The 63rdAnnual GRAMMY Awards went down in Los Angeles last night, and as always it certainly was music’s biggest night, even if it looked a bit different this year.
Last night’s big winner wasBeyoncé, who took home her 28thGRAMMY, breaking the all time record for the most GRAMMY wins by a female artist ever (beating previous record holderAlison Krauss)and by any singer male or female. She is also tied withQuincy Jonesfor the second-most total wins in GRAMMY history (only Hungarian conductorGeorge Soltihas more, 31). Bey wound up winning four awards last night, including Best R&B Performance for "Black Parade," two awards forMegan Thee Stallion's"Savage" and Best Music Video.
But while Bey may have set record, the coveted Album of the Year award went toTaylor Swiftfor “Folklore,” making her the first female in GRAMMY history to win Album of the Year three times. She previously won for “Fearless” and “1989.” In accepting her award she gave a shout out toRyan ReynoldsandBlake Lively, as well as beauJoe Alwyn, sharing, “I wanna thank... Joe, the first person I play every single song that I write. I had the best time writing songs with you in quarantine."
- Other big winners include:H.E.R’sGeorge Floyd-inspired song “I Can’t Breathe” picked up Song of the Year, while Record of the Year went toBillie Eilishfor “Everything I Wanted,” although she spent her speech telling us whyMegan Thee Stallionshould have won the trophy. And speaking of Megan she took home Best New Artist, one of three awards she won last night. (Click here for a winner’s list)
Other tidbits about this year’s winners
- Just three years after former Recording Academy presidentNeil Portnowwas criticized for saying women needed to "step up" if they wanted to win GRAMMYs, all four major categories - Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist, went to female artists.
- Billie’s James Bond song “No Time To Die” won for Best Song written For Visual Media, making it the first tune to win for an unreleased movie (the 007 flick was delayed due to COVID-19).
- Beyoncé andJay-Z’sdaughterBlue Ivy Carterwon a GRAMMY for Bey’s vid for “Brown Girl,” making her the second-youngest artist to win a GRAMMY. The youngest isLeah Peasall, who at eight, won an award for Album of the Year for the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack in 2002.
This year’s GRAMMYs were hosted byTrevor Noah, and kicked off outside in front of the Staples Center, with Trevor even joking that it wasn’t a Zoom background. He noted the night would celebrate the “fantastic music that has touched our lives and saved our souls over this unprecedented year.” He also joked about the Los Angeles air, the storming of the Capitol, outdoor weddings, COVID protocols and more.
- Of course, as we come to expect from the GRAMMYs, the night was filled with TONS of great performances, including:
- The show kicked off with three back-to-back performances, starting off withHarry Styles’first-ever GRAMMY performance. He sang “Watermelon Sugar” decked out in a black leather suit with no shirt and green feather boa.
- Billie and brotherFinneaswere next to sing “Everything I Wanted,” which she sang standing on top of a car that appeared to be half submerged in water.
- Next up wasHaim, who rocked out to their song “The Steps.”
- TheBlack Pumasbrought the soul with their song “Colors,” as Harry Styles sang along on the side stage.
- DaBabybelted out his hit “Rockstar,” with a special appearance byRoddy Rich, with the performance featuring a group of Baby Boomers, which he was conducing behind him.
- Bad Bunnyperformed “Dakati,” with special guestJhay Cortez.
- Dua Lipa, in a billowing pink dress, performed “Levitating,” with a guest appearance by DaBaby, which gave her time to change into a sparkling pink blazer so she could dance with her masked dancers. She then transitioned into a pink bikini for “Don’t Start Now.”
- Bruno MarsandAnderson .Paakmade their live debut asSilkSonic, performing their smooth new track “Leave The Door Open,” dressed for the 70s vibe the song gives off.
- Taylor Swift, joined by her collaborators Jack AntonoffandAaron Dessner, performed in an enchanted forest setting, treating fans to a medley of "Folklore's" “Cardigan,” and “August” and "Evermore's" “Willow.”
- Acknowledging the immense loss of the year, the GRAMMYs paid tribute to several of the artists who passed and directed viewers to their website for the complete tribute. Getting a special performance tribute though wasLittle Richard, who was saluted by Bruno and Anderson, who performed a medley that included “Long Tall Sally,” and “Good Golly Miss Molly.” In addition,Eddie Van Halen’sguitar was spotlighted on the empty stage as a performance played behind it.
- Also,Lionel Richiepaid tribute to his good friendKenny Rogersby performing the song he wrote for him, “Lady,” andJohn Prine, who died from COVID-19, was saluted withBrandi Carlileperforming “I Remember Everything," the last song he recorded before he died.
- The tribute ended withBrittany Howardperforming “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” withColdplay’sChris Martinon piano, a tribute toGerry and the Pace Makers' Gerry Marsden, who passed away in January.
- Country women were saluted with three breathtaking performances. It kicked off withMickey Guyton,just weeks after giving birth, showing of her pipes during her performance of “Black Like Me,” backed by a powerful choir of singers. She was followed byMiranda Lambertwho was back with her band for her performance of “Bluebird.” And finally,Maren Morriswrapped the trio, performing her smash hit “The Bones,” withJohn Mayeron guitar and backing vocals.
- One of the more outrageous performances of the night came fromMegan Thee Stallion,who kicked off things off dancing in front grand staircase to “Body,” and then followed that up with a booty shaking performance of “Savage.”Cardi Bthen took the stage for her new single “Up,” before she was joined by Megan for a somewhat raunchy performance of their NSFW song “WAP,” that featured a giant shoe, a giant bed and more.
- Post Maloneperformed “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” surrounded by some spooky looking background singers.
- Lil Baby’spowerful performance of “The Bigger Picture” highlighted the subject of police brutality and systematic racism with the performance opening with the shooting of an unarmed black man. It featured appearances byTamika MalloryandKiller Mike.
- Doja Catperformed a futuristic performance of “Say So” in a full latex outfit.
- BTSonce again treated audiences to their mega hit “Dynamite,” performing in South Korea, although they recreated the GRAMMY set to make it look like they were in Los Angeles.
- Roddy Ricch, backed by a horn section and harp, performed a medley of “Heartless,” and “The Box.”