The Grammy Awards – 2021

Mar 20, 2021News

The grammy Awards is one of the most prestigious annual global music awards organized by the Recording Accademy. It recognizes the outstanding and best recordings, compositions and artists of the previous year. The Grammys 2021 marked the 63rd Annual edition of the awards. It was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year’s activities were very special and perculiar, mostly due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. First, the nominations were announced during a virtual live stream on November 24, 2020 and Trevor Noah announced as the host of the ceremony. Then the ceremony, originally scheduled for January 31, 2021 was however, postponed to March 14, 2021, for health and safety concerns due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles. Then there were changes to some rules and categories. For example, the categories Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best World Music Album were renamed to Best Progressive R&B Album and Best Global Music Album respectively. Notable surprises were the exclusion of artists like The Weedend and Hasley, who were all tipped to get nominations. Burna Boy from Nigeria was one of the greatest highlights of this edition, winning the Best Global Music Album.
Beyoncé received the most nominations with nine, followed by Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, and Taylor Swift with six each. Beyoncé again received the most awards (four), overtaking Alison Krauss as the most-awarded woman in the show’s history. Taylor Swift won Album of the Year for the third time, making her the first woman to do so. Below is a complete list of winners of this year’s Grammy Awards:
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
Best New Artist – Megan Thee Stallion
Best Rap Song – “Savage” Megan Thee Stallion ft Beyoncé
Best Rap Album – King’s Disease – Nas
Best Music Video – “Brown Skin Girl” – Beyoncé, Saint Jhn & Wizkid ft Blue Ivy Carter
Best R&B Performance – “Black Parade” – Beyoncé
Best Rap Performance – “Savage” – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
Best Melodic Rap Performance – “Lockdown” – Anderson .Paak
Best Pop Solo Performance – “Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Rain on Me” – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – American Standard – James Taylor
Best R&B Song – “Better Than I Imagined” by Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson
Best Progressive R&B Album – It Is What It Is – Thundercat
Best Traditional R&B Performance – “Anything for You” – Ledisi
Best Pop Vocal Album – Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
Best Dance Recording – “10%” – Kaytranada featuring Kali Uchis
Best Dance/Electronic Album – Bubba – Kaytranada
Best Global Music Album – Twice as Tall – Burna Boy
Best Reggae Album – Got to Be Tough – Toots and the Maytals
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) – Andrew Watt
Producer of the Year (Classical) – David Frost
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
Best Rock Album – The New Abnormal – The Strokes
Best Alternative Music Album – Fetch the Bolt Cutters – Fiona Apple
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 & Lori McKenna,
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 ft Danilo Pérez
Best Jazz Instrumental Album – Trilogy 2 – Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album – Data Lords – Maria Schneider Orchestra
Best Latin Jazz Album – Four Questions – Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album – Jesus Is King – Kanye West
Best Gospel Album – Gospel According to PJ – PJ Morton
Best Roots Gospel Album – Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album) – Fisk Jubilee Singers
Best Gospel Performance/Song – “Movin’ On” Darryl L. Howell, Jonathan Caleb McReynolds, Kortney Jamaal Pollard & Terrell Demetrius Wilson
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song – “There Was Jesus”
Casey Beathard, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams
Best Latin Pop Album or Urban Album – YHLQMDLG – Bad Bunny
Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album – La Conquista del Espacio – Fito Páez
Best Regional Mexican Music Album – Un Canto por México, Vol. 1 – Natalia Lafourcade
Best Tropical Latin Album – 40 – Grupo Niche
Best American Roots Performance – “I Remember Everything” – John Prine
Best American Roots Song – “I Remember Everything” Pat McLaughlin & John Prine
Best Americana Album – World on the Ground – Sarah Jarosz
Best Bluegrass Album – Home – Billy Strings
Best Traditional Blues Album – Rawer than Raw – Bobby Rush
Best Contemporary Blues Album – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? – Fantastic Negrito
Best Folk Album – All the Good Times – Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Best Regional Roots Music Album – Atmosphere – New Orleans Nightcrawlers
Best Children’s Album – All the Ladies – Joanie Leeds
Best Musical Theater Album – Jagged Little Pill – Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, Lauren Patten & Elizabeth Stanley
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) – Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth – Rachel Maddow
Best Comedy Album – Black Mitzvah – Tiffany Haddish
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media – Jojo Rabbit – (Various artists)
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media – Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir
Best Song Written for Visual Media – “No Time to Die” Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell
Best Instrumental Composition – “Sputnik” Maria Schneider,
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella – “Donna Lee” John Beasley,
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals – “He Won’t Hold You” Jacob Collier
Best Recording Package – Vols. 11 & 12 – Doug Cunningham & Jason Noto
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package – Ode to Joy – Lawrence Azerrad & Jeff Tweedy
Best Album Notes – Dead Man’s Pop – Bob Mehr
Best Historical Album – It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers – Lee Lodyga & Cheryl Pawelski
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – “Hyperspace” – Drew Brown, Andrew Coleman, Shawn Everett, Serban Ghenea, David Greenbaum, Jaycen Joshua, Beck Hansen & Mike Larson
Best Engineered Album, Classical “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, ‘Babi Yar'” – David Frost & Charlie Post
Best Orchestral Performance – “Ives: Complete Symphonies” – Gustavo Dudamel
Best Opera Recording – “Gershwin: Porgy and Bess” – David Robertson
Best Choral Performance – “Danielpour: The Passion of Yessuah” – JoAnn Falletta
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance – “Contemporary Voices” – Pacifica Quartet
Best Classical Instrumental Solo – “Theofanidis: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra” – Richard O’Neill; David Alan Miller
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album – “Smyth: The Prison” – Sarah Brailey & Dashon Burton; James Blachly
Best Classical Compendium – “Thomas, M.T.: From the Diary of Anne Frank & Meditations on Rilke” – Isabel Leonard; Michael Tilson Thomas
Best Contemporary Classical Composition – “Rouse: Symphony No. 5” – Christopher Rouse
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice – Linda Ronstadt – Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman

What do you think about this year’s edition? Please drop your comments and opinions below. For more details, please visit the official website of the Recording Accademy.


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