Trevor Noah hosts controversial Grammy Awards

Ryan Ehrhart, Staff Writer

From left to right: Billie Eilish, Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion and Taylor Swift. Photo Credits// Kevin Winter/Getty Images (3), Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2021


The 63rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony was hosted by comedian Trevor Noah on March 14, 2021. Here are some of the highlights, with the list of all the winners available here.

Harry Styles kicked off the night with a performance of his hit single, “Watermelon Sugar.” Styles received his first-ever Grammy for the song under Best Pop Solo Performance.

The first award of the night went to Megan Thee Stallion, who was visibly stunned to become the first female rapper to win Best New Artist in this century. She would later win both Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for her track “Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé).”

Beyoncé secured wins in Best R&B performance for “Black Parade” and her daughter Blue Ivy Carter also joined her in winning Best Music Video for “BROWN SKIN GIRL.” These were in addition to her two wins with Megan Thee Stallion and brought her to a total of 28, making her tied for second place for most Grammy wins ever.

Cardi B gave thrilling performances of her songs “Up” and “WAP,” along with Megan Thee Stallion. Both of these songs were released after the cutoff for this year’s Grammy Awards and were, therefore, ineligible for any nominations. Despite this, Cardi is currently celebrating becoming the first female rapper to achieve a certified diamond single thanks to “Bodak Yellow.”

On the Pop front, Dua Lipa gave stunning performances of her songs “Don’t Start Now” and “Levitating (feat. DaBaby).” She was awarded Best Pop Vocal Album for her viral project Future Nostalgia.

Billie Eilish was awarded a Grammy for her track “No Time to Die” and became the first artist to win a Grammy for music from an unreleased movie. Eilish also won Record Of The Year for her single “everything i wanted,” which she performed at the show with her brother Finneas. The star now holds seven Grammys at just 19 years old.

Taylor Swift performed a medley of her songs “cardigan,” “august” and “willow” along with her producer Jack Antonoff and co-writer Aaron Dessner. Swift would go on to win the coveted Album Of The Year for her surprise album folklore. Swift made history with this win, becoming the first and only woman to win Album Of The Year three times for Fearless, 1989 and folklore.

Many fan bases were, of course, burned by their artists being passed over for wins.  The two top selling albums of the year belong to BTS and The Weeknd; BTS received just one nomination for “Dynamite” and The Weeknd was excluded entirely despite the popularity of his album After Hours. Doja Cat was not awarded Best New Artist nor did she receive any awards for her viral track “Say So.”  Phoebe Bridgers and Roddy Rich also left with nothing despite each garnering multiple nominations.