ICYMI – GRAMMY AWARDS 19 BEST PERFORMANCES & WINNERS

Music’s biggest night (according to the Recording Academy, anyway) has officially come and gone.

Michelle Obama brought the show to a halt. She made a surprise appearance by forming a new supergroup with Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Jada Pinkett Smith for a collective pep talk on the power of music and lifting your voice.

Dolly Parton was named the MusiCares Person of the Year for 2019, So the Grammys gave Dolly a full tribute during the show with all her best gal pals/successors/spiritual children and Katy Perry.

Cardi B introduced us to our new favorite pianist Chloe Flower and made rap history as the first female solo artist to win Best Rap Album at the Grammys, for her debut, Invasion of Privacy. Lauryn Hill was the last woman to win the award (over 20 years ago), with the Fugees.

Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, and Kacey Musgraves were some of the night’s biggest winners, and no-show Ariana Grande also beat out Taylor Swift to pick up her first-ever Grammy. If you are still somehow hungry for more Grammys content after that almost-four-hour show, you can see the complete list of awards below.

 

PERFORMANCES

Camila Cabello started the show with a typically lively, elaborately staged and color-coded rendition of her Hot 100-topping smash ‘Havana’. She brought along an all-star supporting cast to perform ‘Mi Gente’, including Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug, Ricky Martin & J Balvin, who combined to make the performance one of the biggest parties of the evening. 

Janelle Monae moonwalked across the stage as she sang ‘Make Me Feel’. Perhaps the evening’s most explosive performance, a ripping rendition in which Monae was flanked by dozens of fellow dirty computers. She rolled on the floor, she toggled between gender pronouns, she even briefly mimed masturbation. Prince would’ve been proud. 

A guitar-playing Post Malone took the stage opening his set with ‘Stay’ before delivering the Record of the Year-nominated ‘rockstar’. The Red Hot Chili Peppers then joined Post onstage to perform ‘Dark Necessities’. Anthony Kiedis and Flea rocked out alongside Posty, who played guitar.

H.E.R.‘s performance showed her to be one of the evening’s biggest rock stars as well. Armed with her signature sunglasses and a translucent six-string, the singer-songwriter exuded natural cool and charisma for a performance of her anthemic ‘Hard Place’.

J-Lo performed a medley tribute to the legendary pop and soul label Motown with some surprises, like Lopez dipping into Teena Marie’s ’80s Motown hit ‘Square Biz’ or Ne-Yo showing up for a quick detour into Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life classic ‘Another Star’.

Dolly Parton was named this year’s Music Cares Person Of The Year, and on Friday night there was a whole tribute concert where a bevy of artists honored her with performances and speeches. Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris, Little Big Town & Dolly Parton herself, united for a worthy tribute to the Queen of Country.

Diana Ross celebrated her 75th birthday 6 weeks earlier this yeas singing ‘Best Years Of My Life’ and ‘Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)’.



Yolanda Adams, Fantasia & Andra Day, hit the stage for another powerful tribute, this time to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklyn, singing ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’.

After performing with Bruno Mars at last year’s show, Cardi B returned to deliver her own show-stopping set at Sunday’s show. Performing her latest hit ‘Money’ she turned the Staples Center into Club Cardi as she danced on top of a glittering piano alongside her squad of female dancers. Only Cardi could make a proclamation like “Welcome to the Grammys!” nearly 90 minutes into the telecast and have it not sound ridiculous.

Lady Gaga performed ‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born wearing a silver bodysuit becoming the meme of the night very quickly.



Straddling two pianos, host Alicia Keys showed some of the talents that originally brought her 15 Grammys, performing a variety of mini-covers from the past (Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable”) right up to modern day (Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” and Drake’s “In My Feelings”). She also hit Juice WRLD and Kings of Leon.



Travis Scott tore up the Grammys with a medley of Astroworld hits. He started off slow, performing “Stop Trying to Be God” while joined by Earth, Wind, & Fire and James Blake. He then turned all the way up. Performing inside a cage, Travis launched into ‘No Bystanders’. “Tear the club up” he chanted as fans climbed the metal bars in their Astroworldgear. Travis then climbed out of the cage himself and dived into the arms of fans.

 

WINNERS

Best R&B album

“Sex & Cigarettes,” Toni Braxton
“Good Thing,” Leon Bridges
“Honestly,” Lalah Hathaway
“H.E.R.” H.E.R. *WINNER
“Gumbo Unplugged (Live),” PJ Morton

Best country album

“Unapologetically,” Kelsea Ballerini
“Port Saint Joe,” Brothers Osborne
“Girl Going Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde
“Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves *WINNER
“Volume 2,” Chris Stapleton

Album of the year

“Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B
“By the Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile
“Scorpion,” Drake
“H.E.R.,” H.E.R.
“Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Post Malone
“Dirty Computer,” Janelle Monae
“Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves *WINNER
“Black Panther: The Album,” Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Record of the year

“I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile
“This is America,” Childish Gambino *WINNER
“God’s Plan,” Drake
“Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA
“Rockstar,” Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

Song of the year

“All The Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Al Shuckburgh, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe
“Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Dijon McFarlane
“God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron Latour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib.
“In My Blood,” Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes and Geoffrey Warburton
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth
“The Middle,” Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha and Anton Zaslavski
“Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
“This Is America,” Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson *WINNER

Best new artist

Chloe X Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
H.E.R.
Dua Lipa *WINNER
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

Best pop solo performance

“Colors,” Beck
“Havana (Live),” Camila Cabello
“God Is A Woman,” Ariana Grande
“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga *WINNER
“Better Now,” Post Malone

Best pop vocal album

“Camila,” Camila Cabello
“Meaning Of Life,” Kelly Clarkson
“Sweetener,” Ariana Grande *WINNER
“Shawn Mendes,” Shawn Mendes
“Beautiful Trauma,” P!nk
“Reputation,” Taylor Swift

Best pop duo/group performance

“Fall in Line,” Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Backstreet Boys
“‘S Wonderful,” Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
“Shallow,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper *WINNER
“Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
“Say Something,” Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton
“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Best rap album

“Invasion Of Privacy,” Cardi B *WINNER
“Swimming,” Mac Miller
“Victory Lap,” Nipsey Hussle
“Daytona,” Pusha T
“Astroworld,” Travis Scott

Best rap song

“God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake) *WINNER
“King’s Dead,” Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)
“Lucky You,” R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)
“Sicko Mode,” Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee)
“Win,” K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

Best country song

“Break Up In The End,” Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)
“Dear Hate,” Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)
“I Lived It,” Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
“Space Cowboy,” Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves) *WINNER
“Tequila,” Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)
“When Someone Stops Loving You,” Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best R&B performance

“Long As I Live,” Toni Braxton
“Summer,” The Carters
“Y O Y,” Lalah Hathaway
“Best Part,” H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar *WINNER
“First Began,” PJ Morton
For the complete list of 84 categories click here.
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