The 2021 Grammys


GIRL BOSSES took over the Grammys. Photo via the New York Times 

Brooklyn Staab | Student Life Editor  

March 21, 2021

The Grammys are a cultural phenomena that almost everyone looks forward to watching. These awards are considered to be the most prestigious of awards for singers and artists in the music industry.  

HAYLOR REUNION? Many lost their cool when seeing photos of Harry and Taylor chatting. Photo via Microsoft News 

This year, the Grammys had to be done a bit differently than what we are used to. The opening performances had separate stages spread apart for live filming. Many artists attended from their living rooms, while some were able to attend the outdoor stage— with masks matching their extravagant outfits, of course. 

Fans freaked out from Lizzo’s Instagram post with the Grammy winner, Harry Styles. Photo via @lizzobeeating on Instagram.

However, Elton John might be terribly upset about this year’s awards. He jokingly claimed he would “hit someone” if Phoebe Bridgers did not win a Grammy this year. And Elton, many fans are with you on that one. “Phoebe is incredibly talented and I am so sad she didn’t win,” senior Megan Moe said.

More importantly, history was made multiple times at this year’s Grammys. Beyonce won four awards this year, meaning she now holds the record for the most Grammys awarded to a woman. “I wanted to uplift, encourage, celebrate all of the beautiful Black queens and kings that continue to inspire me and inspire the world,” Beyonce said during her acceptance speech for “Black Parade.”

Taylor Swift also made history for women this year. She became the first woman to win “album of the year” three times. She has previously won for her albums Fearless, 1989, and now, Folklore. Her performance in the show included a medley of “Cardigan,” “August,” and a slightly more rock version of “Willow.” She brought out Jack Antonof and Aaron Dessner for this enlightening performance. 

In addition, Megan Thee Stallion won “New Artist of the Year,” along with many other awards.“I think she really deserved it,” junior Sam Shaw said. “I think it’s amazing a woman of color received this, even though many other POC were robbed of their awards.” For years, award shows like the Grammys have been known to be rigged in one way or another, but it is more than amazing to see these musical geniuses receive recognition.  

An essential aspect of the Grammys, controversy struck once again when Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion performed. Some claimed it to be too provocative, while others thought it was empowering. 

Finally, “I Can’t Breathe” by H.E.R. is a song written in response to the pain the Black community has felt over the past years of silence and police killings. This beautiful song won “Song of the Year” and many fans are extremely excited. 

H.E.R. poses with her two Grammys this year. Photo via AP News

A complete list of the Grammy winners

Album of the Year: Folklore by Taylor Swift  

New Artist of the Year: Megan Thee Stallion  

Record of the Year: Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish 

Song of the Year: “I Can’t Breath” by H.E.R 

Best Music Video: “Brown Skin Girl” by Beyonce and Blue Ivy   

Best Music Film: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” by Linda Ronstadt

Best Children’s Music Album: All the Ladies by Joanie Leeds 

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles 

Pop Vocal Album of the Year: Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa 

Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Rain on Me” by Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: American Standard by James Taylor  

Best New Age Album: More Guitar Stories by Jim “Kimo” West

Best Dance Recording: “10%” by Kaytranada Featuring Kali Uchis 

Best Dance/Electronic Album: Bubba by Kaytranada 

Best Rap Album: Kings Disease by Nas

Best Rap Song: “Savage Remix” by Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce 

Best Rap Performance: “Savage Remix” by Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce 

Best Melodic Rap Performance: “Lockdown” by Anderson .Paak

Best Rock Performance: “Shameika” by Fiona Apple 

Best Metal Performance: “Bum Rush” by Body Count 

Best Rock Song: “Stay High” Brittany Howard

Best Rock Album: The New Abnormal by The Strokes

Best Alternative Music Album: Fetch the Bull Cutters by Fiona Apple

Best R&B Performance: “Black Parade” by Beyonce 

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Anything For You” by Ledisi 

Best R&B Song: “Better Than I Imagined” by Robert Glasper 

Best Progressive R&B Album: It Is What It Is by Thundercat 

Best R&B Album: Bigger Love by John Legend  

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “All Blues” by Chick Corea

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Secrets are the Best Stories by Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez 

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Trilogy 2  by Chick Corea 

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Data Lords by Maria Schneider Orchestra

Best Latin Jazz Album: Four Questions by Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Best Latin Pop or Urban Album: YHLQMDLG by Bad Bunny 

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album: La conquista del espacio by Fito Paez 

Best Regional Mexican Music Album: Un Canto Por Mexico by Natalia Lafourcade 

Best Tropical Latin Album: 40 by Grupo Niche

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Live at the Royal Albert Hall by Snarky Puppy 

 Best Instrumental Composition: Sputnik by Maria Schneider

 Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappell: “Donna Lee” by John Beasley 

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: “He Won’t Hold You” by Jacob Collier

 Best American Roots Performance: “I Remember Everything” by John Prine 

Best American Roots Song: “I Remember Everything” by John Prine 

Best Americana Album: World on the Ground by Sarah Jarosz 

Best Bluegrass Album: Home by Billy Strings 

Best Traditional Blues Album: Better Than Raw by Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues Album: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? by Fantastic Negrito 

Best Folk Album: All The Good Times by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings 

Best Regional Roots Music Album: Atmosphere by New Orleans Nightcrawlers

Best Country Solo Performance: “When My Amy Prays” by Vince Gill

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber

Best Country Song: “Crowded Table” by the Highwomen 

Best Country Album: Wildcard by Miranda Lambert 

Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Movin’ On” by Jonathan McReynolds

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “There was Jesus” by Zach Williams 

Best Gospel Album: Gospel According to PJ by PJ Morton 

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Jesus is King by Kanye West

Best Roots Gospel Album: Celebrating Fisk! by Fisk Jubilee Singers 

Best Reggae Album: Got To Be Tough By Toots & The Maytals

Best Global Music Album: Twice as Tall by Burna Boy 

Best Spoken Word Album: Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: “JoJo Rabbit” by Taika Waititi

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Joker by Hildur Guðnadóttir

Best Song Written For Visual Media: “No Time to Die” by FINNEAS and Billie Eilish

Best Comedy Album: Black Mitzvah by Tiffany Haddish 

Best Musical Theater Album: Jagged Little Pill from the Original Broadway Cast  

Best Recording Package: Volls 11&12  by Doug Cunningham & Jason Noto 

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: Ode to Joy by Lawrence Azerrad & Jeff Tweedy  

Best Album Notes: Dead Man’s Pop by Bob Mehr 

Best Historical Album: It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers by Lee Lodyga & Cheryl Pawelski 

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Hyperspace by Drew Brown 

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical​: Andrew Watt 

Producer Of The Year, Classical: David Frost

Best Remixed Recording: “Roses” by SAINt JHN remixed by Imanbek Zeikenok  

Best Engineered Album, Classical: Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 ‘Babi Yar’  by David Frost 

Best Orchestral Performance: “Ives: Complete Symphony” conducted by Gustavo Dudamel

Best Opera Recording: Gershwin: Porgy and Bees conducted by David Robertson

Best Choral Performance: “Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua” conducted by JoAnn Falletta

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Contemporary Voices by Pacifica Quartet

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “The Orfanidis” by Richard O’Neill 

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Smith: The Prisoner” by Sarah Brailey

Best Classical Compendium: Thomas M.T.: From the Diary of Anne Frank by Isabel Leonard

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Rouse” by Christopher Rouse

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