Last night (February 10th), was music’s biggest night: the 61st annual Grammy Awards hosted by none other than 15-time winner Alicia Keys. While a massive number of gramophone trophies were given out to many outstanding artists, certain moments stood out among all the excitement.
One of the most coveted awards, Record of the Year, came as a surprise to many who thought that a Hip-Hop giant would take home the prize. Country music’s Kacey Musgraves earned the honor for her Golden Hour project, which beat out Drake‘s Scorpion, Post Malone‘s beerbongs & bentleys as well as the entire Black Panther soundtrack. Speaking to reporters backstage, the 30-year-old singer was asked if she thought the win would help get her music on the radio, to which Musgraves replied with an important point: “To me, radio isn’t necessarily the mark of what makes good music.”
Cardi B made history by not only defeating the late Mac Miller’s Swimming and Travis Scott‘s Astroworld for Best Rap Album at the 2019 Grammys, but in doing so, she became the first solo female to win the award. Previously, Lauryn Hill nabbed the trophy in 1997 for The Score but she achieved it through her work with the Fugees. In addition, Dua Lipa walked away with two prizes Sunday night: Best Dance Recording for the #1* Dance Songs-charting “Electricity,” her collaboration with Silk City, a.k.a. Diplo and Mark Ronson, as well as a second for Best New Artist.
Music icon Diana Ross celebrated her upcoming 75th birthday (March 26th) as well as her lifetime achievements in a special ceremony by gracing the stage for a diva-sized performance of “The Best Years of My Life” and “Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” Ms Ross lit up the Staples center, making her entrance in a flowing crimson gown, going on to explain her passion for music. “When I was a little girl, I felt the joy of singing. It made me happy and made my parents happy,” she told the audience. After showcasing her debut solo single, the heavily decorated entertainment trailblazer left viewers with an inspirational message: “Learn, dream, unlock new doors. All is possible.”