Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Cardi B Win Big At 6st Annual Grammy Awards
The biggest night in music, the Grammy Awards, celebrated its 61st anniversary last night live from The Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hosted by Alicia Keys, the evening consisted of warmth, performances, awards and more.
Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour took home Album of the Year. Musgraves also won the awards for Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance (“Butterflies”), and Best Country Song (“Space Cowboy”).
Childish Gambino won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rap/Sung Performance for “This is America,” marking the first time a rap song to win either of the major awards, Song of the Year and Record of the Year, and achieving both firsts for hip-hop in the same year with the same track.
Cardi B won Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy, becoming the first solo female performer to win in that category. Dua Lipa was named Best New Artist, and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Shallow” from A Star is Born.
Other big winners included Ariana Grande for Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener; Drake for Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan”; Greta Van Fleet for Best Rock Album for From the Fires; and Brandi Carlile, who took home multiple awards: Best Americana Album for By The Way, I Forgive You and Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance for “The Joke.”
Host Alicia Keys’ kicked off the show by introducing “some of [her] sisters” to the stage: Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Michelle Obama – who was met with wild applause. The women took turns extolling the value of music. “Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys,” Obama said as the five women end the opening in a embrace.
The unlikely duo of Bob Newhart and Alessia Cara presented the Best New Artist award to Dua Lipa. Newhart won Best New Artist for a 1961 comedy album, while Cara won the award last year. She told the comedian that her great-grandmother had all his albums, with Newhart feigning outrage as she kept upping the age of her relatives who enjoyed his work.
Other Notables From The Night:
Ariana Grande skipped this year's ceremony but won her first Grammy Award in her career. The 25-year-old singer won the award for best pop vocals for her album “Sweetener.”
The late Chris Cornell won the Best Rock Performance award for “When Bad Does Good.” His daughter Toni and son Christopher accepted the award for their father. Cornell, 52, died in May 2017.
Drake made an unexpected appearance to accept the award for Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan.”
Hugh Jackman, an Emmy and Tony winner, won his first Grammy, picking up Best Compilation Soundtrack for visual media for The Greatest Showman.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé, as The Carters, won for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Everything Is Love. This was Hov’s 22nd Grammy, breaking a tie with Kanye West to become the rap artist with the most Grammy Awards in history. They were not there to accept.
- Camila Cabello Opened with “Havana” with special guests Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, J Balvin, Young Thug and her real-life family for a dazzling tribute to Latin music.
- Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus performed Mendes’ hit “In My Blood.” Shawn was playing the piano as he belted his Grammy-nominated track. He stood up and continued to play the song on his guitar before being joined by Cyrus. The two closed the performance with a hug.
- Kacey Musgraves performed her Golden Hour track “Rainbow.” Musgraves was accompanied by a pianist as she performed the touching ballad. The steps behind her were illuminated with various colors to showcase the song's title.
- Janelle Monae performed “Make Me Feel.” The performance highlighted her characteristically neo-futurist flare. It featured a slew of dancers, some wearing the pants that were in the “Pynk” music video, and a triangular stage. Monáe ended the performance in the middle of the audience, with trumpeters surrounding her.
- Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a medley of “Stay,” “Rockstar” and the Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Dark Necessities.” Malone started his set with an emotional acoustic performance of “Stay.” He then lightened the mood with a rendition of “Rockstar” before transitioning into his collab with the Chili Peppers. Malone played guitar with the band for “Dark Necessities” and sang backing vocals. Sadly, 21 Savage, who is featured on “Rockstar,” couldn’t make it to the award show this year because of his deportation case.
- Dolly Parton, an eight-time Grammy winner, was serenaded by her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, Little Big Town, Katy Perry, Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves. During the opening with Musgraves and Perry, Parton joined the duo to sing her hit, ”Here You Come Again.” Next up was a duet between Parton and Cyrus who sang her 1984 song,” Jolene.” Dolly then sang “Red Shoes” from her 2018 album, Dumplin’ – white wearing a pair of killer red stilettos. At the end of the moving tribute, the artists joined Parton to sing her hit “9 to 5,” written for the 1980 film of the same name that starred Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
- H.E.R performed her hit song “Hard Place.” The rendition started simply, focusing on H.E.R.’s vocals and guitar strumming, before a handful of backup singers and violin players took to the stage to join her for the big finish.
- Cardi B rocked her hit “Money” in a short flapper-style wig and bejeweled, leopard print bodysuit, bringing the crowd to their feet and eliciting ecstatic cheers from her estranged husband, Offset.
