The 65th annual Grammy awards were held in Los Angeles last night, hosted by Mzansi’s very own Trevor Noah. Beyoncè Giselle Knowles-Carter made history as the artist with the most Grammys, making her four wins 32 in total. Dressed in a custom metallic silver Gucci gown, Beyoncè’s latest album Renaissance was nominated in several categories and she walked away with the best R&B song, best dance/electronic recording, best dance/electronic album and best traditional R&B performance. In one of her acceptance speeches, she emotionally thanked God for protection, thanked her family and the queer community for their love and support and for inventing the genre.
A beautiful night with many deserved wins, Adele walked away with the best pop solo performance for Easy On Me, making it her 16th grammy to date.
Actress and author Viola Davis is finally an EGOT (Emmy, Grammys,Oscar & Tony winner) having won the award for her audio book “Finding Me: A Memoire”. The Woman King star has achieved the holy grail of entertainment joining the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson. “I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola,” she said. “To honor her life, her joy, her trauma, everything. And, it has just been such a journey – I just EGOT!”
Lizzo!!! Everyone loves Lizzo, she won the Record of the year award for her song About Damn Time. She dedicated the award to Prince and also paid tribute to Beyonce whom she called “the artist of our lives…”.
The African continent is also very proud, Nigeria’s very own, Tems alongside Future and Drake won Best Melodic Rap Performance for their song Wait For U while Kendrick Lamar won the Best Rap album among his three wins of the night. Lamar thanked “the culture” for allowing him to “evolve” and create his fifth studio album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.
South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode won the award for the Best Global Music performance beating Nigeria’s Burna Boy who was also nominated in the same category.
One of the notable wins for the night is Bad Bunny who won the best Música Urbana album, in recognition of Un Verano Sin Ti, which spent 13 weeks at number one in the US last year. The Latin American star opened the show with colour and exuberance.