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March 15, 2021

Taylor Swift wins Album of the Year for 'Folklore' as female artists dominate 2021 Grammy Awards

Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion and Billie Eilish also were among the big winners at the 63rd annual ceremony Sunday night

It was a banner night for women at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards Sunday, as female musicians came out on top in each of the "big four" categories.

Taylor Swift won Album of the Year for her eighth studio album, "Folklore." The Berks County native has 11 Grammy wins in her career, including three Album of the Year victories. Her previous two came in 2010 for "Fearless" and in 2016 for "1989."

"We just want to thank the fans," Swift said after accepting the award. "You guys met us in this imaginary world that we created and we can't tell you how honored we are forever by this."

Beyoncé had received the most nominations for this year's awards with nine. Swift tied for second most with six nominations with Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch.

Beyoncé made history Sunday night by setting the record for most Grammy wins all-time for a artist. The 39-year-old musician won four Grammys this year, giving her 28 career victories. She is tied with Quincy Jones for second-most all-time among all Grammy-winners.

The late Hungarian conductor George Solti has the most career Grammy wins with 31.

Beyoncé's 2020 single "Black Parade" won Best R&B Performance. She also won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for her duet with Megan Thee Stallion on "Savage."

Beyoncé has 79 nominations in her career nominations, and she is the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history.

Along with winning Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Savage," Megan Thee Stallion is the first female rapper to win Best New Artist since 1999 when Lauryn Hill won.

Billie Eilish won Record of the Year for "Everything I Wanted," giving the 19-year-old musician seven Grammy Awards for her career. Eilish won Record of the Year for her smash hit "Bad Guy" in 2020.

"I Can't Breathe" by H.E.R. won Song of the Year. The 23-year-old singer has two Grammy victories on her resume.

The 2021 Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles in front of a limited audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the performances and appearances took place virtually across the country. Comedian and "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah emceed the awards ceremony.

The Recording Academy pushed back the event from its originally-scheduled date of Jan. 31 to March 14 due to the public health crisis.

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