In a groundbreaking moment at the Grammy Awards, pop sensation Taylor Swift secured her fourth Album of the Year Grammy, marking an unparalleled achievement in music history. Swift’s victory highlighted an evening where women dominated the top honors in the music industry.
Taking the stage at the Grammys, Swift also surprised her fans by announcing the release of a new album scheduled for April.
The 34-year-old artist claimed Album of the Year for her work on “Midnights,” a feat that surpassed iconic musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder, each of whom had previously won the award three times.
Swift expressed her delight at receiving the honor and spoke passionately about her love for songwriting and performing. “It makes me so happy,” she exclaimed. “All I want to do is keep doing this.”
Earlier in the evening, Swift secured the Best Pop Vocal Performance award and used the moment to reveal her upcoming album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” which became available for pre-sales during the Grammys telecast.
This concert tour of Taylor Swift is one of her highest-grossing concert tours with a stop in Tokyo. She was also among the many female artists who triumphed at the major Grammy awards on Sunday.
Billie Eilish was honored with Song of the Year for her ballad “What Was I Made For?,” originally composed for the “Barbie” movie soundtrack. Eilish shared her feelings backstage, acknowledging the significance of feeling recognized as a woman in the industry.
Miley Cyrus, celebrating her first two Grammy wins that evening, received the Record of the Year accolade for her empowering anthem “Flowers.” She conveyed her hope that the award wouldn’t alter her beautiful life.
The Best New Artist award went to R&B and pop singer Victoria Monet, who humorously thanked her “single mom raising this really bad girl.”
The Recording Academy, composed of musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, made the selections for the winners. Recent efforts to diversify the Academy’s membership by inviting more women and people of color have played a role in these diverse outcomes.
SZA, the artist with the most nominations at the start of the night, secured three trophies, including Best R&B Song for “Snooze.” She expressed disbelief and gratitude for her journey.
The indie rock band boygenius, consisting of musicians Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers also claimed three awards.
The Grammy Awards, hosted for the fourth time by comedian Trevor Noah and broadcast on CBS, began promptly with Noah humorously noting it as “the only concert that starts on time.”
Folk singer Joni Mitchell made her Grammy performance debut, singing “Both Sides Now” from a chair while adorned with blonde braids and a beret. Brandi Carlile accompanied her on guitar.
In a touching tribute to the music industry figures who passed away in the past year, Stevie Wonder performed “For Once In My Life,” with the late Tony Bennett singing along in a recorded video.
Annie Lennox paid homage to Sinead O’Connor with a rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and Fantasia Barrino honored Tina Turner with her electrifying version of “Proud Mary,” backed by backup singers donning shiny gold and silver fringed outfits.
Jon Batiste delivered a heartfelt tribute to Clarence Avant, known as “the Godfather of Black music,” by performing “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean On Me.”
The show began with country star Luke Combs performing his cover of “Fast Car,” joined by the original singer and songwriter of the 1988 hit, Tracy Chapman.
Towards the end of the event, Billy Joel took the stage to perform his new single, “Turn The Lights Back On,” his first original song in 17 years.