Last night the 2019 Grammy Awards took place, with artists like Cardi B, Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa taking several of the major prizes home.
Cardi B scooped Best Rap Album – the first woman to ever win the award – while Kacey Musgraves won the night’s biggest award, Album of the Year, for her ‘Golden Hour’ LP.
The UK was represented by Dua Lipa winning Best New Artist, while James Blake scooped Best Rap Performance alongside Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Future, and Mura Masa won Best Remixed Recording for his Haim rework.
Drake used his acceptance speech for ‘God’s Plan’ as Best Rap Song to critique the awards: “All my peers that make music from their heart, that do things pure and tell the truth, I wanna let you know we’re playing an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” he said. “So it’s not the NBA, where at the end of the year, you’re holding a trophy because you made the right decisions or won the games.”
“The point is, you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown,” he continued. “Look, look, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this [award] right here. I promise you, you already won.” His microphone was cut off by the organisers.
Grammy Awards 2019 winners:
Album of the year: Kacey Musgraves – ‘Golden Hour’
Record of the year: Childish Gambino – ‘This Is America’
Song of the year: Childish Gambino – ‘This Is America’
Best new artist: Dua Lipa
Best pop solo performance: Lady Gaga – ‘Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)’
Best pop duo/group performance: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – ‘Shallow’
Best traditional pop vocal album: Willie Nelson – ‘My Way’
Best pop vocal album: Ariana Grande – ‘Sweetener’
Best dance recording: Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson – ‘Electricity’
Best dance/electronic album: Justice – ‘Woman Worldwide’
Best alternative album: Beck – ‘Colors’
Best R&B performance: H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar – ‘Best Part’
Best urban contemporary album: The Carters – ‘Everything Is Love’
Best rap performance: Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake – ‘King’s Dead’ and Anderson .Paak – ‘Bubblin’
Best rap song: Drake – ‘God’s Plan’
Best rap album: Cardi B – ‘Invasion Of Privacy’
Best country album: Kacey Musgraves – ‘Golden Hour’
Best musical theatre album: The Band’s Visit
Producer of the year, non-classical: Pharrell Williams
Best music video: Childish Gambino – ‘This Is America’
Best Remixed Recording: Alex Crossan – ‘Walking Away (Mura Masa remix)’