In a night dominated by women artists under 40, Tracy Chapman and Taylor Swift delivered unexpected moments at the 66th Grammy Awards. Swift, winning the Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy for “Midnights,” revealed her upcoming album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” set to release on April 19.
The Album of the Year category showcased a remarkable lineup of female artists, including boy genius Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monáe, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, and SZA. Jon Batiste, the only male nominee, joins this impressive group. The inclusive representation marks a departure from the previous year’s nominations.
The night kicked off with a Dua Lipa medley featuring her recent single “Houdini” and an unreleased track, “Training Season,” from her upcoming studio album, alongside a snippet from her song on the Barbie soundtrack, “Dance the Night.”
Miley Cyrus secured her first-ever Grammy win for Best Pop Solo Performance with “Flowers” and later delivered a spirited performance, engaging the audience and showcasing her dynamic stage presence.
By accepting her 13th Grammy, Taylor Swift surprised fans with the announcement of her upcoming album, “The Tortured Poets Department.”
One of the most anticipated performances was the unexpected duet between Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman on Chapman’s classic “Fast Car.” Chapman, who last performed the song 35 years ago at the Grammys, was not initially announced as a performer.
Karol G, who won best music Urbana album for “Mañana Será Bonito,” expressed gratitude in her acceptance speech, remarking on her first-time experience at the Grammys.
SZA delivered a powerful duet of her hits “Snooze” and “Kill Bill,” and later won the Grammy for best R&B song for “Snooze,” expressing heartfelt emotions in her acceptance speech.
Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” performance from the Barbie soundtrack, which won best song written for visual media, added to the night’s eclectic musical lineup.
In the pre-telecast ceremony, Boy Genius, the indie supergroup, secured three awards, and SZA, with nine nominations, won in the best progressive R&B and best pop duo/group performance categories.
Killer Mike’s solo album “Michael” dominated the rap categories, winning Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Album. However, reports of his arrest and removal from the venue added an unexpected twist to his victories. The LAPD did not provide further details on the incident.