The 2021 Grammy Awards: A recap

Arts & Entertainment writer recaps a few of the prominent Grammy winners, photo courtesy of Flickr. 

Sydney Knape
Contributing Writer

On March 14, 2021, the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles in an unprecedented way.

Attendees were social-distant, masked and seated outside of the Staples Center. Although it looked different, it was still a star-studded event. There was still a long list of nominees and performers.

Some of the biggest names in the music industry arrived on the red carpet including  Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, and Dua Lipa. Cardi B also attended along with Billie Ellish, Chris Martin, and Megan Thee Stallion. 

Because masks were required,  it was  interesting to see how many stars incorporated masks into their outfits. Almost every celebrity coordinated their masks to their outfits, such as Taylor Swift, who opted for a floral embroidered facial covering to match her pattern dress. Billie Eilish went with a mask that matched her outfit as well, and went for more of a sequin look. 

After photos were taken of the celebrities, everyone took their seats ready to experience a Grammys that had an extremely limited audience due to COVID-19. Even though they were removed for photographers at the red carpet, celebrities wore masks throughout the entire show. 

 Harry Styles, beloved by many, opened the Grammys with his award-winning song, Watermelon Sugar.

He took the stage with pride and confidence while performing a different take on one of his best selling tracks. His performance spread like wildfire online, and received many people’s approval for the show.

His choice to don a boa during the production and his overall attire was praised by many. Styles won a Grammy that night for Best Pop Solo Performance of “Watermelon Sugar.” This was his first Grammy. He was also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for Fine Line and Best Music Video for “Adore You.” 

Beyonce was nominated for a total of nine Grammys and took home four this year, one being for Best R&B Performance for her song “Black Parade.”

With this win, she now holds the title of most Grammys ever won by a female musician. Her daughter, Blue Ivy, won a Grammy because she was in the “Black Parade” performance with Beyonce, making her the second youngest winner of a Grammy award.

Beyonce was nominated for song and album of the year as well for “Savage Remix” with Megan Thee Stallion.

The Big Four Awards are the four awards that are dubbed the most important, and most honorable to receive. These include the Best Song of the Year, Best Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. 

Women of color took home two of the four biggest awards this year, while for the past 16 years all women in general have taken home a Big Four Award.

This year, Megan Thee Stallion took home Best New Artist and Taylor Swift won Album of the Year for her surprise release of Folklore.

Billie Eillish took home Record of the Year for “Everything I Wanted,” and Best Song of the Year went to “I Can’t Breathe” by her H.E.R. 

Even if you’ve listened to the award-winning artists, albums and songs nonstop for the past year, now might be the time to listen once again!

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