Beyonce, Taylor Swift dominate Grammys
Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish took the top prizes at the Grammy Awards on Sunday however Beyonce was the big winner on a history making night marked by multiple wins for women at the Grammy Awards held recently.
Beyonce’s four Grammys on Sunday - two of them shared with best new artist winner Megan Thee Stallion - took her total career wins to 28, surpassing the previous Grammy record for a female artist set by bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.
Swift’s surprise record “Folklore,” recorded during coronavirus lockdowns, was named album of the year and made Swift, 31, the first woman to take home that prize three times.
In a socially-distanced ceremony of live and pre-recorded performances, the writers of “I Can’t Breathe” by R&B artist H.E.R won song of the year.
It was written in response to the Black Lives Matter protests that roiled the United States last summer following the police killing of George Floyd.
Black culture was also celebrated in Beyonce’s single “Black Parade,” which was named best R&B performance.
Megan Thee Stallion, 26, known for promoting women’s empowerment, came away with two more wins for her single “Savage”.
Eilish’s ballad “Everything I Wanted” won record of the year, and the 19-year-old also won for her theme song for the upcoming James Bond movie “No Time to Die.”
The ceremony was also aimed at moving past the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the live music industry, including the cancellation of music festivals, touring and concerts.
British singer Dua Lipa won best pop vocal album for her album “Future Nostalgia” and spoke of the value of music during hard times.
Some of Sunday’s awards were announced at small venues in cities like Nashville, New York and Los Angeles.
“Thank you to the Grammys for putting this together and letting us, at least, kind of be together,” said Miranda Lambert winner of best country album for “Wildcard.”
K-Pop band BTS lost in the best pop duo or group performance against Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for their single “Rain on Me” but performed their hit English-language single “Dynamite” from South Korea at the close of the show.