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The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, took place on March 14th, 2021 and a lot went down. Songs were sung, dances were danced, and history was made. I try to make it a habit to watch the Grammys every year and trust me, I was not disappointed. Below is a list of 5 memorable moments from this year’s Grammy Awards.

  Lil Baby’s Performance of “The Bigger Picture”

Lil Baby transformed the stage through his performance of his song “The Bigger Picture”, which relayed a powerful message condemning police brutality. The violence happening behind Lil Baby during his performance, as seen through live fires fuming out of buildings and people running away out of fear, represents the violence going on in the world today, specifically towards people of color. There were also representations of the Black Lives Matter movement and protests that occurred over this past summer. Lil Baby was not alone on stage as Killer Mike, Tamika Mallory, and Kendrick Sampson made appearances in the performance to help get the message across. The powerful performance had a strong impact on viewers, informing them of the issues that people of color deal with on a daily basis and what needs to change in our society. 


Check out his performance here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK3PQ_KY_0s

Beyoncé Makes Grammy History
Beyonce at the 2021 Grammy Awards
Photo by Cliff Lipson / CBS

Beyoncé made Grammy history by being the most-awarded woman ever! Queen B has accumulated a total of 28 Grammys in her lifetime. Her daughter, Blue Ivy, also won her first Grammy at only 9 years old for her part in “Brown Skin Girl”, which won Best Music Video. Beyoncé also supported fellow artist Megan Thee Stallion for her win of Best New Artist and Best Rap Song, which Beyoncé collaborated on with her. Beyoncé continues to mesmerize us all and leave us waiting for more!

Harry Styles
Harry Styles performing at the 2021 Grammy Awards
Photo by Francis Specker / CBS

Let’s be honest: Harry Styles, in general, was the most memorable person at this year’s Grammys. Not only did the singer take home his first ever Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance (insert happy tears), but he also started the show off with an incredible variation of his song “Watermelon Sugar”. He performed in a leather jacket and pants set and accessorized with a green boa (legend). He had two more outfits prepared, both including a boa as well: one purple and the other black. Styles interacted with many other artists on the big night including Taylor Swift and Lizzo (can you say “iconic”?). 


Check out his performance here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teoHWCMnpFE

  Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” Performance

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion took to the stage to perform their hit song “WAP”, which, simply put, was fantastic. This was the first time the duo performed the song live and they did not disappoint. The intricate choreography and over-the-top set pieces brought the whole performance together. “WAP” was one of the biggest songs this year, especially on TikTok, and it was fun to see a live performance of it that definitely exceeded expectations. 


Check out their performance here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnBZLFB7kLo

Taylor Swift Wins Album of the Year
Taylor Swift wearing floral dress at 2021 Grammy Awards Red Carpet
Photo by Francis Specker / CBS

Taylor Swift took home her third Album of the Year Grammy for one of her two new albums, Folklore! She made history by becoming the first female artist to win the category three times. Taylor Swift also strutted the red carpet in a beautiful floral dress and pink heels that screamed “Folklore”. Her performance combined songs from her two newest albums, including “cardigan”, “august”, and “willow”, which totally blew me away. Everything from the set to her dress, and of course her angelic voice, was absolutely magical. 


Check out her performance here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzii44SDYFA&t=2s

Of course there were plenty of other memorable moments from this year’s Grammy Awards, such as Billie Eilish taking home the award for Record of the Year for Everything I Wanted and H.E.R. taking home the Grammy for Song of the Year for her song “I Can’t Breathe”. And who could forget Dua Lipa’s pink-filled, incredible performance of “Levitating”/“Don’t Start Now” or Silk Sonic’s debut of “Leave the Door Open”? Although the Grammys looked different this year, it was a nice sense of normalcy that we were all craving. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners – we’ll see you next year! 

References:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/lil-baby-performed-the-bigger-picture-2021-grammy-awards-1141093/ 

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-56397324

Valeria is an English major and Acting minor at Adelphi University. She loves to sing, dance, bake, and hang out with friends and family.
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