The 63rd Grammy Awards held on Sunday was a hybrid event, with some artists attending in person and others beaming in virtually. The pandemic didn’t prevent performing artists from bringing their A-game, though, with Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, BTS and more giving stellar performances.
Swift performed a medley of Folklore tracks “Cardigan” and “August” plus Evermore single “Willow,” accompanied by her collaborators Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner. She went on to win Album Of The Year for Folklore, making her the first female artist to clinch the top honor three times.
Record of the Year went to Billie Eilish for “Everything I Wanted,” which she performed with her brother Finneas while standing atop a submerged car amid fog (a nod to its music video). In her speech, though, Eilish said Megan Thee Stallion, who was nominated for her “Savage” remix featuring Beyoncé, deserved to win.
Other notable performances came from Harry Styles, who performed “Watermelon Sugar” (which nabbed Best Pop Solo Performance) and Dua Lipa, who linked up with DaBaby to perform their remix of “Levitating” and then transitioned into “Don’t Start Now.” She won Best Pop Vocal Album for Future Nostalgia.
BTS weren’t content to stay on a single stage for their rendition of “Dynamite,” which was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Instead the seven-piece went from an elaborate soundstage with pyrotechnics and floral set pieces, to a red carpet, through a stairwell and finally to a helipad on the roof of the building.
Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak also gave a tribute performance to Little Richard, giving rollicking renditions of the late rock pioneer’s “Long Tall Sally” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly.” They then teamed up again to make their live debut as Silk Sonic with their smooth single “Leave the Door Open.”
Other notable Grammy 2021 wins include HER’s “I Can’t Breathe” for Song of the Year and Beyoncé, whose win for Best R&B Performance with “Black Parade” made her the most-awarded woman in Grammys history, taking over bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.
Megan Thee Stallion also walked away with three trophies, including Best New Artist. Catch up on the hip hop wins and performances at the 2021 Grammys and watch all the abovementioned performances in full or as snippets below.
BTS Dynamite performance will always be amazing & iconic. I wont get tired watching them perform this song over & over again!
— KweenMin 💜 (@kween_min) March 15, 2021
bruno mars / anderson .paak / silk sonic full grammys performance tribute to little richard pic.twitter.com/HxwFewCPgp
— j (@beomgyureal) March 15, 2021