While the 2021 Grammy Awards, held on March 14, had no live audience to cheer their favourite musicians this year, it still brought all the fireworks one has come to expect from the music fraternity over the last six decades. The event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Centre and some stars tuned in virtually to receive their awards.

Celebrities like Taylor Swift in a flowery Oscar da la Renta, Megan Thee Stallion in an orange Dolce & Gabbana, Harry Styles in plaid Gucci blazer paired with a purple boa, Dua Lipa in a shimmery Atelier Versace, Lizzo in Balmain, Beyoncé in Schiaparelli LBD, DaBaby in printed Dolce & Gabbana, BTS members in Louis Vuitton and Trevor Noah in Gucci graced the red carpet dressed to the nines.

The 2021 Grammy awards ceremony was hosted by The Daily Show’s Noah who brought in the punches in his opening monologue. He started with how “This year’s Grammy’s is going to look a little different, I’m not going to front, the whole thing is going to be pretty different. But it’s going to be even more exciting because our nominees will be sitting at those tables for their awards, so right now there’s more tension in that tent than at a family reunion at Buckingham Palace.”

And ended the 2021 Grammy awards show with “Tonight, we’re hoping this is all about what 2021 can be, full of joy, new beginnings and coming together, never forgetting what happened in 2020, but full of hope for what is to come. Let’s do this people.”

The show thrilled fans who tuned in from across the globe as it featured pre-recorded and live performances by artists like Harry Styles, Post Malone, Doja Cat, Maren Morris and John Mayer, and Miranda Lambert. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion got social media talking when they teamed up for a rendition of their hit single, WAP, with a prelude of Stallion’s Body, Savage and Cardi B’s latest, Up. Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak gave their debut performance as the band Silk Sonic with the song Leave the Door Open.


K-pop band BTS brought their A-game while performing Dynamite, which was also nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance but lost to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Rain on Me.

The 2021 Grammy Awards was not without some milestones. Beyoncé, nominated in nine categories, made history as she became the female artist with most Grammy wins, 28. She equalled Alison Krauss at 27 when she won Best Rap Performance with Megan Thee Stallion for Savage. She then crossed the mark by winning the Best R&B Performance for Black Parade. Beyoncé is now tied with producer and multi-instrumentalist Quincy Jones for the second most Grammy wins. The late conductor Georg Solti is the most decorated Grammy winner with 31.

Taylor Swift also set a benchmark by becoming the first female artist to win the award three times when her album “Folklore” won the 2021 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. She won it for her album “Fearless” in 2010 and for “1989” in 2015.

Other big winners of the night were Billie Eilish who took home Record of the Year for Everything I Wanted and Harry Styles who won his first-ever Grammy in the 2021 Grammy awards, for Watermelon Sugar in Best Pop Performance category.


Here is the list of all the winners of the night:

Record of the Year

Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted

Album of the Year

Taylor Swift – Folklore

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 Traditional Pop Vocal Album

James Taylor – American Standard

Best Pop Vocal Album

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

Best Dance Recording

Kaytranada Featuring Kali Uchis – 10%

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Kaytranada – Bubba

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Snarky Puppy – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Best Rock Performance

Fiona Apple – Shameika

Best Metal Performance

Body Count – Bum-Rush

Best Rock Song

Brittany Howard – Stay High

Best Rock Album

The Strokes – The New Abnormal

Best Alternative Music Album

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Best R&B Performance

Beyoncé – Black Parade

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Ledisi – Anything for You

Best R&B Song

Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello – Better Than I Imagine

Best Progressive R&B Album

Thundercat – It Is What It Is

Best R&B Album

John Legend – Bigger Love

Best Rap Performance

Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé – Savage

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Anderson .Paak – Lockdown

Best Rap Song

Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé – Savage

Best Rap Album

Nas – King’s Disease

Best Country Solo Performance

Vince Gill – When My Amy Prays

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber – 10,000 Hours

Best Country Song

The Highwomen – Crowded Table

Best Country Album

Miranda Lambert – Wildcard

Best New Age Album

Jim “Kimo” West – More Guitar Stories

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Chick Corea – All Blues

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez – Secrets Are the Best Stories

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade – Trilogy 2

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Maria Schneider Orchestra – Data Lords

Best Latin Jazz Album

Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Four Questions

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music – Movin’ On

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Zach Williams & Dolly Parton – There Was Jesus

Best Gospel Album

PJ Morton – Gospel According to PJ

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Kanye West – Jesus Is King

Best Roots Gospel Album

Fisk Jubilee Singers – Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album)

Best Latin Pop or Urban Album

Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

Rito Paez – La Conquesta del Espacio

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Natalia Lafourcade – Un Canto por México, Vol. 1

Best Tropical Latin Album

Grupo Niche – 40

Best American Roots Performance

I Remember Everything – John Prine

Best American Roots Song

John Prine – I Remember Everything

Best Americana Album

Sarah Jarosz – World on the Ground

Best Bluegrass Album

Billy Strings – Home

Best Traditional Blues Album

Bobby Rush – Rawer Than Raw

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?

Best Folk Album

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – All the Good Times

Best Regional Roots Music Album

New Orleans Nightcrawlers – Atmosphere

Best Reggae Album

Toots & the Maytals – Got to Be Tough

Best Global Music Album

Burna Boy – Twice As Tall

Best Children’s Music Album

Joanie Leeds – All the Ladies

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

Rachel Maddow – Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

Best Comedy Album

Tiffany Haddish – Black Mitzvah

Best Musical Theater Album

Jagged Little Pill

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Jojo Rabbit

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker

Best Song Written for Visual Media

Billie Eilish – No time to Die

Best Instrumental Composition

Maria Schneider – Sputnik

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

John Beasley – Donna Lee

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Jacob Collier – He Won’t Hold You

Best Recording Package

Desert Sessions – Vols. 11 & 12

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Wilco – Ode to Joy

Best Album Notes

The Replacements – Dead Man’s Pop

Best Historical Album

Mister Rogers – It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Beck – Hyperspace

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Andrew Watt

Best Remixed Recording

Saint Jhn – Roses (Imanbek Remix)

Best Immersive Audio Album

Due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Best Immersive Audio Album Craft Committee was unable to meet. The judging of the entries in this category has been postponed until such time that we are able to meet in a way that is appropriate to judge the many formats and configurations of the entries and is safe for the committee members. The nominations for the 63rd GRAMMYs will be announced next year in addition to (and separately from) the 64th GRAMMY nominations in the category

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar”

Producer of the Year, Classical

David Frost

Best Orchestral Performance

Los Angeles Philharmonic – Ives: Complete Symphonies

Best Opera Recording

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus – Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

Best Choral Performance

James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann & Matthew Worth; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & UCLA Chamber Singers – Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Pacifica Quartet – Contemporary Voices

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Richard O’Neill – Theofanidis: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Sarah Brailey & Dashon Burton – Smyth: The Prison

Best Classical Compendium

Isabel Leonard – Thomas, M.T.: From the Diary of Anne Frank & Meditations on Rilke

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Christopher Rouse – Rouse: Symphony No. 5

Best Music Video

Beyoncé – Brown Skin Girl

Best Music Film

Linda Ronstadt – Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice


This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India.

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