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When: Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 8PM ET

Where: Televised on CBS live from Los Angeles

Music awards shows may come and go, but the original Grammys remain The Oscars of the music industry representing the entire music spectrum from classical, country and gospel to rock, rap and reggae.

This year's annual Grammy Awards ceremony was televised on CBS on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 8PM ET live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hosting this year's ceremony was The Daily Show host and funnyman Trevor Noah.

Trevor Noah takes the Grammy stage for the for time ever to host this year's ceremony.

2021 Grammy nominees

2021 Grammy nominees (also see WINNERS, below) had Beyonce leading the pack with nine nods, followed by Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch, who each earned six nominations. Brittany Howard was close behind with five nominations.

Earning four Grammy nods each were Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Phoebe Bridgers, Justin Bieber, and last year's big winner, Billie Eilish.

As elsewhere, the post-holiday surge of COVID cases forced organizers to rethink the timing of this year's ceremony, which was originally scheduled to air on January 31. Winners accepted their awards virtually, although an A-list of live performances included Bad Bunny, Taylor Swift, Cardi B, BTS, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Billie Eilish, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, and Harry Styles.

Just up ahead, check out the complete list of 2021 Grammy nominees and winners along with fun facts and trivia about music's biggest night ...

DID YOU KNOW? Top Grammy Awards fun facts

first Grammy winners for rap
The first ever Grammy for Best Rap
performance was awarded in 1989
to Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff for
"Parents Just Don't Understand".

• The Grammy Awards presentation is the second-most-watched awards show after the Oscars.

• In 2021, Beyoncé earned her 28th Grammy, surpassing country-bluegrass artist Alison Krauss, who’d held the record with 27 Grammys.

• In 1989, the Fresh Prince (Will Smith) and DJ Jazzy Jeff won the first Grammy for a Rap performance.

• The first artists to be stripped of their Grammys were Milli Vanilli in 1989, when it was discovered that their album was not originally sung by them. The duo, which won for Best New Artist that year, lip-synced a live performance during the program.

• Rapper Snoop Dogg has been nominated 12 times for a Grammy but has never won.

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2021 Grammy Award Nominees & WINNERS

Record of the Year
"Black Parade" — Beyoncé
"Colors" — Black Pumas
"Rockstar" — DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch
"Say So" — Doja Cat
"Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish (WINNER)
"Don't Start Now" — Dua Lipa
"Circles" — Post Malone
"Savage" — Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé

Song of the Year
"I Can't Breathe" — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.) (WINNER)

"Black Parade" — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim "Kaydence" Krysiuk & Rickie "Caso" Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
"The Box" — Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
"Cardigan" — Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
"Circles" — Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
"Don't Start Now" — Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
"Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
"If The World Was Ending" — Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)

Album of the Year
Folklore — Taylor Swift (WINNER)

Chilombo — Jhené Aiko
Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas
Everyday Life — Coldplay
Djesse Vol. 3 — Jacob Collier
Women In Music Pt. III — Haim
Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa
Hollywood's Bleeding — Post Malone

Best New Artist
Megan Thee Stallion (WINNER)

Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Rain On Me" — Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande (WINNER)

"Un Dia (One Day)" — J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
"Intentions" — Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo
"Dynamite" — BTS
"Exile" — Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver

Best Pop Vocal Album
Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa (WINNER)

Changes — Justin Bieber
Chromatica — Lady Gaga
Fine Line — Harry Styles
Folklore — Taylor Swift

Best Pop Solo Performance
"Watermelon Sugar"— Harry Styles (WINNER)

"Yummy" — Justin Bieber
"Say So" — Doja Cat
"Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish
"Don't Start Now" — Dua Lipa
"Cardigan" — Taylor Swift

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
American Standard — James Taylor (WINNER)

Blue Umbrella — (Burt Bacharach &) Daniel Tashian
True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter — Harry Connick, Jr.
Unfollow the Rules — Rufus Wainwright
Judy — Renée Zellweger

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Bubba — Kaytranada (WINNER)

Kick I — Arca
Planet's Mad — Baauer
Energy — Disclosure
Good Faith — Madeon

Best Dance Recording
"10%" — Kaytranada Featuring Kali Uchis (WINNER)

"On My Mind" — Diplo & SIDEPIECE
"My High" — Disclosure Featuring Aminé & Slowthai
"The Difference" — Flume Featuring Toro Y Moi
"Both of Us" — Jayda G

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Live at the Royal Albert Hall — Snarky Puppy (WINNER)

Axiom — Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah
Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village Vanguard — Jon Batiste
Take the Stairs — Black Violin
Americana — Grégoire Maret, Romain Collin & Bill Frisell

