With show-stopping performances, incredible medleys, and even Alicia Keys playing two pianos at the same time, this year’s Grammys is already winning plenty of praise from the audience and Twitter alike. But no moment won more applause then when Michelle Obama surprised everyone at the start. The former First Lady stunned the star-studded audience as
With show-stopping performances, incredible medleys, and even Alicia Keys playing two pianos at the same time, this year’s Grammys is already winning plenty of praise from the audience and Twitter alike.
But no moment won more applause then when Michelle Obama surprised everyone at the start.
The former First Lady stunned the star-studded audience as she walked onto the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Fans were screaming and blowing kisses to Michelle as she smiled before saying ‘We’ve got a show to do!’ and began laughing with her co-presenters.
Michelle absolutely sparkled as she stood alongside Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Keys to discuss how music has always helped her tell her story.
Blessings: The former first lady pulled out all the stops to stun the audience at the 61st Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night
‘From the Motown records that I wore out on the Southside, to the Who Run The World songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story and I know that’s true for everyone here,’ Michelle said, throwing in a quick tribute to Beyonce as the audience went wild.
‘Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes our joys,’ she continued.
‘It allows us to hear one another – to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters…every story within every voice, every note within every song.’
Michelle walked onto the stage in a dazzling Sachin & Babi outfit that featured a billowing silver blouse with matching slacks and a sparkling belt wrapped above her hips.
Healer: The 55-year-old author admitted that ‘music has always helped me tell my story’ as she stood alongside Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett and Alicia Keys
Gorgeous: Michelle was positively perfect in a sparkling silver suit from Sachin & Babi for a surprise appearance at the music awards show
Before surprising the audience with Michelle, Alicia began her monologue by paying tribute to music.
‘Music is what we all love, music is what it’s all about,’ she said. ‘Everybody is out here shining and I’m so proud to bring us together to honor this moment because music is what we cry to, it’s what we march to, it’s what we rock to, it’s what we make love to. It’s our shared global language.’
‘It’s our shared global language, and when you really want to say something, you say it with a song, am I right? Or am I right?’
‘So, let’s just be honest. This is a celebration, and y’all didn’t think I was coming out here by myself, did you? Please, can I bring some of my sisters out here tonight?’
After Keys’ incredible line-up of co-presenters was revealed, she asked Lady Gaga to ‘tell them what it is’.
‘They said I was weird. That my look, my choices, my sound that it wouldn’t work,’ she said.
‘But music told me not to listen to them. Music took my ears, took my hands, my voice and my soul and it led me to all of you and to my little monsters who I love so much.’
Lopez revealed that music gave her a ‘reason to dance’ while growing up in the Bronx.
‘From Hip-Hop to freestyle, pop, soul and salsa. And it kept me moving and it kept me moving from the block to the big stages and even bigger screens,’ she continued.
‘It reminds me where I come from, but it also reminds me of all the places I can go. Music has always been the one place we can all feel truly free.’
Jada Pinkett Smith discussed how music acts as a window to the different lives that are lived around the globe.
‘We express our pain, power and progress through our music whether we’re creating it or just appreciating it,’ she said. But here’s what I know: every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected.’
It’s Michelle! The audience went crazy at the sight of former First Lady Michelle Obama
Yes! The women were all-smiles as they stood to an incredible applause from the audience, as Jennifer Lopez stood to the left of Obama with Jada Pinkett Smith and Lady Gaga holding space on the right
Showstopper: Michelle walked onto the stage wearing a billowing silver blouse with matching slacks and a sparkling belt wrapped above her hips
Jaws dropped to the floor in the audience as Michelle Obama made her surprise appearance at the Grammys on Sunday
Michelle later took to Twitter following her appearance to pay tribute to Alicia Keys and share a photo of herself with her co-presenters backstage
She said she was ‘thrilled’ to be at the Grammys for her friend Alicia Keys and called her one of the most ‘genuine and thoughtful people’
Michelle later took to Twitter following her appearance to pay tribute to Alicia Keys and share a photo of herself with her co-presenters backstage.
‘A big part of friendship is showing up for your girls – that’s why I was thrilled to be there for the one and only @aliciakeys at the #GRAMMYs,’ she wrote.
‘She is one of the most genuine and thoughtful people I know – there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music.’
And it was an incredible night of celebrating not only music but women in the music industry as Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, and Lady Gaga took many of the biggest honors of the night.
Queen: Cardi, 26, made history as she became the first ever solo woman to take home Best Rap Album for Invasion Of Privacy at the gala event held in Staples Center in Los Angeles
Oh What A World! Kacey Musgraves was a big winner as she earned Best Country Album for the critically-acclaimed Golden Hour
Cardi, 26, made history as she became the first ever solo woman to take home Best Rap Album for Invasion Of Privacy at the gala event held in Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Cardi looked absolutely stunned as she won in the male-dominated category beating out Pusha-T, Travis Scott, Nipsey Hussle, and the late Mac Miller.
