As we near the end of the year, it’s time to reflect on some of the most memorable celebrity concerts and performances of 2021. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, many artists found creative ways to connect with their fans through virtual shows or socially distanced events. From pop to hip-hop to rock, here are some of the best celebrity concerts and performances of the year.
1. Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Concert Film
In July, Taylor Swift surprised fans with the release of a concert film for her critically acclaimed album ‘Folklore,’ which she recorded during the pandemic. The film, directed by Swift herself, features intimate performances of the album’s songs with minimal instrumentation and stunning visuals. Swift also discusses the writing process and the personal stories behind the songs.
2. Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ Live Show
In September, Lil Nas X performed a live show of his debut album ‘Montero’ at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The show was a theatrical masterpiece, with Lil Nas X descending from heaven in a “Matrix”-inspired opening and performing songs with stunning choreography and costuming. The show also had a poignant moment, with Lil Nas X dedicating the song “Sun Goes Down” to his younger self and queer youth around the world.
3. Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’ Concert Film
In November, Billie Eilish released a concert film of her second album ‘Happier Than Ever,’ recorded at the Hollywood Bowl. The film features mesmerizing performances of the album’s tracks, along with intimate moments where Eilish shares her thoughts on fame, mental health, and creativity. The film also includes a surprise appearance from Finneas, Eilish’s brother and frequent collaborator.
4. BTS’s ‘Permission to Dance on Stage’ Concert
In October, global superstar BTS performed their first in-person concert since the pandemic began, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The show featured dynamic performances of their hits like “Butter” and “Dynamite,” as well as special stages and covers. The concert also had a meaningful message of hope and unity, with BTS encouraging fans to overcome their struggles and enjoy life.
5. Foo Fighters’ Madison Square Garden Show
In June, the Foo Fighters made history by becoming the first band to perform at full capacity at Madison Square Garden since the pandemic began. The show was a celebration of live music and rock ‘n’ roll, with the band performing hits like “Best of You” and “Everlong” with their trademark energy and passion. The concert also had a special moment, with Dave Grohl dedicating “My Hero” to his mother, who passed away in 2020.
In conclusion, 2021 had a plethora of outstanding celebrity concerts and performances that emphasized the resilience and adaptability of the music industry. Many artists found innovative ways to reach their fans and connect with them on a deeper level. From Taylor Swift’s intimate ‘Folklore’ concert film to BTS’s globally inspiring ‘Permission to Dance on Stage’ concert, these performances showcased the power of music to bring people together and uplift them in difficult times.