Los Angeles, US, Feb 5 (EFE).- By Monica Rubalcava
Taylor Swift made history at this year’s Grammy Awards after she became the first performer to win the fourth Album of the Year prize.
At the 66th edition of the industry’s most prestigious awards, Swift took home the Grammy for “Midnights,” surpassing Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder, tied with the “All Too Well” singer on three best album wins.
“I would love to tell you that this is the best moment of my life, but I feel this happy when I finish a song or when I crack the code to a bridge that I love or when I’m shotlisting a music video or when I’m rehearsing with my dancers or my band or getting ready to go to Tokyo to play a show,” said Swift.
She received the award from the Canadian Céline Dion, who had been away from the spotlight due to her bad health.
“For me, the award is the work. All I want to do is keep being able to do this. I love it so much. It makes me so happy. It makes me unbelievably blown away that it makes some people happy who voted for this award too,” Swift said.
Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” got her Grammy Record of the Year, hours after the song won her the Best Pop Solo Performance.
“Thank you all so much. This award is amazing but I really hope it doesn’t change anything because my life was beautiful yesterday,” Cyrus said
“Not everyone in the world will get a Grammy, but everyone in this world is spectacular so please don’t think this is important. Even though it’s very important?
Billie Eilish brought bring the “Barbie” phenomenon to the Grammys with “What Was I Made For?” – part of the soundtrack of the movie – named the best song of the year and best song written for visual media.
“Damn, that’s stupid guys,” she said in her speech. “That was a crazy list of incredible people, incredible artists, incredible music. I feel crazy right now.”
It was the first song from a movie to win the award since Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.”
The prestigious Best New Artist award went to Victoria Monét, who also took home the best R&B album. “I just want to say to everyone who has a dream, I want you to look at this as an example,” she said.
Phoebe Bridgers grabbed the most Grammys during the gala. The best pop duo/group performance to SZA and Bridgers for “Ghost in the Machine.”
She won three more with her group, Boygenius in the sections of best rock song, best rock performance, and best alternative music album for “The Record.”
However, SZA, who started out as the great favorite of the night, only won three of the nine awards she was up for, including Best R&B Song for “Snooze.”
The 66th awards ceremony of the US Recording Academy was dominated by women, who took home all the important categories of the night in the backdrop of accusations of sexual abuse against Neil Portnow, the former president of the Recording Academy, and his predecessor Michael Greene.
The gala featured star performances from Dua Lipa and U2.
Dua Lipa kicked off the ceremony, performing her unreleased songs “Training Season” and “Houdini” from her new album.
U2 delivered a live performance from the technological “Sphere” in Las Vegas, presenting the iconic “Atomic City.”
Veteran artists like Joni Mitchell, who debuted at these awards, and Billy Joel, who performed his latest single (“Turn the Lights Back On”) after 17 years, graced the Grammys stage.
Singers who passed away last year were honored, with Stevie Wonder paying tribute to Tony Bennett and Fantasia Barrino reviving the energy of Tina Turner, the “Queen of Rock & Roll.”
Behind the scenes, tension arose when rapper Killer Mike, a three-time Grammy Award winner in rap categories, was handcuffed and escorted out for a misdemeanor.
The details were not specified, but it was clarified that it had no connection to any events during the awards.
At the end of the gala, Harvey Mason Jr., the president of the US Recording Academy, delivered a message of “awareness” and “empathy.”
A group of Palestinian and Israeli musicians also performed together.
However, Mason only condemned the Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7 and did not address the subsequent military offensive by the Jewish state in the Gaza Strip. “Music must always be our safe space,” he said. EFE