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Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgraves, Ariana Grande Among The Winners At 2019 Grammy Awards

After coming from New York in 2018, the 61st Grammy Awards ceremony came from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgraves and Ariana Grande were this year’s big winners at the 2019 Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Making up for the lack of representation at last year’s proceedings, this year’s Grammys were defined by female presenters and performers. One of the better hosts in recent memories, Alicia Keys set the tone for the evening, introducing her “sisters” Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and former first lady Michelle Obama who shared stories of how music empowers them, and Michelle’s call out to Motown warranting an eruption of cheers.

Gaga was already a winner that night, picking up two Grammys Best Pop Solo for ‘Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)’ at a Grammy premiere ceremony held before the televised event and later for Best Pop Duo for ‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born.

Other pre-ceremony winners at the 2019 Grammy Awards included Ariana Grande’s album Sweetener for Best Pop Vocal Album, along with Beck’s Colors for Best Alternative Music Album. The album also won Best Engineered Album, making Emily Lazar the first female mastering engineer to win the award.

After a West Side Story inspired performance of ‘Havana’ by Camila Cabello and special guests Ricky Martin, legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and reggaeton star J Balvin, Lady Gaga took home the first award of the night, giving an emotional acceptance speech for ‘Shallow’ and spoke of her personal connection to the film:

“I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues, they’re so important. A lot of artists deal with that, and we gotta take care of each other”

Adding some funk to the evening, Janelle Monáe channelled her mentor Prince to perform her single ‘Make Me Feel’.

Hip-Hop artists also got their due at the 2019 Grammy Awards with Childish Gambino winning Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year for his socially-conscious ‘This Is America’.

Multi-nominated Post Malone then delivered another surprising Grammy performance, beginning his set with an impressive acoustic version of ‘Stay’ before launching into his mega-hit ‘Rock Star’ with Red Hot Chili Peppers joining him on stage. The ensemble then played the Peppers’ ‘Dark Necessities’ with Malone backing on guitar.

Speaking of creative collaborations, a super-group of all-star female talent paid tribute to one of country music’s biggest icons, Dolly Parton. First up was Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry teaming up to cover ‘Here You Come Again’, followed by Miley Cyrus owning ‘Jolene’ accompanied by Dolly herself, Little Big Town singing Best Original Song nominee ‘Red Shoes’ from the movie Dumplin and then the whole ensemble doing a raucous performance of ‘9-5’.

It’s a hard act to follow, but Keys led her own musical intermission, kicking off a medley of covers by playing double pianos and giving a shout out to Hazel Scott before launching into Roberta Flack’s ‘Killing Me Softly’, to Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable’ and a stunning cover of Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’.

The aforementioned rapper ended up making a surprise appearance, who accepted the award for Best Rap Song for ‘God’s Plan’ and had a few words about the Grammys.

“You already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if they’re singing in your hometown. You’re already winning.”

But the real star of the 2019 Grammy Awards was Diana Ross’s 9-year-old grandson Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick who introduced Ross while the whole family cheered him on before she gave her inspirational performance including ‘Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)’ and wished herself a Happy 75th Birthday like a true diva.

The rest of the evening was dominated by one impressive performance after the next, with Lady Gaga performing both her and Bradley Cooper’s parts for ‘Shallow’ alongside her co-writer Mark Ronson while James Blake was on hand to sing the intro to Travis Scott’s ‘Stop Trying To Be God’ along with Earth, Wind and Fire

Ross wasn’t the only Motown royalty in the house, Smokey Robinson kicked off the Motown 60 tribute, performing ‘My Girl’ with Keys before the star of the show appeared. Clearly inspired by her Vegas residency, Jennifer Lopez brought out all the stops for her Motown performance, covering all of the historic label’s biggest hits including ‘Dancing in The Streets’, ‘Mr. Postman’, ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ and ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ as Berry Gordy looked on.

Another historic win at the 2019 Grammy Awards, Cardi B became the first female solo performer to win Best Rap Album (Lauryn Hill previously scooped the prize, but with The Fugees) while doppelgängers Dua Lipa and St Vincent teamed up to perform ‘Masseduction’ and Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’.

The Queen of Soul also got her own touching tribute, with power belters Fantasia, Andra Day and Yolanda Adams bringing down the house with their rendition of ‘You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman)’.

The biggest winner of the night was Kacey Musgraves who took home the Grammy for Album Of The Year for her critically-acclaimed Golden Hour. The last time a country album won Album Of The Year was Fearless by Taylor Swift ten years prior in 2009.

The full list of winners at the 2019 Grammy Awards are as follows:

Album of the year:
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 Monáe – Dirty Computer
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour – WINNER
Various artists – Black Panther OST

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

Best new artist:
Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
H.E.R.
Dua Lipa – WINNER
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

Best rap album:
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy – WINNER
Mac Miller – Swimming
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
Pusha T – Daytona
Travis Scott – Astroworld

Best R&B album:
Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes
Leon Bridges – Good Thing
Lalah Hathaway – Honestly
H.E.R. – H.E.R. – WINNER
PJ Morton – Gumbo Unplugged (Live)

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

Best country album:
Kelsea Ballerini – Unapologetically
Brothers Osborne – Port Saint Joe
Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour – WINNER

Song of the year:
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Childish Gambino – This Is America – WINNER
Drake – God’s Plan
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle

Best pop duo/group performance:
Christina Aguilera ft Demi Lovato – Fall in Line
Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Tony Bennett and Diana Krall – ’S Wonderful
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow – WINNER
Maroon 5 ft Cardi B – Girls Like You
Justin Timberlake ft Chris Stapleton – Say Something
Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle

