Taylor Swift made history when she claimed her fourth Album of the Year at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, which saw all major awards get swept by female artists.
Swift won the Album of the Year for “Midnights,” now a win more than her fellow multiple-time winners Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder, legendary musicians themselves who all won the award thrice.
She now has the distinction as the only artist in the 66-year history of the Grammy’s to have won the award four times. Her streak began with Fearless in 2010, succeeded by 1989 in 2016 and Folklore in 2021.
"I would love to tell you that this is the best moment of my life but I feel this happy when I finish a song or crack the code to a bridge..." the 34-year-old singer-songwriter said.
All nine televised awards were won by female artists, headlined by Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers,” Billie Eilish’ “What Was I Made For,” and SZA’s “Snooze.” All but one nominee for the album of the year prize were made by women.
Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” won her two awards, Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, which happen to be her first ever wins at the Grammys on a career-count of eight nominations.
Billie Eillish, who at 18 broke records as the youngest Record of the Year awardee in 2020 for “Bad Guy,” took home the Song of the Year plum for “What Was I Made For,” which was included in the official soundtrack of Greta Gerwig’s 2023 hit “Barbie.” The 22-year-old Grammy winner also got the Best Song Written for Visual Media for the said track.
SZA won a total of three awards: R&B Song of the Year (Snooze), Pop Duo/Group Performance of the Year (Ghost in the Machine feat. Phoebe Bridges), and Best Progressive R&B Album (SOS). She had a total of nine nominations.
Other notable victories were Best New Artist Victoria Monét’s R&B Album of the Year for “How Does It Make You Feel,” Coco Jones’ Best R&B Performance for “ICU,” and Lainey Wilson’ Best Country Album for “Bell Bottom Country.”
Some male winners during the 66th Grammys are Lil Durk and J. Cole, who won Best Melodic Rap Performance for “All My Life,“ Chris Stapleton’s Best Country Song and Best Country Song Performance both for “White Horse,” Taylor Swift’s producer Jack Antonoff’s for Producer of the Year, and Killer Mike’s Best Rap nods for “Scientist and Engineer” from award-winning album, “Michael.”
In an unfortunate event, Killer Mike was arrested after receiving his three awards from the pre-telecast awarding, allegedly for a previous altercation, although his lawyer later announced that the rapper had been released and would be celebrating the victory.