The Grammys must go on


Photo courtesy of Mumbai Mirror

Cing Muang, Staff Writer

This year, the 63rd Grammy Award for 2021 took place on Sunday, March 14, and streamed live on internationally. The show was hosted by the current three times GRAMMY nominee Jhene Aiko. 

The Premiere Ceremony featured various performances by current GRAMMY nominees such as Burna Boy (Nigerian singer, songwriter, and rapper), Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science (Jazz band), Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (blues musician), Igor Levit (Classical Pianist), Lido Pimienta (Latin electro-pop musician), Poppy ( singer, songwriter and performance artist), and Rufus Wainwright (singer, songwriter, and composer). 

The 2021 Grammy awards were filled with wonderful live performances by artists such as Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, BTS,  Cardi B, and many more. The awards themselves felt shocking to some people but they could be predictable for others. One of the most memorable moments of this year’s Grammy was Beyonce winning the 28th Grammy of her world-class career which gave her the most Grammys ever awarded to a female artist.  Billie Elish had won the record of the year for the song “ No Time to Die” which she ended up apologizing to Megan Thee Stallion for winning. Megan had won for best new artist and won best rap performance and best rap song for “Savage.” 

Dua Lipa kicked off with her two hit songs “Levitating” and “Don’t Start Now” wearing three different shimmering pink outfits. Harry Style performed his summer hit song “Watermelon Sugar” wearing that green feather over his black leather suit which he later threw off. He added groovy dance moves, While Harry’s dancing might not solve all my problems, emotionally it 100% does. Cardi B performed and Megan Thee Stallion also kicked it off this year’s performance with their hit songs “Up” and “WAP.”

From Cardi pole dancing with her platform heel and Megan’s acrobatic twerking, this was one of the most insane performances I’ve seen for this year’s Grammy live performance.

“Who said BTS lost Grammy? It’s Grammy who lost BTS,” one fan tweeted after BTS’ loss. The first K-pop group to be nominated in the Grammy, “BTS” performed their newest single “Dynamite” which was nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category. Many fans of BTS such as I were really looking forward to the group’s first win for the Grammy 2021, unfortunately, the award was given to “Rain on me” by Lady Gaga ft. Ariana Grande.

Of course, this hit song was a banger and I’m not saying it didn’t deserve the award. But fans of BTS know how much hard work, dedication, and sincerity the group has been putting in the global music industry. Despite that, BTS remained humble and positive. They still made history and show many sides of themselves to their fans to continuously release great music whether it’s in Korean or other languages.  If you aren’t familiar with BTS, check out their terrific live performance of their first full English hit song “Dynamite” at the 2020 MTV VMAs.


All the winners from the 2021 Grammys are listed on this website.