Best Rock Performance
"Shameika" — Fiona Apple (WINNER)
"Not" — Big Thief
"Kyoto" — Phoebe Bridgers
"The Steps" — HAIM
"Stay High" — Brittany Howard
"Daylight" — Grace Potter

Best Metal Performance
"Bum-Rush" — Body Count (WINNER)
"Underneath" — Code Orange
"The In-Between" — In This Moment
"Bloodmoney" — Poppy
"Executioner's Tax (Swing of the Axe) — Live" — Power Trip

Best Rock Song
"Stay High" — Brittany Howard, Songwriter (Brittany Howard) (WINNER)

"Kyoto" — Phoebe Bridgers, Morgan Nagler & Marshall Vore, Songwriters (Phoebe Bridgers)
"Lost in Yesterday" — Kevin Parker, Songwriter (Tame Impala)
"Not" — Adrianne Lenker, Songwriter (Big Thief)
"Shameika" — Fiona Apple, Songwriter (Fiona Apple)

Best Rock Album
The New Abnormal — The Strokes (WINNER)

A Hero's Death — Fontaines D.C.
Kiwanuka — Michael Kiwanuka
Daylight — Grace Potter
Sound & Fury — Sturgill Simpson

Best Alternative Music Album
Fetch the Bolt Cutters — Fiona Apple (WINNER)
Hyperspace — Beck
Punisher — Phoebe Bridgers
Jaime — Brittany Howard
The Slow Rush — Tame Impala

Best Progressive R&B Album
It Is What It Is — Thundercat (WINNER)

Chilombo — Jhené Aiko
Ungodly Hour — Chloe X Halle
Free Nationals — Free Nationals
F*** Yo Feelings — Robert Glasper

Best R&B Performance
"Black Parade" — Beyoncé (WINNER)

"Lightning & Thunder" — Jhené Aiko Featuring John Legend
"All I Need" — Jacob Collier Featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $Ign
"Goat Head" — Brittany Howard
"See Me" — Emily King

Best Traditional R&B Performance
"Anything for You" — Ledisi (WINNER)

"Sit on Down" — The Baylor Project Featuring Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor
"Wonder What She Thinks of Me" — Chloe X Halle
"Let Me Go" — Mykal Kilgore
"Distance" — Yebba

Best R&B Song
"Better Than I Imagine" — Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson, Songwriters (Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello) (WINNER)
"Black Parade" — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim "Kaydence" Krysiuk & Rickie "Caso" Tice, Songwriters (Beyoncé)
"Collide" — Sam Barsh, Stacey Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olu Fann, Akil King, Josh Lopez, Kaveh Rastegar & Benedetto Rotondi, Songwriters (Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG)
"Do It" — Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Monét, Scott Storch & Vincent Van Den Ende, Songwriters (Chloe X Halle)
"Slow Down" — Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson & Gabriella Wilson, Songwriters (Skip Marley & H.E.R.)

Best R&B Album
Bigger Love — John Legend (WINNER)

Happy 2 Be Here — Ant Clemons
Take Time — Giveon
To Feel Love/D — Luke James
All Rise — Gregory Porter

Best Melodic Rap Performance
"Lockdown" — Anderson .Paak (WINNER)

"Rockstar" — Dababy Featuring Roddy Ricch
"Laugh Now Cry Later" — Drake Featuring Lil Durk
"The Box" — Roddy Ricch
"Highest in the Room" — Travis Scott

Best Rap Song
"Savage" — Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe & Anthony White, Songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé) (WINNER)

"The Bigger Picture" — Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew & Rai'shaun Williams, Songwriters (Lil Baby)
"The Box" — Larrance Dopson, Samuel Gloade, Rodrick Moore, Adarius Moragne, Eric Sloan & Khirye Anthony Tyler, Songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
"Laugh Now Cry Later" — Durk Banks, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron Latour & Ryan Martinez, Songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil Durk)
"Rockstar" — Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV & Rodrick Moore, Songwriters (Dababy Featuring Roddy Ricch)

Best Rap Album
King's Disease — Nas (WINNER)

Black Habits — D Smoke
Alfredo — Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist
A Written Testimony — Jay Electronica
The Allegory — Royce 5’9"

Best Rap Performance
"Savage" — Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé (WINNER)

"Deep Reverence" — Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle
"Bop" — DaBaby
"What's Poppin" — Jack Harlow
"The Bigger Picture" — Lil Baby
"Dior" — Pop Smoke

Best Country Album
Wildcard — Miranda Lambert (WINNER)

Lady Like — Ingrid Andress
Your Life Is a Record — Brandy Clark
Nightfall — Little Big Town
Never Will — Ashley McBryde

