Written by Jessica Shelburne
At the 62nd annual Grammy’s music awards, multiple artists had their turn making history. This year, Billie Eilish and Lizzo made history together as the first time two artists have been nominated for all four General Field categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. At 18 years old, Eilish made history as the youngest artist to receive nominations in all four general categories, but what is even greater is that she is the first woman to win the award for every single one of them in the same year. Eilish replaced Taylor Swift as the youngest solo winner for album of the year.
Eilish’s older brother and co-producer, Finneas, also received multiple nominations and won awards for Best Engineered Album, Non-classical and Producer of the Year, Non-classical.
Lizzo received nominations in categories across the board and won awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Surprisingly, Ariana Grande, a true entertainment icon, did not win any awards, though she received nominations in several categories. Taylor Swift, another history-making artist, also left the Grammy’s empty-handed, after receiving only three nominations for her latest album, Lover.
Many artists performed at the Grammys, including an emotional performance by Demi Lovato, who had been temporarily absent from the entertainment world. There were also heartfelt tributes offered for Prince, Nipsey Hussle, Kobe Bryant, Dr. John, John Prine, and Kenneth Ehrlich.
Although awards shows are meant to determine the greatest, most successful musical productions, it is difficult to place absolute labels and rankings on such a meaningful, interpretative creative discipline. Every artist featured at the Grammys made impressive contributions to the ever-expanding world of music.