Music's top stars hit the Grammys, Carlile and Gaga early winners

11 February, 2019, 06:00 | Author: Norman Carr
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The Staples Center in downtown L.A. played host to some wild fashion moments from the biggest names in music on Sunday, February 10.

In the Best New Artist category, six of the eight nominees are women.

The early wins by women offered a positive sign that change may be afoot at the Recording Academy, which has faced intense backlash over its apparent struggle to embrace diversity.

Childish Gambino's searing "This is America" became the first hip-hop track to win a song of the year Grammy on Sunday, while Lady Gaga dominated the early awards and former USA first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the event.

Gaga also won three, including best pop duo/group performance, a win she shared with Bradley Cooper.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards air Sunday evening on CBS, featuring guest performers, celebrity presenters and nominees including Record of the Year contenders such as "I Like It", "The Joke", "This Is America", "God's Plan", "Shallow", "All the Stars", "Rockstar" and "The Middle". 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. So it was somewhat of a surprise when the Toronto rapper took the stage at tonight's Grammys to accept the award for Best Rap Song. A little later, Gaga was shocked again when her single "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?") won for Best Pop Solo Performance, for which she said she was absolutely shocked. Other big stars also won't be in attendance, including Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards. "Thank you for being my island", she said.


The Scorpion rapper also reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform at the Grammys this year.

Monae's "Dirty Computer" is one of five albums by women nominated for the top prize at Sunday's show.

She hailed the importance "particularly for women to have our seat at the table, to represent the fact that we are so here and so incredible and we are the creators of our music".

"I'm especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!"

Tori Kelly, who debuted on the music scene as a pop singer, won two awards for her first gospel album. You've already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you are a hero in your hometown. Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day will honour the late Aretha Franklin with a performance.

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