Best Country Solo Performance
"When My Amy Prays" — Vince Gill (WINNER)

"Stick That in Your Country Song" — Eric Church
"Who You Thought I Was" — Brandy Clark
"Black Like Me" — Mickey Guyton
"Bluebird" — Miranda Lambert

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"10,000 Hours" — Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber (WINNER)

"All Night" — Brothers Osborne
"Ocean" — Lady A
"Sugar Coat" — Little Big Town
"Some People Do" — Old Dominion

Best Country Song
"Crowded Table" — Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori Mckenna, Songwriters (The Highwomen) (WINNER)

"Bluebird" — Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert, Songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
"The Bones" — Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, Songwriters (Maren Morris)
"More Hearts Than Mine" — Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis & Derrick Southerland, Songwriters (Ingrid Andress)
Some People Do" — Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey & Thomas Rhett, Songwriters (Old Dominion)

Best New Age Album
More Guitar Stories — Jim "Kimo" West (WINNER)

Songs From the Bardo — Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal & Jesse Paris Smith
Periphery — Priya Darshini
Form//Less — Superposition
Meditations — Cory Wong & Jon Batiste

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Secrets Are the Best Stories — Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez (WINNER)

Ona — Thana Alexa
Modern Ancestors — Carmen Lundy
Holy Room: Live at Alte Oper — Somi With Frankfurt Radio Big Band
What's the Hurry — Kenny Washington

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
"All Blues" — Chick Corea (WINNER)

"Guinnevere" — Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah
"Pachamama" — Regina Carter
"Celia" — Gerald Clayton
"Moe Honk" — Joshua Redman

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Trilogy 2 — Chick Corea, Christian Mcbride & Brian Blade (WINNER)

On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment — Ambrose Akinmusire
Waiting Game — Terri Lyne Carrington And Social Science
Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard — Gerald Clayton

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Data Lords — Maria Schneider Orchestra (WINNER)

Dialogues on Race — Gregg August
Monk'estra Plays John Beasley — John Beasley's MONK'estra
The Intangible Between — Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band
Songs You Like a Lot — John Hollenbeck With Theo Bleckmann, Kate Mcgarry, Gary Versace and the Frankfurt Radio Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album
Four Questions — Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (WINNER)

Tradiciones — Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra
City of Dreams — Chico Pinheiro
Viento Y Tiempo — Live at Blue Note Tokyo — Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola
Trane's Delight — Poncho Sanchez

Best Gospel Performance/Song
"Movin' On" — Jonathan Mcreynolds & Mali Music; Darryl L. Howell, Jonathan Caleb Mcreynolds, Kortney Jamaal Pollard & Terrell Demetrius Wilson, Songwriters (WINNER)

"Wonderful Is Your Name" — Melvin Crispell III
"Release (Live)" — Ricky Dillard Featuring Tiff Joy; David Frazier, Songwriter
"Come Together" — Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins Present: The Good News; Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins & Jazz Nixon, Producers; Lashawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, Lecrae Moore & Jazz Nixon, Songwriters
"Won't Let Go" — Travis Greene; Travis Greene, Songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
"There Was Jesus" — Zach Williams & Dolly Parton; Casey Beathard, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, Songwriters (WINNER)

"The Blessing (Live)" — Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes & Elevation Worship; Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe Carnes & Steven Furtick, Songwriters
"Sunday Morning" — Lecrae Featuring Kirk Franklin; Denisia Andrews, Jones Terrence Antonio, Saint Bodhi, Rafael X. Brown, Brittany Coney, Kirk Franklin, Lasanna Harris, Shama Joseph, Stuart Lowery, Lecrae Moore & Nathanael Saint-Fleur, Songwriters
"Holy Water" — We the Kingdom; Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Martin Cash & Scott Cash, Songwriters
"Famous For (I Believe)" — Tauren Wells Featuring Jenn Johnson; Chuck Butler, Krissy Nordhoff, Jordan Sapp, Alexis Slifer & Tauren Wells, Songwriters

Best Gospel Album
Gospel According to PJ — PJ Morton (WINNER)

2econd Wind: Ready — Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
My Tribute — Myron Butler
Choirmaster — Ricky Dillard
Kierra — Kierra Sheard

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Jesus Is King — Kanye West (WINNER)

Run to the Father — Cody Carnes
All of My Best Friends — Hillsong Young & Free
Holy Water — We the Kingdom
Citizen of Heaven — Tauren Wells

Best Roots Gospel Album
Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album) — Fisk Jubilee Singers (WINNER)

