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GRAMMY Rewind: Anderson .Paak Urges "Every Human" To Use Their Voice Upon Winning A GRAMMY For Best Melodic Rap Performance In 2021
Revisit Anderson .Paak's memorable acceptance speech from 2021, when his poignant and of-the-times song "Lockdown" won a GRAMMY Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance.
The 63rd GRAMMY Awards took place just over a year ago, but already, the March 2021 ceremony feels like a different time. Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a concern, last year's GRAMMY Awards came at a time of major uncertainty, when COVID-19 vaccines still weren't readily available and the pandemic-induced shutdowns of 2020 were still very fresh in everyone's mind.
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit a piece of (very) recent history, which looks back at the first GRAMMY Awards show to be held following the onset of the pandemic. At the time, organizing large, in-person gatherings was still a relatively daunting prospect, and the changes that had to be made are readily apparent in this clip: There's no in-person presenter on hand to announce the winner, and attendees are masked, seated at tables instead of in a general audience in order to encourage social distancing.
Appropriately enough, this GRAMMY Rewind episode revisits a Best Melodic Rap Performance win for Anderson .Paak, who earned a gramophone for a song that directly chronicled the trying times. "Lockdown" addressed the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the galvanized Civil Rights movement that sparked protests across the country following the deaths of Black people — such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor — at the hands of white police officers.
When he took the stage to accept his award, .Paak used the platform to remind viewers and audience members of the power of expression to enact change. "This song, 'Lockdown,' is dedicated to every human being who actually has a voice," he said from the stage.
"If you have a voice, don't be afraid to use it," he continued. "'Cause they watching, and this is proof."
Press play above to revisit .Paak's powerful Best Melodic Rap Performance GRAMMY win from 2021, and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
Will Smith at the 1999 GRAMMYs
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Will Smith Dedicate His 1999 Best Rap Solo Performance GRAMMY To His Son
In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith"
Today, Sept. 25, we celebrate the birthday of the coolest dad—who else? Will Smith! For the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we revisit the Fresh Prince's 1999 GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
In the below video, watch rappers Missy Elliott—donning white leather—and Foxy Brown present the GRAMMY to a stoked Smith, who also opted for an all-leather look. In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith." He dedicates the award to his eldest son, Trey Smith, joking that Trey's teacher said he (then just six years old) could improve his rhyming skills.
The classic '90s track is from his 1997 debut studio album, Big Willie Style, which also features "Miami" and 1998 GRAMMY winner "Men In Black," from the film of the same name. The "Está Rico" rapper has won four GRAMMYs to date, earning his first back in 1989 GRAMMYs for "Parents Just Don't Understand," when he was 20 years old.
Burna Boy accepts his 2021 GRAMMY
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Burna Boy Wins Best Global Music Album For 'Twice As Tall' | 2021 GRAMMY Awards Show
The Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy takes home Best Global Music Album at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony
Burna Boy won Best Global Music Album for Twice As Tall at the Premiere Ceremony of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. This marks his first career GRAMMY win. They are the first winner of the recently renamed category, formerly known as Best World Music Album. Watch his heart-warming acceptance speech below, given in English and Yoruba.
Later, Burna gave a fire performance to close out the Premiere Ceremony, featuring two Twice As Tall tracks—watch it here.
Stay tuned to GRAMMY.com for all things GRAMMY Awards (including the Premiere Ceremony livestream), and make sure to watch the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, airing live on CBS and Paramount+ tonight, Sun., March 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
Check out all the complete 2021 GRAMMY Awards show winners and nominees list here.
Rob Thomas And Carlos Santana
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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Santana & Rob Thomas Self-Assuredly Win Record Of The Year For "Smooth" In 2000
In the newest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, watch Santana and Rob Thomas win Record Of The Year at the 42nd GRAMMY Awards for "Smooth," the unlikely smash-hit pairing of the classic rock legend and Matchbox Twenty leader
By all accounts, Santana's and Rob Thomas' 1999 megahit "Smooth" almost didn't happen. In its embryonic stages, Carlos Santana was skeptical of the tune; the AM-radio effect on Thomas's voice alone engendered its own smattering of arguments.
But in a quintessential lesson about why you should never, ever give up, "Smooth" became the second-biggest single of all time, second only to Chubby Checker's "The Twist." It also led to the 2000 GRAMMY Awards, where the unlikely pair won the GRAMMY for Record Of The Year.
In the newest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit the moment 21 years ago when an unlikely gambit paid off in dividends, putting a feather in the cap of Matchbox Twenty's leader and landing a classic rocker back on the airwaves.
Check out the throwback GRAMMY moment above and click here to enjoy more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Celine Dion Win Record Of The Year For "My Heart Will Go On"
Two decades before Billie Eilish's 2020 win, Celine Dion stepped onto the GRAMMY stage to take home Record Of The Year for her smash hit "My Heart Will Go On"
Long before Billie Eilish's 2020 Record Of The Year win, French-Canadian pop sensation Celine Dion stepped onto the GRAMMY stage to take home Record Of The Year for her smash hit "My Heart Will Go On."
It was 1999: two years after Dion's ballad was prominently featured in James Cameron's star-crossed epic "Titanic," a song placement that forever impacted the way music was used in film. The Canadian vocal powerhouse was up against the Goo Goo Dolls ("Iris"), Monica and Brandy ("The Boy Is Mine"), Madonna ("Ray Of Light") and Shania Twain ("You're Still The One").
During her acceptance speech, it was only fitting that Dion, who took home the golden gramophone along with Walter Afanasieff, Simon Franglen and James Horner, thank the person who made her own heart, well, go on.
Watch the GRAMMY Rewind video above to hear Dion's speech, which thanked her late husband and manager, René Angélil.