The Grammy Awards saw Beyoncé break the record for awards for a female artist. Sacred for the best album of the year, Taylor Swift also won a record: becoming the first artist to win this distinction three times.
The 63rd awards ceremony for the American recording industry gave pride of place to female artists on Sunday evening in Los Angeles. Besides Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, she saw the HER artist receive an award for her title I can not breathe, as young Billie Eilish won the Grammy Award for Recording of the Year for the second year in a row and rapper Megan Thee Stallion was crowned revelation of the year.
The gala evening took place in Los Angeles almost a year to the day after the first closings of American concert halls under the threat of the coronavirus. She was surrounded by strict health precautions, without an audience and with masked stars and keeping their distance. The shock benefits were however there.
28 Grammy record for Beyoncé
Meghan Thee Stallion received the prestigious Grammy for “Revelation of the Year”, the first rap artist to triumph in this category since Lauryn Hill in 1999. This award only recognizes the success of the artist after a marked year by the release of his first studio album Good news, a memorable duet with star Cardi B on WAP and his tube wild with Beyoncé’s participation on a remix. This remix earned both artists the “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song” awards.
With 28 Grammys in total, Queen B. made Grammy Awards history by breaking the record for a female artist in the competition and that for a singer (male or female). In solo, she received the trophy for best music video for Girl with brown skin and above all was voted best R&B performance for its title Black parade, published following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the gigantic anti-racist protests of the summer of 2020.
Black parade has strong words, which at the same time castigate racism, call for mobilization for civil rights and pay tribute to black culture.
Usually all in control, Beyoncé was visibly moved when accepting the award that brought her to the forefront of female artists. “As an artist, I consider it my job, the job of all of us, to reflect our times,” said the singer. “I wanted to support, encourage, celebrate all the queens and black kings who continue to inspire me and inspire the whole world.”
Double blow for Billie Eilish
The Grammy Awards also honored the artist HER, song of the year for I can not breathe, an anthem calling for an end to racial discrimination and police brutality referring to the last words spoken by George Floyd and before him by Eric Garner, a black American who died of suffocation during his arrest in New York in July 2014.
Double blow for Billie Eilish who won Sunday, with All i wanted, the Grammy Award for Recording of the Year for the second year in a row. This is a feat for an artist of only 19 years old who won the grand slam last year, the four queen awards. Upon receiving her award, the young woman said it should have gone to Megan Thee Stallion, also nominated in the category. Billie Eilish also received an award on Sunday for No time to die, the official theme of the next installment of the adventures of James Bond, written with his brother.
Yet given a favorite by many critics, Dua Lipa had to settle for the Grammy for best pop vocal album for Nostalgia for the future, collection of titles more discos and dancing than the others.
A first Grammy for The Strokes
A Swiss was in contention in the category of best contemporary instrumental album. New York-based Geneva harmonica player Grégoire Maret, however, did not pocket a second Grammy Award with his latest album. Americana. Snarky Puppy was crowned with his direct from the Royal Albert Hall. Grégoire Maret won a Grammy in 2005 for the album The climb, which he had recorded with Pat Metheny’s band.
The fantastic Harry Styles, who opened the evening with his hit Watermelon sugar a green feather boa around his neck, received him the Grammy for best pop solo performance.
Britanny Howard, previously known with her band Alabama Shakes, won the Grammy for best rock song while Fiona Apple won two awards for her album Collect the bolt cutters.
In a rock category where female artists were still present in force, The Strokes managed to win for the best rock album with The new abnormal, the first Grammy of their long career. Old man of rap, Nas also won a first victory on Sunday after 14 nominations for King’s disease, crowned best rap album.