The Biggest Wins, Snubs at the 2021 Grammys

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This weekend, music’s biggest night came with its fair share of drama! Plagued by criticism thanks to the way they handled The Weeknd’s smash hit album After Hours (they ignored it completely), the Grammys earned their headlines Sunday night with even more surprise snubs and shut-outs.

Before the show even began, some of the biggest names in pop music were already using unrepeatable words to describe it. Take, for example, Zayn, whose Nobody Is Listening record failed to score any nominations:

Meanwhile, as the show got underway and awards were being handed out, The Weeknd stayed quiet, but his supporters didn’t:

He wasn’t the only artist that some people felt the Grammys purposefully excluded. Some asked if there was a racial bias in the nomination process, as several top-tier black rappers and singers seemed to be left out in the cold:

Speaking of – Roddy Ricch got shut out, scoring a few nominations, but no wins, much to the chagrin of his supporters.

That’s not where the controversy stopped, though. Early in the day, fans of the Korean boyband BTS were visibly upset and angry after their boys failed to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Almost immediately, several hashtags consoling the members went viral, and sales of the nominated song, “Dynamite,” shot through the roof.

That’s the scoop on the snubs. What about the wins?

The ladies led the way on Sunday night, with Taylor Swift and Beyoncé at the vanguard! Taylor grabbed best album for her mellow quarantine project, Folklore, marking her third time winning that specific award. Meanwhile, Queen B broke the record for the most Grammys won by a vocalist (28!), surpassing Alison Krauss’ 27 total. Megan Thee Stallion was the best new artist, and Billie Eilish had the best record with “Everything I Wanted,” which she also performed at the show.

As for the gentlemen, Harry Styles took home a much-deserved title for “Watermelon Sugar.”

So what was the biggest snub this year at the show? Was it BTS’ upset loss? Was it the suspicious absence of The Weekend? And whose win are you most proud of? Let us know on Twitter: @HOThits1005!