Kacey Musgraves won the night’s biggest award-- Album of the Year-- for her country pop crossover album "Golden Hour", which also claimed Best Country Album trophy. Musgraves also bagged two Grammys for Best Country Song for "Space Cowboy" and Best Country Solo Performance for "Butterflies"
This is America, about police brutality and racism, also took Grammys for Song of the Year, Best Music Video and Best Rap Performance. But Gambino was not present at the show to celebrate the milestone. However, Canadian rapper Drake, who had been expected to skip the ceremony, turned up to accept the Grammy for Best Rap Song for God’s Plan. He got cut off from finishing his acceptance speech though.
Congratulations to Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover as his "This is America" won the Record of the Year at the 61st Grammy Awards. The politically provocative track has already claimed Song of the Year trophy.
Among those remembered during this year's In Memoriam tribute: James Ingram, Roy Clark, Nancy Wilson, Charles Aznavour, Vic Damone, Carol Channing, Joe Jackson, James Wright, Gary Burden, Avicii, Ed King, John Perry Barlow, Tony Joe White, Mac Miller, Roy Hargrove, Cecil Taylor, Bill Watrous, Geoff Emerick, Yvonne Staples, Randy Scruggs, Roger Clark, Charles Neville and Aretha Franklin.
We. Have. Chills. 🙌 This tribute to the late #ArethaFranklin is everything we needed thanks to the talented @YolandaAdams, @AndraDayMusic, and Fantasia (@TasiasWord)! #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/mOpcvVRNNz— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 11, 2019
Before the announcement of two final awards of the night, here’s a reminder of who has won what tonight:
Song of the Year
Winner - Childish Gambino, "This Is America"
Best New Artist
Winner - Dua Lipa
Best Pop Solo Performance
Winner - Lady Gaga, "Joanne" (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Winner - Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, "Shallow"
Best Country Album
Winner - Kacey Musgraves, "Golden Hour"
Best Pop Vocal Album
Winner - Ariana Grande, "Sweetener"
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Winner - Willie Nelson, "My Way"
Best Rap Performance
Winner (Tie) - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake, "King's Dead"
Winner (Tie) - Anderson .Paak - "Bubblin"
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Winner - Childish Gambino, "This Is America"
Best Rap Song
Winner - Drake, "God's Plan"
Best Rap Album
Winner - Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
Best Rock Performance
Winner - Chris Cornell, "When Bad Does Good"
Best Metal Performance
Winner - High on Fire, "Electric Messiah"
Best Rock Song
Winner - St. Vincent, "Masseduction"
Best Alternative Music Album
Winner - Arctic Monkeys, "Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino"
Best Rock Album
Winner - Greta Van Fleet, "From the Fires"
Best R&B Performance
Winner - H.E.R., "Best Part" [ft. Daniel Caesar]
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Winner - Leon Bridges, "Bet Ain't Worth the Hand"
Best R&B Song
Winner - Ella Mai, Boo'd Up
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Winner, The Carters - "Everything Is Love"
Best R&B Album
Winner - H.E.R., "H.E.R."
Best Dance Recording
Winner - Silk City & Dua Lipa, "Electricity" [ft. Diplo and Mark Ronson]
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Winner - Justice, "Woman Worldwide"
Best Comedy Album
Winner - Dave Chappelle, "Equanimity & the Bird Revelation"
Best Remixed Recording
Winner - HAIM, Walking Away (Mura Masa remix)
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Winner - "The Greatest Showman"
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Winner - Ludwig Göransson, "Black Panther"
Best Song Written for Visual Media
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - "Shallow"
Best Recording Package
Winner - St. Vincent, "Masseduction"
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Winner - "Weird" Al Yankovic, "Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of "Weird Al" Yankovic"
Best Album Notes
Winner - Various Artists, Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris (David Evans)
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Winner - Pharrell Williams
Winner - Childish Gambino, "This Is America"
Best Music Film
Winner - "Quincy"
While accepting the Best Rap Song award for the "God's Plan", Drake said, “I want to take this opportunity while I'm up here to just talk to all the kids that are watching this, aspiring to do music. All my peers that make music from their heart that do things pure and tell the truth, I wanna let you know we're playing in an opinion-based sport not a factual-based sport. So it's not the NBA where at the end of the year you're holding a trophy because you made the right decisions or won the games." He continued, "This is a business where sometimes it's up to a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York or anybody else, or a brother from Houston right there, my brother Travis [Scott]. But my point is you've already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if you're a hero in your hometown. Look, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and snow, spending money to buy tickets to your shows, you don’t need this right here. You already won,” before his microphone got cut off in the arena and on the telecast.
Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy" just won the Best Rap Album. The rapper decided to bring Offset on stage with her as they continued to fuel romance rumours.
Brandi Carlile, who won three honors in the Americana category and is competing for the two biggest honours-- Album and Record of the Year, is now on stage with a rousing performance of "The Joke".
"It's not even an album, it’s an EP!” jokes H.E.R as she accepts the Best R&B album award at the ceremony. She brought her entire production team on stage.
Another performance! Travis Scott has taken to the stage— the only main hip-hop performance of the night — with James Blake and Earth Wind & Fire members. Scott performs "No Bystanders" in a cage.
