While there’s much to celebrate in the aftermath of the 2021 Grammy Awards held in LA on Sunday night, there’s also a hum of disappointment by conservatives who feel that rappers, Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B’s WAP performance, was over-sexualised for television.
Let’s start off by congratulating the youngest winner though. Nine- year- old Blue Ivy, the eldest child of JayZ and Beyonce, won her first award for “Brown Skin Girl,” which copped the award for Best Music Video. The single was originally released for the 2019 Disney film, The Lion King: The Gift, before being adapted for Beyoncé’s 2020 film, Black Is King.
The 9-year-old was not present at the event but her parents sure were, Beyonce dressed in a short, black leather textured, off-shoulder dress that clinched her curvaceous physique to a tee, while her hubby’s growing dreadlock hairstyle seemed to steal the spotlight with every turn of the camera in the couple’s direction.
Beyonce, in an Instagram caption alongside the film’s debut, wrote : “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a[n] historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people.”
The talk of the day however is the performance by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, many arguing that their performance was not family friendly, in an award show that was aired on CBS, and is usually marketed to audiences that may include younger children. On Twitter, irate spectators, virtually cringed as the pair gyrated across television screens around the world. “I truly hope no children were watching the WAP performance..” wrote @courtneywyn18, while @Saccole said, “WAP!! At the #GRAMMYs, really… where is the reserved decency and honor for our children! There’s a time and place for everything ppl! This was neither for this song. No class #GRAMMYs.”
Earlier this month, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that six of the children’s book author’s titles will no longer be sold because of racist and insensitive imagery.
There were others however, who thoroughly enjoyed the performance, arguing that it was just what the Grammy’s needed.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE 2021 GRAMMY WINNERS
Song of the Year
“I Can’t Breathe,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
Best New Artist
Megan Thee Stallion
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Watermelon Sugar,” Harry Styles
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Rain on Me,” Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
Best Pop Vocal Album
“Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“American Standard,” James Taylor
Best Dance Recording
“10%,” Kaytranada featuring Kali Uchis
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
“Live at the Royal Albert Hall,” Snarky Puppy
Best Rock Performance
“Shameika,” Fiona Apple
Best Global Music Album
“Twice as Tall,” Burna Boy
Best Reggae Album
“Got to Be Tough,” Toots and the Maytals
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
“Jesus Is King,” Kanye West
Best Rap Album
“King’s Disease,” Nas
Best Rap Song
“Savage,” Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe and Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé)
Best R&B Album
“Bigger Love,” John Legend
Best Rap Performance
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
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