LOS ANGELES (AP) – The latest from the Grammy Awards (all local):
The late singer-songwriter John Prine won two posthumous Grammys for Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance for his last recorded song, “I Remember Everything,” a song about loss and memory.
Prine died of complications from COVID-19 last year at the age of 73. His wife, Fiona Whelan, told reporters during a virtual press conference on Sunday that the song spoke about the importance of memories and really connected to people over the past year.
“John had a way to point out the simplest, everyday things that we sometimes overlook,” Whelan said.
Prine, a two-time Grammy winner who wrote songs like “Angel from Montgomery” and “Sam Stone”, also received a Lifetime Achievement Award last year.
“I feel John’s presence very strongly today,” said Whelan.
Megan Thee Stallion won a Grammy for Savage, her collaboration with Beyoncé.
She screamed in excitement for a few seconds and hurried to calm down as she virtually received the award during the Grammys premiere.
She thanked God, her grandmother and mother for pushing them and then thanking Queen Bey.
She said, “I still can’t even believe it” as she tried to keep her calm.
Megan Thee Stallion is a cast member on the main Grammys show, which airs on CBS at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The win brings Beyoncé one step closer to becoming the most decorated woman in Grammys history.
The late jazz pianist Chick Corea won two Grammys on Sunday just about a month after his death.
Corea won the trophy for best improvised jazz solo and moments later for best jazz instrumental album, which he shared with Christian McBride & Brian Blade. The wins for “All Blues” and “Trilogy 2” mean Corea has an incredible 25 Grammys.
His widow Gayle Moran accepted both awards virtually. “His mission in life was to keep the music fires burning brightly,” she said through tears.
Corea, who died of a rare form of cancer on February 9 at the age of 79, wasn’t the only artist to win a posthumous Grammy. John Prine also won two.
Billie Eilish and her producer brother Finneas won a Grammy for their song “No Time to Die” from the pandemic-delayed James Bond film.
The couple seemed to accept the song, which was written for the credit of the visual media, and Eilish excitedly thanked actor Daniel Craig and No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga.
Eilish says, “It was a dream to make this song, to work on it.” To Finneas he said: “I feel very happy to be your brother.”
The award was announced during the Grammys premiere, when the bulk of the awards are presented before the main broadcast at 8 p.m. Eastern.
“Jojo Rabbit” and the “Joker” soundtrack also won Grammys in the segment of the show that recognized music for visual media.
The director of “Jojo Rabbit”, Taika Waititi, accepted the award virtually from what appeared to be a trailer. He said he was working on a movie set. He joked, “I think they just give Grammys to someone now. I take it.”
Beyoncé – and her 9-year-old daughter Blue Ivy – won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video.
Blue Ivy is the second youngest ever Grammy Award winner behind Leah Peasell, who was 8 years old when The Peasall Sisters won Album of the Year on the 2002 show for their appearance on O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack.
Neither Beyoncé nor Blue Ivy attended the virtual premiere where the award was announced.
The win brings Beyoncé one step closer to becoming the most decorated woman in Grammy history. Beyoncé won her 25th Grammy on Sunday, hours before the official awards show begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.
With 27 wins, Alison Krauss holds the title for most Grammys for an artist.
It could be a night for the Taylor Swift and Beyoncé history books at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Beyoncé has never won album of the year in her career – she’s not ready for the honor this year because she didn’t release a project during the funding period – but she’s the most nominated number.
Trevor Noah will host the show, which will air on CBS and Paramount + at 8 p.m. Eastern. The Grammys were originally scheduled for January 31, but have been pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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