Los Angeles: The 61st edition of the Grammy awards in Los Angeles’ Staples Center came to an end with names such as Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino and Lady Gaga scoring big wins at music’s biggest night!
Country singer Kacey Musgraves won four Grammys including the 2019 Grammy Abum of the Year award for her critically acclaimed, genre-bending record “Golden Hour”.
Childish Gambino won both Best Song Of The Year and Best Album Of The Year for the politically charged This Is America. Both Kacey Musgraves and Childish Gambino (also known as Donald Glover) won four Grammys each – highest for this edition of the Grammys.
Musgraves defeated H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, Drake, Black Panther: The Album (various artists), Post Malone, Cardi B and Janelle Monae to win the biggest award of the ceremony. The album was co-produced by Musgraves, Ian Fitchuk, and Daniel Tashian.
She also took home awards for best country album, best country song and best country solo performance. “It was unbelievable to be even in a category with such gigantic albums … it’s really crazy. But I’m very thankful. Art is really thriving and it’s been really beautiful to see that. I would have nothing without songs. To me, it’s just all about the songs,” Musgraves said in her acceptance speech.
Cardi B created history by becoming the first female to win the Best Rap Album Grammy award. She won the award for her debut ‘Invasion of Privacy’, beating out Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T, Travis Scott, and the late Mac Miller.
“I want to thank my daughter. 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 complete, like three songs that I was for sure having. And then you know, you know how it was, 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,” Cardi said in her speech. “I can’t breath. Oh my goodness. The nerves are so bad!” She added with a laugh, “Maybe I need to smart smoking weed.”
While Cardi’s the first woman to win the award for a solo act, Lauryn Hill had won the best rap album as part of hip-hop group Fugees in 1997.
Chris Cornell gets Grammy Awards posthumously
Late singer Chris Cornell proved triumphant at the 2019 Grammy Awards. The legendary singer, who tragically passed away in May 2017, won Best Rock Performance for his solo track “When Bad Does Good” off last year’s Chris Cornell box set. In a touching moment, his two children — Toni, 14, and Christopher, 13 — accepted the award in his honor and gave an incredibly emotional speech.
The 61st edition of the Grammys were hosted by 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys. The music awards clashed with the BAFTAs on Sunday evening, which is widely considered as the British Oscars. Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Bornalso won Best Original Music at the BAFTAs.
This marked the first Grammys since the Recording Academy expanded nominee fields for major awards from five artistes to eight.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Album of the year: Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
Record of the year: Childish Gambino, This Is America
Song of the year: Childish Gambino, This Is America
Best new artist: Dua Lipa
Best rap song: Drake, God’s Plan
Best pop solo performance: Lady Gaga, Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)
Best pop duo/group performance: Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper, Shallow
Best rap album: Cardi B, Invasion Of Privacy
Best R&B album: H.E.R, H.E.R
Best pop vocal album: Ariana Grande, Sweetener
Best traditional pop vocal album: Willie Nelson, My Way
Best alternative music album: Beck, Colors
Best country solo performance: Kacey Musgraves, Butterflies
Best country duo/group performance: Dan + Shay, Tequila
Best country song: Kacey Musgraves, Space Cowboy
Best country album: Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
Best gospel album: Tori Kelly, Hiding Place
Best Latin pop album: Claudia Brant, Sincera
Best Americana album: Brandi Carlile, By the Way, I Forgive You
Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: The Greatest Showman
Best song written for visual media: Shallow, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper)
Best music video: This Is America, Childish Gambino, Hiro Murai, with video directors Ibra Ake, Jason Cole and Fam Rothstein
Best comedy album: Equanimity And The Bird Revelation, Dave Chappelle
Best dance/electronic album: Woman Worldwide, Justice
Best rap performance: Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake, King’s Dead (TIE)
Anderson .Paak, Bubblin (TIE)
Best traditional R&B performance: Leon Bridges, Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand (TIE)
PJ Morton ft Yebba, How Deep Is Your Love (TIE)
Best R&B song: Ella Mai, Boo’d Up
Best rap/sung performance: Childish Gambino, This Is America
Producer of the year (non-classical): Pharrell Williams
Best rock song: St Vincent, Masseduction
Best rock performance: Chris Cornell, When Bad Does Good
Best rock album: Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires
Best metal performance: High On Fire, Electric Messiah
Best urban contemporary album: The Carters, Everything Is Love.
(With inputs from Agencies)