Gaga, Carlile, Mus­graves, Gam­bino each win 3 Gram­mys

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mes­fin Fekadu

LOS AN­GE­LES >> 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 sol­idary with Obama, Gaga and Ali­cia Keys, who is host­ing the show air­ing on CBS. “Yes, ladies,” Keys said. “There’s noth­ing bet­ter than this.” 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 three Gram­mys each. Carlile took three honors in the Amer­i­cana cat­e­gory and will com­pete 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,” she said. “I wish Bradley was here with my right now.” 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, Crit­ics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Satel­lite Awards. Women have a strong pres­ence in the top cat­e­gories. Five of the eight al­bum-of-the-year nom­i­nees are women, in­clud­ing 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 self-ti­tled al­bum are also in con­tention. Six of the best-new-artist nom­i­nees are women, in­clud­ing H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.

PHOTO BY MATT SAYLES — INVISION — AP

Maren Morris, from left, Dolly Par­ton and Miley Cyrus per­form “Af­ter The Gol­drush” at the 61st an­nual Grammy Awards on Sun­day in Los An­ge­les.

PHOTO BY MATT SAYLES — INVISION — AP

Katy Perry, from left, Dolly Par­ton and Kacey Mus­graves per­form “Here You Come Again” at the 61st an­nual Grammy Awards on Sun­day in Los An­ge­les.

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