The Grammys 2021

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The 63rd annual Grammy Awards took place on March 14 and proved to be successfully Covid-safe. With a new executive producer, new host, and an abundance of first-time award winners, the 2021 event set the stage for the future of Grammy Awards. 

This year’s show, which took place in Los Angeles but was televised nationwide, offered screen time to workers hurt by the pandemic and paid tribute to musicians who passed in 2020. 

“No matter where you live, you’ll be able to be part of Music’s Biggest Night!” said Jhené Aiko in regards to at-home viewers as she kicked off the night. 

At the ceremony itself, 26 artists performed on stage. Megan Thee Stallion was recognized for the best performance of the night and brought home three additional awards: best new artist, best rap song, and best rap performance. 

In a controversial twist, Billie Eilish was awarded record of the year for her album “Everything I Wanted” but used her acceptance speech as an opportunity to praise fellow nominee Megan Thee Stallion. 

“This is really embarrassing for me,” said Eilish. “You are a queen, I want to cry thinking about how much I love you.”

Other major award winners included H.E.R. for song of the year, Harry Styles for best pop solo performance, Dua Lipa for best pop vocal album, and Taylor Swift for album of the year. 

More specifically, Taylor Swift made history as the first female artist to win the album of the year award three times, in addition to past male winners Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder. 

Beyonce also set the record for most-awarded woman in Grammys history with her 28th win at this year’s awards. 

“I am so honoured, I’m so excited,” said Beyonce while accepting her record-breaking trophy for best R&B performance. 

In addition to musical awards, the Grammy Awards is also famous for red carpet fashion. This year, Harry Styles was awarded the unofficial “best accessory” title for his green boa that was wrapped around his neck as he performed his Grammy-winning song “Watermelon Sugar.”

Billie Eilish also grabbed the attention of thousands in her Gucci bucket hat and matching mask, while Dua Lipa took on the opposite effect in a transparent Versace gown. 

Other stars including Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, Megan Thee Stallion, and Cynthia Erivo were recognized for their impossibly cool fashion statements while Doja Cat, Lizzo, Noah Cyrus, and Phoebe Bridgers took home the “worst dressed” titles. 

Overall, fans of the ceremony were thrilled that accommodations could be made to host the Grammy Awards this year, and the event received thousands of positive reviews nationwide. 

“This past year has been difficult for us all. We’ve had to do everything over Zoom – weddings, work, colonoscopies,” joked Noah Cyrus. Even celebrities needed a night of celebration to bring a light to the pandemic.