Grammy Awards 2024

Taylor Swift makes Grammy history and beats Frank Sinatra

Women win practically all the big prizes

3 min
Taylor Swift

BarcelonaBy far, it was women who took the stage the most times at the 66th edition of the Grammys, the most important music awards. Taylor Swift made history by taking the awards for best album and best pop album with midnight. With these awards she became the first artist to win four awards for best album of the year, one more than Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. But many other women also triumphed at the Grammys: Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, SZA, Lainey Wilson, Karol G... Things have changed a lot in six years. In 2018, controversy broke out because some voices criticized that the major music awards belittled women: few won awards and the majority of performances were by male singers. Then the statements of former awards director Neil Portnow, who said that women should be more noticed and improve their performance, were also quite controversial.

Celine Dion, who made a surprise reappearance after months sidelined by a neurological disease that makes it difficult for her to sing, presented the best album award to Swift. Dion was greeted with a long standing ovation and stated that she was "very happy to be able to be at the Grammys." Swift dedicated the award to Lana Del Rey and said that "if it weren't for all the work she had done there wouldn't be so many extraordinary artists." The great winner of the Grammys took advantage of the stage to announce a new album: The Tortured Poets Department (The Department of Tortured Poets), which will be published on April 19.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus, who changed her dress four times, won two awards: best recording and best pop solo performance for flowers. The artist demonstrated once again that she has a sense of humor: "I don't think I've left anyone behind, but maybe I've forgotten my underwear." Another of the winners of the night was Victoria Monét, who at 34 years old won the award for best new artist. Monét, author of Where my mom, she remembered her mother: "A single mother who had to raise a pretty terrible girl alone."

One of the other favorites, Billie Eilish, won the award for best song of the year for What was made for? the theme he wrote for the movie Barbie. SZA received two awards: best progressive R&B album for S.O.S., and best R&B song for Snooze, an award that he collected minutes after performing on stage.

One of the most emotional moments of the night was the appearance of Joni Mitchell. The 80-year-old artist performed for the first time at the ceremony and sang Both sides now (1968). Mitchell had an aneurysm ten years ago that left her virtually unable to speak. With her hair in braids, a beret and a cane, Mitchell sang while sitting in a large chair and made more than one person cry. "I have looked at life from both sides. That of the winner and that of the loser," he said with a smile. The singer also picked up an award, best folk album of the year for Joni Mitchell at Newport. Another of the most emotional moments of the night was the tribute to Sinead O'Connor, who died last summer. Annie Lennox remembered her playing Nothing compares 2 U.

Joni Mitchell with Trevor Noah and Brandi Carlile

Another of the winners was Boygenius, who won the award in the rock category for Not strong enough. Colombian Karol G became the first singer to succeed in the urban genre with Tomorrow will be nice.

The Grammys also had some surprising and unexpected moments. At the end of the ceremony and after going on stage to collect three awards, rapper Killer Mike was handcuffed and arrested by the police. However, the singer was released shortly after.