Kacey Musgraves won album of the year and Cardi B became the first woman to win best rap album as a solo artist. Host for the evening and 15-time winner Alicia Keys opened the televised ceremony of the 61st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles by welcoming on stage Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and the former first lady.
The ceremony began with Michelle Obama joining on stage a group of powerful women, beginning a theme that was in stark contrast to last year when female voices were somewhat muted.
Dua Lipa flew the flag for British music at the Grammys on Sunday night, accepting the award for best new artist before taking a swipe at the Academy for their comments about female musicians last year.
Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” won Grammys for song and record of the year on Sunday. “This Is America” won four awards and Gaga’s “Shallow,” from the movie “A Star Is Born,” won two.
It was also a big night for rap. Drake surprised the music world when he turned up to accept the best rap song, while Childish Gambino made history by winning song of the year, the first time the award has gone to a hip-hop track.
There was a lot to celebrate at Sunday’s brilliantly diverse Grammy Awards, with women and people of color dominating top categories including album (Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour”), record and song of the year (both Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”). Latin artists impressed at the top of the show with a medley from Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin and J Balvin, while Motown music got a high-energy tribute from Jennifer Lopez and Smokey Robinson.
Ariana Grande was a no-show, but still picked up her first award. Days after the release of new album “thank u, next,” pop’s reigning princess picked up her first-ever Grammy Award for best pop vocal album (for last year’s “Sweetener”), which was announced hours before the ceremony started.