Moment of honesty: In recent years, the Grammy has been be a source of contempt for a lot of music lovers and artists. Musicians, particularly ones of color, have been historically overlooked and the Grammys has often served as a reflection of the divide between public admiration and industry acknowledgement.
But something felt redemptive about Sunday night’s 63rd Grammy Awards.
There were a ton of first-time wins and historical moments at this year’s Grammys. Veteran rapper, Nas won his first Grammy (ever) for “Best Rap Album” for his 13th studio album King’s Disease. Also in the category of rap, Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage (Remix)” won her and Beyoncé the “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song” awards. The Houston hottie also made history with her “Best New Artist” win, making her the first female rapper to win in the category since Lauryn Hill 22 years ago in 1999.
“Thank you, Lord. God is the first person I want to thank. My grandma, thank you, nanny, for making me stop music to finish school,” Meg said I’m her “Best New Artist” acceptance speech, before thanking her mother, Holly, who passed away of cancer in 2019. “Thank you, momma, for pushing me.”
Queen Bey also made Grammy history with her 28th win, making the most awarded musician in its history.
Other major winners included: Burna Boy who won in a category that debuted this year, “Best Global Music Artist” for his album Twice As Tall. For the first time Kaytranada went home with not one but two Grammy: “Best Dance/Electronic Album” and “Best Dance Recording.” Ledisi took home her first Grammy for ” Best Traditional R&B Performance.”
And the youngest winner of the night was Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s pride and joy, Blue Ivy, who won a Grammy for “Best Music Video” for “Brown Skin Girl” off Black Is King.