Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, SZA, Billie Eilish, and Victoria Monet dominated the major categories at this year’s Grammy Awards, which many are praising as a ‘night for women’ in the industry.
The 2024 Grammys was a night for women in the industry who dominated the charts this year. Victoria Monet, Taylor Swift, SZA, Miley Cyrus, and Billie Eilish all took home an award in one of the Grammys major categories.
Taylor swift, for one, made history becoming the first artist in history to win Album Of The Year four times, taking home the award for her 10th studio album Midnights. “I would love to tell you this is the happiest moment of my life but I feel this happy when I’ve finished a song. All I want to do is keep doing this,” she said.
The moment is also historical due to the fact that Celine Dion presented it. Dion was recently diagnosed with stiff person syndrome, and stopped performing so she could focus on taking care of herself and her family. Dion surprised audiences watching everywhere and humble stated how happy she was to be there: “When I say that I’m happy to be here, I really mean it from my heart.”
Victoria Monét, who’s been a major songwriter in the industry for over a decade, won for her debut album Jaguar, as well as the Best New Artist award.
“I just wanna say to everyone who has a dream, i want you to look at this as an example.”
Miley Cyrus won Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo performance for her hit single, Flowers, marking her first ever Grammy awards. “I really hope this doesn’t change anything as my life was beautiful yesterday, I don’t think I’ve forgotten anyone but I might have forgotten underwear,” she said in her speech.
Billie Eilish won Best Song of the Year and Best Song Written for Visual Media for What Was I Made For? From Barbie. “Damn, that’s stupid guys! That was a crazy list of incredible people … I’m shocked out of my balls,” she jokingly stated during her speech. Barbie itself also received an award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
While Jay-Z accepted this year’s Dr. Dre global impact award for his personal and professional achievements, he called out the Grammys for its history with honoring black artists, including his wife Beyoncé, who has the most Grammy awards ever, but has never won Album of the Year.
“I don’t want to embarrass this young lady, but she has the most Grammys than everyone and never won album of the year. So even by your own metrics, that doesn’t work. Think about that: the most Grammys. Never won album of the year. That doesn’t work.”
Dua Lipa opened the night with an amazing performance of her new songs “Training Session” and “Houdini,” with Trevor Noah calling her one of “the best performers of this generation.”
SZA had the most nominations of the night, and ended up taking home three out of the nine awards she was in for her second studio album, SOS. She won Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Ghost In The Machine featuring Phoebe Bridgers, and Best R&B Song for Snooze.
In what was a major surprise for the audience, Tracy Chapman performed for the first time since 2009 alongside Luke Combs to perform her hit song Fast Car, which saw a resurgence in popularity last year after Combs released a cover. “It was my favorite song before I even knew what a favorite song was, such a cool, full-circle moment,” Combs said.
Other women winners of the 2024 Grammys included Lainey Wilson for Best Country Album, Karol G for Best Música Urbana Album, Laufey for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Coco Jones for Best R&B Performance.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at email@example.com.