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Girls owned the evening on the Grammys 2021 on Sunday  — each within the performances and the dear {hardware}. The awards present was hosted by Trevor Noah outdoors the Los Angeles Conference Middle.

Performances by feminine performers similar to Billie Eilish, Brittany Howard and newly anointed Finest New Artist winner Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B — of their first-ever dwell throwdown of their No. 1 smash “WAP” — dominated the evening.

In the meantime, Taylor Swift gained her third Album of the Yr Grammy — probably the most ever by any girl — for her quarantine LP “Folklore” — and Eilish gained her second consecutive File of the Yr gramophone for “The whole lot I Needed.”

H.E.R., in a surprising upset, captured Music of the Yr for “I Can’t Breathe,” a tune written after George Floyd’s homicide and the Black Lives Matter motion that intensified in its wake.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 14: H.E.R., winner of the Best R&B Song award for ‘Better Than I Imagined’ and the Song of the Year award for 'I Can't Breathe,’ poses in the media room during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )
H.E.R., brings residence two Grammys — one for Finest R&B Music award and in addition for Music of the Yr.
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And the Queen B — Beyoncé, as in the event you didn’t know — broke nation star Alison Krauss’ document for many Grammy wins ever by a feminine artist when she took residence her 28th Grammy for Finest R&B Efficiency for “Black Parade.”

Which means ladies gained all the Massive four classes — File, Album and Music of the Yr, plus Finest New Artist. Now that’s some girls evening.

Hera are among the greatest — and worst — moments that made the 63rd annual Grammys sing.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In this image released on March 14, Harry Styles performs onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California and broadcast on March 14, 2021. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Harry Types opened the present with “Watermelon Sugar,” which additionally earned him the Grammy for Finest Pop Efficiency.
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BEST: Harry Types

He didn’t get any nominations within the Massive four classes this 12 months — and absolutely he deserved File and Music of the Yr nods for his No 1 solo hit “Watermelon Sugar” – however Harry Types did get the glory of doing the opening efficiency on the Grammys.

And he rocked it in model.

Sporting a inexperienced feather boa over his black leather-based getup — sans shirt, the higher to indicate off his tattoos — he swaggered via “Watermelon Sugar” to open the present, sounding nice and looking out even higher.

If the true win on the Grammys is a killer efficiency — and let’s face it, it’s — Types delivered.

Billie Eilish performs during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards
Billie Eilish performs throughout the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
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BEST: Billie Eilish

It should have been exhausting for Billie Eilish to tug herself collectively proper after Harry Types took the stage — you could possibly virtually see her making an attempt to remain considerably cool whereas grooving (and swooning) to his “Watermelon Sugar” efficiency — however she acquired proper up from her primo seat and carried out her Grqmmy-nominated hit “The whole lot I Needed” — up for File and Music of the Yr — prefer it was no large deal.

Rocking her trademark neon inexperienced hair — with large bro and producer Finneas backing her up on the keys — Eilish continues to indicate a exceptional, haunting stage presence for somebody who remains to be an adolescent (she turned 19 in December).

Straight off, she justified precisely why she swept the Massive 4 classes — File, Album and Music of the Yr, plus Finest New Artist — final 12 months.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In this image released on March 14, Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California and broadcast on March 14, 2021. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage.
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Lizzo presented the Best New Artist award to Megan Thee Stallion.
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BEST: Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion

Seeing Lizzo — who misplaced Finest New Artist to Billie Eilish final 12 months— current that very same award this 12 months to Megan Thee Stallion was a black-girl-magic second.

First off, Lizzo — who had been laying low throughout the pandemic — reminded us about her powerhouse pipes with a bit of a cappella belting riffing on “Cuz I Love U.”

Then she fittingly awarded a seemingly shocked Megan — who, as “Savage” as she is, wished to cry — with the Finest New Artist gramophone.

It was all love at that second between black ladies making energy strikes within the music trade.

