Women win big at the Grammys

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony on Sunday was a muted affair given Covid. But it made history, firstly for us South Africans: our favourite comedian and TV personality Trevor Noah took centre stage to host the prestigious event. Noah was his usual charming self, sporting a black tux and ever-growing afro, but played it safe as far as his jokes were concerned. And secondly? The 2021 Grammys belonged to women! 💃

First up: Beyoncé made history as the first woman to receive 28 Grammy Awards in her lifetime. This year’s award was presented in honour of her single Black Parade, a celebration of black power and resilience, released on Junteenth (the day commemorating the end of slavery in the US) last year. Taylor Swift made history as the first female artist to win album of the year three times in a row, this time with a stripped down, rather indie album made during lockdown, Folklore. Other winners include H.E.R.’s I Can’t Breathe, a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd, for Song of the Year. But fans of Doja Cat, an artist of SA descent, are upset because she didn’t scoop any awards. Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé’s 9-year-old daughter, also picked up her first ever Grammy award for her role in the song Brown Skin Girl. Fix your crown ladies, it’s time to shine. 💫