Sunday, June 16, 2024

Grammy Awards: Unusual Pandemic Show as Beyonce Sets a Record, Taylor Swift Wins THIRD Best Album, HER Wins Best Song, Billie Eilish Takes Record of the Year


The 2021 Grammys swung from terrible to not bad over a three hour period.

With Trevor Noah hosting, the show opened oddly and went downhill fast with poor production values. The first 90 minutes looked like it was set in an afternoon wedding. Very weird. Also, the wedding guests all wore masks, so you couldn’t tell who was there.

But then the In Memoriam section turned out to be a tour de force, highlighted by Lionel Richie singing “Lady,” a song he wrote, for Kenny Rogers, who had the hit. Lionel was off the charts and the whole show shifted. Producer Ben Winston’s best work came out in “In Memoriam.”

From there on the sets improved and so did the show. An X rated segment for the raunchy “WAP” may have given the CBS censors a heart attack. If CBS viewers were looking for “Madame Secretary,” they got a surprise.

So hard to do this show imaginatively in the pandemic. A rocky start evened out and improved. Taylor Swift, however, should have not have lip-synched from the set of “Lord of the Rings.”

Kudos to Recording Academy acting CEO Harvey Mason, Jr.

Beyonce set a record for most Grammys by a female artist, with 28. Also most Grammys for a singer.

HER aka Gabriella Wilson won Best Song for “I Can’t Breathe.”

Taylor Swift won Album of the Year, as expected, for “Folklore.”

Billie Eilish won Record of the Year for “Everything I Wanted.”


keep refreshing…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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