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Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Congratulates New York City 2021 GRAMMY Winners

Five NYC Musical Acts & Two NYC productions Take Home a Total of Eight Statues

The World Famous Apollo Theater included in Tribute to Live Venues


NEW YORK, March 15, 2021 — The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment congratulates New York City acts and productions who won at the 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards, Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. NYC musical acts won six awards, and NYC productions won two awards, for a total of eight GRAMMY wins.

NYC 2020 GRAMMY Winners:

  • The Strokes - Best Rock Album, "The New Abnormal"
  • Fiona Apple - Best Alternative Music Album, "Fetch the Bolt Cutters," Fiona Apple
  • Fiona Apple - Best Rock Performance, "Shameika"
  • Lady Gaga (with Ariana Grande) - Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, "Rain on Me"
  • Nas - Best Rap Album, "King's Disease"
  • Jay-Z (with Beyoncé, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe and Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé) - Best Rap Song, "Savage"
  • "Jagged Little Pill" - Best Musical Theater Album, Original Broadway Cast
  • "Joker" - Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, composer Hildur Gudnadottir

In addition, the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem was one of four independent venues honored at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards' tribute to live venues. Billy Mitchell, the Apollo's in-house historian and tour director who has worked at the Apollo for 55 years, presented the category of Best Rap Song.

"I'm proud to see New York City talent featured at music's biggest night—especially at a time when our music industry—from artists to venues—have been so hard hit by the pandemic," said the Commissioner of the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Anne del Castillo. "The wide range of artists and works recognized at this year's event is a testament to our city's position as a global creative capital, and our resilience during a challenging year."