Trevor Noah opened the pandemic-altered 63rd annual Grammy Awards on an outdoor stage in front of a sparse crowd outside the Los Angeles Convention Center, with the Grammy’s usual home, the Staples Center, as a backdrop. Noah walked inside the Convention Center during his presentation, where the show’s performances, many of them pre-recorded, were broadcast from.
The awards night got underway with Harry Styles performing to Watermelon Sugar. He performed with a full band wearing a black leather sports coat with no shirt underneath, and a green feather boa. Billie Eilish, who dominated last year’s Grammys, immediately followed with a performance of Everything I Wanted. Others who performed were Post Malone, DaBaby, Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Bruno Mars, Miranda Lambert, Mickey Guyton, John Mayer and Taylor Swift. Grammy also paid special tribute to artists who passed away in 2020. Legends like Rupert Neve, Bunny Wailer, Hal Willner, John Prine, Eddie Van Halen, Bill Withers, Betty Wright, Tony Rice, Little Richard and others were remembered.
Some of the major awards included: Best New Artist – Megan Thee Stallion, Best music video – Brown Skin Girl, Beyoncé with Blue Ivy, Best R&B album – Bigger Love, John Legend, Best rap album – King’s Disease, Nas, Best Country Album – Miranda Lambert for Wildcard, Best pop solo performance – Harry Styles for Watermelon Sugar, Best R&B performance– Beyonce for Black Parade, Taylor Swift for Best Album (Folklore) and Billie Eilish for Record of The Year (Everything I Wanted).
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Among those that attended the red carpet were Dua Lipa, Bruno Mars, Miranda Lambert, Megan Thee Stallion, already a winner in the Premiere ceremony, Noah Cyrus, and Phoebe Bridgers.
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