Words from: Brittany Burton
As the 2021 Grammy Awards took place last night, there were many memorable moments that viewers around the world will remember. Despite the surrounding climatic reception and the relevance of the historic awards show, there were a handful of moments that offered viewers reason to appreciate the ceremonies during these uncertain times. From Lil Baby’s compelling performance to Beyoncé making history as the academy’s most decorated female artist, this was a night lined up for the brightest stars in music to shine.
As many people were successful at the Grammy Awards, other winners include Megan Thee Stallion, HER, Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Kanye West, and first-time winner Nas, to name a few. It was a great night for Hip Hop and R&B and it is good to see that the Academy recognizes so many of the forerunners of the genre despite criticism for their exclusion of artists within these genres.
The artists who stood out were Cardi B, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Da Baby, Roddy Ricch, Dua Lipa, Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles. With flawless performances, stylish outfits, and award-winning history, it’s safe to say that this has been by far the most impressive awards show to date.
Take a look at the 7 most memorable moments from the 2021 Grammy Awards.
Beyoncé makes history by winning the 28th Grammy
It was a historic night for the living legend Beyoncé. After winning a Grammy alongside Blue Ivy for Best Music Video, the superstar made history by winning her 28th Grammy for Best Rap Performance alongside Megan Thee Stallion. Beyoncé is now the most decorated female artist at the Academy surpassing Alison Krauss, who held the record 27 Grammy Awards. He has also tied Quincy Jones for the second-most Grammy Awards in history! Her black girl magic is a completely different level.
Grammy Award Winning Artist Megan Thee Stallion
Since it’s been a hot girls summer all year, Megan Thee Stallion has been the girl from the rap game. Having one of the biggest albums ever released in 2020, she was nominated for four awards, she took home three! Megan won awards in the categories of Best New Artist, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance alongside Beyoncé. The couple made history as the first female couple to win Best Rap Performance. Since both women are from Houston, I know that the residents of the city are very proud of their own. Congratulations Megan! Megan is now the winner of three Grammy Awards.
Lil Baby performance
As the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery sparked racial tension in America, many artists used their platforms to spark change and create unity. One person in particular is rap sensation Lil Baby. With his single “Bigger Picture”, he was sure to tell the world that there has to be a bigger picture behind all the bullshit. To make sure the world understands how important his message is, he performed his hit album, leaving viewers breathless all over the world. Its artists were by far the most compelling, reflecting the current state of the world and the pandemic we find ourselves in. Kudos to Lil Baby for taking a stand on behalf of his people. Adding activist Killer Mike to his set was the icing on the cake!
Nas wins first Grammy award
Rap icon Nas has been in the music business for over 25 years. However, in that time, he has never been able to win a Grammy Award! But that has come to an end. Nas is the 2021 Grammy Award winner for Best Rap Album for his thirteenth studio album, King’s disease. It’s refreshing to finally see that the rap icon is rewarded and celebrated as he deserves.
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion perform “WAP“
One of the biggest records of 2020 was by far Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP”. If you’re looking for some indication of how true the statement is, remember the moment fans chanted the song’s lyrics to commemorate the victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. It only made sense for the two women to bring the song to the biggest music stage. Combining deadly bars with stylish costumes, Cardi & Meg indisputably stole the show.
SHE wins Song of the Year
Songbird HER is one of the leading voices in R&B. Nominated for three Grammy Awards this year, she took home two. The most honorable award he took home was Song of the Year for his heartfelt “I Can’t Breathe,” written at the height of the 2020 civil rights movement. Without a doubt, his courage, power and leadership earned him this award. It also took home Best R&B Song for “Better Than I Imagine,” making it a winner of three Grammy Awards.
Billie Eilish Wins Album of the Year; Dedicated to Megan Thee Stallion
As everyone waited patiently to see who would win Album of the Year, Billie Eilish, Megan The Stallion, Black Pumas, Dababy, Doja Cat, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch all upped the trophy. In the end, Billie Eilish took home the award for her. All i wanted, making it the second year in a row that the 19-year-old has won this award. During his acceptance speech, he graciously referenced Megan Thee Stallion.
“You deserve this. You had a year that I think is unforgettable. You are a queen, I want to cry thinking about how much I love you. You are so beautiful. You are so talented. You deserve everything in the world,” he said on stage. I think of you constantly, I always support you. You deserve it, honestly, genuinely, this is for her. Can we just cheer on Megan Thee Stallion, please? “