The Grammy wins and a nod to 2020
David Goodson | 3/18/2021, midnight
“This is really embarrassing for me. Megan, girl…I was going to write a speech about how you deserve this. But then I was like, ‘There’s no way they’re gonna choose me.’ I was like, ‘It’s hers.’
“You deserve this. You had a year that I think is impalpable. You are a queen; I want to cry thinking about how much I love you. You’re so beautiful. You’re so talented. You deserve everything in the world. I think about you constantly, I root for you always. You deserve it, honestly, genuinely, this goes to her. Can we just cheer for Megan Thee Stallion, please?” Typically, that’s not how a winner’s acceptance speech would sound, but those were the words of Billie Eilish as she accepted her second consecutive Song of the Year award at the 2021 Grammy Awards held Sunday, March 14.
Megan took home one less award, although it was perhaps one of the two biggest honors of the night, with Record of the Year, she still copped three gilded trophies in the categories of Best New Artist, and the “Savage (Remix)” featuring Beyoncé was issued Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance honors.
As turbulent as the year 2020 was perhaps no song captured what the year was more than Anderson Paak’s win for Best Melodic Rap Performance for his 2020 single “Lockdown,” perhaps the most deserving. Released on Juneteenth and derived from the artist’s participation in a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles where peaceful protestors were being shot with rubber bullets by the police.
The song was accompanied by the Best Music Video Grammy nominated visual directed by Dave Meyers featuring Andra Day, Jay Rock, Syd, SiR, Dumbfoundead & Dominic Fike. The now four-time Grammy Award winning Paak also took to the stage with Bruno Mars in a television performance debut of their new project “Silk Sonic.” The duo performed a funky retro rendition of their new single, “Leave the Door Open.” Variety coincidentally described the song as “a glorious blast of vintage R&B that could be a Best R&B Song Grammy winner from 1974.”
The win follows Paak’s Best R&B Album win for “Ventura” and Best R&B Performance win for “Come Home” featuring Andre 3000 earlier this year. He won his first Grammy in 2019 for Best Rap Performance for his song, “Bubblin’.”
Paak was also featured on this year’s Grammy Award nominated album from Free Nationals and from the winners’ list, Best Rap Album, “King’s Disease” by Queensbridge native Nas (congrats on the first Grammy in his esteemed career), and Paak was a co-producer on John Legend’s “One Life” from his Best R&B Album, “Bigger Love.”
Other winners of note are as follows:
Song of the Year
“I Can’t Breathe,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriter H.E.R.
Best R&B Performance
“Black Parade,” Beyoncé
Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Anything for You,” Ledisi
Best R&B Song
“Better Than I Imagine,” Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello
Best Progressive R&B Album
“It Is What It Is,” Thundercat
Best Gospel Performance/Song
“Movin’ On,” Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music; Darryl L. Howell, Jonathan Caleb McReynolds, Kortney Jamaal Pollard & Terrell Demetrius Wilson, songwriters
Best Gospel Album
“Gospel According to PJ,” PJ Morton
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
“Jesus Is King,” Kanye West
Best Roots Gospel Album
“Celebrating Fisk!” (The 150th Anniversary Album), Fisk Jubilee Singers
Best Latin Pop or Urban Album
“YHLQMDLG,” Bad Bunny
Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.