The 63rd Annual Grammys Award Show


Gelila Zeray, Writer

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, held on March 14, 2021, at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The entire event was held in person and hosted by Trevor Noah. With the colorful live performances, the focus seemed to be on the wins of many artists, such as Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé, and even Taylor Swift.

Performances of “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles going hand-and-hand with Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell performing “Everything I Wanted,” as well as “The Steps” by HAIM that all started off the Awards show. The majority of this year’s Grammy winners were announced before the official start time via a live stream. The significant categories were decided to be saved for the live show. While the performances were held inside the Staples Center, the award ceremony was conducted outside, and COVID-19 protocols were a mandate to follow.

Even with Fiona Apple’s absence, she won two Grammys for her “Fetch the Bolt Cutters.” One for ‘Best Alternative Music Album’ and one for her ‘Rock Performance’ of “Shameika.” Despite several nominations, artists like Doja Cat, Phoebe Bridgers, DaBaby, HAIM, and even BTS were shut out. 

Taylor Swift performed “cardigan,” “august” and “willow” that night before she went home with the ‘Album of the Year’ award for “Folklore.”

Billie Eilish, who received five Grammys in 2020, went home with two more for the ‘Record of the Year’ award for “everything I wanted” and the ‘Best Song Written for Visual Media’ award for “No Time To Die.” Time seemed to have rewind to 2020 with Billie Ellish’s acceptance speech. She was downplaying her achievements and giving the spotlight over to Megan Thee Stallion instead of Ariana Grande, it seems things don’t change.

Dua Lipa received a Grammy for ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ for her “Future Nostalgia” after performing “Levitating” (feat. DaBaby) and her disco-fever song, “Don’t Start Now,” earlier that night in a colorful performance.

Even with these achievements, nothing was more remarkable than the history made that night for female artists. Lizzo presented the award for ‘Best New Artist’ to Megan Thee Stallion. She later went on to win in two more categories: ‘Best Rap Performance’ for her (“Savage” feat. Beyoncé) and ‘Best Rap Song’ with, once again her (“Savage” feat. Beyoncé). Her win in the ‘Best New Artist’ category made her the first female rapper to receive the award ever since 1999.

Beyoncé even broke a record with her wins with Megan Thee Stallion and her win in the ‘Best R&B Performance’ category for her “Black Parade”. She received the most Grammys for any female artist. She now has 28 Grammy awards, and even her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, has won an award. Blue Ivy Carter became the second-youngest person to win a Grammys award. 

History was made by Female artists that night. Even if it seemed like such insignificant progress, it brings us a little closer for their viewers to realize that women shouldn’t be demeaned because of their gender but appreciated because of their achievements.