The 2021 Grammys were about female empowerment with female Artists taking home top prizes this evening at the socially-distanced ceremony hosted by Trevor Noah, which clocked-in at almost four hours.
Beyoncé became the most awarded female Artist of all time at the Awards, honouring Music’s best, bringing her hardware tally to 28 Grammys tonight.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift took home Album of the Year for folklore, her first of two Discs to be released in 2020. Swift became the first ever female Artist to take Album of the Year three times, previously winning with 1989 and Fearless.
H.E.R. took Song of the Year with I Can’t Breathe, a powerful track inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Megan Thee Stallion also was a big winner taking Best New Artist, also winning a Grammy for Best Rap Song with her collaboration with Beyoncé, the Savage Remix.
Record of the Year went to last year’s award-sweeping Billie Eilish for her track All I Ever Wanted. She also took Best Song Written For Visual Media with Bond theme No Time to Die.
We’ve missed you Bruno Mars! Cardi B, you haven’t gone anywhere but we still need new Music! PLEASE ME is the collaboration from our favourite Duo following on their Remix for Finesse! It continues on that 90s R&B inspiration that we love so much.
Check it out below:
The Track is available now all streaming services! Links here.
BRUNO MARS took home top honours at the 60th annual GRAMMYAwards. The Hawaiian-born Singer/Songwriter for his Tracks 24K Magic, That’s What I Like and Album 24K Magic, won Album of the Year,Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album.
Mars says, pleading not to be cut-off during his speech in which he recalls performing at the age of 15, “Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley wrote many of the songs I’d be singing. I remember people who’d never met each from two sides of the globe all would be dancing and all I wanted to do with this Album was to see everybody dancing and everybody moving. I’d like to dedicate this award to my heroes, these teachers who laid down the foundation.”.
See his performance with CardiB on the Remix to Finesse:
Taking place in New York City this year, the GRAMMYs took place at Madison Square Garden after having been in Los Angeles for the past 14 years. Funnyman James Corden filled hosting duties and his parents Malcolm and Margaret even came out again to support him, joking they snuck-out to see Hamilton while the show was going on! New York native and 14-time Grammy Winner Alicia Keys stated upon presenting Record of the Year to Bruno Mars, “I love it better when the GRAMMYS are in New York”, drawing applause from the crowd.
Other big winners from the evening included Bruno Mars‘ labelmate Ed Sheeran who won Best Pop Solo Performance for smash hit Shape of You and also Best Pop Vocal Album for ÷.
GRAMMY Darling Kendrick Lamar won Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Music Video for HUMBLE. and his Rihanna Collaboration LOYALTY. won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. His Disc DAMN. won Best Rap Album.
Canada saw The Weeknd win for Best Contemporary R&B Album with his top-selling Starboy Disc, while national icon Leonard Cohen post-humously won for Best Rock Performance with You Want it Darker. Our Alessia Cara won coveted Best New Artist and while her version of How Far I’ll Go didn’t win for Best Song for Visual Media, the Moana Theme sung by Auli’i Cravalho would go on to win.
Lady Gaga was on early with a fantastic acoustic Medley of A Million Reasons and Joanne:
Kesha would make a return to the GRAMMYs after a few years away delivering her nominated Praying with the help of Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Andra Day and more:
While it was announced recently that Elton John soon will retire following his upcoming Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, Miley Cyrus would join him on-stage for a rendition of Tiny Dancer:
After feuding for many years after a fallout in the ’90s, Broadway legend Patti Lupone would take the stage to perform Don’t Cry for Me Argentina from EVITA for Composer Andrew Lloyd Weber, who was being honoured this evening for his achievements. Lupone performed the same song at the 1981 GRAMMYs. See the performance:
…meanwhile a year later the hits still are coming from Bruno Mars’ 24K MAGIC Disc. To spruce things up, he surprises us with a new ’90s-licious Remix of FINESSE with Cardi B! The Track already was a slice of that era but this added touch definitely enhances the nostalgia! The Video for the Track is dedicated in loving memory to ’90s TV staple IN LIVING COLOR.The memories!
