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2024 GRAMMY Awards Recap


All the can't-miss performances, jaw-dropping looks and memorable acceptance speeches.


After a brief break, it was red carpet time again in Hollywood at the 2024 Grammy Awards!


Music's biggest night was held at Los Angeles' Crypto.com Arena on Sunday, February 4, 2024. Trevor Noah once again hosted the Recording Academy festivities, with nominees including SZA, Taylor Swift and Jon Batiste showing up in their finest.


The fun actually began much earlier, though, with a pre-show premiere ceremony where the majority of the day’s Grammys were awarded.


Taylor Swift Has Arrived — and Is Wearing a Clock Around Her Neck

Taylor Swift, who is nominated for six Grammys at the 2024 awards ceremony, just hit the red carpet minute before the show is set to begin — and had jaws dropping with her black and white look.

The Schiaparelli couture white gown was accessorized with black velvet gloves and a series of necklaces. One that particularly caught fans attention? A choker featuring a watch face.



Dua Lipa Opens the 2024 Grammys by Dancing the Night Away

Former Grammys best new artist winner Dua Lipa kicked things off in Los Angeles on Sunday, performing a medley of several of her hit songs, including new single "Training Season," "Dance the Night Away" and "Houdini."

Lipa was clad in all-black leather for the performance, which had her traversing across the arena.



Billy Joel Performs His New Single

The piano man is out of songwriting retirement!

Billy Joel sang his first new single in 17 years, “Turn the Lights Back On," at the Grammys on Sunday. Joel, of course, had previously insisted that he was done with songwriting altogether shortly after the release of his 1993 album River of Dreams.

The five-time Grammy winner dropped the new song just a few days ago.



Brandy and 21 Savage Join Burna Boy for "Sittin' on Top of the World" Performance

Brandy's 1998 "Top of the World" is sampled in Burna Boy's 2023 hit "Sittin' on Top of the World," so it was a fun surprise when the singer appeared alongside the Nigerian artist during his Grammys performance.

21 Savage, who is featured on the track, also joined the artists for the performance on Sunday.



Travis Scott Sets the Stage on Fire for Grammys Performance of His Hits

Travis Scott smashed some folding chairs to bits as flames and super-sized speakers surrounded him during his 2024 Grammys performance.

The rapper performed three of his songs on the Crypto.com Arena stage: “MY EYES," “I KNOW ?" and "FE!N."



Billie Eilish Delivers Emotional Performance of Barbie Song "What Was I Made For?"

"When did it end, all the enjoyment?" Billie Eilish sang in an emotional performance of her Barbie soundtrack song "What Was I Made For?" during the Sunday broadcast.

Eilish was accompanied by her brother Finneas on piano for the performance, as well as strings players. She sang dressed in a Barbie doll inspired ensemble -- Poodle Parade from 1965 -- and sat on a single stool throughout her time onstage.



Stevie Wonder, Fantasia Barrino, Annie Lennox and Jon Batiste Perform During In Memoriam

Stevie Wonder paid tribute to the late Tony Bennett in an emotional duet to "For Once in My Life," done with Wonder singing live alongside video footage of Bennett. Bennett died at age 96 in July 2023.


Wonder then continued to perform for the Grammys In Memoriam segment. He segued into "The Best Is Yet to Come" before the lights faded out and Annie Lennox appeared onstage to sing "Nothing Compares 2 U" in tribute to the late Sinéad O'Connor.

As Lennox sang, photos of more of the artists we lost in 2023 and early 2024 appeared on the screen.


Lenny Kravitz then stepped out to honor "trusted mentor and believer" Clarence Avant, a renowned music executive. Kravitz introduced Jon Batiste, who sang two of Bill Withers' iconic songs: "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine."

Batiste was joined onstage by additional performers to sing gospel song "Optimistic."


The In Memoriam celebrations continued with an appearance by Oprah Winfrey, who honored "our forever goddess of rock and roll" Tina Turner. Said Winfrey: "She was a special kind of role model."

Fantasia Barrino appeared dressed in full Turner garb — a sequined, glittering fringe dress and sparkly booties — to sing "Proud Mary."



The Grammys Jumps to Las Vegas for U2's Performance from the Sphere

The end of U2's U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere residency is approaching next month, so the iconic group just made history with the first-ever televised performance from the new Las Vegas venue.

After their performance, U2 announced the winner of best pop vocal album from Vegas — which was given to Taylor Swift.


Olivia Rodrigo Performs "Vampire" as Faux Blood Pours from Her Backdrop

Olivia Rodrigo performed her Grammy-nominated single “Vampire” wearing a sleek red dress and kept her cool when her backdrop began leaking streams of fake blood.

The performance had much of the audience on their feet, including Taylor Swift, and earned rave applause.

Swift's applause is notable, of course, because Rodrigo had to previously address fan speculation that the track was about the "Anti-Hero" singer. “I was very surprised when people thought that,” Rodrigo said in a 2023 interview.



SZA — the Night's Most-Nominated Performer — Sings "Snooze" Alongside a Burning Dumpster

Nine-time 2024 Grammy nominee SZA took the stage in an oversized hat and leather trench coat to perform her hit song "Snooze" while standing in front of a flaming dumpster.

The track transitioned to "Kill Bill," with SZA's dancers acting out machete fight scenes ripped straight from the 2003 film the single takes its name from.



Karol G Wins Her First Grammy for Best Música Urbana Album

"QLONA" singer Karol G won her first Grammy on Sunday for best música urbana album — a win that also came during her first-ever time attending the show.

