The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards show occurred this past week on March 14.
The Grammy Awards are a huge night in the music industry for musicians who are hoping to be recognized for their hard work and talent. With the red carpet rolled out, and awards to be given away, it is always sure to be an interesting evening.
Hosting the event was comedian and television personality, Trevor Noah.
Noah was chosen to present the historic award show back in November of 2020.
To kick the night off, singer Harry Styles performed his hit song of the summer, “Watermelon Sugar.” Wrapped in a leather suit and green feather boa slung effortlessly around his neck, Styles opened the show with the best vibes.
He was backed by fellow musician, Dev Hynes on the guitar. The performance was jazzy yet eclectic, just like Mr. Styles himself.
Many of the performances were show-stopping, just as they should be. One performance that created a lot of buzz was the performance of “Levitating” by singer, Dua Lipa and rapper, Da Baby.
The British-Albanian singer sung her chart-topping song, “Don’t Start Now,” and was joined by the South Carolinian rapper for “Levitating,” which included dance routines and costume changes galore. Both had incredible chemistry on stage and brought such a good show.
However, what would an award show be without some controversy?
The polarizing performance of rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion caused some whirling opinions. Tricked out in plate armor, the two women put on quite the show for the performance of their song, “WAP.”
Other performers included Bruno Mars joined by Anderson .Paak for “Leave the Door Open.” With Mars and .Paak giving an incredible, groovy 70s vibe, it was bound to be a good show.
Youngster Billie Eilish with her brother FINNEAS performed her somber song, “everything i wanted.”
Finally, Taylor Swift made a comeback to the Grammy stage with her cottagecore, wilderness performance of her songs, “Cardigan,” “August” and “Willow.”
Nominations for the Grammys were announced back in November 2020.
Leading the pack with nine nominations was Beyonce Knowles. Nominated in the categories for Best Rap Performance, Best Music Video and many more, she was definitely in the lead.
Dua Lipa took second place with eight nominations. Nom-inated in the categories for Pop Vocal Album, Album of the Year and Song of the Year, this year was Lipa’s year.
However, like in every competition, not every nominee can win. The biggest winner of the night was Beyonce Knowles with her four trophies. In the midst of the show, the singer found out that she is now the most awarded woman in Grammy’s history. Passing bluegrass singer Alison Kraus, Beyonce now holds the record with 28 wins.
March 14 was also a big night for rapper Megan Thee Stallion who won Best New Artist, her second win of the night. Dua Lipa won Best pop Vocal Album for “Future Nostalgia.”
Grammy darling Billie Eilish took home the award for Record of the Year for her song “everything i wanted.”
Of course, like every event in the past year, COVID did affect how the Grammys proceeded.
The ceremony was supposed to take place on Jan. 31 of this year however, due to the increasing COVID cases in Los Angeles, the Recording Academy decided to postpone the event.
The ceremony was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center which is across the street from where the event is usually held, at the Staples Convention Center.
The tables of celebrities were socially distanced in an unusual outside setting, and everyone was masked up.
All in all, the Grammys were different this year due to COVID. Through all the obstacles however, the award show was still a hit and created a lot of buzz, as it does every year.
Everyone has their different opinions about the Grammys. Whether good or bad, the Recording Academy knows how to make a headline.