The 2021 Grammy Awards finally took place in March after a six-week delay due to the pandemic. The telecast has been praised for its professionalism, smooth transition, diverse performances, and thoughtful odes to many artists who passed away this year, like MF DOOM and Little Richard. There was also some controversy, as Canadian artist The Weeknd vowed to boycott the Recording Academy for being snubbed this year.
Nonetheless, there were some high points of the show, and the highest was arguably the incredible amount of wins by R&B pop megastar, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Sitting in a select crowd of her masked peers, Knowles-Carter was graciously honored to receive her fourth win of the night.
Her win for the Best R&B Performance for “BLACK PARADE” marked a historical moment for the 39-year-old singer and the Recording Academy, as she became the recipient of the most career Grammy wins of any female artist with 28 awards, tying with musical icon Quincy Jones.
“As an artist, I believe it’s my job, and all of our jobs, to reflect the times. It’s been such a difficult time. So, I wanted to uplift, encourage and celebrate all of the beautiful Black queens and kings that continue to inspire me and inspire the whole world. This is so overwhelming. I’ve been working my whole life, since 9 years old, and I can’t believe this happened. It’s such a magical night,” Knowles-Carter said in her acceptance speech.
She also congratulated her oldest daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, for winning Best Music Video for “Brown Skin Girl,” which was a collaboration between mother and daughter and Nigerian artist, Wizkid.
“‘Brown Skin Girl,’ a celebratory anthem filled with familiar faces—including Lupita Nyong’o and Kelly Rowland—is replete with imagery of loving relationships between Black women: mothers and daughters, sisters, friends. Blue Ivy appears at the beginning, with a shot of her playing a hand-clapping game with her mother. She later appears all dolled up like a debutante, wearing a string of pearls and white gloves,” writes Julia Jacobs of the New York Times.
Beyoncé did not perform this year, but she did win Best Rap Song for “Savage Remix” with Grammy newcomer Megan Thee Stallion, who performed lyrics to the song in a medley of her hits, including the provocative song “WAP” featuring Cardi B.