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Lil Baby performs "The Bigger Picture" at the 63rd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on March 14. (CBS/Recording Academy via AP)

Billie Eilish took home record of the year for the second consecutive year at Sunday’s Grammys Awards, but she really wanted to talk about Megan Thee Stallion.

“This is really embarrassing for me,” she said, turning toward the best new artist winner. “Megan, girl, I was going to write a speech about how you deserve this, but I was like ‘There’s no way they’re going to choose me.’ You deserve this.”

Eilish’s victory was somewhat of a surprise: Though the goth-pop phenom swept all four top categories last year, the record-of-the-year favorites were Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, who otherwise dominated this year’s event. Beyoncé, who led with 9 nominations going into the ceremony, bested Alison Krauss’s record for most-ever Grammys won by a singer, earning her 28th trophy when she won for best R&B performance with “Black Parade.” Swift, meanwhile, became the first female artist to win album of the year three times with her trophy for “Folklore.”

Highlights

  • Read our pop music critic’s review of the night, in which “the new kids” were given a “massive opportunity to reimagine the shape and feel” of the ceremony to positive results.
  • For the full list of winners, click here.
  • The biggest televised awards of the night went to: Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted” for record of the year; Megan Thee Stallion for best new artist; Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” for album of the year; and H.E.R.'s “I Can’t Breathe” for song of the year.
  • Beyoncé made history by breaking the record for most-ever Grammys won by an artist with 28. Taylor Swift made history by becoming the first female artist to win album of the year three times; she joins Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon in the distinction.
  • The “In Memoriam” portion of the show featured several tribute performances: Bruno Mars sang Little Richard, Lionel Richie honored Kenny Rogers and Brandi Carlile performed John Prine. Brittany Howard, accompanied by Chris Martin on piano, also sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a song from the musical “Carousel” that has been co-opted as a song of support during the coronavirus pandemic.
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