The night’s di­ver­sity proves ‘all of it mat­ters’

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - Pa­trick Ryan

There was a lot to cel­e­brate at Sun­day’s won­der­fully 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 daz­zled at the top of the show with a med­ley from Camila Ca­bello, Ricky Martin and J Balvin, and Mo­town got a high-en­ergy (if some­what ques­tion­able) trib­ute from Jen­nifer Lopez and Smokey Robin­son.

More of the night’s big­gest mo­ments that you might’ve missed:

Drake shows up to ac­cept award but seem­ingly is si­lenced

The Gram­mys were ruth­less with the play­off mu­sic this year, cut­ting off speeches by win­ners in­clud­ing Dua Lipa, H.E.R. and Cardi B. But none sparked more ou­trage on­line than Drake’s, whose mi­cro­phone ap­peared to be si­lenced mid­speech as he ac­cepted the award for best rap song for “God’s Plan.” The rap­per – who no­to­ri­ously crit­i­cized the Gram­mys for fail­ing to in­clude hip-hop cat­e­gories in the tele­vised show and hasn’t at­tended the cer­e­mony since 2013 – gave an im­pas­sioned speech that es­sen­tially boiled down to why the awards don’t mat­ter. “You don’t need this right here, I prom­ise you,” he said, ad­dress­ing fel­low artists. “You al­ready won. But – .”

Cardi B tear­fully thanks daugh­ter and her hus­band Off­set

The “I Like It” break­out be­came the first fe­male rap­per to win the Grammy for best rap al­bum as a solo artist for last year’s hit “In­va­sion of Pri­vacy.” Ac­cept­ing the award, Cardi gave the night’s fun­ni­est and most heart­warm­ing speech: jok­ing about her nerves walk­ing on­stage (“Maybe I need to start smok­ing weed”) and thank­ing her semi-es­tranged hus­band, rap­per Offset, and their 7-month-old daugh­ter, Kul­ture (“When I found out I was preg­nant, my al­bum was not com­plete. We were like, ‘We have to get this al­bum done so I can shoot these videos while I’m still not show­ing.’ And it was very long nights.”).

Michelle Obama makes a sur­prise ap­pear­ance

No one makes an en­trance quite like the for­mer first lady, whose pres­ence earned such deaf­en­ing cheers that she had to restart her speech. Obama was on hand to open the Gram­mys with host Ali­cia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jada Pin­kett Smith and Jen­nifer Lopez as they shared their thoughts on the power of mu­sic. “From the Mo­town records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘who run the world’ songs that fu­eled me through this last decade, mu­sic has al­ways helped me tell my story,” Obama told the au­di­ence. “It al­lows us to hear each other and to in­vite each other in. Mu­sic shows us that all of it mat­ters.”

Lady Gaga con­fuses Twit­ter with her “Shal­low” per­for­mance

The ac­tress/singer served hair, body and face for her over-the-top ren­di­tion of “A Star Is Born,” which picked up two Gram­mys, in­clud­ing best pop duo/ group per­for­mance. In a be­daz­zled jump­suit with chunky plat­form heels, Gaga went full ’80s glam-rock as she belted out the track: swing­ing her jew­elem­bel­lished mi­cro­phone, claw­ing at the air and mug­ging to the cam­era. Some peo­ple on Twit­ter were taken aback by the dra­matic dis­play; users called it ev­ery­thing from “pow­er­ful” to “weird.”

Dolly Par­ton out­shines ev­ery­one in her all-star trib­ute

The eight-time Grammy win­ner proved why she’s the Queen of Coun­try in an A-list cel­e­bra­tion of her five-decade ca­reer, singing some of her big­gest hits with god­daugh­ter Mi­ley Cyrus, Kacey Mus­graves, Lit­tle Big Town, Maren Mor­ris and Katy Perry. Par­ton, 73, earned a stand­ing ova­tion for her rous­ing vo­cals on lat­est sin­gle “Red Shoes” be­fore clos­ing out the per­for­mance with crowd fa­vorite “9 to 5.”

Bebe Rexha shuts down fat-sham­ing de­sign­ers

The “Meant to Be” singer looked and felt like a princess on the car­pet in a bil­low­ing red Mon­soori gown, weeks af­ter she re­vealed in an In­sta­gram video that many de­sign­ers re­fused to dress her for the show be­cause she’s “too big.” Since then, Rexha says, she has re­ceived sup­port from fans and other de­sign­ers, and she found the dress of her dreams. “It’s been amaz­ing . ... I just did the video be­cause I was re­ally heart­bro­ken,” she told E! on the red car­pet, call­ing her two Grammy nom­i­na­tions a “Cin­derella mo­ment” in a taped seg­ment.

Drake was on hand for “God’s Plan,” but all did not go as planned.

Lady Gaga held noth­ing back with “Shal­low.” PHO­TOS BY ROBERT HANASHIRO/USA TO­DAY

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