The twice-nominated Black Pumas performed "Colors" at the 2021 Grammys.
The twice-nominated Black Pumas carried out “Colours” on the 2021 Grammys.
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BEST: Black Pumas

Typically an actual, pure Grammy second occurs that says a brand new act to the world. That’s precisely what occurred when Black Pumas carried out its Grammy-nominated tune “Colours.”

After being up for Finest New Artist in 2020, the retro-soul duo got here on even stronger in 2021 with File and Album of the Yr nods for “Colours” and their self-titled debut album, respectively.

And you could possibly really feel each little bit of the soul — and message — of their efficiency of the uplifting, unifying “Colours.” It was a no-frills, straight-up-musicianship second that reminded you of what the Grammys must be all about.

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Dua Lipa, who gained the Grammy for Finest Pop Album for Future Nostalgia, carried out “Levitating” and “Don’t Begin Now.”
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WORST: Dua Lipa

Few artists have had extra cute boppity bops than Dua Lipa in the previous few years. However the singer has but to actually ship the sort of memorable dwell efficiency that will put her in the identical dialog as different dance-pop divas similar to Madonna, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

She’s simply not on their stage.

And as beautiful as she regarded via a number of costumes adjustments in a efficiency of present single “Levitating,” that includes a cameo from remix collaborator DaBaby, and “Don’t Begin Now” — which was up for each File and Music of the Yr — all of it simply felt stiff and flat.

Even when the 2019 Finest New Artist winner resorted to stripping right down to what was basically a shiny pink bikini, it was simply kinda meh.

Paak and Bruno Mars of music group Silk Sonic performing onstage during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center
Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak debuted a brand new retro duo known as Silk Sonic.
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WORST: Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak

Yeah, it was fairly humorous that Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak lobbied for a efficiency slot on the Grammys to introduce their new duo Silk Sonic as a result of “we simply wish to sing.” However listening to them do their new single “Go away the Door Open” was extra of an American Music Awards second than a Grammy one.

It’s very uncommon for a brand new tune that isn’t nominated to get its premiere dwell efficiency on music’s greatest evening and, fairly frankly, this wasn’t worthy of it. As a lot because it should have been exhausting for the Grammys to disclaim Mars — who has gained 11 gramophones — this cheapened what the awards are speculated to be all about.

And the truth that it regarded like a video — dusted off from some previous reel-to-reel tape from the ’70s — quite than an actual dwell efficiency didn’t assist issues. However Mars — the consummate showman that he’s — redeemed that doubtful look along with his Little Richard tribute afterward within the present.

Jack Antonoff, Taylor Swift, and Aaron Dessner perform onstage for the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Taylor Swift’s quarantine album Folklore earned the star the Album of the Yr Grammy.
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WORST: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s quarantine album “Folklore” was an LP that captured the isolation that we had been feeling in 2020. However its stark alt-folk intimacy didn’t translate as effectively to the stage because it did on document.

With the Grammy darling accompanied by her collaborators Aaron Dessner of the Nationwide and Jack Antonoff of Enjoyable,  all of it felt fairly staged and, um, kinda boring. As nice as “Folklore” was for quarantine-and-chill moments, it simply didn’t go wherever dwell.

Swift might study a factor or two from Billie Eilish about methods to make moody music vibe dwell.

Brittany Howard won the Grammy for Best Rock Song.
Brittany Howard gained the Grammy for Finest Rock Music.

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BEST: Brittany Howard

“You’ll By no means Stroll Alone” is a kind of requirements that has been run into the bottom over the a long time. However Brittany Howard, Grammy winner for Finest Rock Music earlier within the evening, breathed — make that, roared — new life into the Rodgers and Hammerstein traditional with an impressed efficiency that made you’re feeling like you could possibly stroll all the way in which from New York to Cali, pumped up and masked up.

Yeah, it was a bit of lame that Howard ended up singing the identical tune in a Johnnie Walker whiskey business shortly after her efficiency. However at that time, nothing might take away from the pandemic-surviving feels she gave us.

