It’s that time of year where awards ceremonies are happening and while the Golden Globes showed us a Zoom-based awards show doesn’t really cut it, this years 63rd Annual Grammy Awards filmed the show outside with real people, no crowd – and thankfully, this worked.
Even with masks and social distancing, the show came across with the energy and excitement we’ve come to expect. While it took four hours to get through the ceremony, there were some magical moments. These included the opening performance where Harry Styles sang Watermelon Sugar complete with a feather boa and many other performances, including songs inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement of last year. Here’s a look at some of them…
Harry Styles opened the show in a leather suit and a feather boa
Yes, Styles opened the show with Watermelon Sugar, wearing a leather suit and a feather boa! Many have said he’s set the bar very high and this is how all awards ceremonies should begin from now on. Watch the video above and you’ll see what we mean.
Dua Lipa’s Disco Queen medley
When Dua Lipa performed she brought the disco to the Grammys’ stage, and sang a medley of her son, Levitating and Don’t Start Now.
Mickey Guyton sang Black Like Me
It’s hard to believe but Mickey Guyton is the first Black solo female artist to be nominated in a Grammy country category. So this was a history-making moment and her nomination was for her single, Black Like Me, which she released during the Black Lives Matter protests last year.
Song of the Year was won by H.E.R.
H.E.R. won Song of the Year for her single I Can’t Breathe, which she wrote in response to George Floyd’s death in May 2020. When she accepted her award she referred to the Black Lives Matter movement saying: “Remember, we are the change that we wish to see and that fight that we had in us, the summer of 2020, keep that same energy. Thank you.”
Beyonce broke the record for the most Grammy Awards wins for a female artist ever
Beyonce just won her 28th Grammy at the ceremony for the Best R&B Performance and she now holds the record for the most Grammys won by a female artist ever.
Lil Baby’s performance about police brutality and freedom in America
Some have said Lil Baby’s rap performance of The Bigger Picture was the most powerful of the night. After his performance he spoke about police brutality and racism and before his his song, social justice leader, Tamika Mallory spoke saying: “President Biden, we demand justice, equity, policy and everything else that freedom encompasses.”
Taylor Swift won Album of the Year making her the first female to win this award three times
Taylor Swift performed a medley of her songs, turning the Grammys’ set into an enchanted forest. She performed songs from her award-winning album – folklore – including evermore; cardigan, august and willow.
Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra are the only other recording artists to have won Album of the Year three times.