11 Feb Recap: 2019 Grammy Awards
The 61st Grammy Awards went down last night, and overall, it was missing a bit of star power. Sure, Michelle Obama made an exciting cameo, but a lot of music’s biggest stars declined invitations to perform — most notably Ariana Grande, who got into somewhat of a public spat with Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich.
This year, the Grammys appeared to be going the progressive route. Cardi B made history as the first woman to win the Best Rap Album award, while Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” became the first rap song to win for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. I have written at length about how I feel about that song and video, so I’ma chill on today. I wouldn’t have given Childish Gambino those awards, but its the Grammys and I’m used to being disappointed. Besides, there was an even bigger travesty — more on that later.
H.E.R. won for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance, while Drake won for Best Rap Song; his acceptance speech was one of the highlights of the ceremony. Ariana Grande won her first Grammy and Lady Gaga took home three trophies.
The big winner of the night, however, was Kacey Musgraves, who not only won four awards — more than anyone else — but won the night’s big prize: Album of the Year. That’s right. The Recording Academy buttered us up all night just so they could play the same old tricks. I have to laugh.
Cardi B’s live rendition of “Money” was by far the performance of the night.
Fantasia, Yolanda Adams and Andra Day’s joint Aretha Franklin tribute gets an honorable mention. And while it wasn’t officially a performance, Alicia Keys’ double-piano medley also gets a mention because it was simply amazing.
For a full list of this year’s Grammy winners, click here.