LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ladies and rap triumphed on the Grammys on Sunday as feminine acts took dwelling high prizes together with album of the 12 months and greatest new artist, and Infantile Gambino made historical past when his hit “This Is America” grew to become the primary rap-based observe to win file and track of the 12 months.
Kacey Musgraves’ country-pop launch “Golden Hour” received album of the 12 months, and British singer Dua Lipa received greatest new artist — a 12 months after feminine voices had been considerably muted on the 2018 ceremony and the Grammys had been criticized for the low variety of feminine nominees.
Six ladies had been nominated for greatest new artist, and 5 of the eight album-of-the-year nominees had been ladies, together with Brandi Carlile, who described herself as “a child from the ’90s from Lilith Truthful.”
“These ladies had been simply dominating these platforms. They had been dominating these enviornment and amphitheater levels. They had been getting file offers. They had been changing into file executives themselves,” Carilie stated. However watching these features “backslide for the final 20 years has been heartbreaking.”
“Tonight offers me hope as a mom of two younger daughters,” stated Carilie, who received three honors within the Americana class and was probably the most nominated ladies with six.
Musgraves and Gambino had been the evening’s high winners, taking dwelling 4 awards every. “This Is America” additionally received greatest music video and greatest rap/sung efficiency.
Ludwig Goransson, who co-wrote and produced Gambino’s track, stated he was shocked a rap track had by no means received prior to now.
“In the event you hearken to the radio or if simply you watch our tradition or take a look at probably the most downloaded and streamed artists and purchased albums, you see what’s on the high and what individuals hearken to and also you see what individuals get impressed by. It is about time one thing like this occurred,” he stated backstage.
Gambino’s historic win comes years after rappers have struggled to win within the high classes, together with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. Drake, who has misplaced within the massive 4 classes over time, instructed the room of musicians that profitable awards is not vital in case you have actual followers attending your concert events and singing your songs.
“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 exhibits, you do not want this proper right here. I promise you. You already received,” stated Drake, who received greatest rap track for “God’s Plan.”
He tried to proceed talking however was minimize off because the ceremony all of the sudden went to a industrial.
The final time a rapper received album of the 12 months was in 2004 with Outkast. Solely a handful of rappers have received greatest new artist. Cardi B additionally 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 provide a thank-you speech along with her rapper-husband Offset holding her arm.
“The nerves are so dangerous. Perhaps I want to begin smoking weed,” she stated because the viewers laughed. “I simply wish to say thanks all people that was concerned … I wish to thank my daughter.”
On the 2018 Grammys, male acts dominated in nominations, and the one girl competing for the highest award, Lorde, didn’t get an opportunity to carry out onstage.
Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow, who final 12 months stated ladies have to “step up” and later acknowledged that it was a “poor selection of phrases,” appeared to handle his 2018 feedback throughout Sunday’s present.
“This previous 12 months I have been reminded that if coming head to head with a problem opens your eyes broad sufficient, it makes you extra dedicated than ever to assist tackle these points. The necessity for social change has been the hallmark of the American expertise, from the founding of our nation to the complicated instances we dwell in right this moment,” stated Portnow, who didn’t search a renewal on his contract, which ends this 12 months.
Lipa alluded to Portnow’s 2018 phrases when she received greatest new artist: “I assume this 12 months we have actually stepped up.”
The Grammys kicked off with a gaggle of highly effective ladies, together with Michelle Obama, describing the function of music of their lives.
“Music has at all times helped me inform my story,” stated Obama, who shocked the viewers along 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, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez additionally spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who hosted the present.
“Sure, women,” Keys stated. “There’s nothing higher than this.”
Gaga received three Grammys, together with greatest pop duo/group efficiency for the Oscar-nominated hit “Shallow,” a win she shared with Bradley Cooper. Gaga carried out the track solo since Cooper was in London for the British Academy Movie Awards.
Dolly Parton was honored and carried out alongside Miley Cyrus, Musgraves, Maren Morris and Katy Perry. However the nation music icon actually shined when she sang “Purple Footwear” with nation foursome Little Massive City offering background vocals.
Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day teamed up for a stirring efficiency of “(You Make Me Really feel Like) A Pure Girl” in honor Aretha Franklin, who died final 12 months.
Diana Ross earned a standing ovation when she emerged onstage in a vibrant crimson gown to carry out “Attain Out and Contact (Someone’s Hand)” and “The Greatest Years of My Life.” She celebrated her 75th birthday early with the efficiency, saying afterward, “Joyful birthday to me!” Her precise birthday is March 26.
R&B singer H.E.R., who received two R&B awards, shocked as she performed her guitar and sang. Chloe x Halle, nominated for 2 awards, impressed once they sang Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack’s “The place Is the Love.”
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 now not performing on the present.
Beck was a double winner through the pre-telecast, taking dwelling greatest various 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.
Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ella Mai, Pharrell Williams, Hugh Jackman, Sting, 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.
AP Leisure Author Jonathan Landrum Jr. contributed to this report.
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