In the midst of a global pandemic and after an unsurprising date change, the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards finally aired without a hitch on Sunday night (March 14). Held outside the Staples Center and in the Los Angeles Convention Center, the award ceremony—hosted by comedian Trevor Noah—kicked off the biggest event in music.
Before the curtains opened and the live cameras began rolling, this year’s Grammys Premiere Ceremony welcomed dozens of artists to the club of winners taking home a golden gramophone. Among the award winners were some artists who earned the first Grammy trophy of their music career and others who made history simply by being an award recipient.
Below are the hip-hop, R&B artists, and more who earned a career milestone and won a Grammy on Sunday night’s live event.
Nas – Best Hip-Hop Album
The Queens, New York native took home the award for his 2021 album, KIng’s Disease, making it his first Grammy win after 14 nominations throughout his decades-long career.
H.E.R. – Song of the Year
Although this isn’t her first Grammy award, Song of the Year is her first Big 4 category win. The singer-songwriter took home the award for her 2020 single, co-written with Tiana Thomas and producer D. Mille. The track was inspired by the killing of George Floyd and the civil unrest in America. H.E.R. also shared her second Grammy for Best R&B Song with Robert Glasper as a credited artist on “Better Than I Imagined.”
Burna Boy – Best Global Music Album
After being nominated for the same category in 2019, the Nigerian artist’s 2020 album Twice As Tall earned him this year’s award for Best Global Music Album. This also marks the first Afrobeats album to win such an award.
KAYTRANADA – Best Dance Recording
The Haitian-Canadian DJ received his first Grammys nominations this year. He was nominated for two and won both of them. His Best Dance Recording win was thanks to his single, “10%” featuring Kali Uchis. His album, Bubba, also made him the first Black artist to win the Best Dance/Electronic Album category.
Megan Thee Stallion – Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance
H-Town’s own took home the first award of the night: Best New Artist. The last woman rapper to win Best New Artist was Lauryn Hill over 2 decades ago in 1999.
Stallion (alongside Beyonce) became the first female artists to win the Best Rap Performance category for “Savage Remix.” This also marked Bey’s 27th Grammy award to date.
Tiffany Haddish – Best Comedy Album
After 2 nominations under her belt, the comedienne won this award for her 2021 comedy album, Black Mitzvah. Haddish is the 2nd Black woman to ever win the award after Whoopi Goldberg who received the honor in 1986.
Blue Ivy Carter and Wiz Kid – Best Music Video
Not only did she win her first Grammy, but 9-year-old Carter became the 2nd youngest award winner after Leah Peasall of The Peasall Sisters who was 8 years old when she won Album of the Year as a credited artist. Blue Ivy sang on her mother’s “Brown Skin Girl” track and won a gramophone for Best Music Video.
Also featured on the song and in the video, Nigerian music star Wiz Kid received his first Grammy award for contributing to “Brown Skin Girl.” The Afrobeats artist earned this win 5 years after the first Grammys nomination of his career in 2016.
Saint Jhn – Best Music Video and Best Remixed Recording
Aside from earning a Grammy for his collaborative efforts on “Brown Skin Girl,” the producer, rapper and singer won another gramophone. Months after it became Tik Tok viral, “Roses (Imanbek Remix)” granted Jhn his second Grammy of the night.
Ledisi – Best Traditional R&B Performance
After 13 nominations throughout the span of her career, the singer-songwriter took home her first Grammy award for her single “Anything For You.”
PJ Morton – Best Gospel Album
Although he won his first two Grammys for his secular songs—”How Deep Is Your Love” and the JoJo-assisted “Say So”—the New Orleans-bred singer-songwriter took home his third and first gospel win for his 2020 release, Gospel According to PJ: From the Songbook of PJ Morton.
Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music – Best Gospel Performance/Song
Speaking of gospel, Chicago’s own Jonathan McReynolds and two-time Grammy nominee Mali Music celebrated their win for their 2020 single, “Movin’ On.” This is the first Grammy nomination for McReynolds.
View the complete list of winners over on Grammys.com.