Who scooped the most coveted awards at the Grammys – and what were the notable moments of the night? You’re about to find out.
The annual Grammy Awards ceremony is a prestigious event presented by the Recording Academy in the United States. It recognises spectacular achievements in the music industry with awards covering more than 25 fields, including genres like pop, rock, country, classical and jazz, along with music production work. The top awards include Album, Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.
If you weren’t awake in the early morning hours to watch the Grammys live, here’s a recap of the highlights!
American singer/songwriter Taylor Swift won Album of the Year for the fourth time – that’s two times more than Adele and one time more than Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Paul Simon. Thus firmly cementing Swift’s place as a legend in music history. The award for her album Midnights was presented by the one and only Celine Dion, a surprise appearance due to ongoing health issues. And a bonus surprise: Swift announced she was launching her 11th studio album, called The Torturted Poets Department, on 19 April 2024.
Eilish pipped Taylor Swift’s Anti-Hero to the post for Song of the Year with her contribution to the Barbie movie What Was I Made For? Watch Eilish’s acceptance speech. This song, for which she collaborated with her brother FINNEAS to create, also won Best Song Written for Visual Media. The pair gave an ethereal performance of it during the night.
The Grammy for Record of the Year went to Miley Cyrus for Flowers, a track that also won Best Pop Solo Performance. Flowers was released to great success in January 2023, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. The Grammy wins were a first for Cyrus, who celebrated during the night with a fabulous performance of the song itself.
One artist to keep a close eye on going forward is Victoria Monét, who won Best New Artist and was nominated for a whopping seven Grammys in total. Monét has previously helped write some of Ariana Grande’s best songs, including Thank U, Next and Be Alright. Her debut album, Jaguar II, also won a Grammy for best R&B album.
Joni Mitchell moved the audience with a soul-stirring rendition of Both Sides Now (her first Grammy performance). That was after receiving the award for Best Folk Album for Joni Mitchell at Newport (Live) – a recording of the 2022 concert that saw Mitchell return to the stage after a debilitating brain aneurysm.
Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman
The crowd gave a standing ovation to Tracy Chapman, who made a rare appearance to perform her 1988 hit Fast Car with American country music singer/songwriter Luke Combs. The song resurged in 2023 after Combs covered it on his album Gettin’ Old as one of his favourite ever songs.
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