- Alicia Keys paid tribute to some of her favorite artists during a musical interlude, showing off her Hazel Scott-inspired keyboard skills by playing two pianos at once, before singing “Killin’ Me Softly” and “Doo-Wop (That Thing)” as a birthday tribute to Lauryn Hill. Keys then covered Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” and Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable,” and played a Coldplay lick from “Clocks,” noting “Who doesn’t wish they wrote this song?” She then sang a bit of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” crooned “In My Feelings” to hubby Swizz Beatz and brought Ella Mai to tears when she covered “Boo’d Up.”
- Dan & Shay performed a stripped-down version of “Tequila” with Dan on the guitar and Shay on piano, the latter only leaving his keys to belt one the final note of the song.
- Introduced by her adorable 9-year-old grandson, Raif-Henok, Diana Ross brought the crowd to their feet and to tears with her performance of “The Best Years of My Life,” which she crooned in a flowing red gown as her family sang along in the front row. She then got the entire crowd singing and swaying to “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand),” thanking everyone for helping celebrate her milestone 75th birthday, “Happy birthday to me!” On Ross’ actual 75th birthday, March 26th, nearly 700 theaters will show Diana Ross Live in Central Park, a concert film documenting her stormy two nights of performing at Central Park’s Great Lawn in 1983.
- Lady Gaga channeled “Hair Body Face”-era Ally for a performance of the Grammy-winning anthem, “Shallow.” Covered head-to-toe in jewels, with a jewel-covered microphone and sky-high boots, Gaga threw herself around the stage, whipping her hair wildly, but sounded flawless. Mark Ronson stepped in as Gaga’s stage partner, but left the vocals to her while he accompanied on guitar.
- Travis Scott’s performance kicked off with an low-key rendition of “Mile High” with James Blake and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey, before Scott jumped in a cage surrounded by rowdy fans to perform “No Bystanders.”
- During a Motown tribute, Jennifer Lopez donned feathers and went back in time for a retro glam medley of “Dancing in the Streets” and “Please Mr. Postman,” then revealed a bejeweled leotard for lively renditions of “Money (That's What I Want),” dueted with Smokey Robertson on “My Girl,” and pulled off one last quick-change to end atop a piano as Ne-Yo played.
- In her first-ever Grammy Performance, Brandi Carlile performed her Grammy-winning song, “The Joke,” following a glowing introduction by Kelsea Ballerini. She gave a stirring rendition of the song with a full band, a shiny jacket, and gold filigreed lyrics on the big screen behind her,
- Beyoncé protégées Chloe X Halle wowed with a soulful, mesmerizing cover of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s “Where Is the Love.”
- St. Vincent and Dua Lipa performed together for the first time, delivering a medley of “MASSEDUCTION,” “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” and “One Kiss.”
- Following an “In Memoriam” segment which included tributes to Carol Channing, Joe Jackson, Avicii, Mac Miller, and more members of the recording industry who passed over the last year, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day took the stage to show off their vocals with a rendition of “Natural Woman” in celebration of Aretha Franklin, who died last August.
- Album Of The Year: “Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
- Record Of The Year (goes to artist, engineers, mixers): “This Is America” – Childish Gambino
- Song Of The Year (goes to writers): “This Is America” – Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
- Best New Artist: Dua Lipa
- Pop Solo Performance: “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” – Lady Gaga
- Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Shallow” – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
- Pop Vocal Album: “Sweetener” – Ariana Grande
- Country Solo Performance: “Butterflies” – Kacey Musgraves
- Country Duo/Group Performance: “Tequila” – Dan + Shay
- Country Album: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
- Country Song (goes to songwriters): “Space Cowboy” – Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
- Rock Album: “The Fires” – Greta Van Fleet
- Alternative Music Album: Colors – Beck
- Rock Performance (single or track): “When Bad Does Good” – Chris Cornell
- Metal Performance: “Electric Messiah” – High On Fire
- Rock Song (goes to songwriters): “Masseduction” – Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
- Rap Performance (single or track): (Tie) “King’s Dead” – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake ; “Bubblin” – Anderson .Paak
- Rap Album: Invasion Of Privacy – Cardi B
- Rap Song (goes to songwriters): “God’s Plan” – Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
- R&B Album: H.E.R. – H.E.R.
