The 2021 Grammys, was the year’s biggest night for music. Females prevailed this year, with winners Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion and H.E.R dominating the awards.
This year, focusing on the music instead of the Grammys themselves saw The Recording Academy successfully put on a show that felt both relevant and fun to watch.
In the midst of a global pandemic, it was hard to imagine a traditional Grammys award ceremony. The weeks leading up to the ceremony were overshadowed this year by weeks-long-behind-the-scenes tension.
Beyoncé Wins Big
The big win of the night belonged to Beyoncé, taking home her 28th Grammy, the Best R&B Performance award. She received an outstanding nine nominations, winning four awards. She has become the most-awarded woman in Grammys history.
Other winners included Taylor Swift (Album of the Year); Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas (Song of the Year); Megan Thee Stallion (Best New Artist) and Kanye West (Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, interestingly enough).
For a complete list of the night’s awards winners, see Pitchfork.
When Beyoncé’s uplifting anthem “BLACK PARADE” won Best R&B Performance, the star’s Grammy odometer rolled over to 28, setting a new record for the most awards won by a woman and a singer.
A shirtless Harry Styles kicked off the party with a soulful rendition of his hit “Watermelon Sugar”, donning a dark green leather suit and feather boa to match. He went on to impress paparazzi with an array of Gucci-heavy outfits throughout the evening.
Styles’ outfit energy was matched by Post Malone in a Chrome Hearts ensemble and Big Sean in Ermenegildo Zegna.
Additionally, Taylor Swift wowed audiences with a performance of her 2020 hits. The stage was transformed into a makeshift forest for the occasion.
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