Ladies returned on the Grammys on Sunday as feminine acts received album of the yr and greatest new artist, whereas rap additionally triumphed, with Infantile Gambino’s “This Is America” changing into the primary rap-based music to win document and music of the yr.
Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” picked up album of the yr, and Dua Lipa received greatest new artist.
“I do not even know what to say,” Musgraves mentioned. “I’m very grateful. Successful would not make my album any higher than anyone else in that class.”
Gambino was the evening’s massive winner, selecting up 4 honors, together with greatest music video and greatest rap/sung efficiency.
Drake shocked the music world when he emerged on stage to just accept the most effective rap music trophy however instructed the room of musicians that successful awards is not obligatory you probably have actual followers attending your concert events and singing your songs.
Drake, who hardly ever attends awards reveals, received the glory for his huge hit “God’s Plan.”
“You’ve got already received you probably have people who find themselves singing your songs phrase for phrase, should you’re a hero in your hometown. Look, if there are individuals who have common jobs who’re popping out within the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned cash to purchase tickets to come back to your reveals, you do not want this proper right here. I promise you. You already received,” he mentioned on the Staples Middle in Los Angeles.
He tried to proceed talking however was reduce off because the ceremony instantly went to a business.
Rap has endured a longtime shedding streak on the Grammys. The final time a rapper received album of the yr was in 2004, with Outkast. Solely a handful of rappers have received greatest new artist.
Cardi B made historical past as the primary solo feminine to win greatest rap album (Lauryn Hill received as a member of the Fugees on the 1997 Grammys).
She was shaking onstage as she tried to present a thank-you speech together with her rapper-husband Offset holding her arm.
“The nerves are so dangerous. Possibly I want to begin smoking weed,” she mentioned because the viewers laughed. “I simply need to say thanks all people that was concerned … I need to thank my daughter.”
The Grammys kicked off with a gaggle of highly effective ladies, together with Michelle Obama and Girl Gaga, describing the function of music of their lives – a show that got here a yr after feminine voices have been considerably muted on the 2018 ceremony.
“Music has at all times helped me inform my story,” mentioned Obama, who shocked the viewers together with her look. “Whether or not we like nation or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It permits us to listen to each other.”
Gaga instructed the group: “They mentioned I used to be bizarre, that my look, that my selections, that my sound would not work. However music instructed me to not hearken to them.”
Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez additionally spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who’s internet hosting the present airing on CBS.
“Sure, girls,” Keys mentioned. “There’s nothing higher than this.”
The opening contrasted with final yr’s Grammys, the place male acts dominated in nominations and the one lady competing for the highest award, Lorde, did not get an opportunity to carry out onstage.
However this yr, Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves received three Grammys every.
Carlile took three honors within the Americana class and can compete for the three largest awards through the dwell present: album, music and document of the yr.
Gaga additionally received three, together with greatest pop duo/group efficiency, a win she shared with Bradley Cooper.
Gaga, now a nine-time Grammy winner, received greatest pop solo efficiency for “Joanne,” whereas hit “Shallow,” from “A Star is Born,” was named greatest music written for visible media. The music is nominated for an Oscar and in addition received on the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Alternative Film Awards and the Satellite tv for pc Awards.
Ladies have a powerful presence within the prime classes. 5 of the eight album-of-the-year nominees have been ladies, together with Carlile’s “By the Means, I Forgive You,” Janelle Monae’s “Soiled Pc,” Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privateness” and H.E.R.’s self-titled album are additionally in competition.
When requested in regards to the lack of ladies within the prime classes on the 2018 Grammys, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow mentioned ladies must “step up.” He later acknowledged that it was a “poor alternative of phrases,” and his much-criticized remarks pressured the academy to launch a brand new job pressure centered on inclusion and variety.
Portnow, who did not search a renewal on his contract which ends this yr, appeared to handle his phrases from final yr throughout Sunday’s present.
“This previous yr I have been reminded that if coming head to head with a difficulty opens your eyes large sufficient, it makes you extra dedicated than ever to assist deal with these points. The necessity for social change has been the hallmark of the American expertise, from the founding of our nation to the advanced occasions we dwell in in the present day,” he mentioned.
British singer Dua Lipa alluded to Portnow’s 2018 phrases when she received greatest new artist.
“I assume this yr we have actually stepped up,” she mentioned after telling the viewers she was was grateful to be nominated alongside so many feminine performers. Six of the best-new-artist nominees have been ladies, together with H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Value, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.
Musgraves picked up greatest nation album for “Golden Hour,” greatest nation solo efficiency for “Butterflies” and greatest nation music for “Area Cowboy.”
“I by no means dreamed that this document can be met with such love,” she mentioned onstage.
She additionally gave a shout-out to her husband within the viewers, saying she would not have been in a position to make the album if he “did not open my coronary heart such as you did.”
Musgraves carried out “Rainbow” from “Golden Hour” through the present, and hit the stage for a second time to honor Dolly Parton. Musgraves and Katy Perry joined forces for “Right here You Come Once more,” later joined by Parton herself. The icon sang a duet model of “Jolene” with Miley Cyrus, who typically covers the basic music. However the nation music icon really shined when she sang “Pink Footwear,” with nation foursome Little Large City offering background vocals.
Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day teamed up for stirring efficiency of “(You Make Me Really feel Like) A Pure Girl” in honor Aretha Franklin, who died final yr.
Diana Ross earned a standing ovation when she emerged onstage in a shiny crimson costume to carry out “Attain Out and Contact (Any person’s Hand)” and “The Greatest Years of My Life.” She celebrated her 75th birthday early with the efficiency, saying afterward, “Completely satisfied birthday to me!” Her precise birthday is March 26.
R&B singer H.E.R., who received greatest R&B efficiency for “Greatest Half” with Daniel Caesar, shocked as she performed her guitar and sang. Chloe x Halle impressed after they sang Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack’s “The place Is the Love.” Monae grooved onstage throughout “Make Me Really feel,” backed by a number of dancers. Publish Malone carried out with Pink Sizzling Chili Peppers, and Cardi B grinded onstage throughout her newest single, “Cash.”
Ariana Grande received her first Grammy in the identical week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of mendacity about why she was not performing on the present.
Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle received two awards every. Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ella Mai, Pharrell Williams, Hugh Jackman, Stingy, Shaggy, Dave Chappelle, “Bizarre Al” Yankovic, the late Chris Cornell, Greta Van Fleet and even former President Jimmy Carter additionally picked up early awards forward of the dwell present.
There was a tie for greatest rap efficiency, and Drake was surprisingly not one of many winners. Drake’s “Good for What” misplaced to Anderson Paak’s “Bubblin”’ and Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake’s “King’s Lifeless,” from the “Black Panther” soundtrack.
Beck was a double winner through the pre-telecast, taking residence greatest different music album and greatest engineered album (non-classical) for “Colours.” Emily Lazar, one of many engineers who labored on the album and received alongside Beck, was the primary feminine mastering engineer to win within the latter class.