Feathers, fairy-tales, and firsts

63rd annual Grammy awards ceremony features outstanding performances, bold fashion choices, and famed artists who made history

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Megan Thee Stallion poses with her three Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song. The 63rd annual Grammy awards show featured countless talented performers along with many artists who made history.

Last Sunday, the 63rd annual Grammy awards show was held outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. From an amazing lineup of performers to many well-deserving artists winning awards and some even making history, this year’s Grammys was one for the books. 

There were countless artists in line to perform on Sunday and many were a smashing hit. Opening the show with his, now award-winning song “Watermelon Sugar,” Harry Styles made a fashion statement with a full leather suit and green feather boa. 

After his jazzy rendition of “Watermelon Sugar,” fans could not stop talking about his fashion choices — all positive of course. As his Grammy-accepting outfit, Styles sported a purple feather boa and a very “Clueless”-esque suit. He later wore a third boa in black, eventually being the center of attention with his three different outfit changes, each with its own colored boa.

Taylor Swift later performed “cardigan” and “august” from her “folklore” album, as well as “willow” from her album “evermore.” She sang inside an enchanted forest scene that brought a fairy-tale feel to her performance. Along with her gorgeous dress and the songs from her new album, Taylor Swift brought a truly stunning performance to the Grammys.

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B both performed their song “WAP” live on stage as their first-ever live performance of the song. As a record-breaking song, viewers were able to see a wild and outgoing performance of a positive and empowering song. 

Album of the Year went to “folklore” by Taylor Swift, earning Swift her third Grammy for an Album of the Year. She made history by becoming the first female artist in history to win Album of the Year three times, for “Fearless,” “1989,” and “folklore.” 

“I Can’t Breathe” tells the story of the current crisis surrounding racial injustice in America, specifically the events surrounding George Floyd from the beginning of 2020.”

— Staff Writer Joslyn Weber

The winner for Song of the Year, a category that takes a look at the actual lyrics and talent of the songwriters, was “I Can’t Breathe,” by H.E.R. Although I’ve never heard of the song before that night, looking up the lyrics changed my perspective on who actually deserved to win Song of the Year. 

“I Can’t Breathe” tells the story of the current crisis surrounding racial injustice in America, specifically the events surrounding George Floyd from the beginning of 2020. The lyricism in this song highlights the pain and hardship African-Americans have gone through to fight for their freedom. 

Before, I would’ve probably chosen “cardigan” by Taylor Swift or “everything i wanted” by Billie Eilish, but now, I do believe H.E.R. deserved the Grammy for her song.

Record of the Year, a category that highlights the producers and the overall sound of the song itself, went to “everything i wanted” by Billie Eilish and FINNEAS. Record of the Year earned Eilish her seventh Grammy, along with “No Time to Die” winning the Grammy for Best Song written for Visual Media.

The Grammy for Best New Artist went to Megan Thee Stallion. While some believed Doja Cat deserved to win, there’s no doubting the history and impact that Megan Thee Stallion made as an up-and-coming artist last year. While I do think that Doja Cat should have won Best New Artist, I think Megan Thee Stallion also deserved it.

With “Black Parade” winning the Grammy for Best R&B Performance, Beyoncé earned her 28th Grammy, tying the record for female artist with the most Grammys ever.”

— Staff Writer Joslyn Weber

For her album “Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. While “Future Nostalgia” definitely had a pop feel to it, I think Harry Styles should have won the Grammy for his album “Fine Line.” 

Full of well-written and carefully composed songs, “Fine Line” set countless records and made history with its release. I think it should have won Best Pop Vocal Album, both for its quality and brilliance.

Winning both Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé),” Megan Thee Stallion took home three Grammys in total, as well as Beyoncé taking home four in total. 

Beyoncé also made history that night, along with her daughter Blue Ivy. With “Black Parade” winning the Grammy for Best R&B Performance, Beyoncé earned her 28th Grammy, tying the record for female artist with the most Grammys ever. She now shares the record with Quincy Jones.

Her music video for “BROWN SKIN GIRL” also won a Grammy for Best Music Video. Since her 9-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, was featured in the songwriting credits, she became the second-youngest winner in history. She won behind Leah Peasall, of the Peasall Sisters, who won a Grammy at age 8. 

With outstanding performances, new artists making their stand in the music industry, and even some artists making history, the 63rd annual Grammys awards show was entertaining and amusing.

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