"I hope this is the first of so many," she said while accepting her trophy on the Crypto.com Arena stage.



Lainey Wilson's Bell Bottom Country Is the 2024 Best Country Album

"Watermelon Moonshine" singer Lainey Wilson took home the 2024 Grammy for best country album.

Wilson's Bell Bottom Country is her fourth studio album and already won album of the year at both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the CMA Awards.


Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs Perform "Fast Car" Together on the Grammys Stage

Over three decades after her hit "Fast Car" first debuted, Tracy Chapman appeared on the Grammys stage to perform the track alongside country singer Luke Combs.

Combs is, of course, nominated for his cover of the song in the best country solo performance category.



Paramore Is Loving Their Grammy Win Without Leaving the House

Paramore won two Grammy Awards at the preshow ceremony: best rock album and best alternative music performance.

The group celebrated the wins on Instagram, sharing a photo of themselves with a tiny cake reading "winner." In a second slide, they revealed they were also prepared with a "loser" cake — just in case.

"And they didn’t even leave the house. 'THANK YOU @recordingacademy' - Hayley, Taylor, & Zac," the caption read.


Joni Mitchell Wins Best Folk Album at 80

Joni Mitchell is a Grammy winner, once again. The iconic musician, 80, won best folk album on Sunday for her album Joni Mitchell at Newport [Live].

The win makes Mitchell a 10-time winner at the annual awards ceremony.

But there's more to come from Mitchell, who is set to perform during the awards ceremony for the first time later tonight.



Former First Lady Michelle Obama Is a Grammy Winner — Again!

It's official: Mr. and Mrs. Obama are both multi-time Grammy winners.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama won the 2024 Grammy for best audio book, narration, and storytelling recording for The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times. She previously won a Grammy for her memoir Becoming.

She's not the only Grammy-winner in the family. Former President Barack Obama is the owner of two Grammys, as well.



Miley Cyrus Performs "Flowers" in Tina Turner-Esque Look

Shortly after snagging her first-ever Grammy, Miley Cyrus performed the honored track — and even paused to ask the audience, "Why are you acting like you don't know this song?"

Cyrus commanded the stage in a sparkling, bejeweled mini dress and high heels — strutting around much like iconic performer Tina Turner did.



Miley Cyrus Wins Best Pop Solo Performance

Miley Cyrus won her first-ever Grammy for "Flowers" to kick off the main show.

Mariah Carey presented the award to Cyrus, who then asked the "All I Want for Christmas (Is You)" singer to remain next to her during her acceptance speech.

Cyrus told an anecdote about a child catching a butterfly to describe her feelings as she won the best pop solo performance honor.


Taylor Swift Wins Album of the Year for Midnights — Her Fourth Album of the Year Win

Taylor Swift just made history — she's the first person to ever win album of the year four times, this instance for Midnights.

Swift took the stage with her collaborators including Lana Del Rey and Jack Antonoff.

"Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to do what I love so much," said Swift. "Mind blown!"



The 2024 Best New Artist Is Victoria Monét

"On My Mama" singer Victoria Monét was honored as the best new artist at the 2024 Grammy Awards, and used her acceptance speech to reflect on her journey in Hollywood.

Monét, who was nominated in seven categories at the 66th Grammys, also delivered a message to "everybody who has a dream." Said Monét, "I want you to look at this as an example . . . this award was a 15-year pursuit."



Blue Ivy Takes the Stage with Dad JAY-Z to Accept Dr. Dre Global Impact Award

JAY-Z accepted the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award during Sunday's show, and had his daughter Blue Ivy by his side for his big moment.

During the acceptance speech, JAY-Z called out the Grammys for past snubs of his wife Beyoncé's music.

"She has more Grammys than everyone and never won album of the year - that doesn't work," said the rapper, adding, "When I get nervous, I tell the truth."

Ultimately, JAY-Z said he was "honored" to accept the award and challenged viewers to "keep showing up . . . until they give you all those accolades you feel you deserve."


Boygenius Wins Their First-Ever Grammy Award

Beloved supergroup Boygenius — which is comprised of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus — just became Grammy winners.

The band won best rock performance for track "Not Strong Enough" during the preshow.



Early Winners Include Kylie Minogue and Chris Stapleton

The main show hasn't even begun, and we already have some superstar talent who are newly-minted 2024 Grammy winners.

Some of the early honorees announced include Chris Stapleton, whose song "White Horse" won best country solo performance, and Kylie Minogue, who won best pop dance recording for "Padam Padam."



Jack Antonoff Wins Producer of the Year During the Premiere Ceremony

Jack Antonoff, the Bleachers frontman and Taylor Swift's frequent collaborator, won producer of the year, non-classical for the third consecutive time on Sunday.

The honor was handed out during the Premiere Ceremony, and was attributed based on his work on Swift's Midnights and Lana Del Rey's Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd.


Celine Dion Makes Surprise Appearance at the 2024 Grammys

Céline Dion has only recently returned to the spotlight after three and a half years after being diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome, which is a rare and incurable neurological disease that can cause debilitating muscle spasms and affects the central nervous system, specifically the brain and spinal cord. And now, she's back on the Grammys stage.



Dion presented the album of the year award, and received a standing ovation when she walked out.

"When I say that I'm happy to be here, I really mean it from my heart," said Dion. She added, "Those who have been blessed enough here at the Grammy Awards must never take for granted the tremendous love and joy that music brings to our lives and to people all around the world."


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