Women take hold of Grammys
The Grammy Awards kicked off Sunday 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 airing on CBS.
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 multiple Grammys.
Carlile won three honors in the Americana category and competed for the three biggest awards during the live show: album, song and record of the year.
Gaga also won three, including best pop duo/group performance, a win she shared with Bradley Cooper.
“Thank you so much. I got to thank God, thank you for looking out for me. Thank you for my family,” The always stylish Janelle Monae didn’t disappoint at the Staples Center. Diana Ross rocks the house with an all-too-quick performance of “The Best Years Of My Life” and “Reach Out And Touch.”
she said. “I wish Bradley was here with me right now.”
Gaga, now a nine-time Grammy winner, won for best song written for visual media for “Shallow,” from “A Star is Born.” The song is nominated for an Oscar and also won at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Satellite Awards.
Women had a strong presence in the top categories. Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees were women: Carlile’s “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Janelle Monae’s “Dirty Computer,” Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy,” Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” and H.E.R.’S selftitled album.
Six of the best-new-artist nominees were women: H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Dolly Parton was a vision in red on the Grammys red carpet. Rexha and Jorja Smith.
When asked about the lack of women in the top categories at the 2018 Grammys, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said women need to “step up.” His much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.
Ariana Grande won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show.
Childish Gambino, Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle won two awards each. Non-traditional winners included Hugh Jackman, Dave Chappelle, “Weird Al” Yankovic and even former President Jimmy Carter.