By: Dalila Hashish, News Editor, The Pawprint
The Grammy Awards take place in January every year, but due to special circumstances, they took place yesterday, March 14, at 8pm EST (4am Dubai time), and was hosted by popular talk show host, Trevor Noah. History was made when Beyonce secured her 28th Grammy award, setting a record for any artist, male or female, to have the most awards. Taylor Swift also set her own records, becoming the first ever female singer to win the “Album of the Year” award three times (Fearless in 2010, 1989 in 2016, and lockdown album Folklore in 2021). Aside from Swift, only three other artists have won the “Album of the Year” three times; Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.
Aside from all the records being set, there were many performances that took place, with Harry Styles opening the show by performing his hit, Watermelon Sugar. The singer, who had a total of three outfit changes throughout the night, had three nominations in the categories “Pop Vocal Album” with his second album Fine Line, “Pop performance” with Watermelon Sugar, and “Music Video” with Adore You. At the end of the night, Styles walked away with the Grammy for the best pop performance, his first ever Grammy.
At only 19 years old, Billie Eilish now has a total of seven Grammys, including the two she added to her collection yesterday. She walked away with wins in the “Record” category with Everything I Wanted and an award in the “Song Written for Visual Media” with her song No Time to Die, written with artist FINNEAS for the upcoming James Bond movie holding the same name. She was also nominated with Everything I Wanted for the “Song” and “Pop Solo Performance” categories, but unfortunately didn’t win those two.
One very notable win was in the “Song” category, with I Can’t Breathe by H.E.R taking home the win. For those that are not familiar with the history behind the creation of the song, it is about the murder of George Floyd, a black man that was murdered in Minneapolis last May after an officer kneeled on his neck for almost 9 minutes. With lyrics like “I can’t breathe / You’re taking my life from me” and “How do we judge off the color? / The structure was made to make us the enemy”, this song hit close to the hearts of many people, and is truly a testament to the fact that our society needs to change, which the artist talks briefly about in her Red Carpet interview with People Magazine.
While the situation was far from perfect, the ceremony was a success, and will surely be remembered for years to come.