The Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion gained the Grammy for greatest new artist on Sunday, taking residence the primary trophy introduced on the official telecast. She additionally gained an award throughout the preshow — greatest rap efficiency for “Savage,” a music that’s nominated twice extra tonight (for greatest rap music and file of the yr).
“I don’t want to cry,” Megan Thee Stallion mentioned, already teary-eyed, in a short speech. “It’s been a hell of a year, but we made it.”
She turns into the primary feminine rapper to be named greatest new artist since Lauryn Hill in 1999, and solely the third solo rapper ever, following Chance the Rapper in 2017. (The hip-hop group Arrested Development took residence the award in 1993.)
Megan Thee Stallion began releasing mixtapes on SoundCloud in 2016, whereas in school for well being administration, however first broke via with muscular, assured freestyles that went viral on-line. In 2019, singles like “Hot Girl Summer” and “Cash ___” put her into common radio rotation and the following yr, she hit No. 1 twice — first with “Savage,” which featured Beyoncé on its remix, after which as a featured visitor on Cardi B’s “WAP.”