From Taylor Swift to Tracy Chapman, here’s a rundown of iconic moments by women at last night’s Grammys.
The Recording Academy wrapped up the 2024 Grammy Awards on Sunday night, February 4, 2024. Not only did women take home the highest accolades of the night, but they also made iconic moments on stage.
Miley Cyrus earned her first Grammy win for Flowers, 2024’s Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Meanwhile, What Was I Made For? from Barbie, last year’s breakout feminist film from Greta Gerwig, garnered Billie Eilish the Song of the Year Award. Eilish co-wrote the song with her brother, Finneas O’Connell.
American R&B and pop singer Victoria Monét gathered seven Grammy nominations and won three of them: Best New Artist, Best R&B Album, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Musical.
Making more headlines is Taylor Swift, who won two of her six nominations. She won Album of the Year—the Grammys’ biggest award—and Best Pop Vocal Album; moreover, she made history by being the only artist to have won Album of the Year four times. And if these recognitions weren’t buzzworthy enough, Taylor confirmed that she will be releasing her latest album, “Tortured Poets Department,” on April 19.
SZA also went home big with nine nominations and three awards, including Best R&B song for Snooze. Phoebe Bridgers, who scored seven nominations, went home with four Grammys—the most by a single artist—including Best Pop Duo/Group Perfomance for Ghost in the Machine, which she did with SZA. Kylie Minogue also won her second Grammy—Best Pop Dance Recording—for Padam, Padam, arguably one of 2023’s most popular gay anthems.
Women also created iconic moments on the Grammys stage last night. Celine Dion, who has been out of the limelight and battling stiff-person syndrome, also made a surprise appearance last night. She presented the Album of the Year award—an accolade that the legendary Diana Ross presented to Dion 27 years ago—to Taylor Swift. In a lighthearted fangirl moment, Miley Cyrus also gushed over Mariah Carey and Meryl Streep, the ladies who presented her first Grammy win.
Lastly, American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman performed her 1989 Grammy-award winning hit Fast Car with country singer Luke Combs. Last year, the song climbed the top of the country charts via Combs’ cover, making Chapman win “Song of the Year” at the 2023 Country Music Awards—the first Black woman to do so. Chapman has largely stayed out of the public eye in years, having only performed live thrice prior to last night’s Grammy duet with Combs, but she has expressed her gratitude and support for Combs’ cover of Fast Car. She last released an album, “Our Bright Future,” in 2008.