Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” just keeps winning this awards season, picking up three Grammys.
A tearful Gaga accepted the award best pop duo/group performance for the song “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”, thanking co-star Bradley Cooper who was in England for the British film academy awards, the BAFTAs,
In a pre-telecast ceremony, she was among the winners for best song written for visual media, which was also awarded to “Shallow.” She also won best pop solo performance for “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Going?)”
“Shallow” is also nominated at the Academy Awards, where “A Star Is Born” is competing for best picture and other honours.
“I just wanted to say, if I don’t get a chance to again, that I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues,” Gaga said.
Gaga, now a nine-time Grammy winner, missed out on Song of the Year, which went to Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”.
The Grammy Awards kicked off with a group of powerful women, including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, describing the role of music in their lives - a display that came a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony.
“Music has always helped me tell my story,” Obama said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It allows us to hear one another.”
Gaga told the crowd: “They said I was weird, that my look, that my choices, that my sound wouldn’t work. But music told me not to listen to them.”
Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidarity with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who hosted the show.
“Yes, ladies,” Keys said. “There’s nothing better than this.”
The opening contrasted with last year’s Grammys, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the top award, Lorde, didn’t get a chance to perform onstage.
But this year, Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves won three Grammys each.
An overwhelmed Cardi B won her first Grammy Award on Sunday night, making history as the first solo woman to win best rap album.
“Invasion of Privacy” beat out albums by the late Mac Miller, Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T and Travis Scott.
“Oh my goodness,” she said, struggling to gather herself. “Whoa, child.”
Cardi B is just the fifth woman ever nominated in the category, which was created in 1995.
Cardi B took the stage at the Staples Center holding the hand of husband, Offset, with whom she has reunited after marital issues last year.
Holding the trophy in her white-gloved hands, Cardi B thanked “you husband” and the couple’s daughter, who was born seven months to the date.
“I’m sorry, I just, oh the nerves are so bad,” she said. “Maybe I need to start smoking weed.”
Cardi B told the crowd she found out she was pregnant before her album was completed. She was under pressure to finish it and do video shoots before she began showing.
“He was like you’re going to do this album,” she said of Offset. “We’re going to have this baby and do this album.”
Cardi B had one of the show’s memorable performances, twerking on a piano and strutting with peacock-like plumage attached to her hips while singing “Money.” Her necklace fell off mid-song but she kept on going.
She lost out on her other four nominations, including in the record and album of the year categories.
Jennifer Lopez blew away her critics with an energetic Motown tribute, belting out hits such as “Dancing Machine” and “Dancing in the Street.”
She faced backlash on social media for her lead participation in a tribute recognizing an historic African-American record label.
Some online questioned why a black artist wasn’t chosen instead of Lopez, but she received support from Smokey Robinson, who joined her in a duet to perform “My Girl,” a song he co-wrote. She then briefly teamed up with Alicia Keys on “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and sang “Another Star” with Ne-Yo, who played the piano.
Lopez performed “Please Mr. Postman” while wearing a black ensemble with white feathers and accompanied by a group of dancers. She also sported a sparkling bodysuit during “Money (That’s What I Want).”
After she finished, she told the crowd that she was “grateful” to be there.
Lopez said she dedicated her performance to her mother. The 49-year-old singer said she grew up on Motown music through her mom, listening to different artists such as The Temptations and The Supremes.
Her performance comes days ahead of Motown’s tribute concert to celebrate the label’s 60th anniversary.
Berry Gordy, who stood during Lopez’s performance, founded Motown Records in 1959. The record label was home to numerous music artists including Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.
Ariana Grande won her first Grammy Award on Sunday, but the singer didn’t collect it after deciding to skip the ceremony following a public dispute with the show’s producer.
Grande won the best pop vocal album trophy for “Sweetener,” beating Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. Grande was not in attendance at the pre-telecast ceremony, but she wrote on Twitter that her win was “wild and beautiful.”
“I know I’m not there tonight,” she tweeted. “Trust, I tried and still truly wished it had worked.”
Grande accused Grammy telecast executive producer Ken Ehrlich of lying about discussions with the superstar singer about performing at Sunday’s ceremony. Ehrlich told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grande had told producers that she didn’t have adequate time to prepare.
“As it turned out, when we finally got to the point where we thought maybe it would work, she felt it was too late for her to pull something together for sure,” he said in an interview.
But Grande fired back in a social media post that she “can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken.” She alleged her “creativity” and “self-expression” was “stifled,” adding, “I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more.”
During the show, Grande also tweeted and quickly deleted criticism of the Grammys after the late Mac Miller - her ex - lost to Cardi B for rap album of the year.
Grande called Miller’s loss “trash” and also used an expletive. She later clarified she wasn’t criticizing Cardi B.
Miller died of an accidental drug overdose last year at age 26.
Hugh Jackman, an Emmy and Tony winner, won his first Grammy, picking up best compilation soundtrack for visual media for “The Greatest Showman.”
Beck was a double winner during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for “Colors.” Emily Lazar, one of the engineers who worked on the album and won alongside Beck, said onstage that she was the first female mastering engineer to win in the latter category.
Tori Kelly, who debuted on the music scene as a pop singer, won two awards for her first gospel album. Christian singer Lauren Daigle also won Grammys.
Dave Chappelle and “Weird Al” Yankovic picked up early awards ahead of the live show, which was scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
Top Grammy Award winners:
Song of the year: “This Is America” by Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson
Album of the year: “Golden Hour”, Kacey Musgraves
Record of the Year: “This is America”, Childish Gambino
Best new artist: Dua Lipa
Best rap album: “Invasion of Privacy”, Cardi B
Best rap song: “God’s Plan”, Drake
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’?)“
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 rap/sung performance: Childish Gambino’s “This Is America“
Best music video: Childish Gambino’s “This Is America“
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
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 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
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“
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“