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11 February 2019, 5:33 PM GMT / Updated on 11 February 2019, 8:20 GMT
From Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – Women returned Sunday in the Grammy's while female acts won the album of the year and best new artist, while rap also triumphed. Childhood Gambino's "This Is America" became the first rap-based song to be the record and song of the year.
Kacey Musgraves & # 39; "Golden Hour" picked up the album of the year and Dua Lipa won the best new artist.
"I do not even know what to say," said Musgraves. "I am very grateful that winning does not make my album better than anyone in that category."
Gambino was the big winner of the night and won four awards, including the best music video and the best rap / sung performance.
Drake surprised the music world when he appeared on the stage to accept the best rap song trophy, but told the musicians' hall that winning prizes is not necessary if you have real fans who are attending your concerts and singing your songs.
Drake's speech was interrupted by a commercial block. Mat Sayles / Invision / AP
Drake, who rarely goes to prize ceremonies, has won the honor for his massive hit & # 39; God & # 39; s Plan & # 39 ;.
"You've already won if you have people who sing your songs word for word, if you're a hero in your hometown.If there are people who have regular jobs in the rain and snow, spend their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you do not need this here, I promise you, you've already won, "he said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
He tried to talk but was cut off when the ceremony suddenly went to a commercial.
Rap has endured a long time lost streak at the Grammy's. The last time a rapper won the album of the year was in 2004, with Outkast. Only a handful of rappers has won the best new artist.
Cardi B made history as the first solo woman to win the best rap album (Lauryn Hill won as a member of the Fugees on the Grammy & # 39; s 1997).
Cardi B was honored for "Invasion of Privacy." Kevin Winter / Getty Images for The Recording Academy
She shook on stage as she tried to make a speech with her rapper husband Offset holding her arm.
"The nerves are so bad, maybe I should smoke weed," she said as the audience laughed. "I just want to thank everyone who was involved … I want to thank my daughter."
The Grammy's started with a group of powerful women, including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, who describe the role of music in their lives – a performance that came a year after the female voices was somewhat subdued during the 2018 ceremony. .
"Music has always helped me tell my story," said Obama, who surprised the audience with her appearance. "Whether we love country or rap or rock, music helps us to share ourselves, it allows us to hear each other."
Gaga told the crowd: "They said I was weird, that my appearance, that my choices, that my sound would not work, but music told me not to listen to them."
Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidarity with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who broadcast the show on CBS.
"Yes, ladies," Keys said. "There is nothing better than this."
The opening was in contrast to last year's Grammy's, in which male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman who fought for the top prize, Lorde, did not get a chance to play on the podium.
But this year Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves each won three Grammy's.
Lady Gaga celebrates on Sunday evening. Amanda Edwards / Getty Images
Carlile won three awards in the Americana category and will compete for the three biggest prizes during the live show: album, song and album of the year.
Gaga also won three, including the best pop duo / group performance, a victory she shared with Bradley Cooper.
Gaga, now a nine-time Grammy winner, won the best pop solo performance for & # 39; Joanne & # 39 ;, while hit & # 39; Shallow & # 39; from & # 39; A Star is Born & # 39; the best song was named for visual media. The song has been nominated for an Oscar and also won at the Golden Globes, the Critics & Choice Movie Awards and the Satellite Awards.
Women are strongly represented in the top categories. Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees were women, including Carlile's "By the Way, I Forgive You", "Dirty Computer" by Janelle Monae, Cardi B & # 39; s "Invasion of Privacy" and HER & # 39; s self-titled album also in dispute.
Asked about the lack of women in the top categories at the Grammy's in 2018, Neil Portnow, CEO of the Recording Academy, said that women should "climb". Later he acknowledged that it was a bad word choice & # 39; was, and his many criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.
Portnow, who was not looking for an extension of his contract that ends this year, seemed to address his words from last year during the Sunday show.
"Last year I reminded you that if you come face to face with an issue, you open your eyes wide enough, it makes you more than ever dedicated to dealing with those problems." The need for social change has been the hallmark of American experience, from the creation of our country to the complex times we live in today, "he said.
The British singer Dua Lipa alluded to the words of Portnow 2018 when she won the best new artist.
Dua Lipa was named the best new artist. Matt Sayles / AP
"I think we were really performed this year", she said after she told the audience she was grateful to be nominated alongside so many female artists. Six of the best-new-artist nominees were women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.
Musgraves picked the best countryalbum for Golden Hour & # 39 ;, the best country solo performance for Butterflies & # 39; and the best country number for Space Cowboy & # 39 ;.
"I never dreamed that this record would be received with such a love," she said on the stage.
She also shouted out to her husband in the audience and said she could not have made the album if he did not open my heart like you did & # 39 ;.
Musgraves acted as "Rainbow" of "Golden Hour" during the show and came on stage for a second time to honor Dolly Parton. Musgraves and Katy Perry joined forces for "Here You Come Again", later joined by Parton himself. The icon sang a duet version of "Jolene" with Miley Cyrus, who often covers the classic song. But the country music icon really shone when she & # 39; Red Shoes & # 39; sang, with the four Little Big Town from the country that provided background vocals.
Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day worked together for the exhilarating performance of "A Make You Feel Like A Natural Woman" in honor of Aretha Franklin, who died last year.
Diana Ross earned a standing ovation when she emerged on stage in a bright red dress around Reach Out and Touch (Somebody & # 39; s Hand) & # 39; and & # 39; The Best Years of My Life & # 39; to be carried out. She celebrated her 75th birthday early with the performance, and then said: "Happy birthday for me!" Her real birthday is March 26.
Diana Ross will perform in the Grammy's on Sunday. Emma McIntyre / Getty Images for The Recording A
R & B singer H.E.R., with Daniel Caesar the best R & B performance for & # 39; Best Part & # 39; won, astonished when she played her guitar and sang. Chloe x Halle was impressed when she was Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack & # 39; s Where Is the Love & # 39; sang. Monae dug on stage during "Make Me Feel", supported by several dancers. Post Malone performed with Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cardi B grinded onstage during her last single, "Money & # 39 ;.
Ariana Grande won her first Grammy in the same week in which she publicly accused Grammy's producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying why she no longer performed during the show.
Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle each won two awards. Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ella Mai, Pharrell Williams, Hugh Jackman, Stingy, Shaggy, Dave Chappelle, "Weird Al" Yankovic, the late Chris Cornell, Greta Van Fleet and even former President Jimmy Carter have also received early awards prior to the live show.
There was a draw for the best rapperformance and Drake was surprisingly not one of the winners. Drake's "Nice for What" lost to Anderson Paak's "Bubblin" and Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake's "King's Dead" from the soundtrack to "Black Panther ".
Beck was a double winner during pre-broadcast and got the best alternative music album and the best-designed album (non-classic) for & # 39; colors & # 39; home with you. Emily Lazar, one of the engineers who worked on the album and won with Beck, was the first female mastering engineer to win in the last category.