John Prine, Billy Strings, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish & More Win 2021 Grammy Awards
The 63rd Grammy Awards were finally held last night following a two-month delay due to the pandemic. Awards were presented and performances took place outdoors in Los Angeles in front of a small audience. John Prine, Billy Strings, Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish were among the winners with Beyonce scoring four Grammys, breaking the record for most total Grammys won by a singer.
The late John Prine’s final song, “I Remember Everything,” won for Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance. Billy Strings took home his first Grammy as Home was named Best Bluegrass Album. Taylor Swift won Album Of The Year for Folklore, while Billie Eilish won Record Of The Year for “Everything I Wanted.”
Beyoncé’s record-breaking haul included Best R&B Performance (“Black Parade”) and Best Music Video (“Brown Skin Girl”) as well as sharing Best Rap Song and Best Rest Performance with Megan Thee Stallion (“Savage”). Megan Thee Stallion won Best New Artist, while Brittany Howard won Best Rock Song (“Stay High”).
Prine wasn’t the only posthumous winner last night. The Toots Hibbert-led Toots & The Maytals won Best Reggae Album (Got To Be Tough), while Chick Corea won Best Improvised Jazz Solo (“All Blues”) and Best Jazz Instrumental Album with Christian McBride and Brian Blade (Trilogy 2).
Among other Grammy Award winners on Sunday were James Taylor (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – American Standard), Snarky Puppy (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album – Live At Royal Albert Hall), Fiona Apple (Best Rock Performance – “Shameika” & Best Alternative Music Album – Fetch The Bolt Cutters), The Strokes (Best Rock Album – The New Abnormal), Thundercat (Best Progressive R&B Album – It Is What It Is), Anderson .Paak (Best Melodic Rap Performance – “Lockdown”), The Highwomen (Best Country Song – “Crowded Table”) and Sarah Jarosz (Best Americana Album – World On The Ground).
Check out the full list of winners and nominees here.
Trevor Noah hosted the ceremony telecast on CBS last night. Black Pumas, Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa & DaBaby, Taylor Swift, BTS, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak, Billie Eilish and Maren Morris & John Mayer were among those who performed. Brandi Carlile, Lionel Richie, Brittany Howard, Chris Martin Mars and .Paak contributed performances to the evening’s “In Memoriam” segment.