Grammy Awards 2021: Lilly Singh wears ‘I Stand With Farmers’ mask to 63rd Grammy Awards, Eilish Wins Record of The Year

Grammy Awards 2021: Lilly Singh wears ‘I Stand With Farmers’ mask to 63rd Grammy Awards, Eilish Wins Record of The Year

Grammy Award, any of a series of awards presented annually in the United States by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS; commonly called the Recording Academy) or the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS; commonly called the Latin Recording Academy) to recognize achievement in the music industry. Winners are selected from more than 25 fields, which cover such genres as pop, rock, rap, R&B, country, reggae, classical, gospel, and jazz, as well as production and postproduction work, including packaging and album notes.

Four general awards are also given for record, album, song of the year, and best new artist; in total more than 75 awards are presented. The honorees receive a golden statuette of a gramophone.

Some of the major awards included: Best New Artist – Megan Thee Stallion, Best music video – Brown Skin Girl, Beyoncé with Blue Ivy, Best R&B album – Bigger Love, John Legend, Best rap album – King’s Disease, Nas, Best Country Album – Miranda Lambert for Wildcard, Best pop solo performance – Harry Styles for Watermelon Sugar, Best R&B performance– Beyonce for Black Parade, Taylor Swift for Best Album (Folklore) and Billie Eilish for Record of The Year (Everything I Wanted).

Comedian-Youtuber Lilly Singh, one of the most vocal voices in support of the ongoing farmers protest in India, used the global stage of the 63rd Grammy Awards to highlight the agitation. The comedian arrived on the Grammys red carpet wearing a black mask that had “I Stand With Farmers” written on it.

Posting her photo on her Twitter page, Lilly Singh wrote, “I know red carpet/award show pictures always get the most coverage, so here you go media. Feel free to run with it #IStandWithFarmers #GRAMMYs.”

The Grammys red carpet welcomed the world’s biggest music stars as millions around the world tuned in to watch the event. Actors Swara Bhasker, Shruti Seth, model Amanda Cerny, WWE wrestler Sunil Singh Seth have commented on her post.

As soon as global music icon Rihanna tweeted in support of the farmers protest early February, celebrities like Lilly Singh, singer Jay Sean, and vlogger Amanda Cerny, expressed their solidarity with India’s farmers who have been protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws. Thanking Rihanna for lending her voice to the agitation, Lily Singh had written at the time, “Yes! Thank you so much. This is a humanity issue! #IStandWithFarmers and this narrative is TIRED”

While Amanda Cerny posted a photo of women farmers on Instagram and wrote, “The world is watching. You don’t have to be Indian or Punjabi or South Asian to understand the issue. All you have to do is care about humanity. Always demand freedom of speech, freedom of press, basic human and civil rights-equity and dignity for workers. #FarmersProtest #internetshutdown.”

Trevor Noah opened the pandemic-altered 63rd annual Grammy Awards on an outdoor stage in front of a sparse crowd outside the Los Angeles Convention Center, with the Grammy’s usual home, the Staples Center, as a backdrop. Noah walked inside the Convention Center during his presentation, where the show’s performances, many of them pre-recorded, were broadcast from.

The awards night got underway with Harry Styles performing to Watermelon Sugar. He performed with a full band wearing a black leather sports coat with no shirt underneath, and a green feather boa.

Billie Eilish, who dominated last year’s Grammys, immediately followed with a performance of Everything I Wanted. Others who performed were Post Malone, DaBaby, Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Bruno Mars, Miranda Lambert, Mickey Guyton, John Mayer and Taylor Swift. Grammy also paid special tribute to artists who passed away in 2020. Legends like Rupert Neve, Bunny Wailer, Hal Willner, John Prine, Eddie Van Halen, Bill Withers, Betty Wright, Tony Rice, Little Richard and others were remembered. 

Taylor Swift gives shout out to collaborator and boyfriend Joe Alwyn after Folklore wins Best Album. "I wanna thank Joe, the first person I play every single song that I write. I had the best time writing songs with you in quarantine," she said from the stage.

Ringo Starr announced the Record of the Year award. The Grammy went to Billie Eilish. She beat the likes of Dua Lipa, Beyonce, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion among others. She said Megan deserved the Grammy for Best Record. "I root for you," she added.