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Women win big at Grammy Awards, as musicians put on intimate performances
Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish made history at the Grammy Awards, and dozens of creators largely sidelined for a year due to the pandemic made music again.
The Grammys on March 14 turned out to be a surprisingly intimate evening that, at its best, felt like viewers were invited into a private club with their favorite musicians. Most performances took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Four different women won the four most prestigious Grammys. Swift’s quiet surprise, folklore, was album of the year; Eilish’s Everything I Wanted was her second consecutive record of the year winner; H.E.R.’s I Can’t Breathe won song of the year and Megan Thee Stallion was named best new artist.
Beyoncé’s four awards brought her up to 28 Grammys in her career, more than any other female artist. Her celebration of Black history, Black Parade, released last Juneteenth (June 19), won best R&B performance and she shared two awards for collaborating with Megan Thee Stallion on Savage. (AP)
Grammys overhaul award nomination process after criticism and calls for transparency
The Grammy Awards has changed its tune and voted to remove its anonymous nomination review committees — groups that determined the contenders for key awards at the coveted music show.
The Recording Academy made the announcement April 30 after the board of trustees met and approved the change.
The major change comes months after The Weeknd blasted the Grammys and called it “corrupt” after he earned zero nominations for the 63rd Grammys held March 14, despite having 2020’s biggest single with Blinding Lights. Nominees will now be based purely on votes made by the academy’s 11,000-plus voting members. Questions have loomed for years around the nominations process with music industry players calling for more transparency. (AP)
These articles were provided by The Japan Times Alpha.