Harry Styles kicked off the live-performance-loaded Grammy Awards on Sunday with his hit “Watermelon Sugar,” which turned out to be a harbinger when later in the night the former OneDirection singer won Best Pop Solo Performance for the song.
It kicked off a Grammy night on CBS that featured several back-to-back-to-back performances that led in and out of the handing out of awards, including from all of the Record of the Year nominees, except Beyoncé. The format included several artists waiting for their turn hanging hear the stage to bob their heads along to the music.
The highlight of the night might have been Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion performing their normally NSFW song “WAP” live for the first time, complete with a stripper pole and an oversize bed on which the two definitely did not observe social distancing protocols.
Also standing out was Lil Baby performing the politically charged “The Bigger Picture” live on the streets of L.A. next to Staples Center, where the Grammys were taking place. BTS, meanwhile, re-created the Staples Center set in South Korea, where they performed “Dynamite” live.
Taylor Swift did a medley of “Cardigan,” “August” and “Willow” on a lush set backed by Jack Antonoff and the National’s Aaron Dessner.
Performers who ended up taking home trophies tonight include Swift, Styles, Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa and Miranda Lambert.
Check out clips of the 2021 performances below; we will update the post as they become available:
“Everything I Wanted”
Megan Thee Stallion & Cardi B
“Body/Savage,” ”Up” and “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch
Bad Bunny ft. Jhay Cortez
“Levitating”/”Don’t Start Now”
Silk Sonic (Anderson. Paak and Bruno Mars)
“Leave the Door Open”
Lionel Richie’s Kenny Rogers tribute:
Brandi Carlisle’s John Prine tribute
Brittany Howard and Chris Martin’s tribute to Gerard Marsden
“Black Like Me”
Maren Morris ft. John Mayer
“The Bigger Picture”
Videos not yet available:
Anderson. Paak and Bruno Mars
Little Richard tribute