7 Moments From The Grammys Where Women Ruled

Some highlights and the lows from the 61st Annual Grammy Awards

Women First 
After last year’s Grammys relegated women performers to a background role, the first 40 minutes of the broadcast were filled with an array of strong female voices: Camila Cabello, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton and a real rock star – Michelle Obama – who got the kind of ovation most of the night’s performers could only dream about.

(L-R) Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez. Photo: AP

Dolly Parton. Photo: AFP/Robyn Beck

Hello, Dolly 
Amid a bevy of women whose careers she influenced, Dolly Parton demonstrated that she’s still got a few more lessons to teach, whether investing her classic Jolene with mountain-soul heart-ache, bringing stripped-down poignancy to Neil Young’s After The Goldrush, or elevating her recent song Red Shoes to the gospel heavens.

A Star Is Born Freight Train 
The Grammys love their Hollywood tie-ins, but as A Star Is Born co-star Lady Gaga accepted her best pop duo/group vocal performance for Shallow, she used the opportunity to make a tear-filled plea. “I’m so proud to be part of a movie that addresses mental health issues… A lot of artists deal with that… if you see someone who’s hurting, don’t turn away.”

Kacey Musgraves wins Best Country Album for Golden Hour. Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake

A Country Detour Wins Big 
Kacey Musgraves collected a country album of the year award for Golden Hour, a decidedly personal and nontraditional take on the music she loved since she was a kid. Her performance of Rainbow, draped in the symbolic colours of the LBGTQ pride flag, spoke to the album’s progressive perspective.

Oddest Pairing 
Post Malone somehow got shoe-horned into a Red Hot Chili Peppers song as a guitarist, which makes no sense at all, in the head-slapping tradition of Linkin Park and Paul McCartney (2006), Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers (2009), Deadmau5 and Foo Fighters (2012) and so many more.

Best Android-Funk Singer On The Planet
Janelle Monae channelled some Prince and melded it with alien flair on Make Me Feel, which only underlined the power of her latest album, Dirty Computer.

Cotton Club Connection 
Cardi B tipped her hat to legendary French entertainer and activist Josephine Baker with a randy performance straight out of 1920s nightclub, whether writhing atop a grand piano or strutting in peacock feathers. – Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service

Winners At The Grammy Awards

Album of the year: “Golden Hour” by Kacey Musgraves
Record of the year: “This Is America” by Childish Gambino
Song of the year: “This Is America” by Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson
Best rap/sung performance: “This Is America” by Childish Gambino
Best music video: “This Is America” by Childish Gambino
Best rap album: “Invasion of Privacy” by Cardi B
Best rap song: “God’s Plan” by Drake
Best new artist: Dua Lipa
Best country album: “Golden Hour” by Kacey Musgraves
Best pop duo/group performance: “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Best pop vocal album: “Sweetener” by Ariana Grande
Best pop solo performance: Lady Gaga’s “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”

Jennifer Lopez performs with Smokey Robinson. Photo: Reuters

Dua Lipa with her Grammys for Best Dance Recording and Best New Artist. Photo: Reuters

Best R&B album: “H.E.R.” by H.E.R.
Best R&B song: “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai, DJ Mustard, Larrance Dopson and Joelle James
Best R&B performance: “Best Part” by H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar
Producer of the year, non-classical: Pharrell Williams
Best rap performance: (tie) “King’s Dead” by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake, and “Bubblin” by Anderson.Paak
Best urban contemporary album: “Everything Is Love” by The Carters
Best traditional pop vocal album: Willie Nelson’s “My Way”
Best rock song: “Masseduction” by St. Vincent
Best rock album: “From the Fires” by Greta Van Fleet
Best rock performance: “When Bad Does Good” by Chris Cornell
Best dance recording: “Electricity” by Silk City and Dua Lipa featuring Diplo and Mark Ronson
Best country song: “Space Cowboy,” Kacey Musgraves (Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves)
Best reggae album: “44/876” by Sting & Shaggy

Cardi B performs Money. Photo: AP

Camila Cabello. Photo: AFP

Ella Mai with the Grammy for Best R&B Song. Photo: AP

Best country solo performance: Kacey Musgraves’ “Butterflies”
Best duo/group country performance: Dan + Shay’s “Tequila”
Best jazz vocal album: “The Window” by Cecile McLorin Salvant
Best alternative music album: “Colors,” Beck
Best comedy album: “Equanimity & the Bird Revelation,” Dave Chappelle
Best Latin pop album: Claudia Brant’s “Sincera”
Best spoken word album: Jimmy Carter’s “Faith _ A Journey for All”
Best folk album: Punch Brothers’ “All Ashore”
Best contemporary Christian music album: Lauren Daigle’s “Look Up Child”
Best musical theater album: “The Band’s Visit”

Anderson Paak, winner of Best Rap Performance, poses with Soul Rasheed. Photo: AFP

Best American roots song: Brandi Carlile’s “The Joke”
Best American roots performance: Brandi Carlile’s “The Joke”
Best Americana album: Brandi Carlile’s “By the Way, I Forgive You”
Best gospel album: Tori Kelly’s “Hiding Place”
Best contemporary Christian music performance/song: Lauren Daigle’s “You Say”
Best world music album: Soweto Gospel Choir’s “Freedom”
Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “The Greatest Showman”
Best score soundtrack for visual media: “Black Panther”
Best song written for visual media: “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”
Best traditional blues album: Buddy Guy’s “The Blues Is Alive and Well”
Best music film: Quincy Jones’ “Quincy”
Best boxed or special limited edition package: “Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of `Weird Al’ Yankovic”

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