Grammys 2021: Winners and highlights as they happen

Trevor Noah has introduced the show with a monologue that included jokes about the pandemic and the royal family.

He was tasked with explaining how the Grammys are doing things differently this year with socially distanced performances and a small audience stationed at an outdoor marquee next to Los Angeles’ Staples Centre.

1.20pm: Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Haim kick off the show

Pop sensation Harry Styles opened the show with a performance of his hit song Watermelon Sugar.

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas followed with a performance of their song Everything I Wanted.

Sister act Haim performed their song The Steps, and all of the artists in the room grooved out.

Today’s ceremony will be a performance-heavy affair, with only a handful of key awards handed out during the three-hour-plus affair:

• Best Country Album

• Best Latin Pop Album or Urban Album

• Best Rap Song

• Best R&B Performance

• Best Melodic Rap Performance

• Best Pop Vocal Album

• Best Pop Solo Performance

• Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

• Record of the Year

• Song of the Year

• Album of the Year

Between those awards, you can expect big performances from Swift, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Cardi B and more.

The 2021 Grammy Awards air locally from 1pm today on TVNZ 2, and the red carpet pre-show is screening on Sky’s E! channel from 11am.

Taika Waititi's win

Waititi added another trophy to his shelf before the ceremony began, winning an unexpected award for Jojo Rabbbit’s soundtrack compilation. The Māori filmmaker picked up the Oscar award for best-adapted screenplay.

Accepting the award during the pre-show, Waititi said over video call: “I guess they’re just giving Grammys to anyone now.”

His reaction on Twitter was hilarious: “Lol wtfffff,” he posted. He added in a follow-up tweet: “I am happy today.”

Here’s all of today’s big categories, with winners highlighted as they’re announced:


Black Parade — Beyoncé — Beyoncé & Derek Dixie, producers; Stuart White, engineer/mixer; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

Colors — Black Pumas — Adrian Quesada, producer; Adrian Quesada, engineer/mixer; JJ Golden, mastering engineer

Rockstar — DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch — SethinTheKitchen, producer; Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, Chris Dennis & Liz Robson, engineers/mixers; Susan Tabor, mastering engineer

Say So — Doja Cat — Tyson Trax, producer; Clint Gibbs, engineer/mixer; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

Everything I Wanted — Billie Eilish — Finneas O’Connell, producer; Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers/mixers; John Greenham, mastering engineer

Don’t Start Now — Dua Lipa — Caroline Ailin & Ian Kirkpatrick, producers; Josh Gudwin, Drew Jurecka & Ian Kirkpatrick, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

Circles — Post Malone — Louis Bell, Frank Dukes & Post Malone, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

Savage — Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé — Beyoncé & J. White Did It, producers; Stuart White, engineer/mixer; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer


Chilombo — Jhené Aiko — Fisticuffs & Julian-Quán Việt Lê, producers; Fisticuffs, Julian-Quán Việt Lê, Zeke Mishanec, Christian Plata & Gregg Rominiecki, engineers/mixers; Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo, Julian-Quán Việt Lê, Maclean Robinson & Brian Keith Warfield, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer

Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas — Jon Kaplan & Adrian Quesada, producers; Adrian Quesada, Jacob Sciba, Stuart Sikes & Erik Wofford, engineers/mixers; Eric Burton & Adrian Quesada, songwriters; JJ Golden, mastering engineer

Everyday Life — Coldplay — Daniel Green, Bill Rahko & Rik Simpson, producers; Mark “Spike” Stent, engineer/mixer; Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer

Djesse Vol.3 — Jacob Collier — Jacob Collier, producer; Ben Bloomberg & Jacob Collier, engineers/mixers; Jacob Collier, songwriter; Chris Allgood & Emily Lazar, mastering engineers

Women in Music Pt. III — HAIM — Rostam Batmanglij, Danielle Haim & Ariel Rechtshaid, producers; Rostam Batmanglij, Jasmine Chen, John DeBold, Matt DiMona, Tom Elmhirst, Joey Messina-Doerning & Ariel Rechtshaid, engineers/mixers; Rostam Batmanglij, Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim & Ariel Rechtshaid, songwriters; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer

Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa — Koz, producer; Josh Gudwin & Cameron Gower Poole, engineers/mixers; Clarence Coffee Jr. & Dua Lipa, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

Hollywood’s Bleeding — Post Malone — Louis Bell & Frank Dukes, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

Folklore — Taylor Swift — Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, producers; Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Jonathan Low & Laura Sisk, engineers/mixers; Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer


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)

I Can’t Breathe — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)

If the World Was Ending — Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)


Ingrid Andress

Phoebe Bridgers


Noah Cyrus

D Smoke

Doja Cat


Megan Thee Stallion


Yummy — Justin Bieber

Say So — Doja Cat

Everything I Wanted — Billie Eilish

Don’t Start Now — Dua Lipa

Watermelon Sugar — Harry Styles

Cardigan — Taylor Swift


Un Dia (One Day) – J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy

Intentions — Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo

Dynamite — BTS

Rain On Me — Lady Gaga With Ariana Grande – WINNER

Exile — Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver


Blue Umbrella — Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian

True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter — Harry Connick, Jr.

American Standard — James Taylor – WINNER

Unfollow the Rules — Rufus Wainwright

Judy — Renée Zellweger


Changes — Justin Bieber

Chromatica — Lady Gaga

Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa

Fine Line — Harry Styles

Folklore — Taylor Swift


On My Mind — Diplo & Sidepiece

My High — Disclosure Featuring Aminé & Slowthai

The Difference — Flume Featuring Toro Y Moi

Both of Us — Jayda G

10% — Kaytranada Featuring Kali Uchis – WINNER


A Hero’s Death — Fontaines D.C.

Kiwanuka — Michael Kiwanuka

Daylight — Grace Potter

Sound & Fury — Sturgill Simpson

The New Abnormal — The Strokes – 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)

Stay High — Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard) – WINNER


Fetch the Bolt Cutters — Fiona Apple – WINNER

Hyperspace — Beck

Punisher — Phoebe Bridgers

Jaime — Brittany Howard

The Slow Rush — Tame Impala


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.)


Happy 2 Be Here — Ant Clemons

Take Time — Giveon

To Feel Love/D — Luke James

Bigger Love — John Legend – WINNER

All Rise — Gregory Porter


Black Habits — D Smoke

Alfredo — Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist

A Written Testimony — Jay Electronica

King’s Disease — Nas – WINNER

The Allegory Royce — Da 5’9″


The Bigger Picture — Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew & Rai’shaun Williams, Songwriters (Lil Baby)

The Box — Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, 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)

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)


All Night — Brothers Osborne

10,000 Hours — Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber – WINNER

Ocean — Lady A

Sugar Coat — Little Big Town

Some People Do — Old Dominion


Lady Like — Ingrid Andress

Your Life Is a Record — Brandy Clark

Wildcard — Miranda Lambert

Nightfall — Little Big Town

Never Will — Ashley McBryde


Bluebird — Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert, Songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

The Bones — Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, Songwriters (Maren Morris)

Crowded Table — Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna, Songwriters (The Highwomen) – WINNER

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)

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