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On March 14th, the 63rd Grammys took place! With performances from Cardi B, BTS, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Post Malone, Doja Cat and more, and hosts including Jhene Aiko, Lizzo and Ringo Starr, it was as star-studded as we had all hoped. Held in Los Angeles, the Grammys 2021 recognized the best recordings, compositions and artists from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. Let’s jump into what was new at the Grammys 2021, and who the winners were!

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Grammys 2021: What’s New?

The 63rd Grammys highlighted works from so many talented musicians, and even helped artists break some records. With her 9th Grammy win, Beyoncé officially took the crown as the most wins for a performer/singer in Grammys history. Taylor Swift also celebrated her third win for ‘Album Of The Year’, and is the first woman in history to do so.

There were also some category changes for the 2021 ceremony. Here are just a few of them:

  • The category ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ was renamed ‘Best Progressive R&B Album’.
  • ‘Best Rap/Sung Performance’ was renamed ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’.
  • The maximum number of releases has now been removed from the ‘Best New Artist’ category.

Let’s take a look at who won what (note: this list is reduced as there are hundreds of awards!)

Grammys 2021: Who Were The Winners?

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Standout Category Winners

Record Of The Year: everything I wanted – Billie Eilish

Album Of The Year: folklore – Taylor Swift

Song Of The Year: I Can’t Breathe – H.E.R

Song Written For Visual Media: No Time To Die – Billie Eilish / Finneas

Best Artist / Producer Winners

Best New Artist: Megan Thee Stallion

Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical): Andrew Watt

Producer Of The Year (Classical): David Frost

Pop, Dance, Folk & Alternative Winners

Pop Vocal Album: Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa

Pop Solo Performance: Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles

Latin Pop / Urban Album: YHLQMDLG – Bad Bunny

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: American Standard – James Taylor

Alternative Album: Fetch The Bolt Cutters – Fiona Apple

Dance / Electronic Album: Bubba – Kaytranada

Folk Album: All The Good Times – Gillian Welch & David Rawling

R&B & Rap Winners

R&B Performance: Black Parade – Beyoncé

R&B Song: Better Than I Imagined – Robert Glasper Ft. H.E.R, Meshell Ndegeocello

R&B Album: Bigger Love – John Legend

Traditional R&B Performance: Anything For You – Ledisi

Progressive R&B Album: It Is What It Is – Thundercat

Rap / Sung Performance: Savage – Megan Thee Stallion / Beyoncé

Rap Song: Savage – Megan Thee Stallion / Beyoncé

Rap Album: King’s Disease – Nas

Melodic Rap Performance: Lockdown – Anderson .Paak

Rock Winners

Rock Album: The New Abnormal – The Strokes

Rock Song: Stay High – Brittany Howard

Rock Performance: Shameika – Fiona Apple

Metal Performance: Bum-rush – Body Count

Country Winners

Country Album: Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

Country Song: Crowded Table – The Highwomen

Country Duo / Group Performance: 10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber

Country Performance: When My Amy Prays – Vince Gill

Jazz & Classical Winners

Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Data Lords – Maria Schneider Orchestra

Jazz Instrumental Album: Trilogy 2 – Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade

Jazz Vocal Album: Secrets Are the Best Stories – Kurt Elling, featuring Danilo Pérez

Contemporary Classical Composition: Rouse: Symphony No. 5 – Christopher Rouse, composer (Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

Visual Media / Musical / Music Video Winners

Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir

Musical Soundtrack: Jagged Little Pill

Music Film: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice – Linda Ronstadt

Music Video: Brown Skin Girl – Beyoncé, Saint Jhn & Wizkid ft. Blue Ivy Carter

Final Thoughts

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As one of the biggest nights in the music industry, we were entranced by the level of talent in all the categories. We can’t wait for next year… let’s see if Beyoncé continues her reign!

Were there any albums, artists or compositions that you thought deserved a win? What were your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

Also, if you liked this article, feel free to check out our posts on 2021 music industry trends, top music podcasts and best music documentaries!

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