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Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Grammy Awards celebrate music despite the pandemic

About a year after the first closing of American concert halls due to the “Covid 19” pandemic, the “Grammy Awards” tomorrow celebrate music and its stars, including Beyoncé, whose “Black Lives Matter” movement contributed to the great success of one of its recent songs.

The Grammy Awards ceremony was a victim of postponement due to the pandemic, just like other celebrations. The evening will be held this year in a format where the virtual character is the main element in it, and live performances and pre-recorded clips alternate.

Queen of Pop Beyoncé leads the race for the awards with nine nominations after her repeated losses in the main categories were often controversial. Beyoncé was ahead of rapper Rudi Rich, British-born Kosovar Dua Lipa, and American Taylor Swift, who each was nominated in six categories.

The singer, nicknamed “Queen B”, thus has the largest collection of nominations for the “Grammy” awards among female singers, as her total rose to 79, equivalent to Sir Paul McCartney’s number for men, while her husband Jay-Z and the legend Quincy Jones maintain the record for the female and male categories combined, which is 80 nominations.

Beyoncé’s album “Black Parade”, released in June at the height of demonstrations against discrimination against blacks in the United States, is considered the most likely to win the two main categories of awards, “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year.”

Nevertheless, a number of experts are likely to win Dua Lipa, who risked releasing a very disco and dance album before the stone linked to “Covid 19”, thus achieving widespread success.

Taylor Swift won her nominations this year, following an opposite strategy. In the midst of the pandemic, she released a surprising “Folklore”, which was characterized by its simple and soft nature that implies a return to nature.

  • Rock and “Black Life Is Important” – Thanks to his successful song “The Box”, rapper Rudi Rich managed to make his way even to public awards, not just those for rap, as he was nominated for the “Song of the Year” award after he received the “Grammy Award” last year. On his collaboration with the late Nipsey Hassel.

Single entry

And the rock singer Brittany Howard was nominated in five categories for her album “Jamie”, thus achieving a single entry to the “Grammy” nominations after her fame was based on being a member of the “Alabama Shakes”.

Howard is among the front runners in the rock music categories that have been monopolized by women since the competition’s inception in 1959.

As for the young singer Billie Eilish, who last year achieved a remarkable achievement by winning in the four main categories, she may shine again during the sixty-third session, as this year she received four nominations, including the categories of «Album of the Year» and «Song of the Year», and she will compete with the Post. Malone, Justin Bieber, and rapper Da Baby.

Among the most prominent obstacles to her victory is the singer Megan The Stallion, who won four nominations, one of them in the “Best New Artist” category, where she has great chances of winning. For the new distribution of her song “Savage” with Beyonce, she deserved a nomination in the “Record of the Year” category.

MORRISON, COLORADO – SEPTEMBER 01: Phoebe Bridgers performs onstage during Day 1 of “Red Rocks Unpaused” 3-Day Music Festival presented by Visible at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 01, 2020 in Morrison, Colorado. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Visible)

Regarding the new names, rock singer Phoebe Bridgers has caught the attention of experts after her name emerged.

Among the well-known names, is Fiona Apple, whose album “Fitch The Bolt Cuters” was described by a number of critics as a “masterpiece”. This year, she will be in the first row of rock singers who have long been excluded by the American Academy of Music, the organizer of the “Grammy Awards.”

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