LOS ANGELES (AP) — Girls and rap triumphed on the Grammys on Sunday as feminine acts took house prime prizes together with album of the yr and finest new artist, and Infantile Gambino made historical past when his hit “This Is America” turned the primary rap-based observe to win file and track of the yr.
Kacey Musgraves’ country-pop launch “Golden Hour” received album of the yr, and British singer Dua Lipa received finest new artist — a yr after feminine voices have been considerably muted on the 2018 ceremony and the Grammys have been criticized for the low variety of feminine nominees.
Six girls have been nominated for finest new artist, and 5 of the eight album-of-the-year nominees have been girls, together with Brandi Carlile, who described herself as “a child from the ’90s from Lilith Honest.”
“These girls have been simply dominating these platforms. They have been dominating these area and amphitheater phases. They have been getting file offers. They have been turning into file executives themselves,” Carilie mentioned. However watching these positive factors “backslide for the final 20 years has been heartbreaking.”
“Tonight offers me hope as a mom of two younger daughters,” mentioned Carilie, who received three honors within the Americana class and was probably the most nominated girls with six.
Musgraves and Gambino have been the evening’s prime winners, taking house 4 awards every. “This Is America” additionally received finest music video and finest rap/sung efficiency.
Ludwig Goransson, who co-wrote and produced Gambino’s track, mentioned he was stunned a rap track had by no means received up to now.
“If you happen to take heed to the radio or if simply you watch our tradition or have a look at probably the most downloaded and streamed artists and purchased albums, you see what’s on the prime and what folks take heed to and also you see what folks get impressed by. It is about time one thing like this occurred,” he mentioned backstage.
Gambino’s historic win comes years after rappers have struggled to win within the prime classes, together with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. Drake, who has misplaced within the massive 4 classes over time, informed the room of musicians that profitable awards is not crucial if in case you have actual followers attending your live shows 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 return to your exhibits, you do not want this proper right here. I promise you. You already received,” mentioned Drake, who received finest rap track for “God’s Plan.”
He tried to proceed talking however was lower off because the ceremony abruptly went to a business.
The final time a rapper received album of the yr was in 2004 with Outkast. Solely a handful of rappers have received finest new artist. Cardi B additionally made historical past as the primary solo feminine to win finest 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 along with her rapper-husband Offset holding her arm.
“The nerves are so dangerous. Perhaps I would like to begin smoking weed,” she mentioned 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 lady competing for the highest award, Lorde, didn’t get an opportunity to carry out onstage.
Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow, who final yr mentioned girls have to “step up” and later acknowledged that it was a “poor selection of phrases,” appeared to deal with his 2018 feedback throughout Sunday’s present.
“This previous yr I have been reminded that if coming nose to nose with a problem opens your eyes broad sufficient, it makes you extra dedicated than ever to assist handle 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,” mentioned Portnow, who didn’t search a renewal on his contract, which ends this yr.
Lipa alluded to Portnow’s 2018 phrases when she received finest new artist: “I suppose this yr we have actually stepped up.”
The Grammys kicked off with a bunch of highly effective girls, together with Michelle Obama, describing the position of music of their lives.
“Music has all the time helped me inform my story,” mentioned Obama, who stunned 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, girls,” Keys mentioned. “There’s nothing higher than this.”
Gaga received three Grammys, together with finest 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 “Crimson 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 yr.
Diana Ross earned a standing ovation when she emerged onstage in a vivid crimson gown to carry out “Attain Out and Contact (Someone’s Hand)” and “The Finest Years of My Life.” She celebrated her 75th birthday early with the efficiency, saying afterward, “Glad birthday to me!” Her precise birthday is March 26.
R&B singer H.E.R., who received two R&B awards, surprised as she performed her guitar and sang. Chloe x Halle, nominated for 2 awards, impressed after 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 not performing on the present.
Beck was a double winner throughout the pre-telecast, taking house finest various music album and finest 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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