63rd Grammy Awards 2021: Beyonce, Taylor Swift make history

The winners of the 63rd Grammy Awards were announced at a star-studded hybrid in-person and online event in Los Angeles, United States.

Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish took the top prizes but Beyonce was the big winner on a history making night marked by multiple wins for women.

Beyonce’s four Grammys on Sunday, two of them shared with best new artist winner Megan Thee Stallion, took her total career wins to 28, surpassing the previous Grammy record for a female artist set by bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

Swift’s surprise record “Folklore,” recorded during coronavirus lockdowns, was named album of the year and made Swift, 31, the first woman to take home that prize three times.

In a socially-distanced ceremony of live and pre-recorded performances, the writers of “I Can’t Breathe” by R&B artist H.E.R won song of the year.

It was written in response to the Black Lives Matter protests that roiled the United States last summer following the police killing of George Floyd.

The ceremony was also aimed at moving past the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the live music industry, including the cancellation of music festivals, touring and concerts.

Hosted by Trevor Noah, the ceremony was packed with pre-recorded and live performances by the likes of Lipa, Taylor Swift, Post Malone, DaBaby, Black Pumas and Mickey Guyton. Cardi B and Megan teamed up to perform their summer single “WAP” in one of the raunchier moments of the night.

It took place both indoors and outdoors in Downtown Los Angeles but mostly without the elaborate sets and special effects that traditionally mark the highest honors in the music business.

Complete list of winners ’63rd Annual Grammy Awards 2021′

Album of the year: Taylor Swift (Folklore)
Record of the year: Billie Eilish (Everything I Wanted)
Song of the year: H.E.R (I Can’t Breathe)
Best new artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Best pop solo performance: Harry Styles (Watermelon Sugar)
Best pop duo/group performance: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande (Rain on Me)
Best pop vocal album: Dua Lipa (Future Nostalgia)
Best progressive R&B album: Thundercat It Is What It Is)
Best rap song: Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé (Savage (Remix) )
Best rap album: Nas (King’s Disease)
Best melodic rap performance: Anderson .Paak (Lockdown)
Best dance recording: Kaytranada featuring Kali Uchis
Best dance/electronic album: Kaytranada (Bubba)
Best rock performance: Fiona Apple (Shameika)
Best metal performance: Bum Rush (Bodycount)
Best rock album: The Strokes (The New Abnormal)
Best alternative album: Fiona Apple (Fetch the Bolt Cutters)
Best R&B performance: Beyoncé (Black Parade)
Best country album: Miranda Lambert (Wildcard)
Best Country Solo Performance: Vince Gill (When My Army Prays)
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber (10,000 Hours)
Best musical theatre album: Jagged Little Pill
Producer of the year:  non-classical: Andrew Watt
Best music video: Beyoncé ft Blue Ivy and Wizkid (Brown Skin Girl)