GRAMMYS (Audio): Queen Beyonce
Written by KingCnote on March 15, 2021
History was made at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards by Beyonce.
She won four trophies, which gives her 28 overall. That’s the most by any singer ever and ties her for second all-time for any artist with Quincy Jones.
She won Best R-and-B Performance for “Black Parade,” Best Music Video for “Brown Skin Girl” and two awards for her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion on “Savage.”
Megan also won Best New Artist. (And Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy, won her first Grammy, sharing the award for Best Music Video.)
Billie Eilish won Record of the Year for “Everything I Wanted.” It’s the second year in a row she’s won that award. (Only Roberta Flack and U2 have done that before.) She also won Best Song Written for Visual Media for “No Time to Die” from the upcoming James Bond movie of the same name. It’s the first time that a song has won the award for an unreleased movie. Her brother Finneas shared in both awards.
Taylor Swift won Album of the Year for the third time with Folklore. (She won in 2016 for 1989 and in 2010 for Fearless. She’s the first female artist to win the award three times.
Justin Bieber took home only one award — and it was in a country category! It was for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Dan and Shay on “10,000 Hours.”
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande won Best Pop Dup/Group Performance for “Rain on Me.” It’s the first time that award has been won by a female only act.Click here for Grammy Winners list.docxAudio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Billie Eilish accepts the award for Record of the Year for “everything i wanted.” OC:… (cheers fade). :44Audio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Taylor Swift accepts the award for Album of the Year. OC:… so much. :38Audio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Beyonce accepts the award for Best R&B Performance, breaking the all time Grammy wins record. OC:… thank you. :34Audio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Dua Lipa accepts the award for Best Pop Vocal Album. OC:… this album. :35
As for the night’s performances, Trevor Noah started the show from an outdoor stage where the awards would be given out and walked inside a studio where artists were set up to perform one after another and could watch each other’s performances.
Harry Styles started the performances by playing “Watermelon Sugar,” and was followed by Billie Eilish, dressed entirely in green, and her brother Finneas doing “Everything I Wanted.” (Later, when Styles accepted his Best Pop Solo Performance for “Watermelon Sugar” for some reason CBS cut out part of the audio in his speech.)
DaBaby and Roddy Ricch, with help from Anthony Hamilton, did “Rockstar” with a choir of mostly senior citizens in judges robes behind them.
Bad Bunny, who won Best Latin Pop or Urban Album,and Jhay Cortez did “Dakiti” on a stage that looked like an eye from above.
Dua Lipa was dressed in an all purple outfit and did “Levitating” with a guest verse from DaBaby and then did Record of the Year nominee “Don’t Stop Now.” She later won Best Pop Vocal Album.
Silk Sonic, the new group from Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, did “Leave the Door Open” in a performance filmed like it was from the 1970s.
In her first performance at the show in five years, Taylor Swift did a medley of Folklore songs — “Cardigan,” “August” and “Willow” — with her co-producers Aaron Dessner of The National and Jack Antonoff of Bleachers.
John Mayer played the guitar solo for Maren Morris on her song “The Bones.”
Megan Thee Stallion opened up her performance of “Body” and “Savage” with an extended dance segment. (And even though she was at the awards, Beyonce’s guest verse was from the original track.) Then Cardi B. came out to do “Up” before they joined together for their collab “WAP,” which was performed partially on a huge bed.
Post Malone performed “Hollywood’s Bleeding” with a choir that looked like bunch of creepy monks.
Lil Baby did “The Bigger Picture” with Killer Mike on a street near the stage that replicated a police shooting of an unarmed Black man. The performance closed with a huge display of fireworks.
Doja Cat performed “Say So” wearing an outfit that looked like it was from the distant future.
BTS did a version of “Dynamite” from South Korea.
Roddy Ricch sat behind a purple piano to start his medley that included “Heartless” and “The Box.”Audio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – BTS perform their song “Dynamite.” OC:… (music fades). :34Audio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Post Malone performs his song “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” OC:… call it home. :29Audio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Taylor Swift performs her song “cardigan.” OC:… you’d come back. :44Audio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Dua Lipa performs her song “Levitating.” OC:… I’m levitating. :29Audio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Billie Eilish performs her song “everything i wanted.” OC:… don’t deserve you. :33Audio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Harry Styles performs his song “Watermelon Sugar.” OC:… watermelon sugar high. :30Audio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Harry Styles gives a statement of thanks backstage. OC:…so much. :13Audio file
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Dua Lipa on the recognition the evening brought not just to her, but to female artists. OC:…the feeling. :19