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How Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Burna Boy & More Made History At The 2021 GRAMMY Awards Show
At the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, Beyoncé became the most-awarded woman in GRAMMY history, Taylor Swift became the first female musician to win Album Of The Year three times, and other winners made history in their own ways
By now, the reviews are in: critics are calling the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show one of the strongest in recent memory, if not the strongest. That’s partly because we saw history made in real time. Beyoncé became the most-awarded woman in GRAMMY history, Taylor Swift became the first woman to win Album Of The Year three times, and Megan Thee Stallion—our Best New Artist—acted as an empowering avatar for the female-led pop vanguard.
As GRAMMY season winds down, let’s examine the ways in which the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show was historic.
All Hail Queen Bey...
Now that she's won more GRAMMYs than the bluegrass great Alison Krauss, Beyoncé is now the most-awarded female artist in GRAMMY history. (At 28, she’s tied with Quincy Jones.) And at nine, she was the most-nominated artist at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show.
...And Blue Ivy, Too!
At nine, Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy is now the second-youngest person to win a GRAMMY, for her writing credit on “Brown Skin Girl,” which won Best Music Video. (The youngest in GRAMMY history was eight-year-old Leah Peasall in 2001.)
Another Feather In Taylor Swift’s Cap
Taylor Swift previously won Album Of The Year for Fearless and 1989. Now, folklore marks a triage of wins in that vaunted category.
Fiona Apple’s First Win In 24 Years
Fiona Apple’s Fetch The Bolt Cutters, a critical favorite of 2020, won in the Best Rock Performance (“Shameika”) and Best Alternative Music categories—her first win since “Criminal” won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance back in 1997.
A Step Forward For Electronic Music
Kaytrananda is the first Black artist to win Best Dance/Electronic album, for BUBBA.
Burna Boy Leads The Global Music Charge
Last year, the GRAMMYs changed the Best World Music category’s title to the more inclusive Best Global Music Category. Burna Boy just became the first winner of this award for Twice As Tall, paving the way for brilliant global artists in 2022, 2023 and beyond!
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
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FYI/TMI: Are Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Getting Together?
Rumors surface that the two are in a red-hot relationship; Sony/ATV Music Publishing named top publisher of fourth quarter in 2012
(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)
Sony/ATV Claims Top Publisher In Q4 2012
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which in June 2012 acquired administration of EMI Music Publishing, was the top publisher in the fourth quarter of 2012 based on its 25.8 percent share of the top 100 songs during the period, according to figures released by Nielsen BDS. No. 2 was Kobalt Music Group (16.5 percent share), followed by Universal Music Publishing Group (15.9 percent share), Warner/Chappell Music (14.2 percent share), and BMG Chrysalis (5.3 percent share).
Swift Getting Together With Sheeran?
Taylor Swift may never be getting back together with a few people — like, ever — but that isn't stopping her from joining "The A Team." According to a report, Swift and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran were reportedly seen together at a hotel in late February. Adding more red-hot fuel to the fire, Sheeran collaborated with Swift on her latest album, Red, the name of which is also a tattoo on Sheeran's left arm. Since Swift and Sheeran supposedly dated briefly last spring, maybe they are, like, getting back together.
Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs
The Hawaiian native takes home Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like" at the 60th GRAMMY Awards
Feeling the 24K Magic, Bruno Mars' successful progress through the categories he's been nominated in at the 60th GRAMMY Awards picked up another one at Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like."
Christopher Brody Brown and Philip Lawrence co-write with Mars under the name Shampoo Press & Curl. The other winning songwriters for Mars' hit tonight in this category are James Fauntleroy and production team "The Sterotypes" — Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip.
The Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award wrapped up the night and wrapped up Bruno Mars' complete rampage through his six nominated categories — now six wins.