The Grammys have become, for another year, Solomonic and, without risking too much, they have decided to remove some of the shadows that fly over them by making history.
‘Folklore’, by Taylor Swift, has been chosen album of the year , an award that makes Pennsylvania the first woman to win that award three times , after those obtained by Fearless and 1989. It is something they have only achieved before Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.
Beyoncé will continue to wait to achieve that crown, or repeat the one for best song (which she achieved in 2010), but with four statuettes of the nine that she was opting for in this 63rd edition (including video for ‘Brown Skin Girl’, R&B performance by ‘Black Parade’ and two for his collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion on ‘Savage’) has already 28 gramophones to his credit.
Beyoncé has broken the female record (held by Alison Krauss), has more than any other performer (although Quincy Jones is also 28) and is only three from the absolute record (31) of George Solti .
The Recording Academy of the United States has marked other milestones this time and it is that never before until this Sunday four women had won the four main categories in the same year .
Extending the love shown last year towards Billie Eilish has given her, not without surprising even Eilish herself, the award for best recording for ‘Everything I wanted’ (in addition to the best song for visual media for ‘No time to die ‘).
In another of the major surprises of the night, with the inescapable aroma of a vote more political than musical, they have awarded as best song ‘I can’t breathe’, by HER Y to Megan Thee Stallion (to which Eilish has surrendered in admiration in her speech and to which she has assured that her award should have gone) have recognized her as the best new artist . Swift’s award completes the hitherto unpublished quartet.
Although Megan Thee Stallion has not completed her wild feat and has won three awards from four nominations, she has also left her mark in the annals. She has become the first woman to win the Grammy for best rap song. Outside of the track record, his performance with Cardi B at the gala has been one of the high points of a ceremony that, musically, has had little flaw and much to enjoy.
Three and a half hours of music
The challenge faced by these Grammys, the pandemic awards, the awards in a year in which the experience of music, like so many other things, has been confined was not easy. And for more than three and a half hours, with just nine of the 84 awards handed out on the television broadcast, most of the time has been spent remembering the power of live performance.
Although the awards were given and received abroad, the producers have created an intelligent design inside the Los Angeles Convention Center with several contiguous stages through which the performances flowed, united but at a distance.
And there Haim and Dua Lipa have shone , who two years after being recognized as the best new artist has won the award for best pop album for ‘Future Nostalgia’.
It has also been the scene of brilliance for Bad Bunny (with Jhay Cortez), who has won the first of his “gringo grammys ,” as he calls them, for a Latin pop or urban album ), for the aforementioned Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion or for Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paal to debut their new line-up Silk Sonic.
The Grammys have also been successful in allowing several of the awards to be presented from vital music venues in Nashville, New York or Los Angeles, recalling the difficulties that the pandemic has created for them. And they have made a beautiful reminder of some of the greatest figures in music who passed away this year (the entire list, of about a thousand, is available on the web) .
There have been Bill Withers and Eddie Van Halen , Chick Corea (who received two gramophones posthumously) , Charley Pride and Ennio Morricone , but live performances have also been added to remember Little Richard (with Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak), Kenny Rogers (Lionel Richie), or a fabulous performance by Brandi Carlile in tribute to John Prine (winner of two posthumous awards) , before the vibrant Brittany Howard ( brand new winner of best rock song for ‘Stay high’) with Chris Martin on piano.
The Grammys have also struggled to ward off racial ghosts , and not just thanks to Beyoncé’s milestone (who has dedicated a dedication to all “black kings and queens”) or the unexpected HER award. acted a black country artist , Mickey Guyton , who had also achieved the first nomination for a black artist in a performance of the genre where the queen tonight was Miranda Lambert with her album ‘Wild Card’.
It has been, however, the interpretation of Lil baby that has sent the strongest political message. In his version of ‘The Bigger Picture’ the rapper has made a plea against police brutality and has made room for activist Tamika Mallory who has called out against the “emergency” that racism represents and has spoken of ” 400 years of nightmare” .
“It is time to demand the freedom that this land promises,” he said before making a direct claim to “President Joe Biden : we demand justice, equality, politics and all that freedom encompasses,” he said. we need allies, we need accomplices ”.
Beyond the gala, the Grammys shared their benefits. The Strokes achieved their first victory in their first nomination when they saw ‘The New Abnormal’ awarded as best rock album, while Fionna Apple won the alternative music for ‘Fetch the Bolt Cutters ‘, Rufus Wainwright the traditional pop for’ Unfollow the rules ‘, Kaytranada the dance / electronic one for ‘ Bubba ‘ and Nas the rap one for ‘ King’s disease ‘
Kanye West won the best contemporary Christian music album for ‘Jesus is King’ and Fito Paez for Latin rock with ‘The conquest of space ‘