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Black Keys have fun 20 years along with new blues album

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With hits equivalent to “Tighten Up,” “Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling,” the Black Keys have at all times rocked in shades of the blues.

However on “Delta Kream,” their 10th studio album, the Grammy-winning duo goes deeper than ever into the style, with covers of 11 Mississippi hill nation blues songs by greats equivalent to R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough.

Lead singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach — who turns 42 when the brand new LP drops on Friday — reveals what the Black Keys owe to this music, how they’ve stayed collectively for 20 years, and why he and drummer Patrick Carney are extra brothers than bandmates.

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Dan Auerbach (entrance) and Patrick Carney are celebrating 20 years collectively because the Black Keys.
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What made you determine to commit an album to Mississippi hill nation blues?

I had a session occurring with [blues musician] Robert Finley for his new album, and on that session I invited Kenny Brown, the guitar participant who performed with R.L. Burnside for 35 years, and Eric Deaton, who used to play [bass] with Junior Kimbrough. And it was going so nicely, I known as Pat, and I mentioned, “What are you doing tomorrow?” As a result of Pat loves R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough simply as a lot as I do. So Pat came to visit the following day, and we simply recorded some songs for enjoyable … Pat and I bonded over this music, and after we first began enjoying, these are a number of the songs that we might cowl. It’s the inspiration of who we’re. The primary day that we recorded our demo that might go on to get us our first report deal, we recorded “Do the Romp,” [originally by Junior Kimbrough] so it’s simply, like, a part of the DNA of the band.

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The Black Keys carried out in the course of the Triller Struggle Membership boxing occasion at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium in April.
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That is your 20th anniversary as a duo. What’s the key to your longevity?

I feel that Pat and I genuinely like enjoying music collectively. I feel that this album is a testomony to that. That’s the reason we’re collectively 20 years later. I imply, I don’t have a relationship that lengthy with anyone besides my household. 

The cover of the Black Keys' new album "Delta Kream"
The Black Keys’ new album “Delta Kream”

How are you guys totally different as a duo now in your 40s than you have been in your 20s?

We simply have extra dependents. I’ve acquired two [kids]. Pat’s acquired a number of.

Your huge hit was “Lonely Boy.” So how did you fight feeling lonely in the course of the pandemic?

Aw man, I simply spent a lot time with my household. It’s been wonderful for that. I’ve by no means spent this a lot time in my very own mattress in my grownup life.

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The Blacks Keys have received 4 Grammys of their 20-year profession.
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Final yr you set out a 10th anniversary version of “Brothers.” Would you say that you just and Pat are extra like brothers than bandmates now?

Yeah, positively. Completely. We’ve recognized one another since we have been, like, 13 or one thing. I imply, we grew up a block from one another.  We have been a grade aside, however we took the identical college bus and stuff. My brother was finest associates with Pat’s brother. My brother mentioned, “Hey, you already know, Pat’s acquired a drum package in his basement and a four-track recorder. It is best to go play with him.”

The place do you see your self in 20 extra years?

Poolside. With some type of drink.

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Mortician shares particulars of working with useless individuals on TikTok

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She sees useless individuals — each day.

A younger mortician has gone viral on TikTok, sharing macabre commerce secrets and techniques and speaking about essentially the most troublesome elements of working with the useless.

Eileen Hollis grew up in Syracuse, New York, residing above her household’s enterprise, Hollis Funeral Residence, in line with Folks. The 31-year-old went on to observe in her father’s footsteps and studied mortuary science.

Throughout her four-year profession, she has carried out “over 1,000 companies” for the useless, which embody embalming, cremation, hair and make-up. Her simple conversations about dying and the morbid particulars of her job — from the bizarre smells to wiring jaws shut — have made Hollis a TikTok sensation.

In a single video, she walks her 410,000 followers by way of the embalming course of whereas doing her morning skincare routine.

“As a result of my fingers are so small, I received to succeed in in and maintain somebody’s mind. In order that was fascinating,” she brags whereas holding a face serum that appears loads like blood.