Bruno‘s back. The good thing is if you love UPTOWN FUNK, new single 24K MAGIC is right up your alley. The 80s Funk-Pop jam is dancefloor-ready indeed. Fans of “romantic/sensitive Bruno” may have a thing or two to say about this flaunty throwback Track and Video though….
Not that it was a surprise, but Taylor Swift takes home the Album of the Year award a second time at the GRAMMYs tonight for her 5.7 million copy-selling Disc, 1989. The Album also won for Pop Vocal Album, while single Bad Blood won Video of the Year. Swift, sporting a new bob-cut, stole the spotlight, addressing some shade thrown her way recently on Kanye West track Famous on which he takes credit for her rise to fame. She said, “There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you are going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world”.
West once again proves that he isn’t a favourite with GRAMMY voters, failing to win tonight despite being up for Rap Song, Rap-Sung Collaboration and Rap Performance this year. Rap categories were dominated by leading nominee Kendrick Lamar, who was victorious for Rap Performance, Rap/Sung Collaboration, Rap Song, Rap Album and also Music Video for his collaboration with Taylor Swift on Bad Blood.
Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson got some much due respect winning Song of the Year for their outstanding collaboration, Uptown Funk. The track also won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and its remixed version by David Audé also won Best Remixed Recording (Non-Classical).
Meanwhile Ed Sheeran, won Song of the Year with Thinking Out Loud. The track also got Pop Solo Performance for the English Singer/Songwriter.
Often seen as a bit of a career curse, promising talent Meghan Trainor was named Best New Artist, reaching the summit of the Billboard Hot 200 with platinum-selling debut disc, Title.
Canada’s Justin Bieber notches his first GRAMMY win ever for Dance Recording with Skrillex/Diplo collaboration Where Are You Now. Our The Weeknd also brought-home that Canadian glory with Best R&B Performance on Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack) and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Beauty Behind the Madness.
See some of the evening’s most memorable performances!
Adele performing All I Ask (penned and introduced by Bruno Mars):
Lady Gaga paying tribute to David Bowie:
Tribute to Lionel Ritchie by John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor + Tyrese:
While we admit we know little about Football, we still love to partake in the festivity and we were thrilled to see not only a National Anthem for the records by Lady Gaga before a mesmerized Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, we also witness headliner Coldplay, and Bruno Mars rock the crowd in dazzling technicolour Halftime Show!
It was even announced the Beyoncé, in addition to dropping a new Track yesterday in FORMATION, will be going on a Summer Stadium Tour!
Although there certainly wasn’t much of a Match at tonight’s NFL Super Bowl XLVIII with the Underdog Seattle Seahawks demolishing the Denver Broncos, the Halftime Show and Commercials certainly is where the Spectacle was at. There were fireworks, horns, dancing, flames, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and lots of screaming! Bruno Mars sure knows how to deliver a bang-on Show and those of you who’ve never been to one of his Live Shows, don’t know what you’re missing. He sounds just as great on record as he does in-person and possesses an electric energy about him.
100 million+ tuned-in tonight to see the Hawaii-born Singer/Songwriter, who appeared on-stage aggressively banging on a Drum Kit, as he and his Band zipped through an array of Hits including: Grenade, Locked Out of Heaven, Treasure, Just the Way You Are. Mid-way, they were joined by The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Frontman Anthony Kiedis, performing their Smash, Give it Away Now.
It was a great year for Pop Music in 2013. DJ Earworm recaps it best and in what is becoming an annual Pop Tradition, the San Francisco-based Mash-up Artist has just unveiled his United State of Pop 2013 Megamix. And he never disappoints! Although a bit less energetic and a bit darker than previous year’s, this is definitely among his best.
The Mix includes Billboard Magazine‘s Year-End Top 25 Songs and this year we have:
Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man Capital Cities – Safe & Sound Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky Eminem feat. Rihanna – The Monster Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly – Cruise Imagine Dragons – Radioactive Imagine Dragons – Demons Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail Justin Timberlake – Mirrors Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z – Suit & Tie Katy Perry – Roar Lady Gaga – Applause Lorde – Royals Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – Thrift Shop Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop OneRepublic – Counting Stars P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason Rihanna – Stay Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble Will.I.Am feat. Britney Spears – Scream And Shout