- Urban Contemporary Album: Everything Is Love – The Carters
- R&B Performance: “Best Part” – H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar
- Traditional R&B Performance: (Tie) “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” – Leon Bridges; “How Deep Is Your Love” – PJ Morton Featuring Yebba
- R&B Song (goes to songwriters): “Boo’d Up” – Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC CATEGORIES
- American Roots Performance: “The Joke” – Brandi Carlile
- American Roots Song: “The Joke” – Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
- Americana Album: By The Way, I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile
- Song Written For Visual Media: “Shallow” – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt (Track from: “A Star Is Born”)
- Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: The Greatest Showman.
- Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Black Panther
- Comedy Album: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation – Dave Chappelle
- Musical Theater Album: “The Band’s Visit”
- Spoken Word Album: “Faith - A Journey For All” – Jimmy Carter
- Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic - “Weird Al” Yankovic
- Best Music Video: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
- Best Remixed Recording: “Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix),” Alex Crossan, remixer (Haim)
- Producer Of The Year: Pharrell Williams
- Best Recording Package: Masseduction – St. Vincent)
In clip one, Alicia Keys talks what music is in opening monologue.
- ["Cause music is what we cry to, it is what we March to, it's what we rock to, it's what we make love to. It is our shared global language. And when you really want to say something, you say it with a song. Am I right or am I right?"] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . .am I right?)
In clip two, Cardi B accepts the award for Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy.
- ["I can't breathe. Oh my goodness. I'm sorry, I just... the nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed. I just want to say thank you everybody that was involved. I want to thank Julie kiesesser Kaiser, Craig, Johnny, Marcia, Ashley, patience, I want to thank coach. I want to thank my daughter because I'm not just saying thank you because she's my daughter, it's because, you know, when I found out I was pregnant, my album was not hi like three songs that I was for sure having. And then you know, you know how it was, like, we was like, we have to get this album done so I could still do videos while I'm still not showing. And it was very long nights. I want to thank all the artists that worked on my... I'm sorry. I don't got.. I want to thank all the artists that took their time and did verses for my album, bad bonnee, chance the rapper, new husband, thank you. Nah, seriously he was like you want to do this album, girl. You going to have this baby and we going to make this album. And thank you so much, everybody."] SOUNDCUE (2:19 OC: . . .so much, everybody.)
In clip three, Diana Ross nine year old grandson Raif Henok introduces his grandmother.
- ["Did she say little guy? I'm almost 4 foot 9. Thank you, miss Alicia, for all the things that you said about my grandmother. She is amazing and young people like me can look up to her for her Independence, confidence and her willingness to be her unique she has shown the whole world that nothing is beyond our reach! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my grand mommy Diana Ross."] SOUNDCUE (:33 OC: . . .mommy Diana Ross.)
In clip four, Drake accepts the award for Rap Song for Gods Plan.
- ["Man, um, it's like the first time in grammy's history where I actually am who I thought I was for a second, so I like that, that is really nice am I definitely is not think I was winning anything.My brother's here, I want to take this opportunity while I'm up here to talk to all the kids watching, this aspiring to do music, all my peers that make mus Frick their heart, that do things pure and tell the truth, I let you know we play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport, it is not the NBA and you hold a interest ofee because you made the rise decisions, this is a business where sometimes it is up to a bunch of people that might not understand what a mixed race kid from Canada las to say or, or a slie Spanish girl from New York or nibbles, or a brother from Houston right there, my brotherTravis. But look, the point is, you've already won if you have people who are singing your songs wordfor word, if you are a hero in your hometown. Look, look F there is people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don't need this right here, I promise you, you already won."] SOUNDCUE (1:16 OC: . . .you, you already won.)
In clip five, Dua Lipa accepts the award for Best New Artist.
- ["Oh my goodness, thank you so I guess, oh my god, I don't even know where I can begin, where I want to begin is to say how honored I am to be nominated alongside so many incredible female artists. Because I guess... I oh my god. I want to, I want to say a really big thank you to my fans who have allowed me to be the best version of myself. I love you guys very much. I want to say thank you to myteam who have been by my side, I want to say thank you to Ben, O Oscar, to Hanna, to Cathy, toCurtis and grace who have just worked so tireilessly and to stand by my side. I want to say thanks to my family who is here with me tonight. Oh my god, I'm so grateful. I have one thing that I really want to say is for anyone that hasn't realized how special they are to have a different story, a different background, a name, an just want it be normal whack ever the hell that means, just know that no matter your background, what you believe it, never let it get in the way of your dreams because you deserve it and I however hard you work, I really believe it and I belief in you and thank you so much."] SOUNDCUE (1:42 OC: . . .and thank you so much.)
In clip six, HER accepts the award for R&B album for HER.