And the Queen is here---- LADY GAGA. The "Bad Romance" hitmaker is on stage singing her superhit track "Shallow" from "A Star is Born", in which she stars as an aspiring singer Ally, alongside Bradley Cooper.
Alicia Keys introduces Diana Ross ahead of her 75th birthday celebration in March. Dressed in a blazing red gown, Ross looks absolutely stunning as she belts out "The Best Years of My Life."
"God's Plan" won the Best Rap Song for Drake, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib. Drake has been nominated for seven Grammys, including Album and Record of the Year. While accepting the award, Drake took a sly dig at the Grammys for finally including him in the right category (he had previously blasted them for calling Hotline Bling a rap song).
Congrats Best Rap Song winner - "God's Plan" Aubrey Graham (@Drake), Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake) Captured on #pixel3 📸: @gilbrtortiz pic.twitter.com/WVdGVwrlmg— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 11, 2019
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the Grammys, entering from offstage arm in arm with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Jennifer Lopez to share personal anecdotes about how music has changed their lives and empowered them as women. Obama, wearing a shimmering, silver suit, was briefly interrupted as the crowd erupted in cheers and applause at the beginning of her comments.
"Music shows us that all of it matters": Michelle Obama surprised the crowd at the Grammy Awards and delivered a few words about the importance of music. https://t.co/7BB8jl0TGf pic.twitter.com/TcJKEV6wDq— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 11, 2019
Camila Cabello, who kicked Off 2019 Grammy Awards with exhilarating "Havana" performance, thanked the Recording Academy for giving her the "incredible" opportunity to perform at the ceremony. She tweeted, "THANK YOU SO MUCH @RecordingAcad FOR THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY!!!!!!!! I CRIED BEFORE I EVEN PERFORMED!!!!!! I couldn’t have even imagined this when I was 9 years old singing Disney songs in the mirror!!!!! Everything about tonight has been SURREAL."
THANK YOU SO MUCH @RecordingAcad FOR THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY!!!!!!!! I CRIED BEFORE I EVEN PERFORMED!!!!!! I couldn’t have even imagined this when I was 9 years old singing Disney songs in the mirror!!!!! Everything about tonight has been SURREAL 😩— camila (@Camila_Cabello) February 11, 2019
Kacey Musgraves won Best Country Album for "Golden Hour". She has also won two Grammys for Best Country Song for "Space Cowboy" and Best Country Solo Performance for "Butterflies".
One of the year’s breakout artists H.E.R. has now taken to the stage with her see-through guitar and is giving us all the R&B vibes with a performance of "Hard Place".
An all-star set of performers, including Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Little BIg Town and Katy Perry pay musical tribute to Queen of Country music Dolly Parton.
The performance of "Here You Come Again" with Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry is simply amazing! To make things more awesome, legend Dolly Parton joins them onstage.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have won the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 61st Grammys for “Shallow.” They beat out Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato (“Fall in Line”), Backstreet Boys (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”), Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B (“Girls Like You”), Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton (“Say Something”), Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey (“The Middle”), and Tony Bennett and Diana Krall (“’S Wonderful”).
A still from This is America (Image courtesy: YouTube)
The awards show hosted by Alicia Keys was dominated by live performances by female musicians, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton, Musgraves and H.E.R.
Best New Artist Grammy went to British singer Dua Lipa. While Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy won the Best Rap Album, making her the first solo female artist to win the honour. Cardi B, who was nominated for five 2019 awards, won her first Grammy for Invasion of Privacy, beating out fellow nominees Nipsey Hussle; Pusha T and Travis Scott. Mac Miller, who passed away in September, was also nominated for Swimming.
Cardi B teared up when thanking her 6-month-old daughter. She said, "I'm not just saying thank you because she's my daughter. When I found out I was pregnant, my album was not complete. We were like, 'We have to get this album done so I can shoot these videos while I'm still not showing.' And it was very long nights." Cardi B was also nominated for best record, best pop duo/group performance, best rap performance and producer of the year.
Meanwhile, Musgraves won four Grammys in total for Country Pop crossover Golden Hour, her critically-acclaimed third album. She dedicated the award to "my sweet husband" with whom she fell in love as she recorded the album. Lady Gaga won three trophies, including Best Pop Performance for Joanne and Best Pop Duet for Shallow, from the Oscar-nominated film A Star Is Born.
The highlight of the show was Michelle Obama's surprise appearance during the opening address at the ceremony. Keys kicked off the show by inviting Obama, 55, along with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez, to share personal anecdotes about how music has changed their lives and empowered them as women.
“From the Motown records I wore out on the Southside to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story,” Obama said, referring to the Chicago neighbourhood where she grew up.
Among those remembered during this year's In Memoriam tribute were James Ingram, Roy Clark, Nancy Wilson, Charles Aznavour, Vic Damone, Carol Channing, Joe Jackson, James Wright, Gary Burden, Avicii, Ed King, John Perry Barlow, Tony Joe White, Mac Miller, Roy Hargrove, Cecil Taylor, Bill Watrous, Geoff Emerick, Yvonne Staples, Randy Scruggs, Roger Clark, Charles Neville and Aretha Franklin.
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