Friday, 22 February, 2019

The 2019 Grammy Awards

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Herman Weaver | 11 February, 2019, 05:56

Drake won the Best Rap Song Award for "God's Plan" at the 61st Grammys Awards, and his acceptance speech came with a bit of controversy. Critics may carp about the Grammy Awards themselves going to bland, middle-of-the-road acts instead of trailblazers, but Grammy red carpet fashion is usually wilder and more fun to gawk at then the self-consciously chic finery stars sport to the Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys and more.

For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists are leading the pack - but observers are still wondering if nominations success can translate into big wins.

This marks yet another rough year for the Grammys. Best new artist Alessia Cara was the only woman to receive her own award during the telecast, and Lorde, the sole woman to earn an album of the year nomination, was not invited to perform her own music. "I'm in tears with honor and gratitude..." she tweeted after her win for A Star Is Born was announced.

Some members from the group, which is presenting at this year's ceremony, wore white ties, bow ties or no ties at all.

They are both up for album of the year, alongside Cardi B, H.E.R., Post Malone and Janelle Monae. Emily Lazar, one of the engineers who worked on the album and won alongside Beck, said onstage that she was the first female mastering engineer to win in the latter category.

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Women were strongly represented at this year's Grammys. Instead, it was 100 percent Gaga - and singer Gaga, not actress Gaga - up on that stage, back to her old tricks of belting out lyrics amid leg kicks, insane faces and whipping her hair back and forth.

Brandi Carlile, who's already taken home three trophies, for best American roots performance and best American roots song for "The Joke", as well as best Americana album for By The Way, I Forgive You. Other big stars also won't be in attendance, including Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards. 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. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.

The soundtrack was produced by Lamar and includes performances by Lamar, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, 2 Chainz and more.

A performance honoring the legacy of the late "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin is also expected.

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