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    Grammys 2021: All of the Performances

    The 2021 Grammy Awards took place Sunday night (March 14) in Los Angeles. Among the many performers were Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Post Malone, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, Bad Bunny, Miranda Lambert, and Dua Lipa and DaBaby. Plus, the pre-gala ceremony, hosted by Jhené Aiko, featured performances by Burna Boy and others. Check out the full slate of 2021 Grammy Award performances below.

    Follow all of Pitchfork’s coverage of the 2021 Grammys, including the full list of winners

    2021 Grammy Awards Main Ceremony

    Harry Styles

    Harry Styles, backed by Devonté Hynes and others, kicked off the 2021 Grammy Awards Main Ceremony with “Watermelon Sugar,” which ultimately won Best Pop Solo Performance.

    Billie Eilish and FINNEAS

    At the 2020 Grammys, Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS played “when the party’s over.” This year, they did “everything i wanted,” which took home Record of the Year.


    The Haim sisters closed out the show’s opening segment with “The Steps.”

    Black Pumas

    Black Pumas were up for three awards at the 2021 Grammys, including Album of the Year for the deluxe edition of their self-titled debut. They didn’t take home any trophies but did play “Colors.”

    DaBaby and Roddy Ricch

    For his first time on the stage, DaBaby brought along Roddy Ricch for an elaborate performance of “ROCKSTAR.”

    Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez

    Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez performed the single “DÁKITI” from the Grammy-winning El Último Tour del Mundo.

    Dua Lipa and DaBaby

    DaBaby wasn’t gone for long. The Charlotte rapper came back to help Dua Lipa doLevitating” before Lipa also performed “Don’t Start Now.”

    Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak as Silk Sonic

    It took some playful campaigning, but Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak scored a late Grammys invite. The artists debuted their first Silk Sonic song, “Leave the Door Open.”

    Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner, and Jack Antonoff

    Album of the Year winners Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner, and Jack Antonoff shared the stage at the 2021 Grammys. They played “cardigan,” “august,” and “willow.”

    “In Memoriam”

    The “In Memoriam” segment began with Silk Sonic covering Little Richard. After that, Lionel Richie covered Kenny Rogers, Brandi Carlile played John Prine’s Grammy-winning “I Remember Everything,” and Chris Martin and Brittany Howard performed Gerry Marsden’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

    Mickey Guyton

    Mickey Guyton had already made history as the first Black woman nominated as a solo country artist even though she did not win Best Country Solo Performance for “Black Like Me.”

    Miranda Lambert

    Miranda Lambert was the second consecutive female country performer. She played “Bluebird” from the Grammy-winning Wildcard.

    Maren Morris and John Mayer

    Maren Morris closed the country segment with “The Bones.” She let non-nominee John Mayer perform with her.

    Megan Thee Stallion

    Megan Thee Stallion performed “Body” and the Grammywinning “Savage.”

    Cardi B

    WAP” may not have been submitted for 2021 Grammy consideration, but Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion still gave the smash hit its live debut—garbed in matching plate armor and bouncing on a giant bed—as part of a medley on Sunday.

    Post Malone

    Nine-time nominee Post Malone, who did not win his first Grammy last night, performed “Hollywood’s Bleeding” surrounded by fog, flashing lights, and robed singers. 

    Lil Baby

    Lil Baby’s Best Rap Performance–nominated “The Bigger Picture” received a politically charged airing, with an assist from Killer Mike.

    Doja Cat

    Somewhat controversially, Doja Cat scored two nominations for “Say So”: Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. The singer was also nominated for Best New Artist.


    BTS’s quest to become the first K-pop group to win a Grammy proved unsuccessful. Nonetheless, you can check out their performance of “Dynamite,” which was nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.

    Roddy Ricch

    Compton’s Roddy Ricch was up for six awards but went home empty-handed. He did get a chance to perform “Heartless” and “The Box” with a full band, including a harpist, trumpet player, and more.

    2021 Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony®

    “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)”

    The Recording Academy opened the Premiere Ceremony® with a 50th anniversary celebration of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology).” The tribute performance featured: Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Thana Alexa, John Beasley, Camilo, Regina Carter, Alexandre Desplat, Bebel Gilberto, Lupita Infante, Sarah Jarosz, Mykal Kilgore, Ledisi, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, PJ Morton, Gregory Porter, Grace Potter, säje, Gustavo Santaolalla, Anoushka Shankar, and Kamasi Washington.

    Lido Pimienta

    Lido Pimienta, who won the Polaris Music Prize in 2017, performed “Eso Que Tu Haces” from the Grammy-nominated Miss Colombia.

    Igor Levit

    Pianist Igor Levit delivered a sedate performance of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

    Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

    Jimmy “Duck” Holmes was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album for Cypress Grove. He performed “Catfish Blues.”

    Terri Lynne Carrington + Social Science

    Jazz drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lynne Carrington was up for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Waiting Game, her 2019 record with Social Science. The group’s performance of “Trapped in the American Dream” was led by rapper Kassa Overall.

    Rufus Wainwright

    Rufus Wainwright was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Unfollow the Rules. He sang “Devils and Angeles (Hatred).”


    Poppy was up for Best Metal Performance for her 2019 song “BLOODMONEY.” She sang “EAT.”

    Burna Boy

    After Burna Boy won Best Global Music Album for Twice as Tall, the Nigerian artist’s pre-taped medley closed out the Premiere Ceremony®.

    This article was originally published on Sunday, March 14 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern. It was last updated on Tuesday, March 16 at 9:40 a.m. Eastern.

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