‘Oh, the nerves are so bad,’ she said as she took to the podium to accept her award with husband Offset. ‘Maybe I need to start smoking weed!’ she joked.
Cardi’s big win was followed by 30-year-old Musgraves, who shocked many as she took home Album of the Year, considered the biggest award of the night.
Shimmering: Lady Gaga was the first to take home an award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night
Drizzy: Drake took home Best Rap Song for God’s Plan
‘I don’t even know what to say,’ Musgraves said. ‘I am very thankful. Winning doesn’t make my album any better than anybody else in that category.’
Musgraves led the field with the most Grammys on the night. She also won three of the four country awards at the ceremony, including Best Country Album for the critically-acclaimed Golden Hour.
She also won Best Country Solo Performance for her song Butterfly and Best Country Song for the track Space Cowboy.
The first award of the night was presented to Lady Gaga, who won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Bradley Cooper for their song Shallow.
Gaga accepted the award on behalf of herself and Cooper for the A Star Is Born soundtrack hit as the 44-year-old actor/director attended the BAFTAs on the same day.
Shallow has had an incredible run on the awards circuit, winning Lady Gaga her first Golden Globe and earning her an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. The tune also won a BAFTA on Sunday.
Hello sunshine! Camila Cabello opened the show with a fun performance of her smash hit Havana
Dynamic duo: Miley Cyrus teamed up with Shawn Mendes for a powerful performance
Doppelgangers: St. Vincent (left) and Dua Lipa had a very sensual performance
‘I’m so proud to be part of a movie that addresses mental health issues,’ Gaga said during her acceptance speech on Sunday night. ‘If you see someone that’s hurting, don’t look away.’
‘If you’re hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and tell somebody.’
The New York-native was already a double winner as earlier in the night she earned Best Pop Solo Performance for her album Joanne.
Later on in the evening, Drake beat out pal Travis Scott as they competed in the Best Rap Song category and used his speech to hit out at the Grammys themselves.
One of the most emotional parts of the night came during a tribute for Dolly Parton as the country legend was joined by Musgraves and Katy Perry as they opened a medley of some of the 73-year-old’s greatest hits
‘We play an opinion based sport, not a factual based sport,’ he said. ‘You already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if they’re singing in your hometown. You’re already winning, you don’t need this right here.
One of the most emotional performances of the night came during a tribute to celebrate Dolly Parton’s incredible 50-year career.
The legend was joined on stage by Musgraves, Katy Perry, Maren Morris and Little Big Town.
Miley Cyrus joined in on the fun as she sung Jolene – which she has done routinely in recent years – with her godmother.
It was host Alicia Keys herself who would deliver one of the most powerful performances of the night with a medley that included classics from five different decades.
Sat between two pianos, Keys wowed the audience at the Los Angeles Staples Center and viewers at home as she began to play them both at the same time.
Alicia Keys delivered one of the most powerful performances of the Grammys as she took the stage with two pianos, which she played at the same time
‘You know those songs that live inside of you and live inside of me, and you just love it so much, because it was done so well that you wish you wrote it? That’s how I feel about these songs. I wish I wrote them,’ Keys said.
She first began with the tune that she said she thinks about when she reflects on ‘heartache and heartbreak’, playing Roberta Flack’s 1973 tune Killing Me Softly, later popularized by Lauryn Hill and The Fugees.
‘Or when it’s time to move on, this is the song,’ she said, breaking into Juice World’s recent hit Lucid Dreams before switching to Nat King Cole’s 1952 classic Unforgettable.
‘Now, who didn’t with they wrote this song? I know I do,’ she said as she began singing Kings of Leon’s 2008 hit Use Somebody.
That turned into In My Feelings, Drake’s song of the summer, and Boo’d Up by Ella Mai before Keys began playing Doo-Wop (That Thing), saying she wished she had written the entire Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album.
Jennifer Lopez also led one of the night’s biggest performances as she sang and danced through a Motown tribute
Lopez joined forces with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Ne-Yo, and Keys for renditions of My Girl, Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone, and Another Star
In addition to a number of female-led tributes, Dua Lipa also praised her fellow female nominees – and got a jab in at Recording Academy president Neil Portnow – while accepting the award for Best New Artist
‘Then, finally, you write the song you wish you wrote,’ Keys said before she broke into her own tune Empire State Of Mind.
Jennifer Lopez also led one of the night’s biggest performances as she sang and danced through a Motown tribute.
