Black Women Make Grammy History And Women Dominate Wins


Mar. 16 2021, Published 6:35 a.m. ET

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The 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards Show that took place on Sunday March 14th, has come to an end, and the trophy-earning women are rightfully celebrating their wins. The award show formally known as the Grammys, is a televised and streamed show that happens annually, where the Recording Academy celebrates musical artists and producers, and presents awards to the deserving musicians.

Though the Grammys were presented in a unique, COVID-friendly way, multiple women were not only awarded with the coveted golden gramophone but broke several records as well. Black women especially made huge strides in Grammy history, and rightfully so. Often referred to as the ‘big four’, (Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist), these categories were all swept by women.

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Beyoncé is no stranger to making history, and this year at the Grammys was no different. After earning four Grammy awards (Best R&B Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, and Best Music Video), it came as no shock to the world that she walked away as the most Grammy-awarded female artist to date. Before Beyoncé, the most Grammy-awarded woman was Alison Krauss with 27 Grammys, but Beyoncé snagged the top spot with a total of 28 and counting. Equally significant, Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy became the second youngest person to ever earn a Grammy, at just 9 years old, for her performance in Brown Skin Girl, winning her a Best Music Video golden gramophone.

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Megan thee stallion became a 3x Grammy award-winning artist in one night, grabbing the iconic and highly sought after Best New Artist. This is a remarkable feat being that the last Black woman/woman to receive the honor was Lauryn Hill in 1999. She later snagged 2 Grammys for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for Savage Remix feat. Beyoncé.

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Possibly one of the most sought-after awards is the Album Of The Year trophy, and Taylor Swift became the only woman to ever win three times. On Sunday, Swift brought home her Grammy for her 2020 album Folklore, that joins the previous two winning albums, Fearless and 1989.

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Tiffany Haddish received the Best Comedy Album Grammy, for Black Mitzvah, beating out Seinfeld. This makes Haddish the first Black woman to receive this award since Whoopi Goldberg in 1989.

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To add to Billie Eilish’s phenomenal success, she took home two huge awards. Eilish received Record Of The Year for her song Everything I Wanted and Best Song Written For Visual Media for the song No Time To Die, written for the upcoming James Bond inspired film No Time To Die. Last year, the singer and song writer swept all four of the big four categories, at only age 18.

Despite strong competitors, it’s clear why so many women received awards and recognition for their hard work that came out of 2020. Dua Lipa took home the Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy for her Future Nostalgia album. Perhaps one of the most moving songs to come from 2020 was the song ‘I Can’t Breath’ by H.E.R. I Can’t Breath was written in response to the killings of unarmed black citizens, which rightfully earned her the Song Of The Year award.

Congratulations to all of the hardworking women receiving recognition for their diligent commitment to success.

By: Candy McClure

After earning my degree in Broadcast Television Production from Daytona State College, where I studied television writing, directing, and producing, I entered into the industry to continue my passion for writing entertaining, empowering, and educational pieces. During my time at the WDSCTV television station, work that I wrote, directed, and produced, aired on televisions across central Florida, in addition to my primary job functions, I have been recognized by producers for my commitment to being organized and individualistic. When I’m not glued to words on a laptop, you can find me glued to words on a page of a good mystery novel.

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