The Houston rapper becomes the first female rapper to win best new artist since Lauryn Hill in 1999.
Megan accepted her award on the show’s outdoor stage from Lizzo and seemed surprised and emotional as she took a minute to get to the stage after sitting in the audience, sporting an orange mask to match her dress.
Once she got to the microphone, Megan said, “I don’t want to cry,” as she celebrated her fellow nominees, calling them all “amazing,” as fellow nominees Cyrus and Doja Cat could be seen in the audience wearing masks.
Amid her thank yous, a car driving by the downtown-Los Angeles set-up could be heard, which she noted.
“It’s been a hell of a year, but we made it,” she said in part, as her Grammy sat on a clear podium next to her.
Megan also thanked her late mother, who she said was with her in spirit and always believed she could do it.
Megan also won best rap song and rap performance for her Beyoncé collaboration “Savage,” with the two Houston stars accepting the rap song award together onstage.
Trevor Noah hosted the 2021 Grammy Awards from downtown L.A., airing live on CBS.