However Hollis claims that the job isn’t “as grotesque as [people] suppose” however can get troublesome, telling Those who “toddler deaths are extraordinarily arduous.”

She additionally appreciates the possibility to destigmatize conversations about dying, debunk myths and inform individuals of their choices. Viewers usually have questions for her starting from curious — like “what occurs if somebody dies carrying contact lenses?” or “how do you get make-up to look pure when the pores and skin is stiff?” — to way more graphic — like “is it true you break individuals’s bones to place them in a coffin?” or “the place do tampons go and who takes them out?” — which she gladly solutions.

“You’re not morbid,” she assured one follower who requested about pregnant individuals dying. “It’s regular to be curious.”

Hollis’ unconventional look, along with her pink hair, tatted pores and skin and cat eye glasses, has been referred to as “unprofessional and disrespectful,” she informed Folks, by some within the trade that goals to stay to custom. However working within the career is simply as integral to her id — and a part of her roots.

“I like working with my dad,” which she says is her favourite factor about being a mortician. Hollis lives close by her father’s funeral residence, however truly plans to maneuver out of her “Hobbit home” and again into her household residence to ultimately take over the enterprise — a rising development for younger people who find themselves taking up the mortuary enterprise.

In truth, Hollis isn’t the one TikTok mortician as #DeathTok is a rising area of interest neighborhood of viewers fascinated with the macabre. Different younger dying professionals have taken to the app to debate the eerie methods of the commerce together with @mybloodygalentine and @mortedeanubis.

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Wonderful home stars in awful film

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Operating time: 100 minutes. Rated R (for violence and language.) On Netflix.

Any individual fetch the Windex!

The long-gestating thriller “The Lady within the Window,” primarily based on A.J. Finn’s novel, is right here, and it positive is dusty.

Stated glass pane belongs to the cavernous New York residence of Anna (Amy Adams), an agoraphobic little one psychologist who’s at the moment separated from her husband. It doesn’t matter a lot that she’s afraid to go away her home, as a result of her Higher West Facet brownstone is ginormous. Its pristine kitchen takes up half a flooring, there’s a dramatic atrium skylight and a beautiful roof backyard. I wouldn’t go away it both!

Whose child, precisely, is she treating to have the ability to afford this pad? The King of Spain? 

Adams performs Anna as a imply, cackling previous crone who hates folks and loves booze. She is an off-putting character on paper, to make certain, however the actress’ campy take makes issues worse. You shortly develop weary of watching the efficiency, and don’t sympathize together with her plight in any respect.

When Anna isn’t whining to her husband on the cellphone, or snapping at folks dropping off packages at her door, she’s complaining to her personal psychologist, performed by Tracy Letts, who additionally wrote the script. It’s a uncommon writing misfire for him.

Anna’s unenviable life — nicely, apart from that fabulous home — turns into much more thorny when she receives a go to from a girl named Jane (Julianne Moore), who says she’s the brand new neighbor with a husband and son. The pair have a uncommon enjoyable evening of ingesting and gabbing.

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Amy Adams performs an agoraphobe who witnesses a homicide in “The Lady within the Window.”
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Days later, she witnesses Jane being murdered throughout the road by her husband and frantically calls the cops. The person, Alistair (Gary Oldman) rushes over, however — presto change-o — he’s accompanied by a wholly completely different Jane (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and insists Anna is confused or making it up. The cops assume she’s a loon, too.

For the remainder of the film, Anna morphs right into a charmless Miss Marple who tries to resolve what she noticed.

Watching “The Lady within the Window,” we patiently watch for a “Gone Lady” second, when our total actuality is shattered and an altogether completely different story begins. A shocker. Director Joe Wright’s movie thinks it accomplishes that feat, however the revelations are anticipated and go away us feeling blasé. The second tried twist, which is extra “Sixth Sense,” doesn’t transfer us as a result of by then the viewers is fed up with this bitter shut-in.

On the finish of the movie, Anna strikes away. However the movie by no means solves the No. 1 thriller: What’s the home’s asking value?

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