2021 Grammys Overview


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Libby Frumento, Staff Writer

Although the 2021 Grammys were unable to host a live audience, the show went on nevertheless. With performances that were somewhat controversial such as Cardi B and Megan the Stallion, as well as performances from well-renowned artists such as Harry Styles and Billie Eilish, it was definitely a night to remember. 

Starting off with one of the more controversial yet well-loved performances of the night, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion hit the stage with their popular song titled WAP. As this performance was seen as risqué, there were many complaints regarding the appropriateness of this showing. According to TheWrap, “The initial social media reactions to the performance were mixed, and on Monday, Fox News’ Larry Elder compared Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B’s song and dance to a ‘strip club’”. Even though this performance sparked controversy, fans of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion praised what they saw on stage. Ultimately Megan Thee Stallion won Best New Artist and her song titled “Savage” featuring Beyonce won Best Rap Song (CBSNews). 

It is difficult to find any words of criticism over Harry Styles’ performance of “Watermelon Sugar” as most admired his talent on stage. This song ended up winning Best Pop Solo Performance. BBC states, “The song went on to win best pop solo performance later in the ceremony, making him the first member of One Direction to win a Grammy – either as a solo artist or as part of the group”. All of Harry’s fans are extremely proud of his win and his overall growth as an artist over these past couple of years as a solo artist. 

Billie Eilish also amazed her fans with her performance of “Everything I Wanted” which won Record of the Year. Her song “No Time to Die” won Best Song Written for Visual Media and Eilish proved to be extremely grateful for the Grammys she had won as she also won a great deal during the 2020 Grammys. 

2020 was also a big year in music for Taylor Swift. With two new albums titled “Folklore” and “Evermore”, Taylor Swift hit the charts with her recent releases. At the 2021 Grammys, Swift sang a medley of songs from her twin pandemic albums “Folklore” and “Evermore” looking like a woodland heroine from a Maxfield Parrish print”(NYTimes). Folklore ultimately ended up winning the album of the year. 

Although the 2021 Grammys looked a little different due to the pandemic, fans still adored the performances and ceremony of the night.