los Angeles, joking that it would be the largest outdoor event of 2021 since the storming of the US Capitol in January. “I know that you haven’t been able to go to a concert in a long time — neither have I. So tonight we’re bringing the concert to you,” he said. John Prine, who died at the age of 73 last year, received awards for Best Roots Performance and Best Roots Song from the Recording Academy. Chick Corea also received a Posthumus award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.
Check out the complete winner’s list from the 63rd Grammy Awards here:
Record of the year
Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish
Album of the year
“Folklore” by Taylor Swift
Song of the year
“I Can’t Breathe” by Dernst Emile II, H.E.R., and Tiara Thomas
Best pop solo performance
“Watermelon” by Harry Styles
Best pop duo/group performance
“Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
Best R&B album
“Bigger Love” by John Legend
Best R&B performance
“Black Parade” by Beyonce
Best traditional R&B performance
“Anything For You” by Ledisi
Best progressive R&B album
“It is what it is” by Thundercat
Best R&B song
“Better Than I Imagined” by Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndeogeocello & Gabriella Wilson
Best new artist
Megan Thee Stallion
Mean-while, YouTuber and content creator Lilly Singh made a statement at the Grammy Award ceremony by wearing a mask that showed her support for the farmer’s protest in India. Ms. Singh, who has been vocal about her support for the protesting farmers, posed in a mask with a message: “I stand with farmers”.
“I know red carpet/award show pictures always get the most coverage, so here you go media. Feel free to run with it. #IStandWithFarmers #GRAMMYs,” she tweeted and wrote on Instagram.
In little over an hour after she shared the photo, her Instagram post was “liked” by over 52,000 people. Model Amanda Cerny and WWE wrestler Sunil Singh were among those who commented on the post. The Canadian, whose parents were born in Punjab, has over nine million followers on Instagram and over 14 million subscribers on YouTube.