Swift is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Album Of The Year for ‘Folklore’, and Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for ‘Cardigan’. She was also in the running for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media but lost out on those awards to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, and Billie Eilish respectively.
For her Grammys 2021 performance, the star performed a selection of songs from her two 2020 albums, backed up by her collaborators Jack Antonoff and The National‘s Aaron Dessner’. Swift opened her appearance with ‘Cardigan’, sat on the roof of a cabin. For ‘August’, she joined Antonoff and Dessner inside the house, while all three stepped out onto the lawn for ‘Willow’.
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Harry Styles opened the main ceremony with a performance of ‘Watermelon Sugar’, while Haim made their debut appearance at the Grammys. Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak brought their new Silk Sonic project to the stage for the first time, and Billie Eilish performed ‘Everything I Wanted’ from the top of a car.
At the premiere ceremony, which was livestreamed ahead of the main event, Poppy debuted a brand new song called ‘Eat’. Burna Boy closed out the first portion of the awards show with a medley of ‘Level Up’, ‘Onyeka’, and ‘Ye’, shortly after picking up his first award.
Winners on the night so far have seen Blue Ivy Carter pick up her first Grammy after being credited on her mum Beyoncé’s song ‘Brown Skin Girl’. The track won Best Music Video, making Carter the second-youngest Grammys winner ever.
Nas and The Strokes have also both won the first Grammys of their careers. The rap icon won Best Rap Album, finally scoring a trophy after 14 nominations. The New York band, meanwhile, had an awkward win, highlighting the struggles of holding virtual awards shows.
Megan Thee Stallion was crowned Best New Artist as the main ceremony kicked off, while Styles was given Best Pop Solo Vocal Performance for ‘Watermelon Sugar’.
You can follow all the Grammys 2021 winners as they happen here and keep checking back for more coverage of the ceremony on NME.com tonight.