Written by Sameer Ahmed
Grammys 2021 were surely unique with this instalment being the first one amidst the global pandemic. As it has been in the past few years, the 63rd edition of the award show was surrounded by many controversies, including The Weeknd’s boycott of the ceremony and Justin Bieber's Changes being nominated for the wrong category but at the same time gave us some amazing memories and extraordinary performances from bands spread over genres. All in all, it proved to be a worthwhile watch.
Some of our favourite performances from the night included Dua Lipa performing ‘Levitating’ with DaBaby, which was an ecstatic and attractive number from the artists. BTS performed ‘Dynamite’ which also proved to be a dynamically enriched display, although criticised for being moved to the end in order to maintain viewership. Harry Styles opened the night with a beautiful and sombre rendition of his Grammy Winning Single, ‘Watermelon Sugar’, setting off a good vibe. One of the most iconic moments of the night was Lil’ Baby’s ‘The Bigger Picture’ performance, speaking out about #BLM and Police Brutality.
The awards had some amazing moments as well. Beyonce broke the record for most Grammy wins by a singer with 28 wins, and Billie Eilish ended up grabbing the Record of The Year. Taylor Swift bagged ‘Album of the Year’ for Folklore, making her the first female artist to have 3 such wins. BTS was the first Asian group to be nominated, which ignited an idea of some diversity and inclusivity. HER won Song of the Year for Breathe. The awards in our opinion were pretty much well-deserved and well received by the artists. Even after the controversies and some artists like BTS and Weeknd not being able to grab the awards, the Grammys were a fun distraction from the monotonous life in the pandemic. Performances from artists were innovative and mind-blowing even and the award ceremony proved to be an iconic one with broken records and emotional and heartwarming moments. We would surely expect the next Grammys to be in person and till then, we'll keep a lookout for new talent.
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