On March 14th, the 63rd Grammys took place! With performances from Cardi B, BTS, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Post Malone, Doja Cat and more, and hosts including Jhene Aiko, Lizzo and Ringo Starr, it was as star-studded as we had all hoped. Held in Los Angeles, the Grammys 2021 recognized the best recordings, compositions and artists from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. Let’s jump into what was new at the Grammys 2021, and who the winners were!
Grammys 2021: What’s New?
The 63rd Grammys highlighted works from so many talented musicians, and even helped artists break some records. With her 9th Grammy win, Beyoncé officially took the crown as the most wins for a performer/singer in Grammys history. Taylor Swift also celebrated her third win for ‘Album Of The Year’, and is the first woman in history to do so.
There were also some category changes for the 2021 ceremony. Here are just a few of them:
- The category ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ was renamed ‘Best Progressive R&B Album’.
- ‘Best Rap/Sung Performance’ was renamed ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’.
- The maximum number of releases has now been removed from the ‘Best New Artist’ category.
Let’s take a look at who won what (note: this list is reduced as there are hundreds of awards!)
Grammys 2021: Who Were The Winners?
Standout Category Winners
Record Of The Year: everything I wanted – Billie Eilish
Album Of The Year: folklore – Taylor Swift
Song Of The Year: I Can’t Breathe – H.E.R
Song Written For Visual Media: No Time To Die – Billie Eilish / Finneas
Best Artist / Producer Winners
Best New Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical): Andrew Watt
Producer Of The Year (Classical): David Frost
Pop, Dance, Folk & Alternative Winners
Pop Vocal Album: Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
Pop Solo Performance: Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
Latin Pop / Urban Album: YHLQMDLG – Bad Bunny
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: American Standard – James Taylor
Alternative Album: Fetch The Bolt Cutters – Fiona Apple
Dance / Electronic Album: Bubba – Kaytranada
Folk Album: All The Good Times – Gillian Welch & David Rawling
R&B & Rap Winners
R&B Performance: Black Parade – Beyoncé
R&B Song: Better Than I Imagined – Robert Glasper Ft. H.E.R, Meshell Ndegeocello
R&B Album: Bigger Love – John Legend
Traditional R&B Performance: Anything For You – Ledisi
Progressive R&B Album: It Is What It Is – Thundercat
Rap / Sung Performance: Savage – Megan Thee Stallion / Beyoncé
Rap Song: Savage – Megan Thee Stallion / Beyoncé
Rap Album: King’s Disease – Nas
Melodic Rap Performance: Lockdown – Anderson .Paak
Rock Album: The New Abnormal – The Strokes
Rock Song: Stay High – Brittany Howard
Rock Performance: Shameika – Fiona Apple
Metal Performance: Bum-rush – Body Count
Country Album: Wildcard – Miranda Lambert
Country Song: Crowded Table – The Highwomen
Country Duo / Group Performance: 10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
Country Performance: When My Amy Prays – Vince Gill
Jazz & Classical Winners
Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Data Lords – Maria Schneider Orchestra
Jazz Instrumental Album: Trilogy 2 – Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade
Jazz Vocal Album: Secrets Are the Best Stories – Kurt Elling, featuring Danilo Pérez
Contemporary Classical Composition: Rouse: Symphony No. 5 – Christopher Rouse, composer (Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)
Visual Media / Musical / Music Video Winners
Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir
Musical Soundtrack: Jagged Little Pill
Music Film: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice – Linda Ronstadt
Music Video: Brown Skin Girl – Beyoncé, Saint Jhn & Wizkid ft. Blue Ivy Carter
As one of the biggest nights in the music industry, we were entranced by the level of talent in all the categories. We can’t wait for next year… let’s see if Beyoncé continues her reign!
Were there any albums, artists or compositions that you thought deserved a win? What were your favorites? Let us know in the comments!