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Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa and Kacey Musgraves won one of the biggest prizes of the evening

Dua Lipa won the Best New Artist Award and Kacey Musgraves won the Grammy Award for the first time for women.

Musgraves has won four awards in total for Golden Hour, his critically acclaimed third album, which combines the country with psychedelic elements.

She dedicated the award to "my sweet husband" which she fell in love with when recording the album.

Dua said she was "nervous and grateful" when she accepted her award, one of the four biggest prizes of the evening.

The 23-year-old paid tribute to the "incredible" selection of "so many artists" in the category, adding, "I guess this year we have really progressed."

Grammy President Neil Portnow tried last year to dispel criticism of the lack of winning women by saying that women should "mobilize" to be taken into account.

He appeared on stage at this year's ceremony to apologize, saying: "Last year, I was reminded that if you face a problem that opens your eyes, you open bigger eyes, that makes you more inclined to make changes. "

Behind the scenes, Dua said, "Being in the new category of artists and having so many nominated women artists is a big change and it's a change we want to see for many years to come. difference from previous years because there were so many artists that I adore and admire. "

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This year's ceremony certainly seemed to have a hard time being forgiven, with awards for overall achievements for Dolly Parton and Diana Ross, as well as numerous performers throughout the night.

Brooklyn rapper Cardi B became the first female solo to win the best rap album for her debut album Invasion of Privacy.

Accompanied by her husband Offset on stage, Cardi thanked his daughter Kulture Kiari for giving him the impetus to finish the record in time.

"When I found out that I was pregnant, my album was not complete," she said. "So, I said to myself," I have to make this album so that we can shoot these videos while I was not showing. "

Behind the scenes of her dressing room, Cardi said that she had shared her prize with the late rapper Mac Miller, whose family was present.

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Lady Gaga won three awards, including best pop performance for Joanne and best pop duo for Shallow, Oscar-nominated film A Star Is Born.

Holding back her tears, the star thanked Bradley Cooper, her co-star and director, who had missed out on Grammys attending the London Baftas.

She also used her speech to emphasize the film's message about mental health, telling the audience, "If you see someone who is hurting, do not look away."

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The star also won the best pop song for Joanne

Elsewhere, Ariana Grande, who drawn from a scheduled show after an argument with the organizers, received the best pop album of Sweetener – his very first Grammy Award.

"It's wild and beautiful" she tweeted. "Thank you so much."

And Emily Lazar, who worked on Beck's album Colors, became the first woman in the history of the Grammys to win the best engineering album.

But if the Grammys have made much progress with women artists, it remains for them to improve their image in the hip-hop community.

This year, big stars such as Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino have declined the invitation to perform, fearing that their music will be relegated to rap (no hip-hop album has won the year title since Speakerboxxx of Outkast / The Love Below in 2004).

The absence of Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, was particularly striking Sunday, after winning four awards for This Is America, his scathing criticism of the American socio-political.

At one point, host Alicia Keys had the inconvenience of wasting time when no one accepted the song of the year award on her behalf.

Obama surprise

Pop star Camila Cabello opened the ceremony with a colorful – and expensive – staging of her hit Smash Havana, set in a replica of her grandmother's childhood home in Cuba.

The performance also brought together Latin artists Ricky Martin and J. Balvin, as well as a full-fledged Cuban salsa group, setting the tone for an evening rich in elaborate sets and pyrotechnics.

However, some of the most powerful performances were the simplest, including Mory Cyrus and Shawn Mendes, with In My Blood, nominated for the album of the year, Brandi Carlile, and a thrilling tribute to Aretha Franklin of Audra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams.

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Former first lady Michelle Obama was drowned in applause at Staples Center in LA

Former first lady Michelle Obama also made a surprise appearance by delivering a speech on the unifying power of music alongside Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys.

"Whether we love country, rap or rock, music helps us to share our dignity and our sorrows, our hopes and our joys," she said. "It allows us to hear each other, to invite each other."

Diana Ross also spoke of the power of music as she made her own tribute (probably the most perfect moment of the diva in a career filled with them), just weeks before she was 75 years old.

"When I was little, I thought that the joy of singing made me happy, that my parents were happy and that it led up to this day and that it brought me joy," Ross said.

Parton's tribute was more inclusive, with her fans and friends Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Miley Cyrus and Maren Morris joining the star on stage for a happy mix of her greatest hits.

"I'm just panicking internally," Morris said before the show. "I met her and I was just trying not to mention Steel Magnolias to her."

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Katy Perry, Dolly Parton and Kacey Musgraves

Dozens of awards were handed out before the start of the televised ceremony, The Greatest Showman winning the best soundtrack; and British singer Ella Mai winning the best R & B song for summer success Boo's Up.

"I am legitimately trying to understand everything," said the singer, who has been nominated for the song of the year. "I've been dreaming of this moment since I was a little girl."

Is Quincy immortal?

At 85, country star Willie Nelson won the best traditional vocal album for My Way.

His fellow octogenarian Quincy Jones was honored in the category of best musical film for the movie Netflix Quincy.

The award was accepted by his daughter, actress Rashida Jones, who said: "When he saw the film for the first time, he said:" I would like to be able to live forever – and I think that he could be the first to do it. I hope you can do it. , dad."

However, neither Quincy nor Willie are about to be the oldest Grammy winner. This distinction is awarded to Pinetop Perkins, who won the prize for best traditional blues album in 2011, when he was 97 years old.

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Rashida Jones won the Grammy for her father's film, Quincy

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