With her win for Best RnB Performance, Beyonce broke the record for most number of Grammy wins. Her all-time individual Grammy count now stands at 28, passing the record previously held by Alisson Krauss.
Beyonce won in the RnB category for her song, "Black parade", at the 63rd Grammy Awards, which took place in Los Angeles, on Sunday night (Monday morning according to India time).
"History is created people. Give it up for Beyonce," exclaimed host Trevor Noah, as the guests present at the ceremony gave Queen B a standing ovation for her achievement.
The record-breaking win came after her wins for Best Rap Performance, which she shared with Megan Thee Stallion for their song "Savage (Remix)," and Best Music Video category for "Brown skin girl," which she shared with her daughter Blue Ivy.
"You're a Grammy winner now," Beyonce said while accepting her award, and also added how she has been working since she "was nine", and remarked how much winning the award means for her.
Dua Lipa is also a Grammy winner once again. The 2019 Best New Artist winner added another golden gramophone to her resume on Sunday, taking home Best Pop Vocal Album for Future Nostalgia at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards.
The Grammys 2021 kicked off on Sunday with two early awards for music sensations Beyonce and Megan Thee Stallion, who both took home prizes ahead of the main gala.
Megan Thee Stallion won two trophies - Best New Artist Award and Best Rap Performance for Savage.
Beyonce captured her first trophy of the day for Best Music Video, an award she shared with her eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, who was in the clip for ‘Brown Skin Girl’.
Beyonce took home her second award for her collaboration with Megan. “Imma cry!” said Megan via video chat to accept the award for Best Rap Performance for ‘Savage’, fanning her eyes as she thanked Beyonce along with her late mother.
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards were delayed owing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The annual show shifted from its original January 31 broadcast to March 14. The ceremony honours musical artistes, compositions and albums across 84 categories.
Nas, Strokes first-time winners
Brittany Howard — known for fronting the band Alabama Shakes — won Best Rock Song, as Fiona Apple scored two awards for her album “Fetch The Bolt Cutters”, which many critics hailed as a masterpiece.
The notoriously reclusive Apple said on Instagram she would not be attending the ceremony, explaining she was not up for the scrutiny attending such a show entails.
Though most of the rock fields were unprecedentedly dominated by women, The Strokes won for Best Rock Album for “The New Abnormal,” their first Grammy ever.
Rap legend Nas also won for the first time after 14 nominations, with his “King’s Disease” winning Best Rap Album.
Nigerian superstar Burna Boy was also a first-time winner for Best Global Music Album, ecstatically accepting the prize which he said “is a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world.”
H.E.R. takes Song of the Year for 'I Can't Breathe'
H.E.R. revealed she recorded "I Can't Breathe" in a bedroom at her mom's house during her acceptance speech for Song of the Year. She also addressed the song's inspiration, asking viewers to keep up their energy from the summer of 2020. Protesters had taken to the streets in cities across the country to demonstrate against police killings of Black people and call for reform.
She also notched a win for Best R&B Song for "Better Than I Imagined," which was nominated in the same category as her "Slow Down."
Largest outdoor event
Comedian and talk show host Trevor Noah is hosting this year’s Grammys. It marks Noah’s first time hosting the award ceremony.
Trevor Noah opened music's biggest night from Los Angeles, joking that it would be the largest outdoor event of 2021 since the storming of the US Capitol in January.
John Prine, who died at the age of 73 last year, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy. Chick Corea also received a Posthumus award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.
Though usually held at the Staples Center, this year’s festivities will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Keeping in mind the pandemic, the event is said to be cut down to size and will have mainly a home viewing audience. The artists will be seen performing as The Recording Academy announced its list of performers. However, they will be seen performing at multiple stages as opposed to one stage at a designated spot.
The nominations for music’s biggest night were announced on November 24, 2020. The legendary Beyonce topped the list of having the most nominations this year — amassing nine nominations in the process.
Since the pandemic, a number of awards shows have been postponed and later revamped due to COVID-19 restrictions.