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technology 25 Nov 2019

Women re-write history at the 63rd Grammy Awards

By Waiswa Wafula

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony held on Sunday night had women re-writing history. The 4 hour ceremony was hosted by Trevor Noah at the Los Angeles Convection Center with no audience as per Covid regulations and some pre-tapped performances.

With a total of 9 nominations, the most of any artist in 2021, Beyoncé made history winning her 28th Grammy Award making her the most Grammy decorated woman and performing artist. She picked up four awards including best R&B performance for “savage” with Meg Thee Stallion and best music video for “brown skin girl.”

This is so overwhelming, I’ve been working my whole life, since 9 years old. I can’t believe this happened, its such a magical night,” Beyoncé said while receiving her award on stage. She now ties with producer Quincy Jones at second place behind the late George Solti who is the most decorated with 31 wins.

Still in the family, Beyoncé’s 9-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter become the second youngest Grammy award winner after bagging the best music video award for “brown skin girl” alongside her mother.

Other female performers with a record-breaking night included Taylor Swift, who became the first female performer to win the album of the year award three times. She first won the award in 2010 with ”fearless” later won in 2015 with “1989” and now “folklore” an album she surprised her fans with in July last year, took the award this year.

Billie Elish won the record of the year for the second straight year. “Everything I wanted” earned her the award this year after “Bad Guy” won it the previous year. Meg Thee Stallion also made history and became the first female rapper to win best rap song. The “W.A.P” hit maker won three honours including best rap song, best rap performance and best new artist.

Other double winners were H.E.R, Fiona Apple and Kaytranada. Notable performers include country singer Mickey Guyton who became the first black woman to be nominated for best country solo performance and Dua Lipa both put up an all-star performance at the ceremony.