Women Own the Night at the 2019 Grammys – The Color Brief February 11, 2019
The 61stAnnual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night. It was a huge night for women, as a rebuke of Recording Academy President Neil Portnow’s comments that women needed to “step up” to receive greater recognition.
Cardi B became the first woman to win the Best Rap Album honor and gave a tearful, unfiltered acceptance speech. She also gave a memorable, high-energy performance of her new single, “Money”.
H.E.R. took home trophies for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album.
And there were a string of notable performances, including Janelle Monae’s medley of hits from her nominated album Dirty Computer, and a stirring rendition of “Natural Woman” by Fantasia, Yolanda Adams, and Andra Day, in tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Childish Gambino, Donald Glover’s musical alter ego, became the first rapper to win Song and Record of the Year, for his viral hit “This Is America”. He was not present to accept the awards.
Drake was on hand to pick up his Grammy for Best Rap Song. His acceptance speech was a stinging criticism of the award itself as he reminded artists that they don’t need approval from the Recording Academy to find success. He was cut off mid-speech.
Other big moments included a surprise appearance from former First Lady Michelle Obama, who helped open the show with heartfelt words about music’s impact on our lives.
In other news…
Letitia Wright won big at the BAFTAs, taking home the fan-voted Rising Star Award. She was up against Cynthia Erivo and Lakeith Stanfield. Alfonso Cuarón was the night’s biggest winner, taking home multiple awards for Roma. BlacKkKlansman and Mahershala Ali also continued their award season winning streaks.
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