Grammy Awards host Trevor Noah has won praise online for his sharp-tongued digs at Boris Johnson and the royal family on what is dubbed by some as “music’s biggest night”.

It was Beyonce and Taylor Swift who made history on Sunday night – with the former overtaking Alison Krauss as having won the most awards in the competition’s history, and the latter becoming the first female artist to win Album of the Year three times, placing her in the company of Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.

But Noah also got people talking online – pulling no punches in his role as host.

The Daily Show comedian kicked off proceedings by poking fun at the biggest scandal of the past week, while addressing the revamped, Covid-friendly format of the show.

“This year’s Grammys is going to look a little different, I’m not going to front, the whole thing is going to be pretty different,” Noah began.

“But it’s going to be even more exciting because our nominees will be sitting at those tables for their awards, so right now there’s more tension in that tent than at a family reunion at Buckingham Palace.”

A little later in the show, Noah retrained his sights on the UK, thanks to Harry Styles – who picked up his first Grammy in the form of Best Pop Solo Performance for his song, “Watermelon Sugar”.

“It’s crazy to think that someone that talented and handsome is from the same place as Boris Johnson,” Noah said.

His joke was largely well-received:

Luckily for the prime minister, the joke was probably not the most memorable moment of the night for many fans – with Styles and Swift’s backstage reunion setting internet lip-readers scrambling to decode their brief conversation and even calling for a musical collaboration.

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