Beautiful Day — Mark Bishop
20/20 — The Crabb Family
What Christmas Really Means — The Erwins
Something Beautiful — Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Best Latin Pop or Urban Album
Por Primera Vez — Camilo
Mesa Para Dos — Kany García
Pausa — Ricky Martin
3:33 — Debi Nova

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
La Conquista del Espacio — Fito Paez (WINNER)
Aura — Bajofondo
Monstruo — Cami
Sobrevolando — Cultura Profética
Miss Colombia — Lido Pimienta

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Un Canoto por México, Vol. 1 — Natalia Lafourcade (WINNER)

Hecho en México — Alejandro Fernández
La Serenata — Lupita Infante
Bailando Sones y Huapangos Con Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez — Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez
Ayayay! — Christian Nodal

Best Tropical Latin Album
40 — Grupo Niche (WINNER)
Mi Tumbao — José Alberto "El Ruiseñor"
Infinito — Edwin Bonilla
Sigo Cantando al Amor (Deluxe) — Jorge Celedon & Sergio Luis
Memorias de Navidad — Víctor Manuelle

Best Americana Album
World On The Ground — Sarah Jarosz (WINNER)

Old Flowers — Courtney Marie Andrews
Terms Of Surrender — Hiss Golden Messenger
El Dorado — Marcus King
Good Souls Better Angels — Lucinda Williams

Best American Roots Performance
"I Remember Everything" — John Prine (WINNER)

"Colors" — Black Pumas
"Deep in Love" — Bonny Light Horseman
"Short and Sweet" — Brittany Howard
"I'll Be Gone" — Norah Jones & Mavis Staples

Best American Roots Song
"I Remember Everything" — Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, Songwriters (John Prine) (WINNER)

"Cabin" — Laura Rogers & Lydia Rogers, Songwriters (The Secret Sisters)
"Ceiling to the Floor" — Sierra Hull & Kai Welch, Songwriters (Sierra Hull)
"Hometown" — Sarah Jarosz, Songwriter (Sarah Jarosz)
"Man Without a Soul" — Tom Overby & Lucinda Williams, Songwriters (Lucinda Williams)

Best Bluegrass Album
Home — Billy Strings (WINNER)

Man on Fire — Danny Barnes
To Live in Two Worlds, Vol. 1 — Thomm Jutz
North Carolina Songbook — Steep Canyon Rangers
The John Hartford Fiddle Tune Project, Vol. 1 — Various Artists

Best Traditional Blues Album
Rawer Than Raw — Bobby Rush (WINNER)

All My Dues Are Paid — Frank Bey
You Make Me Feel — Don Bryant
That's What I Heard — Robert Cray Band
Cypress Grove — Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

Best Folk Album
All the Good Times — Gillian Welch & David Rawlings (WINNER)

Bonny Light Horseman — Bonny Light Horseman
Thanks for the Dance — Leonard Cohen
Song for Our Daughter — Laura Marling
Saturn Return — The Secret Sisters

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Atmosphere — New Orleans Nightcrawlers (WINNER)

My Relatives "Nikso Kowaiks" — Black Lodge Singers
Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours — Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours
Lovely Sunrise — Nā Wai ʽehā
A Tribute to Al Berard — Sweet Cecilia

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? — Fantastic Negrito (WINNER)
Live at the Paramount — Ruthie Foster Big Band
The Juice — G. Love
Blackbirds — Bettye LaVette
Up and Rolling — North Mississippi Allstars

Best Global Music Album
Twice As Tall — Burna Boy (WINNER)

FU Chronicles — Antibalas
Agora — Bebel Gilberto
Love Letters — Anoushka Shankar
Amadjar — Tinariwen

Best Reggae Album
Got to Be Tough — Toots & The Maytals (WINNER)

Upside Down 2020 — Buju Banton
Higher Place — Skip Marley
It All Comes Back to Love — Maxi Priest
One World — The Wailers

Best Children's Music Album
All the Ladies — Joanie Leeds (WINNER)
Be a Pain: An Album for Young (and Old) Leaders — Alastair Moock And Friends
I'm an Optimist — Dog on Fleas
Songs for Singin' — The Okee Dokee Brothers
Wild Life — Justin Roberts

Best Comedy Album
Black Mitzvah — Tiffany Haddish (WINNER)
I Love Everything — Patton Oswalt
The Pale Tourist — Jim Gaffigan
Paper Tiger — Bill Burr
23 Hours to Kill — Jerry Seinfeld

Best Musical Theater Album
Jagged Little Pill (WINNER)

American Utopia on Broadway
Little Shop of Horrors
The Prince of Egypt
Soft Power

Also see -> Billboard Music Awards | MTV VMA

NAACP Image Awards | Oscars

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