The phenomenal Alicia Keys hosted last night’s Grammys ceremony. The monologue was mostly shout-outs until she introduced a few of her friends, including J. Lo, Gaga, Jada, and Michelle freakin’ Obama, who had to quiet the audience so that she could continue.
Camila Cabello opened the show with a very fun performance of “Havana” featuring several cool cameos including Ricky Martin. On the other hand, JLo was inexplicably chosen to give the Motown tribute performance last night, despite having no real connections to Motown.
I know we give John Mayer a lot of (deserved) shit, but as host, Alicia Keys told a story about losing out to Mayer for Song of the Year in 2005. Mayer, who thought that Keys deserved the Grammy, broke his Grammy in half and gave the other half to her. Here they are reuniting that Grammy.
It was Childish Gambino’s “This is America” that won both Song and Record of the Year, though Gambino was not on hand to collect the Grammy, as he had apparently stayed home to protest the lack of diversity among the Grammy voters. Drake, however, did show up, and during his acceptance speech for Best Rap song, he spoke to the lack of diversity among Grammy voters, although he was also cut off.
Lady Gaga also won big, taking home the trophy for Pop Duo for “The Shallow” (along with Brad Cooper), Best Song for a Visual Medium, and Pop Solo Performance for “Joanne.” She also came out and performed both sides of “The Shallow.” It was stellar.
Cardi B won Best Rap Album, and she stirred some feelings on social media by being walked onstage by her husband Offset. She was, however, flustered and adorable during her speech.
Other notable winners: Kacey Musgraves won album of the year (and best country album) for Golden Hour; Dua Lipa won Best New Artist; Greta Van Fleet won best Rock Album for From the Fires; Chris Cornell won a posthumous award for Best Rock Performance, “When Bad Does Good”; Ariana Grande won Best Pop Album; and Dave Chappelle won Best Comedy Album.
Meanwhile, probably the best performances of the night belonged to Janelle Monáe and one of the most nominated artists, Brandi Carlile, who won Best Americana Album. While “The Joke” lost out on Best Record and Best Song, Carlile still gave a hell of a rousing performance.
Janelle Monáe was shut out in the one category in which she was nominated (Best Album), but she gave the night’s coolest performance, an homage to Prince.
(Performance vids via Uproxx)
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