Image: Taylor Swift.
Earlier today, the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards took over the Los Angeles Convention Centre, with the stars aligning to bring a slew of memorable performances and record breaking moments.
Beyoncé made history today as she became the most awarded female artist in GRAMMY history. With 28 wins under her belt, the singer said during her acceptance speech for Best R&B performance for Black Parade, "I am so honored. I'm so excited. Thank you. As an artist, I believe it's my job and all of our jobs to reflect the times. And it's been such a difficult time. So I wanted to uplift, encourage, celebrate all of the beautiful Black queens and kings that continue to inspire me and inspire the whole world." The singer picked up an additional three awards tonight, Best R&B performance for Black Parade, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for her feature on Megan Thee Stallion's Savage and Best Music Video for Brown Skin Girl, her collaboration with Saint Jhn, Wizkid and Blue Ivy Carter.
Taylor Swift took home the award for Album Of The Year for folklore, becoming the first female artist to win the award three times, following her 2010 win for Fearless, followed up 1989 in 2016. Swift accepted the award with Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, her key collaborators on the record. The singer also thanked her partner, actor Joe Alwyn, who wrote with Swift for the record. Swift also took to the stage with her folklore collaborators to perform a medley of tracks, including cardigan, august and willow. The magical performance transported viewers into the woodsy realm of folklore, and its sister album, evermore.
Opening the show with his hit-single Watermelon Sugar, global superstar Harry Styles took to the stage before taking home the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for the track. His performance was followed up by Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, who performed their GRAMMY nominated song, Everything I Wanted. Later in the evening, the pair took home the lauded Record Of The Year Award for the song, following their win for Best Song Written For Visual Media for No Time To Die, the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film of the same name.
Having scored six nominations, Dua Lipa was awarded Best Pop Vocal Album for her sophomore record, Future Nostalgia, with Andrew Watt scoring Producer Of The Year for his work on the album. Lipa was joined on stage by DaBaby to perform their remix of her song Levitating, before playing Don't Start Now, which was fused together with elements of different tracks from the award winning album.
Taking out Best New Artist was Megan Thee Stallion, who also won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for Savage. The rapper performed the hit song, before being joined by Cardi B to perform their collaboration, WAP. H.E.R., Tiara Thomas and Dernst Emile II walked away with Song Of The Year for I Can't Breathe, a moving protest song written in response to police killings of unarmed Black people in 2020.
Rounding out the nights performers was Haim, Black Pumas, DaBaby, Roddy Ricch and Antony Hamilton, Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez, Silk Sonic in their debut performance, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and John Mayer, Post Malone, Lil Baby, Tamika Mallory and Killer Mike, Doja Cat, BTS and Roddy Ricch. Silk Sonic, Lionel Richie, Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard and Chris Martin performed tributes to Little Richard, Kenny Rogers, John Prine and Ferry Marsden.
See the full list of winners below!
Record of the Year
Everything I Wanted - Billie Eilish
Album of the Year
Folklore, Taylor Swift
Song of the Year
I Can’t Breathe - Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas (H.E.R.)
Best New Artist
Megan Thee Stallion
Best Pop Solo Performance
Watermelon Sugar - Harry Styles
Best Pop Vocal Album
Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Rain on Me - Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album American Standard - James Taylor
Best Dance Recording 10% - Kaytranada featuring Kali Uchis
Best Dance/Electronic Album Bubba - Kaytranada
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Snarky Puppy
Best Rock Performance Shameika - Fiona Apple
Best Metal Performance Bum-Rush - Body Count
Best Rock Song Stay High - Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard)
Best Rock Album The New Abnormal - The Strokes
Best Alternative Music Album Fetch the bolt Cutters - Fiona Apple
Best R&B Performance Black Parade - Beyoncé
Best Traditional R&B Performance Anything For You - Ledisi
Best R&B Song “Better Than I Imagine - Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello)
Best Progressive R&B Album It Is What It Is - Thundercat
Best R&B Album Bigger Love - John Legend
Best Rap Performance Savage - Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
Best Melodic Rap Performance Lockdown - Anderson .Paak
Best Rap Song Savage - Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe and Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé)
Best Rap Album King’s Disease - Nas
Best Country Solo Performance When My Amy Prays - Vince Gill
Best Country Duo/Group Performance 10,000 Hours - Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber
Best Country Song Crowded Table - Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna, songwriters (The Highwomen)
Best Country Album Wildcard - Miranda Lambert
Best New Age Album More Guitar Stories - Jim “Kimo” West
Best Improvised Jazz Solo All Blues - Chick Corea, soloist
Best Jazz Vocal Album Secrets Are the Best Stories - Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez
Best Jazz Instrumental Album Trilogy 2 - Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Data Lords - Maria Schneider Orchestra
Best Latin Jazz Album Four Questions - Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Best Gospel Performance/Song Movin’ On - Darryl L. Howell, Jonathan Caleb McReynolds, Kortney Jamaal Pollard and Terrell Demetrius Wilson, songwriters (Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music)
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song There Was Jesus - Casey Beathard, Jonathan Smith and Zach Williams, songwriters (Zach Williams and Dolly Parton)
Best Gospel Album Gospel According to PJ - PJ Morton
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album Jesus Is King - Kanye West
Best Roots Gospel Album Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album) - Fisk Jubilee Singers
Best Latin Pop or Urban Album YHLQMDLG - Bad Bunny
Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album La Conquista Del Espacio - Fito Paez
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) Un Canto Por Mexico, Vol. 1 - Natalia Lafourcade
Best Tropical Latin Album 40 - Grupo Niche
Best American Roots Performance I Remember Everything - John Price
Best American Roots Song I Remember Everything - Pat McLaughlin and John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)