Grammys 2021 – Taylor Swift and Beyoncé and other women make history
The Covid-restrained Grammys were a mostly female-fronted affair, with wins for Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.
It was a historic, triumphant night for women in music at the 2021 Grammys, as a range of female artists took home the top awards. HER took home song of the year for the Black Lives Matter anthem I Can’t Breathe, Taylor Swift became the first woman to win album of the year three times, and the rapper Megan Thee Stallion won both best new artist and best rap performance for her Savage remix with Beyoncé, now the most awarded singer (male or female) and female artist of all time and 19-year-old Billie Eilish took home the record of the year award.
Beyonce broke the record for the most wins by a female artist, while Swift’s surprise lockdown record folklore was named album of the year. Other prize-winners included Dua Lipa, who picked up best pop vocal album; and Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, who became the first female duo to win best pop collaboration for Rain On Me.
Performance highlights included Taylor Swift, who sang a medley of songs from her lockdown albums Folklore and Evermore, from an enchanted forest set. The show also highlighted the plight of music venues by having staff from venues, including New York’s Apollo Theater and LA’s Troubador, present some of the awards.