Women won every major Grammy at Sunday’s history-making gala, a joyful night for music’s biggest stars after a devastating year for the industry, with Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion and Taylor Swift triumphing at the socially distanced event anchored by electrifying performances.

It was a monumental night for Beyonce, who broke the record for most career wins by a female artist with 28 trophies.

“As an artist, I believe it’s my job and all of our jobs to reflect the times. And it’s been such a difficult time,” Beyonce said, with her husband Jay-Z looking on, as she received her history-making award. “So I wanted to uplift, encourage, celebrate all of the beautiful Black queens and kings that continue to inspire me and inspire the whole world.”


Meanwhile, Swift became the first woman to win the coveted Album of the Year prize three times, this year for Folklore, the first of her twin quarantine releases.

Rap sensation Megan Thee Stallion charmed while accepting her three awards including Best New Artist — and disarmed viewers with a performance that set the Los Angeles stage ablaze.

Megan and Queen Bey earned two awards together, for their remix of the rapper’s smash hit Savage.

The Houston rapper teased with that track along with her single Body, before serving up a thirst trap of a duet with none other than Cardi B, both of them in metallic gear that left little to the imagination. The audacious duo performed WAP, a gyrating, thigh-baring celebration of female sexuality that ended atop an enormous bed.

The night featured a host of impressive performances featuring Dua Lipa, DaBaby, Swift, Bad Bunny and Record of the Year winner Billie Eilish, among others — a line-up that kicked off with chest-baring Harry Styles, who won his first-ever award. It was hosted by Trevor Noah.

The ceremony, which fell nearly a year to the day after Covid-19 grounded tours and forced performance venues to close, stood as a concerted effort by the music world to try to move past a crushing 2020 by celebrating its biggest stars.

And there is perhaps no one bigger than Queen Bey, whose Best R&B Performance award for her summer track Black Parade, a homage to Black power and heritage, sent her into the Grammy record books.

It was a less shiny night than predicted for British star Dua Lipa, who was shut out of the major categories but won Best Pop Vocal Album, for her sparkly disco ball of a record released just as the pandemic took hold.

Though most of the rock fields were unprecedentedly dominated by women, The Strokes won for Best Rock Album for The New Abnormal, their first Grammy ever.

Rap legend Nas also won for the first time after 14 nominations, with his King’s Disease winning Best Rap Album. Nigerian superstar Burna Boy also scored his first trophy for Best Global Music Album, ecstatically accepting the prize which he said: “is a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world.”

But it wouldn’t be the Grammys without controversy.

The Weeknd has pledged to stop submitting music for awards consideration after he surprisingly received no nominations, despite a big year commercially, while Zayn Malik has openly criticised and lashed out at the Grammy jury for excluding him.