Washington [US], March 15 (ANI): The 2021 Grammys, which were held a little differently this year owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, was one star-studded event. While the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards toggled between an outdoor setup and an indoor performance stage, Billie Eilish won the record of the year for the second time in a row. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift and Beyonce both made history in their own ways.
According to Variety, Eilish certainly was surprised to win the Best Record category for ‘Everything I Wanted’ at the Grammys ceremony. In her acceptance speech, she said that Megan Thee Stallion actually deserved to win the award that she had just won. Eilish’s highly-popular song ‘No Time To Die’ won the best song written for visual media.
While many expected Megan Thee Stallion to have a good award night, she led the wins with three awards, Best New Artist, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance, the latter two were for the remix of ‘Savage’, featuring Beyonce.
Meanwhile, looking at the big four categories, some people were also surprised that H.E.R.’s Black Lives Matter anthem, ‘I Can’t Breathe’, won the Song of the Year award. But it seems less unlikely looking at the fact that Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ won Best Song and Best Record awards, back in 2019.
Beyonce racked up four wins, two of them for her feature ‘Savage’ and other big nominees like Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Brittany Howard, took home one award each, but not an armload. Taylor Swift’s win at the 2021 Grammys made her the first woman to win the Album of the Year award thrice.
Though Justin Bieber was up for four trophies, he only won one as a featured artist on Dan and Shay’s ‘10,000 Hours’.
It wasn’t surprising to witness Anderson .Paak beat out Drake for Best Melodic Rap Performance, nor was the fact that Fiona Apple racked up two wins for her innovative and challenging album, ‘Fetch the Bolt Cutters’.
The Highwomen winning over Maren Morris’ smash ‘The Bones’ for the best country song, was indeed a surprise, and so was Vince Gill’s unexpected win for country solo performance.
It was new to see Andrew Watt getting recognized for his work with Dua Lipa, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Miley Cyrus, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Ozzy Osbourne. He won the Grammy for Best Producer, Non-Classical, over Jack Antonoff.
The biggest surprise of all was the fact that the Grammy winners list, led off with a pair of victories for Canadian electronic music artist Kaytranada, for Best Dance Recording, ‘10%’ and Best Dance/Electronic Album, ‘Bubba’.
Obviously with so many surprises come a fair share of snubs too. The first and most prominent one was the fact that the Weeknd, who’d had the kind of year that usually results in four or six Grammy wins, was not even nominated, but that has already been discussed.
Coming back without trophies from the 2021 Grammys were five-time nominee Roddy Ricch, four-time nominee and Variety cover star Phoebe Bridgers, and four-time nominee DaBaby. Jhene Aiko, who was up for three awards including Album of the Year and also hosted the Premiere ceremony, came away with no trophies as well.
Anyone who is nominated for a Grammy is a winner in its own sense, and it should be noted that veteran singer James Taylor won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album with ‘American Standard’, which shares its name with that of a toilet brand.
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards were delayed owing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The annual show shifted from its original January 31 broadcast to March 14. The ceremony honours musical artists, compositions, and albums across 84 categories.
Comedian and talk show host Trevor Noah hosted this year’s Grammys. It marks Noah’s first time hosting the award ceremony.
Though usually held at the Staples Center, this year’s festivities will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The nominations for music’s biggest night were announced on November 24, 2020. The legendary Beyonce topped the list of having the most nominations this year — amassing nine nominations in the process.
Since the pandemic, a number of award shows have been postponed and later revamped due to COVID-19 restrictions. (ANI)
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FANS IN AWE OF TAAPSEE’S PHYSICAL TRANSFORMATION
MUMBAI: Actress Taapsee Pannu strives to give her best in everything she does and proof of the fact is her recent Instagram post.
On Sunday, Taapsee on her Instagram shared a picture in which she is seen standing in a field with her well-toned back muscles visible in the photograph. “Bhaut sar pe chada rakha hai ise, kisi ki nhi sunti par khud ki sunti hai ….bahut badi baat hai.#TheCalmBeforeTheStorm,” she captioned the post.
