The Grammys kicked off on Sunday with two early prizes for main nominee Beyonce, one due to her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, the rap sensation who captured her first prize on the music trade’s high awards present.
The largely digital ceremony falls almost a yr to the day after Covid-19 grounded excursions and compelled efficiency venues to shut, because the music world tries to maneuver previous a crushing 2020 with a celebration of its greatest stars.
The early ceremony previous the principle broadcast provided a touch at what the night’s gala will appear to be, with a mixture of reside and pre-taped performances consistent with restrictions now commonplace within the coronavirus period.
Beyonce captured her first trophy of the day for Greatest Music Video, an award she shared together with her eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, who was within the clip for “Brown Pores and skin Woman.”
The megastar didn’t Zoom in to just accept the prize from the Recording Academy that many say has failed her up to now, with repeated snubs in previous years for critically acclaimed work.
However Billie Eilish and her brother and collaborator Finneas did seem to just accept an award for “No Time To Die,” the theme from the forthcoming James Bond movie of the identical identify.
Beyonce snagged her second prize for her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, and has 4 extra possibilities to win.
“Imma cry!” mentioned Megan by way of video chat to just accept the award for Greatest Rap Efficiency for “Savage,” fanning her eyes as she thanked Beyonce alongside together with her late mom.
“Thanks Mama for pushing me and understanding that I used to be gonna be right here,” the famous person rapper mentioned.
“Thanks hotties, thanks Houston!” she continued, referring to her adoring followers and residential metropolis.
Beyonce’s sweeping “Black Parade” — launched in June amid explosive nationwide anti-racism protests after one other spate of lethal police violence concentrating on Black People — has her up for the coveted File and Music of the 12 months awards that shall be doled out close to the gala’s finish.
Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch every earned six nominations.
Swift and Lipa each misplaced within the subject for Greatest Pop Duo/Group Efficiency, nevertheless, which went to Woman Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain On Me.”
South Korean phenomenon BTS was additionally up for that prize; their loss dashed hopes for a historic win for Asian pop music from the Los Angeles-based Academy.
Many critics favor the general probabilities of Lipa, who took an enormous danger in dropping a glittery disco ball of a dance album simply because the pandemic took maintain — a guess that paid off.
Swift — a onetime Grammys darling who hasn’t gained in 5 years — bagged her nominations for releasing her shock quarantine album “folklore,” a business and important hit.
And rapper Ricch — who gained a trophy final yr for his collaboration with the late artist Nipsey Hussle — is a robust contender, together with for Music of the 12 months, which honors songwriting, for his hit “The Field.”
Brittany Howard — identified for fronting the band Alabama Shakes — gained Greatest Rock Music, as Fiona Apple scored two awards for her album “Fetch The Bolt Cutters”, which many critics hailed as a masterpiece.
The notoriously reclusive Apple mentioned on Instagram she wouldn’t be attending the ceremony, explaining she was not up for the scrutiny attending such a present entails.
Although many of the rock fields have been unprecedentedly dominated by ladies, The Strokes gained for Greatest Rock Album for “The New Irregular,” their first Grammy ever.
Rap legend Nas additionally gained for the primary time after 14 nominations, along with his “King’s Illness” successful Greatest Rap Album.
Nigerian famous person Burna Boy was additionally a first-time winner for Greatest World Music Album, ecstatically accepting the prize which he mentioned “is an enormous win for my technology of Africans everywhere in the world.”
Megan Thee Stallion has three extra possibilities to win, together with for Greatest New Artist.
Nevertheless it would not be the Grammys with out controversy.
The Weeknd has pledged to cease submitting music for awards consideration after he surprisingly acquired no nominations, regardless of an enormous yr commercially.
Grammys organizers are plugging performances as a purpose to tune in Sunday evening, bringing in heavyweights together with Cardi B, Swift, Eilish, Lipa, Harry Types, BTS and rapper DaBaby to gentle up screens.
Megan Thee Stallion hinted that she and Cardi would possibly carry out their mega-hit “WAP” — a bawdy summer time smash that celebrates feminine sexuality, and whose efficiency would nearly actually require censoring — throughout the principle occasion.
“I am unable to wait for everybody to see us kill it Tonight” Megan tweeted, after her fellow rapper congratulated her on her win.
Latin entice famous person Unhealthy Bunny may also seem, in addition to nation stars Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Mickey Guyton — who was the primary Black lady ever nominated within the nation class, however misplaced to Vince Gill.
“Though I did not win this Grammy, it actually is an honor and I’ll endlessly be a Grammy nominated artist. I like you guys,” the artist tweeted.
Comic Trevor Noah is about to host Sunday’s present, which the Academy has devoted to the resilience of the music trade in addition to frontline staff combatting the unfold of Covid-19.