Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards

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12 February, 2019

At one point, host Alicia Keys awkwardly had to fill time when no-one came forward to accept the song of the year award on his behalf.

Pop star Ariana Grande won her first Grammy award at the ceremony, picking up Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener, beating out Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.

Childish Gambino's ground-breaking hit This Is America was a major victor on the night, taking home four awards: the coveted Record of the Year award, Best Music Video, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Song of the Year.

"I have been super blessed to win 15 Grammys", Keys said. Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees were women, including Carlile's "By the Way, I Forgive You", Janelle Monae's "Dirty Computer", Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy" and H.E.R.'s self-titled album are also in contention. By the Way, I Forgive You is her sixth studio album, and while it was produced by Dave Cobb (among others), he's not the first well-known studio pro to front the soundboard.

British star Dua Lipa won best new artist and country singer Kacey Musgraves took home album of the year - two of the night's biggest prizes.

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British singer Dua Lipa alluded to Portnow's 2018 words when she won best new artist. But her dramatic reaction could be just Lady Gaga's attempt to poke more fun at Ryan for his poor interview skills.

Or the times they needed to follow up on that very important email.

. She also won a BAFTA on Sunday, making her the first person to win a BAFTA and a GRAMMY in the same day. Show me your hands. I'm getting to perform songs that I really, truly love and feel comfortable singing.

The energy kept up with a tribute to Motown, featuring J. Lo.

As for the rest of the night, the boys were just a tad adorable to watch as they danced along to Dolly Parton and her goddaughter Miley Cyrus performing 'Jolene'.

But then again, we may end up back with an ArtPop-era Gaga, which isn't bad either.

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