By Deon C. Jefferson
Women are making history everyday, but we designate March as the main month for celebrating. In music, women normally almost always dominate, especially at the Grammy Awards. Although we normally would anticipate music’s biggest night in February, the event got postponed due to COVID-19. This year’s awards ceremony saw three big historic wins for females and several first time veterans that became first time Grammy Winners. Stars like Beyonce, Meg Tha Stallion, and Tiffany Haddish were some of the more memorable wins of the night.
For Haddish, she took home the award for Best Comedy Album for her hit comedy show “Black Mitzvah”. The “Girls Trip Star” is only the sixth female to win the award. EGOT winner Whoppi Goldberg was the last African American to win the Award in 1986. Haddish is no stranger to potential Grammy gold, her first nomination was in 2019 for Best Spoken Word Album”.
Haddish is well on her way to being an EGOT herself, she received her first Emmy Award in 2017.
Hip Hop Hottie Meg Tha Stallion has had a monumental year. She received four Grammy nominations before her debut album dropped. Her year was highlighted by her single “Savage”, and the remix that included Beyonce. The song went number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it ended up on several “Best of” lists for 2020. Another breakout moment for Meg Tha Stallion came when she was featured on “WAP”, which also stars rapper Cardi B. Last Night she walked away with three awards, “Best New Artist”, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song. Last year’s Best New Artist Winner Lizzo presented her with the award as she paid homage to her mom. “Savage” became the first all female collaboration to be nominated and win for this category.
Beyonce already went into the ceremony a winner, she was the most nominated person. She was nominated for her work in Video (Brown Skin Girl), and song (Savage and Black Parade).
Beyonce did not perform, instead her and husband Jay-Z watched from the socially distant crowd. Queen Bey is not the only history making artist in the family, her daughter Blue Ivy became the second youngest artist in history to win a Grammy. Beyonce has won twenty-eight Grammy Awards. She is the vocalist with the most wins ever. Her new trophies put her tied with legendary producer Quincy Jones.
There were also some first time winners at the award show. Nas, the Hip Hop incon and trailblazer won his first Grammy for his album “King’s Disease”. Fans are rejoicing because he has been nominated a record fourteen times. One of his first nominations was in 1996. Powerhouse vocalist Ledisi also celebrated her first win. She has been nominated thirteen times. Ledisi won for “Best Traditional R&B Performance” with the song “ Anything for you”.
The Grammy’s also made homage to one of the most talked about tragedies of 2020. H.E.R won the award for “Song of the Year’’ for the song “I Can’t Breathe”. With 2021 already under way, there is already talk about big trophies for next year. Fans are already putting Cardi B’s WAP, and Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak’s new collab “Leave the Door Open” as an early front runner for “Record of the Year”.