LOS ANGELES :
WOMEN artists were the big winners in the usually male-dominated top categories at the 63rd Grammy Awards as Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Billie Ellish made history with their trophy haul. The pandemic may have dimmed some of the lustre of the ceremony, held in a hybrid manner at the Los Angeles Convention Center with COVID-19 protocols in place, winners and performers ensured entertaining evening.
The ceremony, considered to be music’s biggest event, has often been criticised for sidelining female artists in top categories, but the 2021 edition turned out be a departure from that as Beyonce became most awarded female artist in Grammy history. With 28 Grammy wins in total, Beyonce broke the record set by veteran singer Alison Krauss. She trails only classical conductor Sir George Solti, who still holds the all-time record with 31 Grammys. She was nominated in nine categories and won in four, including best rap song with Megan Thee Stallion for “Savage” remix, Best R&B performance for “Black Parade” and best music video for ‘Brown Skin Girl’.
“As an artist, I believe it’s my job and all of our jobs to reflect the times. And it’s been such a difficult time. And so, I want to uplift, encourage, and celebrate all the beautiful Black queens and kings that continue to inspire me and inspire the whole world,” she said. Beyonce also congratulated her nine-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, credited as a collaborator on the song, for becoming the second youngest act to win a Grammy in the show’s history following Leah Peasall’s win at the age of eight in 2002. “I know my daughter is watching. …Blue, congratulations, she won a Grammy tonight. I’m so proud of you. And I’m so honoured to be your Mommy,” she added. Swift, who gave her first ever Grammy performance in five years singing a medley of songs from her albums ‘Evermore’ and ‘Folklore’, had a memorable year at the music gala. She won the album of the year for ‘Folklore’, becoming the first female artist to win the top honour thrice in her career.
She also won it in 2010 for her album ‘Fearless’ and again in 2015 for ‘1989’. The 31-year-old singer thanked her collaborators, Laura Sisk, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, and gave a shout out to boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn, for helping her write the songs during the coronavirus pandemic. “I had the best time writing songs with you during quarantine,” Swift said. Alwyn is credited on ‘Folkore’ under the pseudonym William Bowery. Musicians who have won the album of the year trophy thrice are Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Paul Simon.