#Grammys2021: A Night of Hip-Hop Tribute and Rap Acceptance
The 2021 Grammy Awards was a night to remember, with a 15-minute hip-hop tribute and a night of rap acceptance. It was a night of celebration and recognition of the contributions of rap music to the music industry. From Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, to Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Ice T, Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Method Man, Salt-N-Pepa, and many more, the night was filled with iconic performances and heartfelt tributes.
The night was also filled with historic moments, from Beyoncé’s record-breaking haul of 32 Grammys to Bonnie Raitt’s surprise win for best song. Rap also had its moment to shine, with DJ Khaled’s spellbinding performance of “God Did”, Quavo’s tribute to Takeoff of Migos, and Kendrick Lamar’s incisive acceptance speech.
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the night of hip-hop tribute and rap acceptance at the 2021 Grammy Awards. We’ll look at the highlights of the night, the historic moments, and the questions that remain.
##The 15-Minute Hip-Hop Tribute
The night of the 2021 Grammy Awards was a celebration of rap music and its impact on the music industry. The 15-minute tribute was curated by Questlove and included performances from some of the biggest names in rap. From Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five to Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Ice T, Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Method Man, Salt-N-Pepa, and many more, the tribute was a joy to watch.
The tribute was also a reminder of the long history of rap music and its importance to the music industry. It was a reminder that rap music has been around for 50 years, and has been a dominant form of music for decades.
##Beyoncé’s Record-Breaking Haul
The 2021 Grammy Awards will also be remembered for Beyoncé’s record-breaking haul of 32 Grammys. This makes Beyoncé the most awarded artist in Grammy history, beating out classical composer George Solti.
Beyoncé has won only one of the four most prestigious awards in the Grammy’s, song of the year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in 2010. She has been nominated eight times for record of the year, but has yet to win.
##Bonnie Raitt’s Triumph
The 73-year-old guitarist Bonnie Raitt won best song for “Just Like That,” a piece inspired by a story of a heart transplant, where she tried to emulate the writing style of the late John Prine. It was 33 years after “Nick of Time” was named album of the year.
Raitt’s win was especially gratifying because she is more of an interpreter than a songwriter. “I don’t write a lot of songs, but I’m proud that you appreciate this one,” she said.
##Kim Petras’ Moment
Kim Petras won a Grammy for her duet on Sam Smith’s “Unholy,” and proudly took note of her status as a transgender woman. She paid tribute to heroes like the late transgender singer Sophie and Madonna, who introduced a performance of the song.
Petras and Lizzo, who won record of the year for “About Damn Time,” made strong, joyful statements about accepting differences. “I felt on the outside looking in and I stayed true to myself because I wanted to make the world a better place,” Lizzo said.
##Harry Styles’ Style
Harry Styles won album of the year for “As it Was” and gave a memorable performance of the song. He marveled at the quality of the competition and how hard it is to pick a winner. “You never know with this stuff,” he said backstage. “I don’t think you can look at any of the nominees and not feel as if they’re deserving. I’m really grateful they chose us.”
##Trevor Noah’s Night
Show host Trevor Noah skillfully played the role of a fan, instead of serving snark from the stage. He moved through the audience “like a floating Chinese balloon,” he said. And why not? With Adele, Lizzo, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and the like around, there was plenty of star power.
##Will Rappers Finally Accept The Grammys?
The 2021 Grammy Awards may ultimately be remembered as the year the music industry’s top event tried to embrace rap, whose leaders have regarded the institution with suspicion for almost as long as the 50 years of history that were celebrated on Sunday.
It was only four years ago that song of the year winner Childish Gambino boycotted the show over perceived disrespect for rap. Kanye West and Eminem were among past stars with groundbreaking work overlooked for more middling fare and, for years, rappers complained their work was banished from TV.
The night of hip-hop tribute and rap acceptance at the 2021 Grammy Awards was a step in the right direction. But will rappers finally accept the Grammys? That remains to be seen.