The time has come for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards that is changed due to the pandemic-era we live in. Last Sunday was devoted to the music that highlighted this deeply challenging year, with many unwanted events that shook the world.
The music industry experienced a big hit due to the coronavirus as touring artists were grounded and fans can online enjoy their music on streaming services. Even though the streaming industry experienced exponential growth, music artists still criticize the system over their share of each streaming.
All of these problems didn’t stop the most prestigious show from happening, and this year has been special for many things.
Biggest Moments of the 63rd Grammys
The show took place online and without an audience, but this didn’t stop people from gathering and watching the show under a tent outside the Los Angeles Centre. These Grammy awards were very different from what we are used to.
There were live-performing artists on stage to largely empty seats in the arena. Despite the unwanted circumstances, the event still managed to deliver some memorable moments that will make history in the music industry.
Beyonce Collected Her 28th Grammy Award
There is no doubt that Beyonce was the star of the show. She added one more Grammy award to her collection which makes her in equal second position to the most-awarded winners of all times with Quincy Jones that also has 28 trophies.
On top of that, she managed to beat another record by becoming the most awarded female artist in history.
Megan Thee Stallion Won the Best New Artist
Probably the biggest award for beginning stars came to Megan Thee Stallion by winning the best new artists which later proved that she is a worthy winner by delivering an amazing live performance of WAP and Savage with Cardi B.
Every year, the hosts of the show pay close attention to artists that passed away over the past year. This year was no different as they delivered a very powerful Memoriam by featuring a performance by Lionel Ritchie, Brittany Howard, Brandi Carlie, accompanied by Chris Martin from Coldplay.
It was a powerful reminder of the artistic capabilities and impact on the music industry of artists like Kenny Rogers, Little Richard, Chick Corea, John Prine, Peter Green, Elias Marseille, Trini Lopez, and others.
Change of Grammy’s Structure
Fans noticed an important change in the show which focused on more music and fewer awards. The show lasted more than three hours and the organizers managed to out a few awards, but the majority of the show was dedicated to performances by nominees.
This was a great treat for all music fans and a nice way to keep everyone entertained rather than watching long speeches. Harry Styles was responsible for opening the show with an impressive performance of Watermelon Sugar, and after that, we saw many live performances from artists like Billie Eilish, Haim, DaBaby, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, BTS, and many more.
Of course, the show stopper was the live performance of Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B’s performance.
On top of that, they invited long-suffering live music venue owners and staff to present some awards to the artists. This features a nice message where the organizers wanted to remind the viewers that the music industry still has a long and difficult path to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grammys are the most prestigious award that can boost the career of the artist. So, it came as no surprise as The Weeknd decided to snub the show, since his album “After Hours” got no nominations, despite having been a selling success. The Canadian singer is also the most requested artist in the world on the Spotify platform with 75 million monthly listeners!
So, like some basketball stars who decided to snub the All-Star NBA match (learn more here), The Weeknd completely shutting down any future presence in the Grammys might cause a notorious impact on how the show is perceived.
Even though the show was very different from what we are used to, it still managed to keep fans entertained even while watching a live stream on their devices. After all, the world needs this positive energy that comes from shows like these.
It shows that music brings people together even though we are socially distanced.