Five Best Moments From the 65th Annual Grammys


Amelia Knust

The 65th Annual Grammys celebrated music this year as they had some iconic record-breaking achievements being made. It was a night full of great music, performances, and culture.

Amelia Knust, Staffer

This past Sunday, LA hosted the most talked-about music event of the year-the Grammys-where stars from all over the country attended to celebrate the art that the Recording Academy deemed worthy. According to the Academy, the views of this year’s show were at about 12.4 million, an astonishing 30% higher than the year prior. It’s easy to see why; the night was filled with historical moments, fun performances, and star-studded celebrities. Here are five highlights from the 65th Annual Grammys:

Bad Bunny starts the night with an unforgettable party

Out of all the performances on Grammy night, there wasn’t a performance that quite compared to the energy and ecstasy of Bad Bunny’s “El Apagón” and “Después de la Playa” mashup. He started the show with an absolute party, as seen by the thousands of videos circulating the internet minutes after the performance with Taylor Swift dancing around the Grammy venue to the songs. Bad Bunny took home the Best Música Urbana Grammy for his record-breaking album Un Verano Sin Ti.

Kim Petras breaks boundaries for LGBTQ+ artists

When Kim Petras and Sam Smith went up to the podium to graciously accept their Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group for “Unholy,” Petras delivered an impactful speech that moved the audience. She shared with the audience that she is the first trans woman to win a Grammy in this category and then listed several Queer influences that she could not have done the work without. Although the entire speech was touching, the part that moved me the most is when she thanked her late friend Sophie Xeon, a trans icon and music producer who helped pave the way for the hyper-pop genre, something that Petras had begun her career in. Kim Petras is quickly making a name for herself in mainstream media, with “Unholy” being her first nomination and win.

Beyoncé breaks a monumental Grammy record

Out of all the iconic moments from the night, there is no doubt that the best of them all is when Beyoncé broke the record for most Grammys earned ever, with a whopping 32 awards under her belt. The record was originally held by Georg Solti, a Hungarian-British composer who has 31 Grammys. Beyoncé humbly gained the title as she accepted the Best Dance/Electronic Album award for her album RENAISSANCE. It can be said with certainty that the entire crowd was on their feet, wildly clapping and cheering as they watched Beyoncé make music history.

The Grammys celebrate hip-hop excellence with a moving performance

Arguably the most memorable performance of the night was the “50th anniversary of hip-hop” tribute, which was curated by Questlove. The lineup of the performance included hip-hop stars spanning over five decades, with stars such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliot, Ice-T, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, and much more. The performance was action-packed from beginning to end, and it certainly gave the genre the justice it deserved.  

Harry welcomes two significant awards to his house

Harry Styles ended the night with a smile on his face as Harry’s House not only took home the Best Pop Vocal Album award but the prestigious Album Of The Year award, the most coveted award of the night. He also delivered an upbeat (but slightly off-key) performance of his hit song “As it Was”. Harry Styles now has three Grammy awards, adding to his Best Pop Solo Performance award for “Watermelon Sugar” from the 63rd Annual Grammys.