Megan Thee Stallion won the 2021 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, making her the first woman rapper to win in the category since Lauryn Hill in 1999, 22 years ago. The “Savage” hitmaker trumped seven other musicians who were in the running for the title, spanning various genres: Phoebe Bridgers, Doja Cat, Kaytranada, Ingrid Andress, Noah Cyrus, Chika, and D Smoke.
The Houston rapper was speechless and emotional as she took the mic for the big win. In her list of thank-yous, she paid tribute to her late mother. “She always believed I could do it,” she said of her much-deserved Grammy win.
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Megan, 26, was nominated for four awards total for the 2021 ceremony: Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Record of the Year, and Best Rap Song. She started out the night strong, winning the Best Rap Performance for her Beyoncé collaboration, “Savage Remix,” ahead of the official ceremony. Her pure, surprised reaction was unmatched.
“Just thank you, everybody, who’s rocking with me and been riding with me for a long time, I love y’all so much. Thank you for just believing in me, hotties,” she said, fighting back tears.
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Even though emotions were high on the night of the ceremony, Megan was keeping calm in the weeks leading up to the Grammys. “This is the calmest it’s ever been,” she said in Harper’s BAZAAR‘s March 2021 issue, “but it was crazy for a long time. I like a little chaos in my life. I like to feel like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I have to do this.'”
In addition to the award wins, Meg is also still celebrating the release of her debut album, Good News, which dropped last fall. She also became the first woman to land three number-one streaming songs in the same year: “Savage” with Beyoncé, “WAP” with Cardi B, and “Body”—according to Billboard.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
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