Beyoncé won four Grammys at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (March 14), pushing her career total to 28. That enables her to tie Quincy Jones as the living person with the most Grammys and to pull ahead of Alison Krauss (27 Grammys) as the woman (and vocalist of either gender) with the most. Only the late classical conductor George Solti (31 Grammys) has won more Grammys than Queen Bey.
Yet critics will point out that Beyoncé was again shut out in the “Big Four” categories — album, record and song of the year plus best new artist. After all this time, her only “Big Four” win is song of the year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” 11 years ago.
Beyoncé took best music video for the second time with “Brown Skin Girl.” She first won in that category four years ago for “Formation.” The award also went to WizKid and Blue Ivy Carter, the nine-year-old daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z. Blue Ivy is the second-youngest Grammy-winner in history, following eight-year old Leah Peasall (who with her sisters was featured on the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack).
Women had a stellar year at the Grammys. Female artists won for album of the year (Taylor Swift), record of the year (Billie Eilish) and best new artist (Megan Thee Stallion). In addition, two of the three writers of the song of the year winner, “I Can’t Breathe,” are women.
Here Are All the Winners From the 2021 Grammy Awards
Swift’s Folklore won album of the year. It’s her third win in the category. She’s just the fourth artist in the Grammy history – and the first woman – to win album of the year three times. She follows Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon (counting a Simon & Garfunkel album) and Stevie Wonder.
But Folklore was passed over for best pop vocal album, losing that award to Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia. Folklore is just the third album of the year winner that lost in its “home genre” category. Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs won album of the year even though it lost best alternative music album to The Black Keys’ Brothers. Mumford & Son’s Babel won album of the year even though it lost best Americana album to Bonnie Raitt’s Slipstream.
Eilish won record of the year for the second year in a row with “Everything I Wanted.” She won last year for “Bad Guy.” Eilish is just the third artist in Grammy history to win in this top category two years running. She follows Roberta Flack (“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Killing Me Softly With His Song”) and U2 (“Beautiful Day”and “Walk On”).