On March 14, 2021, Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” hosted the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The 63rd annual ceremony featured performances from Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and other A-list artists. The four “big” award categories – album of the year, song of the year, best new artist, and record of the year – were won by Taylor Swift, H.E.R, Megan Thee Stallion, and Billie Eilish respectively.
Here is a closer look at some of the biggest moments from this year’s Grammy Awards.
To kick off the ceremony, comedian Trevor Noah gave his monologue, acknowledging the hardships of the pandemic and other current events. Noah displayed the show’s outdoor location in Downtown Los Angeles, pointing out that his background was real and not a Zoom background. “This is not a Zoom background, alright? This is real. My uncle isn’t going to walk behind me naked even though I told him I was having an important meeting. That’s not going to happen tonight,” Noah said.
Trevor Noah later referenced the storming of the Capitol in January and the recent drama surrounding the British royal family.
Harry Styles kicked off the show with his live performance. Dressed in a feather boa and a leather jacket, Styles performed “Watermelon Sugar,” a track off of his second album, “Fine Line.” Later in the show, Styles won the best solo pop performance award for “Watermelon Sugar.”
Directly following Styles’ performance, Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas, performed the title track of Eilish’s latest album “Everything I Wanted.”
Rapper Megan Thee Stallion won the first award of the night: best new artist. This makes Megan the fifth rapper to ever win this award. Later in the show, Megan Thee Stallion also won the prizes for best rap song and best rap performance.
Singer-songwriter H.E.R. won song of the year for her song “I Can’t Breathe,” which was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. During her acceptance speech, H.E.R. urged the audience to continue the activism that arose after George Floyd’s death this summer.
Taylor Swift won album of the year for her eighth studio album, “Folklore.” This album was written and recorded during the pandemic and is composed of romantic ballads with a storybook aesthetic. Swift is the first female artist to win album of the year three times, having previously won the award for her albums “Fearless” and “1989.”
At the very end of the show, Billie Eilish won record of the year for “Everything I Wanted.” However, Eilish dedicated her award to Megan Thee Stallion saying, “You deserve this. You had a year that I think is untoppable.”
Many Freeman students enjoyed the Grammys this year. Junior AK Canavos said that she “really loved Harry Styles’s opening performance and the interesting, soul spin on his song ‘Watermelon Sugar.’” Junior Lily Bowman said, “This year’s Grammys were my favorite Grammys yet.”