Female artists make history during 2021 Grammys

The Grammys are always one of the most talked about award shows of the year. This year, the 63rd annual show took place on March 14. It was hosted by comedian Trevor Noah and featured performances from Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, BTS, and many other talented artists.

Typically, the Grammys are held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. However due to COVID-19, the awards were held outside with performances taking place in a large soundstage.

The show opened with Harry Styles performing his hit single, “Watermelon Sugar,” which won the award for Best Pop Solo Performance, his first ever Grammy win.

We also saw performances from HAIM, who performed “The Steps,” Billie Eilish who performed “Everything I Wanted,” and Dua Lipa who performed “Don’t Start Now” and “Levitating” with DaBaby.

A standout performance was Lionel Richie’s tribute to his friend, the late Kenny Rogers. Richie performed “Lady,” a song he wrote for Kenny that became a staple in the country music legend’s shows. He also performed “The Gambler,” which is arguably the most popular of Kenny’s repertoire.

There were other touching tributes during the show such as Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, and Silk Sonic honoring Little Richard, Brandi Carlile honoring John Prine, and Brittany Howard alongside Chris Martin singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

History was made several times during the telecast, notably with Mickey Guyton who became the first black female solo artist to earn a nomination in a country music category with her song “Black Like Me,” which she also performed during the show.

Other prominent examples of history being made at the Grammys include Beyoncé becoming the most awarded female in Grammy history with 28 awards to her name. Taylor Swift also became the first woman to win Album of the Year three separate times.

There were also many deserving wins such as Megan Thee Stallion winning three of her four nominations of the night, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song. Best Country Album went to Miranda Lambert for her work on “Wildcard.” Dua Lipa also took home a trophy for Best Pop Vocal Album, recognizing her work with “Future Nostalgia.”

Click here to see a full list of winners.