61st Grammy's Winners!
The 61 st Grammy Awards was hosted by the infamous, Alicia Keys, who brought a mass of feminine and positive energy to the show. In addition to all the many winners, the Grammy’s staged a variety of performances from many artists. Camila Cabello opened the award show up with "Havana"/"Mi Gente" featuring Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug, Ricky Martin & J Balvin. Post Malone soon after performed a solo acoustic ballad of “Stay", followed by "Rockstar”, and finished up his set with the Red-Hot Chili Peppers for "Dark Necessities. H.E.R set the stage with her mysterious soulful performance of "Hard Place”, wooing the audience with her raw vocals and killer guitar solo. The eccentric Janelle Monae, was another female Rockstar with her electrifying rendition of" Make Me Feel," radiating with prince vibes on the stage. We also can’t forget about Cardi B’s, “Welcome to the Grammys!" energetic performance of “Money”. The “Invasion of Privacy” artist lit the stage on fire, both rapping, dancing, and changing outfits during her set.
New artist Brandi Carlile’s performance was also a pleasant shock to the world, with her strong and emotional tone of her record "The Joke". If the world didn’t know her before the Grammy’s, they do now. Travis Scott continued the heat fest performing, "Stop Trying to Be God" featuring James Blake and Earth, Wind & Fire. The visuals for his performance were exciting as he stood in a cage on the stage with at least 50 people climbing and rattling on it for his song “No Bystanders.”
The Grammy’s were special to Diana Ross this year, as she celebrated her 75th birthday. Her grandson’s introduction of her was absolutely adorable. Ms. Ross filled the stage with loving vibrations as she performed "The Best Years of My Life" and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." The entire audience joined hands and sang along with Diana Ross nostalgically. The award show paid tribute to the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton as well, performed by Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris, Little Big Town & Dolly Parton. The world was singing along with Dolly Parton and her god daughter Miley Cyrus as they sang the classic hit record "Jolene.” Host Alicia Keys also paid tribute to the late Hazel Scott as she sat between two pianos, performing a variety of mini-covers from the past until the present. Best new artist nominees Chloe X Halle, performed a fine tribute to the late great Donny Hathaway singing a beautiful harmonious cover to "Where Is the Love?" These young women never fail to give us a good quality vocal performance.
Although the tributes were greatly appreciated, Jennifer Lopez shocked the audience with a strange culture clash of a Motown tribute. Needless to say, Black Twitter was triggered. Many people couldn’t understand why the veteran artist was covering the Motown tribute for the Grammy’s, especially during black history month. Although she wasn’t everyone’s preference, Lopez provided an energetic tribute to Motown by performing a timeline of classic songs. A short but sweet Aretha Franklin tribute also was done by Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day. The three powerful soul singers sang “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
Here’s a list of this years’ Grammy award winners: Best R&B album: "H.E.R". H.E.R Best country album: "Golden Hour", Kacey Musgraves Album of the year: "Golden Hour," Kacey Musgraves Record of the year: "This is America", Childish Gambino Song of the year: "This Is America", Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson Best new artist: Dua Lipa Best pop solo performance: "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Going?)," Lady Gaga Best pop vocal album: "Sweetener", Ariana Grande Best pop duo/group performance: "Shallow", Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Best rap album: "Invasion Of Privacy", Cardi B Best rap song: "God's Plan," Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake) Best country song: "Space Cowboy", Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves) Best R&B performance: "Best Part", H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar