Grammys 2021: Early prizes go to Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Billie Eilish. The star has won the best music video for Brown Skin Girl and the best rap performance she played with Megan Thee Stallion, Savage (Remix).
Billie Eilish, who won last year’s awards, also won the award for his Bond theme, No Time To Die.
Lady Gaga’s Rain On Me and Ariana Grande became the first two women to win the top pop duo.
The stars beat Korean pop group BTS at the awards. The seven-piece band was hoping to become the first K-Pop actor to win a Grammy for their hit song, Dynamite.
The awards were announced online ahead of a major Grammy event on Sunday night, which is expected to be a mix of live and previously played games.
Program manager Trevor Noah said the show would be different from the usual event, where the big music stars gathered at the Los Angeles’ Staples Center, but promised a night of incredible entertainment.
He said last week that they have figured out how to do the awards program this time around instead of trying to create an awards program for it.
“It’s not Zoom, it’s not a pandemic-y … Teams say they’ll be playing each other.”
Beyoncé had some of the most popular nominations for the event – with a total of nine. If she wins the other two, she will surpass bluegrass singer Alison Krauss as the most award-winning woman in Grammy history.
Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa both have six suggestions each, as well as rapper Roddy Ricch.
The British star Harry Styles will open the event, with other games to be played by the BTS, Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and Chris Martin of Coldplay.
The pre-festival event ran in a variety of genres – from world music to rap and bluegrass – as well as other esoteric awards, such as the top performances (which have been rock supergroup Desert Sessions for their album Vols 11 & 12).
Kanye West has won a Grammy for his gospel album Jesus is King, while John Prine has won two awards for his song I Love Life.
The star, who died last April of Covid-19, was honored for his American roots performance and American root song.
London-based singer Jacob Collier has recorded Grammy history by becoming the first British artist to ever win an award for each of his debut albums.
The 26-year-old actor, who is also in charge of the album of the year at the big event, has received a wonderful arrangement for his song He Will Not Hold You.
Nigeria’s Burna Boy has won the world’s best music album with Twice As Tall’s album; while fellow Wizkid shared the best music video award with Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy.
In the rock genre, The Strokes has taken the lead album The New Abnormal; and Fiona Apple’s Fetch The Bolt Cutters picked up the best different album.
The awards ceremony took place after a dispute over voting procedures.
The Canadian celebrity The Weeknd has said he will boycott the awards in the future because of what he described as “secret committees” voting for the winners.
He was a surprise visitor at this year’s event despite having one of the best-selling albums of 2020.