The throwback picture appears to be taken during her training session for the upcoming film ‘Rashmi Rocket’, which revolves around the life of an athlete from Gujarat. Netizens have heaped praises on Taapsee for her “amazing” physical transformation for the role. “Mind-blowing transformation,” a fan commented. “Meri sun, body banwa de yaar,” actor and Taapsee’s close friend Abhilash Thapliyal quipped.
Directed by Akarsh Khurana, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ is expected to release on OTT soon.
HAILEY TRASHES RUMOURS THAT JUSTIN ‘MISTREATS’ HER
WASHINGTON: Supermodel Hailey Bieber recently shut down rumours that her pop star husband Justin Bieber mistreats her, saying it is so out of touch with reality that it’s laughable.
Hailey slammed the critics in an interview with singer Demi Lovato on the latter’s ‘4D’ podcast this week, according to Page Six. She lashed out at the ongoing rumours and addressed what she called a persistent narrative about them as a couple. “There are so many narratives that float around about me, about him, about us together. Like, ‘Justin is not nice to her and mistreats her’ and I’m just like… it’s so far from the truth and it’s the complete and utter opposite,” the model told Demi.
The 24-year-old also said that her husband is not only her best friend but that she feels lucky to be with someone who makes her feel special every single day.
VARUN SHARMA TO HOST IPL 2021
MUMBAI: Actor Varun Sharma is super happy to host the matches of the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Sharing his excitement about IPL, Varun said, “Cricket is the sport we all live for. As a kid who has grown up in 90s India, we breathe, live the sport. It’s such an exciting opportunity for me to do this. My live commentary is bound to be full of heart because I will speak to the audience as a fellow cricket buff. Varun, who is best known for his comedy roles in films said he will also try to add a dash of humour to his hosting skills.”
“This is not a role so a lot of the humour will be impromptu. There will be no script either. This is one of the first times that people will get a glimpse into who I am in my drawing-room on a match day. I am so thrilled to be doing this and can’t wait for this to start,” he added. The IPL 2021 season resumed yesterday with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians locking horns against each other in the UAE.
TOM CRUISE GETS SNEAK PEEK OF SPACE
WASHINGTON: Hollywood star Tom Cruise got a sneak peek at what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule. The actor recently took part in a call with the company’s four space tourists orbiting more than 360 miles up.
According To Fox News, representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed on Friday about Cruise’s call. The conversation, between the actor and the space tourists, like the entire three-day flight, was private and hence no details were released. “Maverick, you can be our wingman anytime,” read the announcement from the flight’s Twitter feed.
Cruise has starred as Navy pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the 1986 film ‘Top Gun’. A sequel for the superhit movie will be coming out next year.
AMITABH RECREATES ‘JUMMA CHUMMA’ STEP ON KBC SET
MUMBAI: It’s always a delight to watch megastar Amitabh Bachchan dancing both on-screen and off-screen. In a career spanning over five decades, he has given Bollywood several iconic dance steps — especially his signature step in ‘Jumma Chumma’ from ‘Hum’ (1991).
On Sunday, Big B treated his fans with a picture, wherein he can be seen recreating ‘Jumma Chumma’ hook step on the sets of TV show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. “ Yeeaaah !! Jumma Chumma on set KBC .. been a while,” he wrote on Instagram.
Big B’s post has garnered several praises. Actor Ranveer Singh commented, “Arre Oh Tigerrrr, meri JAANEMANNNNNN.”
“You are absolutely amazing! We are still trying to figure how to cross the height of the bar you set decades ago and you keep raising it again and again.
AISHWARYA WRAPS-UP SHOOT FOR ‘PONNIYIN SELVAN’
MUMBAI: The wait is finally over. The first part of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan- starrer ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ is all set to release in summer 2022.
On Sunday, Aishwarya took to Instagram and uploaded the film’s poster, revealing that the cast and crew have complete the shoot of the upcoming project. “Filming complete. PS-1. Summer 2022,” the poster read. For the unversed, based on the Tamil literary novel of the same name, ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ is directed by Mani Ratnam.
Mani Ratnam and Aishwarya share a special relationship with each other. Aishwarya had started her film career with Mani Ratnam’s ‘Iruvar’ only. Later, they worked together in films like ‘Guru’ and ‘Raavan’. Their new project ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ also stars Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Vikram, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, Sarath Kumar, Jayaram, and Prakash Raj among others.
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