Women, rappers rule at Grammy Awards

2019-02-11 at 13:30

Kacey Musgraves earned four Grammy Awards including album of the year for “Golden Hour,” best country album, best country solo performance and best country song. Childish Gambino, who did not attend, also won multiple awards.

Dua Lipa won best new artist, and Kacey Musgraves took home album of the year at a female-first Grammy Awards. Women ruled at the 61st annual Grammys, led by Kacey Musgraves’ four wins, including album of the year and best country album for “Golden Hour.”

She dedicated the award to “my sweet husband” with whom she fell in love as she recorded the album.

Lipa took home best new artist and Cardi B snagged best rap album for “Invasion of Privacy”. Dua said she was “nervous and grateful” as she accepted her award, one of the night’s four biggest prizes.

The 23-year-old said she was “honoured” to be “included with so many female artists” in the category, adding: “I guess this year we’ve really stepped up.”

The comment was a dig at Grammys president Neil Portnow, who last year tried to deflect criticism of the lack of female winners by saying women needed to “step up” in order to be considered. He appeared on stage at this year’s ceremony to apologise, saying: “This past year I’ve been reminded that if coming face to a face with an issue opens your eyes wide enough it makes you more committed to bring change.”

Lady Gaga won three prizes, including best pop performance for Joanne and best pop duet for Shallow, from the Oscar-nominated film A Star Is Born. Holding back tears, the star thanked Bradley Cooper, her co-star and director, who missed the Grammys to attend The Baftas in London.

She shared a stage with former first lady Michelle Obama, plus tributes honored the legacies of Dolly Parton and the late Aretha Franklin. And Childish Gambino made some Grammy history, with “This Is America” becoming the first rap song to win both record and song of the year.

Brooklyn rapper Cardi B became the first solo female to win best rap album, for her debut Invasion of Privacy; and thanked her daughter Kulture Kiari for giving her the impetus to finish the record on time. Meanwhile, Ariana Grande, who pulled out of a planned performance after a dispute with organisers, received best pop album for Sweetener – her first ever Grammy Award.

2018 host James Corden was replaced by Alicia Keys, who brought out Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Lopez and former first lady Michelle Obama during her opening link.

Obama gave a speech about the unifying power of music: “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in.”

Here are the winners and nominees in selected key categories.

Album of the year

Winner: Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You
Drake – Scorpion
H.E.R. – H.E.R.
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
Kendrick Lamar – Black Panther: The Album
Record of the year

Winner: Childish Gambino – This Is America
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Drake – God’s Plan
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars
Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – Rockstar
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle
Song of the year

Winner: Childish Gambino – This Is America
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars
Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
Drake – God’s Plan
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Dua, Gaga and Kacey Musgraves get top Grammys

Grammy highlights: Steamy duets and Dolly’s delights

Best new artist

Winner: Dua Lipa
Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

Best pop solo performance

Winner: Lady Gaga – Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)
Beck – Colours
Camila Cabello – Havana (Live)
Ariana Grande – God Is A Woman
Post Malone – Better Now
Best pop duo/group performance

Winner: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato – Fall In Line
Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – ‘S Wonderful
Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B – Girls Like You
Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton – Say Something
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle
Best traditional pop vocal album

Winner: Willie Nelson – My Way
Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – Love Is Here To Stay
Gregory Porter – Nat “King” Cole & Me
Seal – Standards (Deluxe)
Barbra Streisand – The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!
Best pop vocal album

Winner: Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Camila Cabello – Camila
Kelly Clarkson – Meaning Of Life
Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
P!nk – Beautiful Trauma
Taylor Swift – Reputation

Best dance recording

Winner: Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson – Electricity
Above & Beyond featuring Richard Bedford – Northern Soul
Disclosure (featuring Fatoumata Diawara) – Ultimatum
Fisher – Losing It
Virtual Self – Ghost Voices
Best dance/electronic album

Winner: Justice – Woman Worldwide
Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Sofi Tukker – Treehouse
SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
TOKiMONSTA – Lune Rouge
Best rock performance

Winner: Chris Cornell – When Bad Does Good
Arctic Monkeys – Four Out Of Five
THE FEVER 333 – Made An America
Greta Van Fleet – Highway Tune
Halestorm – Uncomfortable
Best metal performance

Winner: High On Fire – Electric Messiah
Between The Buried And Me – Condemned To The Gallows
Deafheaven – Honeycomb
Trivium – Betrayer
Underoath – On My Teeth
Best rock album

Winner: Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires
Alice In Chains – Rainer Fog
Fall Out Boy – M A N I A
Ghost – Prequelle
Weezer – Pacific Daydream
Best alternative album

Winner: Beck – Colors
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Björk – Utopia
David Byrne – American Utopia
St. Vincent – Masseduction
Best R&B performance

Winner: H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar – Best Part
Toni Braxton – Long As I Live
The Carters – Summer
Lalah Hathaway – Y O Y
PJ Morton – First Began

Best urban contemporary album

Winner: The Carters – Everything Is Love
Chloe x Halle – The Kids Are Alright
Chris Dave And The Drumhedz – Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
Miguel – War & Leisure
Meshell Ndegeocello – Ventriloquism
Best rap song

Winner: Drake – God’s Plan
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – King’s Dead
Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas – Lucky You
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee – Sicko Mode
Jay Rock – Win
Best rap album

Winner: Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy
Mac Miller – Swimming
Nispey Hussle – Victory Lap
Pusha T – Daytona
Travis Scott – Astroworld
Best country album

Winner: Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Kelsea Ballerini – Unapologetically
Brothers Osborne – Port Saint Joe
Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere
Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2
Best musical theatre album

Winner: The Band’s Visit
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
My Fair Lady
Once On This Island
Producer of the year, non-classical

Winner: Pharrell Williams
Larry Klein
Linda Perry
Kanye West
Best music video

Winner: Childish Gambino – This Is America
The Carters – APES***
Joyner Lucas – I’m Not Racist
Janelle Monae – Pynk
Tierra Whack – Mumo Jumbo

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