Fe­male acts, rap songs win big

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Mesfin Fekadu

LO SA NGELE S » Women re­turned at the Gram­mys on Sun­day as fe­male acts won al­bum of the year and best new artist, while rap also tri­umphed, with Child­ish Gam­bino’s “This Is Amer­ica” be­com­ing the first rap­based song to win record and song of the year.

Kacey Mus­graves’ “Golden Hour” picked up al­bum of the year, and Dua Lipa won best new artist.

“I don’t even know what to say,” Mus­graves said. “I am very thank­ful. Win­ning doesn’t make my al­bum any bet­ter than any­body else in that cat­e­gory.”

Gam­bino was the night’s big win­ner, pick­ing up four hon­ors, in­clud­ing best mu­sic video and best rap/sung per­for­mance.

Drake sur­prised the mu­sic world when he emerged on­stage to ac­cept the best rap song tro­phy but told the room of mu­si­cians that win­ning awards isn’t nec­es­sary if you have real fans at­tend­ing your con­certs and singing your songs.

Drake, who rarely at­tends awards shows, won the honor for his mas­sive hit “God’s Plan.”

“You’ve al­ready won if you have peo­ple who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your home­town. Look, if there are peo­ple who have reg­u­lar jobs who are com­ing out in the rain and the snow, spend­ing their hard­earned money to buy tick­ets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I prom­ise you. You al­ready won,” he said at the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les.

He tried to con­tinue speak­ing but was cut off as the cer­e­mony sud­denly went to a com­mer­cial.

Cardi B made his­tory as the first solo fe­male to win best rap al­bum (Lau­ryn Hill won as a mem­ber of the Fugees at the 1997 Gram­mys).

She was shak­ing on­stage as she tried to give a thankyou speech.

“The nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smok­ing weed,” she said. “I just want to say thank you every­body that was in­volved ... I want to thank my daugh­ter.”

The Gram­mys 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.

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.

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

Gaga, now a nine-time Grammy win­ner, won best pop solo per­for­mance for “Joanne,” while hit “Shal­low,” from “A Star is Born,” was named best song writ­ten for vis­ual me­dia. The song is nom­i­nated for an Os­car and also won at the Golden Globes, the Crit­ics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Satel­lite Awards.

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.” He later ac­knowl­edged that it was a “poor choice of words,” and his much-crit­i­cized re­marks forced the academy to launch a new task force fo­cused on in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity.

Bri­tish singer Dua Lipa al­luded to Port­now’s 2018 words when she won best new artist.

“I guess this year we’ve re­ally stepped up,” she said.

Mus­graves picked up best coun­try al­bum for “Golden Hour,” best coun­try solo per­for­mance for “But­ter­flies” and best coun­try song for “Space Cow­boy.”

There was a tie for best rap per­for­mance, but Drake was sur­pris­ingly not one of the win­ners. Drake’s “Nice for What” lost to An­der­son Paak’s “Bub­blin’” and Ken­drick La­mar, Jay Rock, Fu­ture and James Blake’s “King’s Dead,” from the “Black Pan­ther” sound­track. Al­bum of the year: “Golden Hour” by Kacey Mus­graves Record of the year: “This Is Amer­ica” by Child­ish Gam­bino

Song of the year: “This Is Amer­ica” by Child­ish Gam­bino and Lud­wig Go­rans­son

Best mu­sic video: “This Is Amer­ica” by Child­ish Gam­bino

Best rap al­bum: “In­va­sion of Pri­vacy” by Cardi B

Best rap song: “God’s Plan” by Drake

Best new artist: Dua Lipa Best coun­try al­bum: “Golden Hour” by Kacey Mus­graves Best pop duo/group per­for­mance: “Shal­low” by LadyGa­gaandBradley Cooper

Best pop vo­cal al­bum: “Sweet­ener” by Ari­ana Grande

Best pop solo per­for­mance: Lady Gaga’s “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” Best R&B al­bum: “H.E.R.” by H.E.R.

Best R&B song: “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai, DJ Mus­tard, Lar­rance Dop­son and Joelle James

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 coun­try song: “Space Cow­boy,” Kacey Mus­graves Best coun­try solo per­for­mance: Kacey Mus­graves’ “But­ter­flies” Best duo/group coun­try per­for­mance: Dan+Shay’s “Te­quila”

Best al­ter­na­tive mu­sic al­bum: “Col­ors,” Beck

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