A big night at the Grammys

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At this year’s 2021 Grammy Awards, Swift wins Album of the Year for “Folklore.”

Adam Zerman, Business Manager

Going into the Grammys, there were several artists who many people believe were snubbed from being nominated such as Juice Wrld and Pop Smoke. Both rappers recently died and had albums released after their deaths which did very well. Wrld’s “Legends Never Die” debuted at number one on Billboard’s album charts and is still top ten on Spotify and Billboard. Meanwhile, Smokes’ “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” also debuted at number one on Billboard and currently ranks fourth on Spotify and number three on Billboard. Surprisingly, both artists received zero nominations.

The biggest snub of the year, however, belonged to The Weeknd. His album “After Hours” debuted as number one on Billboard and after releasing last May, the single “Blinding Lights” currently sits at number one the Billboard Hot 100 and has spent 65 weeks on the charts peaking at number one. Furthermore, the song has become the fourth most-streamed song in Spotify history and many consider it to be the best song of the year. With that being said, The Weeknd received zero nominations.

As for the big winners, Megan Thee Stallion received the first Grammy of the night. Winning three of four nominations, Stallion went home with Best New Artist, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for her “Savage Remix,” winning her first three Grammys.

Other winners included Harry Styles for Best Pop Solo Performance in “Watermelon Sugar” and Dua Lipa for Best Pop Vocal Album with “Future Nostalgia,” while Taylor Swift took home Album of the Year for “Folklore” and Billie Eilish won Record of the Year with “Everything I Wanted.” The most surprising win of the night came when H.E.R won Song of the Year for “I Can’t Breathe.”

The night truly belonged to Beyoncé, who won four Grammy Awards. She won Best Music Video and Best R&B Performance while also winning Best Rap Song and Performance as a feature on Megan Thee Stallions’ “Savage Remix.” What made the night for Beyonce was the win for R&B performance which gave her the most Grammy wins of any female artist and most wins among all male and female singers.

Some of the night’s best performances included Black Pumas’ debut performing “Colors” and DaBaby’s powerful version of “Rockstar” with Roddy Rich and a choir of elderly judges behind him. Other big numbers included Silk Sonic’s first public performance with Anderson Paak, Bruno Mars singing “Leave the Door Open” and a tribute to Little Richard. Billie Eilish performed “Everything I Wanted” while BTS sang “Dynamite” all the way from South Korea. Maren Morris and John Mayer also rocked the stage performing “The Bones.”