Recap of the 2021 Grammys

I know what you are thinking, why is WPSR doing an article on the 2021 Grammys? Well, the answer is simple. The Grammys is the single most important night of the year for the music industry and its artists, and we know about music. Within the Grammys, celebrities are able to receive awards for their performances, songs, music videos, and so much more.

About the Grammys: 

Before we talk about the most recent Grammy winners, let’s take a look at some of the cold hard facts about the Grammys. The first annual Grammy Awards were held on May 4, 1959, and they were called the Gramophone Awards. Not only was it originally called the Gramophone awards, but that is also what the awards themselves are called. The awards are made of trademarked metal for the specific awards, and they weigh a whopping six pounds. Now let’s get talking about the action-packed night, and unpack some of this year’s 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

Best New Artist: Megan Thee Stallion

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

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

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “American Standard” - James Taylor

Best Pop Vocal Album: “Future Nostalgia” - Dua Lipa

Best Dance Record: “10%” - Kaytranada featuring Kali Uchis 

Best Dance/Electronic Album: "Bubba" -  Kaytranada

Best Rap Song: “Savage” - Meg Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce

Best Rap Performance: “Savage” - Meg Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce

Best Rock Song: “Stay High” - Brittany Howard

Best Rock Album: “The New Abnormal” - The Strokes 

Best R&B Album: “Bigger Love” - John Legend

 

Not only were the awards the main focus of the night, but there were a lot of performances by iconic artists. Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Haim, Black Pumas, and many other artists. Album of the Year winner Taylor Swift performed as Cardigan, August and Willow performed. With this being the biggest night in the music industry, we for sure expected the performances to be out of this world. 

Overall, this wasn’t just a big night for the music industry, but also for the people who were nominated for categories and winning the award. This year’s big winner is Megan Thee Stallion. She is a female rapper who won three Grammys, which means she won three out of the four Grammys she was nominated for. This is also her first year invited to the Grammys, and she ended up taking home the Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance. 

Fun Facts about the Grammys: 

  • The most Grammys ever won by a singular person is 31. The late conductor Georg Solti still holds the record for most Grammys. 
  • Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama all won Grammys for best spoken-word album. 
  • Pinetop Perkins is the oldest person to win a Grammy at 97 years old. 
  • Leah Peasall is the youngest person to win a Grammy at just 8 years old. 
  • The first live telecast of the Grammys was in 1971. 

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