Best pop solo performance:
Beck – Colors
Camila Cabello – Havana (live)
Ariana Grande – God Is a Woman
Lady Gaga – Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) – WINNER
Post Malone – Better Now

Best pop vocal album:
Camila Cabello – Camila
Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life
Ariana Grande – Sweetener – WINNER
Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
Pink – Beautiful Trauma
Taylor Swift – Reputation

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

Best alternative music album:
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Beck – Colors – WINNER
Björk – Utopia
David Byrne – American Utopia
St Vincent – Masseduction

Best country solo performance:
Loretta Lynn – Wouldn’t It Be Great
Maren Morris – Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Kacey Musgraves – Butterflies – WINNER
Chris Stapleton – Millionaire
Keith Urban – Parallel Line

Best country duo/group performance:
Brothers Osborne – Shoot Me Straight
Dan + Shay – Tequila – WINNER
Little Big Town – When Someone Stops Loving You
Maren Morris ft Vince Gill – Dear Hate
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – Meant to Be

Best country song:
Cole Swindell – Break Up in the End
Maren Morris ft Vince Gill – Dear Hate
Blake Shelton – I Lived In
Kacey Musgraves – Space Cowboy – WINNER
Dan + Shay – Tequila

Best gospel album:
Jekalyn Carr – One Nation Under God
Tori Kelly – Hiding Place – WINNER
Jonathan McReynolds – Make Room
The Walls Group – The Other Side
Brian Courtney Wilson – A Great Work

Best Latin pop album:
Pablo Alborán – Prometo
Claudia Brant – Sincera – WINNER
Natalia Lafourcade – Musas
Raquel Sofia – 2:00 AM
Carlos Vives – Vives

Best Americana album:
Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You – WINNER
Bettye Lavette – Things Have Changed
John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness
Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone
The Wood Brothers – One Drop of Truth

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media:
Call Me By Your Name
Deadpool 2
The Greatest Showman – WINNER
Lady Bird
Stranger Things

Best song written for visual media:
All The Stars — Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
Mystery Of Love — Sufjan Stevens, songwriter (Sufjan Stevens)
Remember Me — Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade)
Shallow — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper) – WINNER
This Is Me — Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble)

Best music video:
APES*** — The Carters, Ricky Saiz, video director; Mélodie Buchris, Natan Schottenfels & Erinn Williams, video producers
This Is America — Childish Gambino, Hiro Murai, video director; Ibra Ake, Jason Cole & Fam Rothstein, video producers – WINNER
I’m Not Racist Joyner Lucas & Ben Proulx, video directors; Joyner Lucas, video producer
Pynk — Janelle Monáe, Emma Westenberg, video director; Justin Benoliel & Whitney Jackson, video producers
Mumbo Jumbo — Tierra Whack Marco Prestini, video director; Sara Nassim, video producer

Best comedy album:
Annihilation — Patton Oswalt
Equanimity & The Bird Revelation — Dave Chappelle – WINNER
Noble Ape — Jim Gaffigan
Standup For Drummers — Fred Armisen
Tamborine — Chris Rock

Best dance/electronic album:
Singularity —Jon Hopkins
Woman Worldwide — Justice – WINNER
Treehouse — Sofi Tukker
Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides — SOPHIE
Lune Rouge — TOKiMONSTA

Best rap performance:
Cardi B – Be Careful
Drake – Nice for What
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake – King’s Dead – TIE
Anderson .Paak – Bubblin – TIE
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee – Sicko Mode

Best traditional R&B performance:
Leon Bridges – Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand – TIE
Bettye LaVette – Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight
Major. – Honest
PJ Morton ft Yebba – How Deep Is Your Love – TIE
Charlie Wilson ft Lalah Hathaway – Made for Love
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Best R&B song:
Ella Mai – Boo’d Up – WINNER
Miguel ft J Cole and Salaam Remi – Come Through and Chill
Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer
HER – Focus
Toni Braxton – Long As I Live

Best rap/sung performance:
Christina Aguilera ft Goldlink – Like I Do
6lack ft J Cole – Pretty Little Fears
Childish Gambino – This Is America – WINNER
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Post Malone ft 21 Savage – Rockstar

Producer of the year, non-classical:
BoI-1DA
Larry Klein
Linda Perry
Kanye West
Pharrell Williams – WINNER

Best rock song:
Greta Van Fleet – Black Smoke Rising
Twenty One Pilots – Jumpsuit
Bring Me the Horizon – Mantra
St Vincent – Masseduction – WINNER
Ghost – Rats

Best rock performance:
Arctic Monkeys – Four Out of Five
Chris Cornell – When Bad Does Good – WINNER
The Fever 333 – Made an America
Greta Van Fleet – Highway Tune
Halestorm – Uncomfortable

Best rock album:
Alice in Chains – Rainier Fog
Fall Out Boy – Mania
Ghost – Prequelle
Greta Van Fleet – From the Fires – WINNER
Weezer – Pacific Daydream

Best metal performance:
Between the Buried and Me – Condemned to the Gallows
Deafheaven – Honeycomb
High on Fire – Electric Messiah – WINNER
Trivium – Betrayer
Underoath – On My Teeth

Best urban contemporary album:
The Carters – Everything Is Love – WINNER
Chloe x Halle – The Kids Are Alright
Chris Dave and the Drumhedz – Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
Miguel – War & Leisure
Meshell Ndegeocello – Ventriloquism

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