This is an impressive feat for any singer, let alone one who is only 19 years old, and instead of dwelling on it Billie chose to talk about her fellow artist Megan Thee Stallion during her acceptance speech. Megan was also up for the 2021 Grammy for Record of the Year, and Billie said she deserved it.
“This is really embarrassing for me,” the singer began. “Megan, girl! I was gonna write a speech about how you deserve this, but then I was like, ‘There’s no way they’re gonna chose me.’ I was like, ‘It’s hers.'”
“You deserve this. You had a year that I think is impalpable. You are a queen, I want to cry thinking about how much I love you. You’re so beautiful. You’re so talented. You deserve everything in the world,” she continued. “I think about you constantly, I root for you always. You deserve it, honestly, genuinely, this goes to her. Can we just cheer for Megan Thee Stallion, please?”
She ended her speech by saying, “I really do appreciate this. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to Ringo [Starr, who presented the award]. I love you, I love my team. Thank you for seeing me and thank you to my brother Finneas.”
Billie’s choice to focus her speech on Megan has reminded some fans of when Adele made a similar decision in her speech after being awarded Album of the Year over Beyoncé, or when Macklemore did the same after being awarded Best Rap Album over Kendrick Lamar.
“Everything I Wanted” was also up for Song of the Year (which went to H.E.R. for “I Can’t Breathe”) and Best Pop Solo (which went to Harry Styles for “Watermelon Sugar”). Billie’s James Bond song “No Time to Die” won a 2021 Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Megan won all three other Grammys she was nominated for, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance (for “Savage” feat. Beyoncé), and Best Rap Song (also for “Savage”).
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