Lopez had received backlash on social media as many questioned why African American artists hadn’t been selected to honor the historic record label.
But Lopez seemed unfazed by the criticism as she showed off her incredible dance moves, joining forces with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Ne-Yo, and Keys for renditions of My Girl, Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone, and Another Star.
In addition to a number of female-led tributes, Dua Lipa also praised her fellow female nominees – and got a jab in at Recording Academy president Neil Portnow – while accepting the award for Best New Artist.
Portnow came under fire last year when he declared that female artists ‘need to step up’ after Lorde was the only woman to be nominated in any of the top categories.
As Dua Lipa took home her first Grammy following a sultry duet with St Vincent, she paid tribute to her fellow nominees and joked ‘I guess this year we’ve really stepped up’.
Ariana Grande may have skipped out on the Grammys on Sunday night, but she still enjoyed a photo shoot in the gown that she had planned to wear to the ceremony
Noticeably absent from the night as Donald Glover, who won the coveted Record of the Year award for his song This Is America.
Ariana Grande also dropped out of the show last minute due to a disagreement with Grammy producers over which songs she would perform on Sunday night.
The songstress had been featured prominently on billboards promoting the event throughout Los Angeles and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.
But Grande felt ‘insulted’ after producers refused to allow her to perform 7 Rings, the single from her new album Thank U, Next, unless they were allowed to pick her second song – stipulations were not imposed on other performers at the show.
Grande, who took home her first Grammy on Sunday night, was still in high spirits despite missing the show as she shared photos of herself still rocking the custom-made Zac Posen gown she had planned to wear.
Grammy Award winners 2019
RECORD OF THE YEAR
This Is America – Childish Gambino – WINNER
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves – WINNER
SONG OF THE YEAR
This Is America – Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino) – WINNER
Best New Artist
Dua Lipa – WINNER
Best Pop Solo Performance
Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) – Lady Gaga – WINNER
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Shallow – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – WINNER
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
My Way – Willie Nelson – WINNER
Best Pop Vocal Album
Sweetener – Ariana Grande – WINNER
Best Dance Recording
Electricity – Silk City and Dua Lipa Feat. Diplo and Mark Ronson – WINNER
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Woman Worldwide – Justice – WINNER
Best Country Solo Performance
Butterflies — Kacey Musgraves – WINNER
Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
Tequila – Dan + Shay – WINNER
Best Country Song
Space Cowboy – Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves,songwriters (Kacey Musgraves) – WINNER
Best Country Album
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves – WINNER
Best Alternative Music Album
Colors – Beck – WINNER
Best R&B Performance
Best Part – H.E.R. Feat. Daniel Caesar – WINNER
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand – Leon Bridges – WINNER – TIE
How Deep Is Your Love – PJ Morton Featuring Yebba – WINNER – TIE
Best R&B Song
Boo’d Up – Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & DijonMcFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai) – WINNER
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Everything Is Love – The Carters – WINNER
Best R&B Album
H.E.R. – H.E.R. – WINNER
Contemporary Instrumental Field
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Steve Gadd Band — Steve Gadd Band – WINNER
Best Rock Performance
When Bad Does Good – Chris Cornell – WINNER
Best Metal Performance
Electric Messiah – High On Fire – WINNER
Best Rock Song
Masseduction – Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent) – WINNER
Best Rock Album
From The Fires – Greta Van Fleet – WINNER
Best Reggae Album
44/876 – Sting & Shaggy – WINNER
Best Children’s Album
All The Sounds – Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – WINNER
Best Latin Pop Album
Sincera – Claudia Brant – WINNER
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Aztlán – Zoé – WINNER
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
¡México Por Siempre! – Luis Miguel – WINNER
Best Tropical Latin Album
Anniversary – Spanish Harlem Orchestra – WINNER
Best Comedy Album
Equanimity & The Bird Revelation – Dave Chappelle – WINNER
Musical Theater Field
Best Musical Theater Album
The Band’s Visit – Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Katrina Lenk & Ari’elStachel, principal soloists; Dean Sharenow & DavidYazbek, producers; David Yazbek, composer & lyricist(Original Broadway Cast) – WINNER
MUSIC VIDEO/FILM FIELD
Best Music Video
This Is America — Childish Gambino – WINNER
Best Music Film
Quincy — Quincy Jones
SURROUND SOUND FIELD
Best Immersive Audio Album
“Eye in The Sky – 35th Anniversary Edition” — Alan Parsons, surround mix engineer; Dave Donnelly, PJ Olsson & Alan Parsons, surround mastering engineers; Alan Parsons, surround producer (The Alan Parsons Project) – WINNER
Best Historical Album
“Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by WIlliam Ferris” — William Ferris, April Ledbetter & Steven LanceLedbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists) – WINNER
PRODUCTION, CLASSICAL FIELD
Best Engineered Album, Classical
“Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11” — Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra) – WINNER
Producer Of The Year, Classical
Blanton Alspaugh – WINNER
Best Album Notes
Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by WIlliam Ferris – David Evans, album notes writer (Various Artists) – WINNER
Best Rap Performance
King’s Dead – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – WINNER
Best Rap/Sung Performance
This Is America – Childish Gambino – WINNER
Best Rap Song
God’s Plan – Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, RonLaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake) – WINNER
Best Rap Album
Invasion Of Privacy – Cardi B – WINNER
New Age Field
Best New Age Album
Opium Moon – Opium Moon – WINNER
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Don’t Fence Me In – John Daversa, soloist – WINNER
Best Jazz Vocal Album
The Window – Cécile McLorin Salvant – WINNER
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Emanon – The Wayne Shorter Quartet – WINNER
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom – John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists – WINNER
Best Latin Jazz Album
Back To The Sunset – Dafnis Prieto Big Band – WINNER
Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Field
Best Gospel Performance/Song
Never Alone – Tori Kelly Featuring Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin & Victoria Kelly, Songwriters – WINNER
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
You Say – Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram & Paul Mabury, songwriters – WINNER
Best Gospel Album
Hiding Place – Tori Kelly – WINNER
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Look Up Child – Lauren Daigle – WINNER
Best Roots Gospel Album
Unexpected – Jason Crabb – WINNER
American Roots Music Field
Best American Roots Performance
The Joke – Brandi Carlile – WINNER
Best American Roots Song
The Joke – Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile) – WINNER
Best Americana Album
By The Way, I Forgive You – Brandi Carlile – WINNER
Best Traditional Blues Album
The Blues Is Alive and Well — Buddy Guy – WINNER
Best Bluegrass Album
The Travelin’ McCourys” — The Travelin’ McCourys – WINNER
Best Contemporary Blues Album
“Please Don’t Be Dead” — Fantastic Negrito – WINNER
Best Folk Album
All Ashore — Punch Brothers – WINNER
Best Regional Roots Music Album
“No ‘Ane’i” — Kalani Pe’a – WINNER
Spoken Word Field
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Faith – A Journey For All – Jimmy Carter – WINNER
Music For Visual Media Field
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
The Greatest Showman – (Various Artists) – WINNER
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Black Panther Ludwig Göransson, composer – WINNER
Best Song Written For Visual Media
Shallow – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper) – WINNER
Best Instrumental Composition
Blut und Boden (Blood and Soil) -Terence Blanchard, composer (Terence Blanchard) – WINNER
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Stars and Stripes Forever – John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists) – WINNER
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
Spiderman Theme – Randy Waldman, arranger (Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter) – WINNER
Best Recording Package
Masseducation – Willo Perron, art director (St. Vincent) – WINNER
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – Meghan Foley, Annie Stoll & Al Yankovic, art directors (“Weird Al” Yankovic) – WINNER
PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical:
“Colors” — Julian Burg, Serban Ghenea, David “Elevator” Greenbaum, John Hanes, Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin, Florian Lagatta, Cole M.G.N., Alex Pasco, Jesse Shatkin, Darrell Thorp & Cassidy Turbin, engineers; Chris Bellman, Tom Coyne,Emily Lazar & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers (Beck) – WINNER
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Best Remixed Recording
“Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix)” — Alex Crossan, remixer (Haim) – WINNER
Best Orchestral Performance
“Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11” — Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra) – WINNER
Best Opera Recording
“Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” — Michael Christie, conductor; Sasha Cooke, Jessica E. Jones, Edwards Parks, Garrett Sorenson & Wei Wu; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra) – WINNER
Best Choral Performance
“McLoskey: Zealot Canticles” — Donald Nally, conductor (Doris Hall-Gulati, Rebecca Harris, Arlen Hlusko, Lorenzo Raval & Mandy Wolman; The Crossing) – WINNER
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Anderson, Laurie: Landfall” — Laurie Anderson & Kronos – WINNER
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
“Kernis: Violin Concerto” — James Ehnes; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony) – WINNER
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
“Songs of Orpheus – Monteverdi, Caccini, D’India & Landi” — Karim Sulayman; Jeannette Sorrell, conductor; Apollo’s Fire, ensembles – WINNER
Best Classical Compendium
“Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’; Poems of Life; Glacier; Rush” — JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Tim Handley, producer – WINNER
Best Contemporary Classical Composition
“Kernis: Violin Concerto” — Aaron Jay Kernis, composer (James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony) – WINNER
World Music Field
Best World Music Album
Freedom – Soweto Gospel Choir – WINNER