The 2021 Grammy Awards, arguably the most important event for any recording artist, were as always a spectacle, despite being the first of its kind to take place under COVID restrictions. This past Sunday, it was once again that night of the year where all eyes in the music industry were set on the Los Angeles Convention Center, eagerly awaiting to see who would take home one — or several — of the gilded gramophones.
Since it’s Make More Music March, why not have a Grammy jam session and play along with the winners and performers of this year’s award show?
Women win big
This was one hell of a good year for female artists! They dominated every category in the General Field, which include the most anticipated and sought-after acknowledgments and awards. Billie Eilish, who basically already owned last year’s show, took home the award for Record of the Year with her song “Everything I Wanted”. The track was also nominated for Song of the Year, but lost to H.E.R. ‘s “I Can’t Breathe”.
The award for Best New Artist went to Megan Thee Stallion, who also delivered what many critics considered to be the best performance of the night. She performed a mash-up of several of her biggest hits, and was joined on stage by Cardi B.
Taylor strikes again
The most prestigious award, Album of the Year, went to Taylor Swift’s “Folklore”. This makes her the first woman to be a three-time winner in this category! She also put on a whimsical and forest-themed performance of her songs “Cardigan”, “August” and “Willow”.
Beyoncé, who had no less than nine nominations, took home the most awards with four trophies acknowledging her singles “Black Parade” and “Savage”, the latter also featuring Megan Thee Stallion. This officially makes her the most-awarded woman in the show’s history!
There was no shortage of fantastic performers at this year’s award show. Harry Styles, in all his fedora-wearing flamboyant glory, brought some summer-y vibes with a performance of his catchy tune “Watermelon Sugar”, which also won the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance.
Dua Lipa played her irresistible song “Don’t Start Now”. The British singer, who was nominated in several categories, eventually won the award for Best Pop Vocal Album, for her sophomore record “Future Nostalgia”. She was joined for a second performance by DaBaby, who was also a nominee in two categories for his work on the single “Rockstar”, featuring Roddy Ricch.
Start jamming with the GraMMMMys
There were high hopes for BTS to become the first K-Pop group to win a Grammy, but they sadly didn’t score a win in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category. Still, their performance of their smash hit “Dynamite” is one to remember!
While we’re still slightly bitter about some of the Academy’s outrageous oversights (zero recognition for The Weeknd? Hello?), the Sunday night spectacle gave us a super fun selection of big hits to play along with. So, dust up your keyboard, tune your guitar and make the most of your Make More Music March. Happy jamming!