The Groundbreaking Women Of The 2021 Grammys
I just love it when women.
I just love it when women.
Text: Lauren Gruber
Happy Women's History Month! Female artists dominated this year's Grammy Awards by sweeping every major category — Record of the Year winner Billie Eilish, Album of the Year winner Taylor Swift, Song of the Year winner H.E.R., and Best New Artist winner Megan Thee Stallion. Check out the women who shattered the glass ceiling this year with historical achievements.
From her standout start in Destiny's Child to her illustrious solo career, Beyoncé deservedly became the most awarded woman in Grammy's history this year. She surpassed bluegrass singer Allison Kraus's record and now holds 28 awards. A win for Black women, Beyoncé received her record-shattering award for Black Parade, a tribute to the community's resilience. She also received an award for Best Rap Performance for her collaboration with Best New Artist winner Megan Thee Stallion on their song Savage (Remix).
After releasing not one, but two albums within five months during quarantine, country crooner-turned-pop star-turned indie darling Taylor Swift won her third Album of the Year award for her lauded cottagecore record folklore. This achievement makes Swift the first woman to win Best Album three times, joining legends Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Paul Simon. Chameleon singer-songwriter Swift now holds the award for three different genres from three different decades: 2008's country Fearless, 2014's pop 1989, and 2020's alternative folklore.
Megan Thee Stallion
Real hot girl shit. The classy and bougie rapper had a meteoric rise to fame — she just became the second ever female hip-hop artist to win Best New Artist since the beloved Lauryn Hill in 1999. Hailing from Houston, the now 26-year-old Megan started rapping at just 14 and became a household name in 2019 with hit songs like Big Ole Freak and her invention of the Hot Girl Summer. Now, she inspires TikTok trends left and right, and accepts awards alongside her idol Beyoncé.
At just 19 years old, Billie Eilish has quite the impressive resume. On Sunday, she won Record of the Year for the second year in a row — this marks her sixth Grammy. While she'd rather the award go to Megan Thee Stallion, Eilish was awarded for her slinky, brooding track Everything I Wanted. “This is really embarrassing for me,” Eilish said while accepting her Grammy. “Megan, I was gonna write a speech about how you deserve this, but then I was like, there’s no way they’re going to chose me." While we love seeing girls supporting girls, Eilish remains the youngest Record of the Year winner.
The pseudonymous singer-songwriter might still be shrouded in mystery, but she achieved personal records this year with her first Song of the Year I Can't Breathe. H.E.R.'s champion song was an anthem for Black Lives Matter, and is her first major award-winner after losing all five of her nominations last year.
Blue Ivy Carter
It's no surprise that Beyoncé's daughter was destined for stardom — the nine-year-old is now the second youngest Grammy winner in history. Blue Ivy was awarded Best Music Video for her starring role in Beyoncé's Brown Skin Girl.