Updated: Jun 22, 2021
Last night marked the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Although, the awards ceremony famously dubbed as the biggest night in music, played out a little differently this year as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. The awards, held in Los Angeles, still saw some of the biggest names in the industry gather to celebrate, however it comes as no surprise that it wasn't possible to have an audience made up of members of the public attend and stars, were spread out in socially distanced seating across 5 different stages inside the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
Despite this, the awards were still jam-packed with excitement and standout performances. What's more, the night also saw Beyonce and Taylor Swift make Grammy history.
Beyonce took home the most awards out of all the Artists featured last night, picking up 4 different awards in categories such as Best R&B Performance in honour of 'Black Parade' and Best Music Video for her song 'Brown Skin Girl'. Her other two awards came as a result of her feature on the 'Savage' Remix with winner of the Best New Artist category Megan Thee Stallion, who followed closely behind Beyonce, racking up a total of 3 Grammy Awards from last nights ceremony - becoming the first female Rapper to win Best New Artist since 1999, when Lauryn Hill was awarded the title.
Beyonce walked into this years awards with 24 Grammy's already in her back pocket, and left with a total of 28, making her the most awarded women in Grammy history, overtaking Singer Alison Krauss.
Although, Beyonce wasn't the only one to make history last night. Taylor Swift became the first female artist ever to win Album Of The Year three times after picking up an award last night for her lockdown bred album 'Folklore.'
Since the Grammys first began in 1959 there has only ever been three Artists who have won Album Of The Year on three different occasions prior to Swift receiving her award last night. Those artists are music legends Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.
Other notable winners from last night's awards include Billie Eilish, who won what's arguably the most prestigious award of the evening - Record Of The Year, for the second year in a row for her song 'Everything I Wanted.' However, when stepping onstage to give her acceptance speech for the award she turned the attention to her fellow nominee Megan Thee Stallion, praising the Rapper, she said "You had a year that I think is untoppable. You are a queen. I want to cry thinking about how much I love you", expressing how she thought Megan was more deserving of the award, encouraging the audience to cheer for her before giving her thanks and closing her acceptance speech. See Eilish's full speech below.
The Singer also took home the award for Best Song Written For Visual Media for the bond theme tune 'No Time To Die' and despite being only 19 years old she currently holds a total of 6 Grammy's after her being majorly successful in last years awards and picking up a total of 4 different honours.
Last night's ceremony also saw Nas win his first ever Grammy for his 13th studio album 'King’s Disease' in the category Best Rap Album. It's no surprise Nas welcomed the award with open arms, having received a total of 14 Grammy nominations over the years but never taking home the win up until this year. The rapper beat out fellow nominees Jay Electronica, Freddie Gibbs, D Smoke and Royce 5’9″ so it's safe to say the competition was stiff but the win was well deserved.
Whats more, Burna Boy took home the award for Best Global Music Album for his album 'Twice As Tall.' This also marks Burna Boy's first ever Grammy after being nominated last year but missing out on winning an award. When accepting the Grammy from his home in Lagos, Nigeria, he proclaimed "This is a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world." He then went on to share a powerful message, stating"This should be a lesson to every African out there: No matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do, you can achieve it."
Another memorable winner from yesterdays awards was comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish who was awarded Best Comedy Album for 'Black Mitzvah.' Whilst most nominees were seated at the awards show in Los Angeles, Haddish was busy working on her show 'Kids Say the Darndest Things' during the ceremony and found out whilst filming on set that she had won the Grammy. Tiffany later took to her Instagram to share the emotional behind the scenes moment she found out she won with her followers. The star burst into tears, noting that she is the first black women to win in that category since 1986, when Whoopi Goldberg took home the award. She then went on to share some words of wisdom with the kids she was working with on set, telling them that she questioned whether she was good enough for the job she's doing but teaching them that against all odds you just have to believe in yourself. You can watch Tiffany Haddish's full reaction to winning her Grammy below.
The night also consisted of a number of standout performances, including the official debut of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak's new supergroups Silk Sonic which saw the pair deliver a soulful 70's inspired performance of their single 'Leave the Door Open.' Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion also teamed up for their first ever TV performance of their raunchy hit single 'WAP.'
Click here to see the full list of award winners and nominees from this years Grammys!