Grammy Awards: George Floyd anthem ‘I Can’t Breathe’ by H.E.R wins song of year
The writers of “I Can’t Breathe” by R&B artist H.E.R won the song of the year Grammy on Sunday in a stripped-down ceremony aimed at moving past the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the music industry.
“That fight we had in us, the summer of 2020, keep that same energy,” H.E.R said, while accepting the award.
Britain’s Harry Styles won the closely-contested pop solo performance category for “Watermelon Sugar” – his first ever Grammy – defeating Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish and Justin Bieber.
Rapper Megan Thee Stallion was named best new artist and the 26 year-old known for promoting women’s empowerment also won for her rap performance of single “Savage”, featuring Beyonce.
She later took the stage with Cardi B for a performance of their raunchy summer hit single “WAP.”
Styles, wearing a feather boa over a bare chest, and Eilish, sporting her trademark green hair, kicked off the socially-distanced ceremony, playing in a room empty apart from a handful of their peers.
Hosted by Trevor Noah, the hybrid ceremony was packed with pre-recorded and live performances by the likes of Lipa, Swift, DaBaby, Black Pumas and Mickey Guyton.
It took place both indoors and outdoors in Downtown Los Angeles but mostly without the elaborate sets and special effects that traditionally mark the highest honors in the music business.
“We’re hoping that this is all about what 2021 can be, full of joy, new beginnings and coming together. Never forgetting what happened in 2020, but full of hope for what is to come,” Noah said…..read more