The women in Grammy Award's 4 major awards

Tiffany L. Neri
·3 min read

A LOT of things went down at this year’s Grammy Awards—which was even more of a hot topic after the ceremony. But one of the coolest things, which is perfectly in line with the theme of this month’s Women’s Month, is that the winners of the 4 major Grammy awards were all—you guessed it—women!

The winners of the big four awards were as follows:

Record of the Year: "Everything I Wanted" by Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who first caught the eye of the public when she uploaded her song, “Ocean Eyes”, online. From there, she took the world by storm with her unique vocals, musical tone and music production style that she does in collaboration with her music-producer brother, Finneas.

Album of the Year: “Folklore" by Taylor Swift

There’s no denying the creative talent Taylor Swift has—known to draw inspiration from her emotions and experience. But this album that won—“Folklore”—actually came as a pleasant surprise to many fans in the middle of our pandemic world last year. She’s been known to rebrand herself with the times, but this one was her most gothic work yet: an alternative pop-folk album with just the right amount of woodsy-whimsy.

Song of the Year: “I Can’t Breathe” by H.E.R.

For those who have heard about H.E.R. for the first time, there are many things most of us don’t know about. The first is probably the curious meaning of the acronym. H.E.R.—which stands for “Having Everything Revealed”. The artist’s real name is Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson.

The second thing—which is even more interesting—is that although most of us have probably not heard of her, the newly-awarded singer-songwriter is actually part Filipino.

Best New Artist: Megan Thee Stallion

Now, Megan Thee Stallion is pretty amazing. After the results of this year’s Grammy Awards, she became the first female rapper to be named “Best New Artist” since 1999 and is also the third solo rapper ever to have received the award—with the last one being Chance the Rapper in 2017.

She started in 2016 by releasing mixtapes on SoundCloud but when her singles came out in 2019 and after rolling out “Savage” featuring Beyoncé on its remix as well as being featured in Cardi B’s “WAP”, it was undeniable to everyone how much of a rap-star she was.

DID YOU KNOW?

Beyoncé broke the record for the most Grammy wins ever by a female artist and most Grammy wins ever by a singer after picking up her 28th Grammy win that night.

This was Taylor Swift’s third “Album of the Year Award”.

OTHER THINGS THAT WENT DOWN

Other awards include Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar" for Best Pop Solo Performance while "Rain on Me" by Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance—much to the disappointment of the BTS ARMY who expected BTS to take the award with their hit performance of “Dynamite”.

But there was still much to be proud of as BTS was still the first South Korean act to ever perform one of their songs at a Grammys show—one of the definite standouts among dozens of performances at the event.