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Nas, Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé & Thundercat Among 2021 Grammy Award Winners: See The Full List

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The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards got underway at the Los Angeles Staples Center on Sunday night (March 14) at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST, roughly two months after they were originally scheduled to take place.

Hip Hop/rap and R&B were heavily represented this year, with the Best Rap Album category including some unexpected nominees. While Nas’ King Disease wasn’t exactly surprising, Royce Da 5’9’s The Allegory, Jay Electronica’s A Written Testimony, D Smoke’s Black Habits and Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist’s Alfredo were less anticipated.

Nas, Royce Da 5'9 & Jay Electronica Among Those Nominated For Best Rap Album Grammy

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Meanwhile, Megan Thee Stallion was nominated in multiple categories, including Best New Artist (along with Chika, D Smoke, Kaytranada and Doja Cat) and Record Of The Year for “Savage” featuring Beyoncé, while DaBaby and Roddy Ricch was also up for Record Of The Year for their smash hit “ROCKSTAR.”

Nominees in the R&B categories include Jhené Aiko, Chloe X Halle, Free Nationals, Robert Glasper and Thundercat.

Kanye West already took home the gilded trophy in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Jesus Is King, Nas won in the Best Rap Album category for King’s Disease, Megan and Beyoncé nabbed the Best Rap Performance honor for the “Savage (Remix)” and Thundercat rose to victory in the Best Progressive R&B Album category for It Is What It Is. 

HipHopDX will be updating the winners in real time throughout the evening.

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Check out the list below.

Best New Artist

Ingrid Andress

Phoebe Bridgers


Noah Cyrus

D Smoke

Doja Cat


Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER*

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Record of the Year

“Black Parade” — Beyoncé

“Colors” — Black Pumas

“ROCKSTAR” — DaBaby f. Roddy Ricch

“Say So” — Doja Cat

“Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish — WINNER*

“Don’t Start Now”— Dua Lipa

“Circles — Post Malone

“Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion f. Beyoncé

Album of the Year

Chilombo — Jhené Aiko

Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas

Everyday Life — Coldplay

Djesse Vol. 3 — Jacob Collier

Women In Music Pt. III — Haim

Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa

Hollywood’s Bleeding — Post Malone

Folklore — Taylor Swift —  WINNER*

Song of the Year

“Black Parade” — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)

“The Box” — Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)

“Cardigan” — Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

“Circles” — Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)

“Don’t Start Now “— Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)

“I Can’t Breathe” — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.) — WINNER*

“If The World Was Ending “— Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe f. Julia Michaels)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Run To The Father — Cody Carnes

All Of My Best Friends — Hillsong Young & Free

Holy Water — We the Kingdom

Citizen Of Heaven — Tauren Wells

Jesus Is King — Kanye West — WINNER* 

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Jack Antonoff

Dan Auerbach

Dave Cobb

Flying Lotus

Andrew Watt — WINNER*

Best Music Video

“Brown Skin Girl” — Beyoncé — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Jenn Nkiru, Video Directors; Lauren Baker, Astrid Edwards, Nathan Scherrer & Erinn Williams, Video Producers — WINNER* 

“Life Is Good — Future f. Drake — Julien Christian Lutz, Video Director; Harv Glazer, Video Producer

“Lockdown” — Anderson .Paak — Dave Meyers, Video Director; Nathan Scherrer, Video Producer

“Adore You” — Harry Styles — Dave Meyers, Video Director; Nathan Scherrer, Video Producer

“Goliath” — Woodkid — Yoann Lemoine, video director

Best Music Film

Beastie Boys Story — Beastie Boys — Spike Jonze, video director; Amanda Adelson, Jason Baum & Spike Jonze, video producers

Black Is King — Beyoncé

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme — Freestyle Love Supreme — Andrew Fried, Video Director; Andrew Fried, Jill Furman, Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sarina Roma, Jenny Steingart & Jon Steingart, video producers

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice — Linda Ronstadt — Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, video directors; Michele Farinola & James Keach, video producers — WINNER*

That Little Ol’ Band From Texas — ZZ Top — Sam Dunn, video director; Scot McFadyen, video producer

Best R&B Performance

“Lightning & Thunder” — Jhené Aiko Featuring John Legend

“Black Parade” — Beyoncé — WINNER*

“All I Need” — Jacob Collier f. Mahalia & Ty Dolla $Ign

“Goat Head” — Brittany Howard

“See Me” — Emily King

Best Traditional R&B Performance

“Sit On Down” — The Baylor Project f. Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor

“Wonder What She Thinks of Me” — Chloe X Halle

“Let Me Go” — Mykal Kilgore

“Anything For You” — Ledisi — WINNER*

“Distance” — Yebba

Best R&B Song

“Better Than I Imagine” — Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello) — WINNER*

“Black Parade” — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)

“Collide” — Sam Barsh, Stacey Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olu Fann, Akil King, Josh Lopez, Kaveh Rastegar & Benedetto Rotondi, songwriters (Tiana Major9 & Earthgang)

“Do It” — Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Monét, Scott Storch & Vincent Van Den Ende, songwriters (Chloe X Halle)

“Slow Down” — Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Skip Marley & H.E.R.)

Best Progressive R&B Album

Chilombo — Jhené Aiko

Ungodly Hour — Chloe X Halle

Free Nationals — Free Nationals

F*** Yo Feelings — Robert Glasper

It Is What It Is — Thundercat — WINNER*

Best R&B Album

Happy 2 Be Here — Ant Clemons

Take Time — Giveon

To Feel Love/D — Luke James

Bigger Love — John Legend — WINNER*

All Rise — Gregory Porter

Best Rap Performance

“Deep Reverence” — Big Sean f. Nipsey Hussle

“Bop” — Dababy

“What’s Poppin” — Jack Harlow

“The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby

“Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion f. Beyoncé — WINNER*

“Dior” — Pop Smoke

Best Melodic Rap Performance

“Rockstar” — DaBaby f. Roddy Ricch

“Laugh Now, Cry Later” — Drake f. Lil Durk

“Lockdown” — Anderson .Paak — WINNER*

“The Box” — Roddy Ricch

“Highest in the Room” — Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

“The Bigger Picture” — Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew & Rai’shaun Williams, Songwriters (Lil Baby)

“The Box” — Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, Songwriters (Roddy Ricch)

“Laugh Now, Cry Later” — Durk Banks, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron Latour & Ryan Martinez, Songwriters (Drake f. Lil Durk)

“Rockstar ” — Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro Iv & Rodrick Moore, Songwriters (DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch)

“Savage” — Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe & Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion f. Beyoncé) — WINNER*

Best Rap Album

Black Habits — D Smoke

Alfredo — Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist

A Written Testimony — Jay Electronica

King’s Disease — Nas — WINNER*

The Allegory — Royce Da 5’9

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Yummy”— Justin Bieber

“Say So” — Doja Cat

“Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish

“Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa

“Watermelon Sugar” — Harry Styles — WINNER*

“Cardigan” — Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Un Dia (One Day)” — J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy

“Intentions” — Justin Bieber f. Quavo

Dynamite — BTS

“Rain on Me” — Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande

“Exile” — Taylor Swift f. Bon Iver

Best Reggae Album

Upside Down 2020 — Buju Banton

Higher Place — Skip Marley

It All Comes Back to Love — Maxi Priest

Got to Be Tough — Toots & the Maytals

One World — The Wailers

Best Global Music Album

Fu Chronicles — Antibalas

Twice As Tall — Burna Boy — WINNER*

Agora — Bebel Gilberto

Love Letters — Anoushka Shankar

Amadjar — Tinariwen

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