Highlights of the 2021 GRAMMY Performances

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The biggest night in music did not disappoint this year in terms of showcasing amazing performances to celebrate the most influential musical acts of the year. Hosted by Trevor Noah, the 63rd annual Grammy Awards took place Sunday, March 14 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. VALLEY is here to highlight memorable performances of the night.

Harry Styles Opens the Show
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There was no better performer to open the show than, first-time nominee and performer, Harry Styles. The multi-talented artist performed “Watermelon Sugar” while wearing a suit jacket and trouser set with a boa— which went viral. It looked like he was having a fun time on stage as he broke out into some of his classic dance moves. It was a successful night for Styles as he won his first Grammy for best pop solo performance for his hit single, “Watermelon Sugar.”

You can watch a snippet of the performance here.

The Thrilling Black Pumas
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Accompanied by a full band, the Black Pumas performed the record of the year nominated, “Colors,” the single off of their debut self-titled album. Nominated for a total of three Grammys this year, the Black Pumas gave an electrifying performance full of energy and soul that was to be remembered.

You can watch the performance here.

DaBaby and Roddy Ricch Share the Stage
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Just when you think the song “Rockstar” could not get any better, it did! DaBaby took to the stage wearing a glittery white suit with Roddy Ricch to perform the track with a twist. The song was backed by an orchestra and choir, who had the best energy, to result in a fun take on the hit that no one expected. DaBaby was nominated for four awards including record of the year for “Rockstar” and best rap performance for “Bop.”

You can watch a snippet of the performance here.

Dua Lipa Dazzles the Stage
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Dua Lipa performed not one, but two of her catchiest tracks at the Grammys. She began her performance by sharing the stage with DaBaby to perform, “Levitating.” She went onto have a dance break that transitioned into “Don’t Start Now.” The stage setup, lights and costumes gave nod to her album “Future Nostalgia,” which took home the Grammy for best pop vocal album.

You can watch the performance here.

The Silk Sonic Stage Debut
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The newly formed, Silk Sonic, comprised of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak performed their debut single “Leave the Door Open.” With an incredible stage presence, the duo gave a sensual yet retro performance leaving us all wanting more.

You can watch the performance here.

Taylor Swift Casts a Dreamy Performance
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Taylor Swift, one of the most anticipated performers of the night, performed “Cardigan” and “August,” from “Folklore,” the winner of the coveted album of the year award and “Willow,” from “Evermore.” The stage and her gown fit all of the right “Folklore” vibes as she performed in cozy cabin in the middle of woods. Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner shared their stage with her as well.

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B Make the Stage Their Own
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A big winner of the night was none other than the first-time nominee, Megan Thee Stallion. She first performed a luxurious version of both “Body” and “Savage,” showcasing her dynamic dancing skills. Cardi B then took center stage to perform her latest single, “Up.” Then, the moment the entire world was waiting for happened—they performed “WAP” and they did not disappoint. Megan took home three Grammys in the best new artist, best rap performance and best rap song categories for “Savage.”

You can watch the performance of “Up/WAP” here.

Lil Baby Sends a Message
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The two-time nominee, Lil Baby gave a deep and well-needed performance of “The Bigger Picture.” His performance, which was a large production, captured protests against police brutality. Advocates Tamika Mallory and Killer Mike were also featured during the powerful performance and sent a message about justice being demanded. “The Bigger Picture” was nominated for best rap performance.

You can watch a snippet of the performance here.

BTS Light up the Night
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The record-smashing group BTS, lit up the stage with their chart-topping and history-making hit “Dynamite,” which was nominated for best pop duo/group performance, giving the group their first Grammy nomination. The seven members brought Los Angeles to Seoul by creating sets that mimicked the STAPLES center. BTS ended their performance with a bang by taking the audience to a rooftop full of vibrant and colorful lights to showcase their choreography and charm that encompassed the theme of “Dynamite” perfectly.

What was your favorite performance of the night? Tweet us your thoughts at @VALLEYMag or tag us on Instagram @VALLEYMag.


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