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Women ruled the night! All four of the main categories were won by women: Billie Eilish for Record of the Year, Taylor Swift for Album of the Year, H.E.R. for Song of the Year and Megan Thee Stallion for Best New Artist.

But first and foremost, the record breaking feat of the artist I believe is the greatest living performer & entertainer BEYONCE. She went into the Grammys Sunday with nine nominations, the most of any artist for the night.

The Crazy in Love singer became the most decorated female artist in Grammy history after winning Best R&B Performance for “Black Parade,” Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for her feature on the “Savage” remix, and Best Music Video for “Brown Skin Girl,” which brought her grand total to 28 awards, overtaking bluegrass singer Alison Krauss. She also tied the record with Quincy Jones as the living person with the most Grammys.

“I’ve been working my whole life, since 9 years old, and I can’t believe this happened,”

In her acceptance speech, she praised her 9-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, who became the second youngest Grammy winner ever for her writing credit on “Brown Skin Girl.”

This brings me to another first for the Grammys. Beyoncé and fellow Houston native Megan Thee Stallion also made history as the first pair of women to ever win best rap performance with the remix of Megan’s “Savage”. The pair then went on to win for best rap song for the same tune.

Megan Thee Stallion

The female rapper won, not once, not twice, but three times! A huge accomplishment for a relatively new artist. Megan Thee Stallion was the first female rapper to earn Best New Artist since Lauryn Hill’s win 22 years ago.

I’d like to remind everyone that Megan Thee stallion was shot in 2020! To give you some more background, on July 15 2020, Megan claimed she was shot in the foot by fellow Hip Hop star Tory Lanez whilst she walked away from him. Megan had to get surgery to get the bullets removed and the case against Lanez is still pending. So it really was a year of very high ups and very low downs for Megan, who’s real name is Megan Pete. But I love her so much and I am so glad she came out on top and so successful.

Megan Thee Stallion also for Best Rap Performance and “Best Rap Song” for “Savage Remix”, beating Drake, Roddy Rich and DaBaby. She delivered one of the most emotional speeches of the evening, she dedicated her best new artist prize to her mother, who died of a brain tumour in 2019.

“She couldn’t be here with me tonight,” she had said on the red carpet earlier in the night. “But she always knew that I would be at the Grammys, and I would be like, ‘Oh mom, that’s so far away’ but it came so quick.

Which brings me to one the most highly anticipated performances of the night, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion got together for the first ever TV performance of their Number 1 Hit song WAP. Now I adore Cardi B, I really do, but let’s face it dancing is just NOT her strong suit!

I felt like she really wanted to create a big impact as she performed her two VERY successful singles WAP and UP, so she tried to do too much choreography, and frankly, she’s not the best dancer. Her past performances on award stages of songs such as “I Like it” and “Money” have been outstanding and she just focused on rapping, costumes, set decoration etc. and it was perfect. Now she tried to dance like Beyonce would dance in a performance. You know how when Beyonce dances during a performance, you feel she out dances her dancers? Well in this case, the dancers clearly danced better than Cardi. So Cardi B we love you, but there’s no need to try to excel at something you’re naturally not gifted for. You’re one of the best female rappers out there with a sound nobody can match so focus on that 🙂 I can’t wait to see her on tour once the pandemic is over.

In other news, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande became the first female duo to win best pop collaboration for Rain On Me.

And Dua Lipa picked up Best Pop Vocal album for “Future Nostalgia”. Now I’ve never really followed Dua Lipa’s story BUT her performance was outstanding! Also how gorgeous is this woman?! Enjoy! She won the Grammy for Best New Artist back in 2019.

Now let’s move on to another big winner of the night, Taylor Swift! Anybody who personally knows me knows I am not a fan of Miss Swift (ask me why I dare you), but I have to give credit where credit is due.

Taylor Swift also made history at Sunday’s ceremony, by becoming the first female artist ever to win album of the year three times. The star was rewarded for her lockdown album Folklore – after previously winning with Fearless in 2010 and the pop opus 1989 in 2016. Only three other artists have ever won the album of the year prize three times: Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. So hat’s off to Taylor Swift.

More first-time Grammy winners included One Direction alum Harry Styles for Best Pop Solo Performance. This was Harry Styles’ first ever win! Yes One Direction has never won a Grammy. His former bandmate Zayn Malik was very vocal last week saying “F*** You” to the Recording Academy, accusing them of corruption and allowing personal favouritism and relationships to interfere in the nomination and voting process.

Styles also delivered a wonderful performance of his chart topping hit Watermelon sugar.

Billie Eilish was another big winner of the evening. For the second straight year, Billie Eilish has won the Grammy for record of the year: “Everything I Wanted” triumphed in the final award presented at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, she beat Beyoncé’s “Black Parade,” Black Pumas’ “Colors,” DaBaby and Roddy Ricch’s “Rockstar,” Doja Cat’s “Say So,” Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now,” Post Malone’s “Circles” and Megan Thee Stallion & Beyoncé’s “Savage.”

The young singer took home the same prize just one year ago with her song “Bad Guy.” At the age of 19, Eilish now owns seven Grammys.

Standing next to her brother and main collaborator Finneas O’Connell, Eilish spent the majority of her acceptance speech appearing stunned at the back-to-back win, and also shouting out best new artist recipient Megan Thee Stallion, whose “Savage” was nominated for record of the year.

Best Rap Album went to Nas—after 14 nominations since 1997.

Last but no least, I want to mention DaBaby and Roddy Rich’s performance of their extremely successful collaboration “Rockstar”, which I am surprised did not win any awards on Sunday.

 The performance had it all, and then some on top of that. Their rendition was stunning. DaBaby served as conductor for his gospel choir, and it featured a passionate new verse from DaBaby. “My skin don’t look the same, so I get singled out,” he rapped. “Right now I’m performing at the Grammys, I’ll probably get profiled before leavin’ out.” He was also wearing a white shiny glove, which I believe is reminiscent of Michael Jackson.

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