Grammy Awards: Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift queens of the evening
LThe Grammy Awards enabled Queen Beyoncé to break the record for awards for a female artist in this competition and rewarded her runner-up, rapper Megan Thee Stallion, crowned revelation of the year.
Taylor Swift also broke a record, becoming the first female artist to win the Album of the Year award three times, tied with giants like Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Paul Simon. “You were there in this imaginary world that we created” on the “Folklore” album, inspired by the return to the land and to the simple things of the countryside, she said.
During an evening that gave pride of place to women, the artist HER was awarded for her title “I Can’t Breathe”, inspired by the anti-racist protests that rocked the United States last summer, and young Billie Eilish won the Grammy Award for Recording of the Year for the second year in a row.
The gala evening, which 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, was surrounded by strict health precautions, with masked stars and keeping their distance, but the performances shocks were at the rendezvous.
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 honors the success of the artist after a marked year by the release of her first studio album “Good News”, a memorable duet with star Cardi B on “WAP” and her hit “Savage” 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).
Double blow for Billie Eilish
In solo, she received the trophy for the best music video for “Brown Skin Girl” and above all was voted best R&B performance for her title “Black Parade”, released in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the gigantic anti-racist demonstrations of the summer 2020. A realization that the Grammy Award-winning Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences could not ignore.
“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. “
The Grammys also honored the artist HER, song of the year for “I Can’t Breathe”, an anthem calling for an end to racial discrimination and police brutality which refers 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.
“I never imagined that my fear and my pain would have an impact,” said the 23-year-old Californian when receiving her award.
Double blow for Billie Eilish who won Sunday, with “Everything I Wanted”, the Grammy Award for recording of the year for the second year in a row, a feat for an artist of only 19 years who had won the grand slam. last year (the four queen awards).
Upon receiving the trophy, the young woman said he should have gone to Megan Thee Stallion. Billie Eilish also received an award Sunday for “No Time To Die”, the official theme of the next installment of the adventures of James Bond, written with her brother.
Yet given a favorite by many critics, Dua Lipa had to settle for the Grammy for best pop vocal album for “Future Nostalgia”, a collection of songs more disco and dancing than the others.
Green Boa and Jesus
The whimsical Harry Styles, who opened the evening with his hit “Watermelon Sugar” a green feather boa around his neck, received the Grammy for best solo pop 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 “Fetch 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 Sunday after 14 nominations for “King’s Disease”, crowned best rap album.
Nigerian star Burna Boy made his mark in the album category of “world music” while Kanye West won his 22nd Grammy Award, not in the rap category that made him famous, but for his evangelical disc “Jesus Is King”, voted “best album of contemporary Christian music”.