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Last night, millions of Americans tuned in to CBS to watch the 61st annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Alicia Keys. Below is a list of select Grammy winners, with relevant ceremony highlights listed aside them.
Album of the Year: Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour. Musgraves performed “Rainbow” and won two more awards: Best Country Song for “Space Cowboy” and Best Country Solo Performance for “Butterflies.”
Record of the Year: Childish Gambino, “This Is America,” which also won Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance, and Best Music Video. “This Is America” is the first-ever hip-hop song to win Song of the Year; despite his making history, though, Childish Gambino was absent from the ceremony.
Best New Artist: Dua Lipa, who performed a medley with St. Vincent. Dua Lipa also won Best Dance Recording for “Electricity,” her collaboration with Silk City, Mark Ronson, and Diplo. St. Vincent won Best Rock Song for “Masseduction” and Best Recording Package for the album MASSEDUCTION.
Best Rap Album: Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy. Cardi B is the first solo female rapper to win Best Rap Album in Grammy history. This was her only win among the five categories in which she was nominated. She performed “Money” at the ceremony.
Best R&B Album: H.E.R., H.E.R. “Best Part” from this album also won Best R&B Performance. She performed “Hard Place” at the ceremony.
Best Rap Song: Drake, “God’s Plan.” His acceptance speech was cut off before he could conclude it.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, “Shallow,” which Gaga performed at the ceremony. This song also received the Best Song Written for Visual Media win, and Gaga’s “Joanne” won Best Pop Solo Performance.
Best Rap Performance: This category had two winners. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake won for “King’s Dead,” as did Anderson .Paak for “Bubblin.” This was Lamar’s one win among his eight nominations.
Best Pop Vocal Album: Ariana Grande, Sweetener. Despite Grande’s domination of pop radio for the past half-decade (not to mention mainstream news headlines), this is her first Grammy win. Following controversy earlier this week, Grande was not at the ceremony to accept her award.
Which of these winners are you most excited about? Who do you think got snubbed? Let us know in the comments!