Megan Thee Stallion won the coveted Best New Artist award at the 2021 Grammys on Sunday night. The rapper was considered the frontrunner for Best New Artist and received a total of four nominations this year.
Her song “Savage” (featuring Beyoncé) racked up nominations in the Record of the Year, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song categories. The song earned the two artists wins for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and also broke TikTok.
“Savage” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart after it was released in May last year. She was featured on Cardi B’s song “WAP,” which also reached the No.1 spot on the Billboard chart after its August 2020 release.
Megan‘s first-time performance gave everyone the feels, but Billie Eilish stole the show by claiming she was ’embarrassed’ to be receiving the Record of the Year award for the second year in a row for her song “Everything I Wanted”.
Her acceptance speech shone a light on a trend of white musicians having to acknowledge the Recording Academy awarded them over a more deserving Black artist.
When she was announced as Record of the Year winner, Billie could be seen shaking her head and covering her face with her hands.
“This is really embarrassing for me,” Eilish said when she made it onto the stage.
“Megan, girl… I was going to write a speech about how you deserve this,” she went on. “But then I was like, ‘There’s no way they’re gonna choose me.’ I was like, ‘It’s hers.’
“Genuinely, this goes to her. Can we just cheer for Megan Thee Stallion, please?”
Like every controversial act, Eilish received both praises and snubbing for her acceptance speech where some people thought the act was ‘touching’ and ‘sweet’ and others thought it ‘the most Grammys move EVER’.
And journalist Kathleen Newman-Bremang said while Billie was right to say Megan deserved the award, it was ’embarrassing for everyone involved’.
Some even took it deeper by pointing out that it wasn’t a first for Billie Eilish to say she didn’t deserve a victory, insinuating the young star suffered from the impostor syndrome and it was ‘sad’.