2020 was definitely the odd-one-out when it comes to years of music. Due to the COVID-19, musical artists, in some cases, were unable to release their albums on schedule. Many tours and festivals were canceled. Overall, the pandemic hurt many musicians’ ability to release their art. However, not all music was kept from us. The year 2020 brought on many advancements in music, such as the new wave of artists that were able to make music from their own homes on their laptops. People were able to share their music through different means in 2020. While it was one of the toughest years for musicians, great pieces of music were released last year, and last week, the annual Grammy Awards ceremony was able to take place after it was canceled in 2020. We got to recognize some of the musical achievements of the pandemic-ridden year. Here is a recap of what happened on Sunday.
Before the televised ceremony, a majority of the awards were announced during the pre-show, like the relatively niche awards about gospel music or classical music. The primetime ceremony included performances from landmark artists throughout the industry, like DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, BTS, Taylor Swift, and the new duo, Silk Sonic, created by pop legends Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars. One of the highlights was definitely the show’s ability to have so many diverse performances on a somewhat limited set. The set was able to accommodate the performer’s needs for their performances, and that was very good.
As for the awards themselves, the general field was packed with some of the top songs and albums, performed by the top artists in the game. The Record of the Year, the award given to the song with the best performance by not only the performer but the producers and engineers that make the song sound good, was won by Billie Eilish for the second year in a row. “Everything I Wanted” was not a universally liked winner, but it wasn’t unwarranted. The song of the year, the award that purely recognizes the songwriter, went to H.E.R. with the emotional “I Can’t Breathe”. The Album of the Year went to Taylor Swift with her experimental project “Folklore”. The Best New Artist of 2020 went to Houston rap sensation Megan Thee Stallion. The 63rd Grammy Awards were also highlighted by a record set by Beyonce, who became the most-awarded woman in Grammy’s history. She ended the night with 4 Grammys, which brought her total to a whopping 28 Grammys.
While the music industry was hit quite hard, a little virus couldn’t stop the greatest music award show from happening a second year in a row.