The 63rd Grammy Awards witnessed history not only for some artists who took home prized trophies, but also for the event itself, which hosted socially distanced music stars outside the LA Convention Center. It was far from the traditional packed arena filled with several fans attending and supporting their bets.
However, winners briefly got to de-mask during their acceptance speeches and made the night still worth remembering. Not to mention, the program had a handful of exciting performances from word-selling record artists, hyping those who watched live and those in the comfort of their homes. Here then are our eight top picks for the Grammys 2021 Performances.
1. Harry Styles and his feather boa in “Watermelon Sugar“
UK singer Harry Styles kick-started Grammys 2021’s main event by performing his hit song “Watermelon Sugar.” The music was catchy enough, but something captivated our attention even more: none other than his giant feather boa draped over his leather suit!
The said record won “Best Pop Performance,” making Styles the only One Direction-er ever to be recognized by the Recording Academy. However, the star must have been so excited to take the stage that he forgot to put his shirt on underneath his suit.
2. Doja Cat’s Out-of-the-World Rendition of “Say So“
It’s as if we were transported into the far future with Doja Cat’s futuristic themed performance for her smash single, “Say So. “The viral star in matching robotic catsuits with her dancers, showcased her out-of-the-world rendition of the song, featuring lasers and mechanical sound effects. She also paid tribute to the TikTok dance trend, rocking the disco-tinged choreography at the chorus.
The 25-year-old musician was nominated for “Best New Artist,” ”Record of the Year,’’ and “Best Pop Solo Performance” awards, all of which she lost to her rivals. Nonetheless, The singer, rapper and songwriter shared she’s excited to introduce the next chapter of her music, Hot Pink.
3. Introducing R&B super-duo, Silk Sonic
This next act is composed of two pop stars known individually as Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. When they come together, as what they did on Grammys night, they form the super-duo named Silk Sonic. The new band performed their debut single, “Leave the Door Open,” backed by singers in matching retro-themed suits.
The pair returned later in the show to pay tribute to Little Richard, as part of the Grammys’ in memoriam section. Their medley of the late rockstar’s songs included an electrifying rendition of “Good Golly Miss Molly.” “We love you Little Richard,” declared Mars at the end of the performance.
4. Post Malone’s Moody Rendition of “Hollywood’s Bleeding“
No one does gothic quite like Post Malone and the 63rd Grammy Awards night was no exception! Joined by a choir, the 25-year-old rapper rocked the stage performing his song “Hollywood’s Bleeding” in a leather trench coat adorned with cross symbols and matching leather pants.
Malone got the academy’s nod in three of the four major categories. His “Circles” single is nominated for both song and record of the year, while his 2019 LP “Hollywood’s Bleeding” is nominated for album of the year. “I’m honestly blown away by the love that everybody’s shown to me,” he said at the time of nomination. “Honestly, I appreciate more than I could ever express. It’s kind of a big deal for me and everybody involved…and we just try our best every day.”
5. Dua Lipa’s Musical Workout
Dua Lipa surprised everyone last Sunday with her high-energy performance at the 2021 Grammys stage. She sang a medley of her two hit singles “Levitating” and “Don’t Start Now.” Sporting a sparkly pink ensemble, she executed a series of quick changes, body rolls, hair flips, and power poses. Fans were impressed with the elaborate choreography and Lipa’s evident growth in the dance department.
The British pop star was then nominated for six awards, including the major categories – record of the year and song of the year for her smash record, Don’t Start Now. While she got neither, Lipa successfully took home the trophy for “Best Pop Vocal Album” for her sophomore record, Future Nostalgia.
6. Billie Eilish’s emotional number, “Everything I Wanted“
Billie Eilish and her brother and collaborator Finneas took the 2021 Grammys stage for a heart-wrenching performance of her hit single, “Everything I Wanted.” She stood on the roof of a car, whereas Finneas was atop a platform jamming along with his organ. The said emotional song is an allusion to Billie’s mental health struggles.
This year, the “Bad Guy” singer is nominated for four awards, including song of the year and best pop solo performance. By the end of the ceremony, Billie Eilish won “Record of the Year,” which she dedicated to fellow nominee Megan Thee Stallion. “I was going to write a speech about how you deserve this [Megan], but then I was like, ‘There’s no way they are going to choose me,'” Eilish said in her acceptance speech. “Genuinely, this goes to her.”
7. Taylor Swift bringing Folklore into life
Seems like we lost ourselves in the deepest part of the forest when Taylor Swift sung a lush medley from her 2020 albums Folklore and Evermore. She sat atop a moss-covered cabin in what appears to be the middle of an enchanted forest, singing “Cardigan.” Swift then moved inside the cabin for her “August” and “Willow” performances. Her producers Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner joined her for the number.
By taking home the “Album of the Year” award from last night’s ceremony, Taylor Swift made history by becoming the first woman to win that category three times. She first won in 2010 for Fearless and again for 1989 in 2016. In her speech, the singer went to thank her fans, collaborators Laura Sisk, Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and boyfriend Joe Alwyn, “the first person that I play every single song that I write.”
8. BTS transporting LA arena to Seoul
Due to current travel restrictions, K-Pop global superstars BTS couldn’t make it to California for their much-awaited big night. Nonetheless, the group’s performance did not disappoint when they recreated the entire Grammys stage in a studio back in South Korea. They performed their chart-topping hit, “Dynamite,” which was nominated for best pop duo/group performance category.
While they failed to bag the award, which went to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for “Rain on Me“, their performance remarkably culminated the show, with them setting the night alight atop the roof deck overlooking Seoul’s skyline. Fans, collectively called as ARMY, couldn’t stop praising the septet, making the hashtag #BTSOurGreatestPrize, a worldwide trend that night.