The Grammys celebrated an evening filled with historic victories, emotional tributes, and powerful performances. Women stole the spotlight, with major awards going to industry icons Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, SZA, and Miley Cyrus.
Taylor Swift made history by clinching the Album of the Year award for the fourth time, this time for her album Midnights. In her acceptance speech, she shared the stage with Lana Del Rey, expressing joy reminiscent of finishing a song. Jokingly referring to it as her 13th Grammy, Swift declared it her lucky number while accepting the Best Pop Vocal Album award.
Swift took the opportunity to announce her upcoming 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, scheduled for release on 19 April.
Miley Cyrus won her first-ever Grammy awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance with Flowers. Billie Eilish’s What Was I Made For? from Barbie received awards for Best Song of the Year and Best Song Written for Visual Media. SZA, with nine nominations, won three Grammys. She paid tribute to Kill Bill with an action-packed sequence during her performance.
Victoria Monét was awarded Best New Artist and also won Best R&B Album. Killer Mike won three Grammys, including Best Rap Album, during the pre-televised portion of the night. However, he was later escorted out of the arena in handcuffs by LAPD officers, the reason for which is yet to be confirmed.
The evening commenced with a performance by Dua Lipa, whom host Trevor Noah praised as one of the best performers of a generation. Tracy Chapman made her first public performance since 2009, and Joni Mitchell, at 80, performed at the Grammys for the first time, winning the award for Best Folk Album. U2 delivered a unique set from the Sphere in Las Vegas, and Stevie Wonder led a tribute to the late Tony Bennett.
An extended In Memoriam section featured performances from Annie Lennox, Fantasia Barrino, and Jon Batiste, remembering artists like Sinead O’Connor, Clarence Avant, Wayne Kramer, and Burt Bacharach. Oprah Winfrey paid tribute to Tina Turner as a unique role model. Kylie Minogue won her second Grammy, securing the inaugural Best Pop Dance Recording award for Padam Padam.
Other female winners across various categories included Lainey Wilson, Karol G, Laufey, and Coco Jones.
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