- ["So, so the first thing I want to say is this is unbelievable. And second, this is not even an album, it's an EP. So I really don't feel right being up here by myself because I didn't do this by myself, I didn't get on the stage by myself it was my team, my wonderful team would come up on stage with me please. I have so many people to thank. I really, I'm speechless right now, I'm holding back tears. But I really want to say thank you so much to god, first and fore most and my parents who are in the building right now and my wonderful sister, mom, dad, this is for all the sacrifices that you made for me and thank you for embracing my talents and who I am and since I was a little girl, mbk, Jeff, januaryine, swag, Walt, hooted hootie, Mike Goodman, suzzette Williams, Misha I mean rca, Peter edge, who believed in me when I was 13 years old. Hi been signed to rca since I was 14 years old. And land ra Williams and vy ola and everybody at the label, and fleck, have I no words. Shout out to Carl cherry, Spotify, apple music, everybody that was a part of this, I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for you guys and there are so many other people to name."] SOUNDCUE (1:41 OC: . . .other people to name.)
In clip seven, Kacey Musgraves accepts the award for Album of the Year for Golden Hour.
- ["Oh my god. Oh my god. I don't even know what to say. It was unbelievable to be even in a category with such gigantic albums, really brilliant works of art. It's really crazy. But I'm very thankful and I know in that category they are all so good it is it... I feal like because of that art, it is really thriving and it has been really beautiful to see that. Thank you for... I would have nothing without songs, it is all about the songsk MI very lucky to have a team that is very trust worthy, very incredible57bd are honest with me. I love my husband so much and this album wouldn't have be created without you. Thank you universal, Jason Owen, Vinny, my sister, she shot and designed auld my all petroleum covers. Daniel trashian. I really don't know what to say, thank you so much. Thanks for spedding this music. Thank you. Thanks."] SOUNDCUE (1:23 OC: . . .this music. Thank you. Thanks.)
In clip eight, Kacey Musgraves accepts the award for Best Country Album for Golden Hour.
- ["Oh my gosh, I never dreamed that this record would be met with such love, such warmth, such positivity, it seriously means the world to me. I love country music with everything that I am. And I'm very proud to be able to get to share my vergses of that with the world. Thank you for supporting that. I made this record with these two guys right here. Ian and Daniel, and I really want to thank Jason Owen, he las been there since day one, mymanager am he believes so big, dreams so big and he can help may achieve anything. I love you, Jason, thank you. Thank you so much to mie family, my sweet husband is down here, Rustin, I love you. I really believe I wouldn't have this album if I hadn't met you and you didn't open my heart like you did. So thank you so much. Thank you, thank you, ken,erlick, thank you grammy, thank you to all the fans who have done nothing but spread positivity and love about this album. And you really gave it wings it means so much to me. Thank you so much."] SOUNDCUE (1:09 OC: . . .you so much.)
In clip nine, Lady Gaga accepts the award for Pop Duo Group Performance for Shallow.
- ["Thank you so much. I got to thank god, thank you for looking out for me. Thank you for my family, at home, I love you. Thank you, I wish Bradley was here with me right now. He's over in the U.K., I know he wants to be here, Bradley, I love singing this song with you. And I, if I don't get another chance to say this, I just want to say I'm's so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. They're so important. And a lot of artists, a lot of artists deal with that. And we got to take care of each other. So if you see somebody that is hurting, don't look away. And if you are hurting, eventhough it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them newspaper your head with you. I love you, thank you so much to the grammys. Thank you."] SOUNDCUE (1:13 OC: . . .grammys. Thank you.)
In clip ten, Michelle Obama talks what music means.
- [" From the motown records I wore out on the south side to the who run the world songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tellmy story. And I know that's true for everybody here. Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear oneanother, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song."] SOUNDCUE (1:09 OC: . . .within every song.)
In clip eleven, Producer Ludwig Goransson accepts the award for Record of the Year for This is America.
- ["Riley. Obviously we are not Donald. I just want to say creating music with childish Gambino has been one of the greatest joys of my life. As a kid growing up in Sweden, loving American music I always drement of migrating here, working with artists like Donald glover. I really wish he was hear with us right now because this is truly his vision. And he gets all the credit. In matter where are you born or what country are you from, you connect in America. It speaks to people, it connects, right to your soul. It calls out injustice, celebrates life, and reunites all at the same time. And we so happy to be here. We want to thank rca. World shall we want to thank all the rappers featured on the song, 21 savage who should be here tonight, young star, Slim Jim."] SOUNDCUE (1:16 OC: . . .young star, Slim Jim.)