British star Harry Styles won the biggest prize at this year’s Grammys, the award for best album – on a night Beyonce also made history by becoming the most decorated artist at the ceremony ever.
Former One Direction star Styles He collected the top prize for his third album Harry’s House, which saw off stiff competition from artists including AdeleLizzo and Kendrick Lamar, as well as record breakers Beyonce.
Earlier in the night, the 29-year-old told the audience that the album “from start to finish” was “the greatest experience” of his life.
Beyonce arrived late to the show (even Queen Bey is stuck in traffic, it seems), but she made it in time to pick up for best dance/electronic album for Renaissance – her 32nd. Grammys trophy, in which she surpassed the record held by the late Hungarian-British director Georg Solti, who won 31 during his career.
“I’m trying not to get too emotional,” said the 41-year-old as she collected her award on stage. “I just want to get the night.”
The award was presented by British star James Corden, who told the crowd when announcing the result: “We are witnessing history tonight.”
Adele was among the winners who also took to the stage. Despite her partner Rich Paul apparently telling her “not to cry” if she won any of the gongs she was nominated for, the star looked emotional as she collected the award for best musical solo for her hit song Easy On Me, and she dedicated it. to her son, Angelo.
The 34-year-old accepted the award from her “best friend” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who she met for the first time at the start of the night.
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Elsewhere, blues singer Bonnie Raitt, 73, was a surprise winner, beating the likes of Adele, Beyonce, Styles, Lizzo and Taylor Swift to win the best song award for Just Like That.
Song of the year, which recognizes compositions and songwriters, is one of the “big four” at the Grammys, along with record of the year, album of the year and best new artist.
Record of the year, which looks at the recording of tracks and honors the artists, producers and engineers involved, went to Lizzo, for About Damn Time, and jazz singer Samara Joy saw off competition from British stars Wet Leg (you like barack obama), as well as Eurovision 2021 winners Maneskin, to be named best newcomer.
Lamar won the Grammy for best rap album, for Mr Morale & The Big Steppers, and best country album went to Willie Nelson for A Beautiful Time.
As well as the trophies, the Grammys are all about the performances, and the biggest part of the night came from artists including Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Rakim, Salt N Pepa and Grandmaster Flash – their medley of songs celebrating 50 years of hip-hop.
The special began with LL Cool J presenting the global influence award to Dr. Dre, announcing that the award will now be named after him for years to come.
Non-binary stars Sam Smith and Kim Petras gave a raunchy performance of their smash hit Unholy after picking up the Grammy for best pop duo performance for the song – making Petras the first transgender woman to win the award.
And Kacey Musgraves, Mick Fleetwood, Sheryl Crow and Quavo were among the stars who performed during the memorable segment, which paid tribute to artists including Migos rapper Takeoff, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and Jeff Beck.
With more than 90 awards, many are presented before the televised ceremony, and another big moment came earlier in the night – when actress Viola Davis earned the coveted EGOT status after winning the Grammy award for best audio book , the narration and the narrative recording.
The title of EGOT is given to those who have won one of each of the four major US awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony – and Davis is only the 18th person to achieve the award.
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And Wet Leg was successful with two more awards for camera; less than two years on from their first live gig, the Isle Of Wight duo scooped the trophies for best musical performance and alternative music album.