Grammy Awards 2019 highlights: Cardi B first solo woman to win best rap album, Ariana Grande wins her first Grammy
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Grammy Awards 2019 highlights: Cardi B first solo woman to win best rap album, Ariana Grande wins her first Grammy

61st Grammy Awards 2019 highlights: The best music of 2018 was honoured in Los Angeles. Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Childish Gambino win big. Lady Gaga, Camila Cabello performed live.

By HT Correspondent | Feb 11, 2019 11:33 IST
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The 61st annual Grammy Awards were held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Billed as the biggest night in the music industry, this year’s Grammys are marred by high-profile no-shows and controversy. Rappers Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino did not attend the ceremony, presumably because of the Grammys’ historical ignorance of rap music. Even Ariana Grande skipped the event. She won her first ever Grammy award.

Cardi B became the first solo woman to win the Best Rap Album Award. She will competed against Drake and Kendrick, who produced the Black Panther soundtrack album. The rappers lead the field of nominees with eight and seven nods, respectively.

Also read: Grammy awards 2019: Here are all the nominees in major categories

Hosting the programme for the first time was 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys. Dolly Parton was honoured ahead of the Grammys with a commemorative performance by multiple artistes, which included Pink, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, among others.

With high-profile performance by Lady Gaga, Diana Ross, Travis Scott, Dua Lipa and Camila Cabello, the 2019 Grammys promise to be an entertaining evening.

Here are all the LIVE updates from the 2019 Grammy Awards:

10:45 hrs IST

Ariana Grande tweets clarification about her tweets

Ariana tweeted the f word and ‘trash’ as Cardi B won the award for Best Rap Album. Ariana’s ex and late singer Mac Miller was also nominated in the category. “nothing to do w her. good for her. i promise. i’m sorry,” she wrote in her new tweets. She later deleted all the tweets.

10:25 hrs IST

Ceremony ends

With the final award, the ceremony comes to a close.

10:23 hrs IST

Kacey Musgrave wins Album of the Year

Kacey Musgrave is the winner of the album of the year Grammy Award, the night’s top honour. Musgraves won for “Golden Hour,” which won earlier in the night for best country album.

Kacey Musgraves wins Album Of The Year for Golden Hour. (REUTERS)

10:18 hrs IST

Childish Gambino wins Record of the Year

Childish Gambino won the Grammy for Record of the Year for This is America. It is his fourth award of the night.

10:15 hrs IST

Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams perform

Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams perform (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” in tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams perform at Grammys. (REUTERS)

10:10 hrs IST

Dua Lipa performs with St Vincent

Singer Dua Lipa performed on stage with St Vincent. They sang her hit song One Kiss.

09:49 hrs IST

Dua Lipa wins Best New Artist

Singer Dua Lipa won the Grammy for Best New Artist. The synth-pop star beat out fellow Londoner Jorja Smith along with rising pop singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha and the enigmatic R&B performer H.E.R.

Dua Lipa at the 61st Grammy Awards. (REUTERS)

09:37 hrs IST

Cardi B win Best Rap Album

Carbi B won the award for the Best Rap Album for Invasion Of Privacy. She is the first solo woman to win rap album Grammy. She was joined on stage by husband Offset. “I can’t breathe. Oh my goodness. I’m sorry, I just... I just... ooh, the nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed,” she said upon receiving the award.

Cardi B accepts the Best Rap Album award for Invasion of Privacy as her husband Offset kisses her hand. (REUTERS)

09:30 hrs IST

H.E.R. wins Best R&B Album

Singer H.E.R. won Best R&B Album award for her eponymous album, H.E.R. The artist opened her remarks by saying that the compilation release is “not even an album, it’s an EP.”

H.E.R. wins Best R&B Album. (REUTERS)

09:15 hrs IST

Jennifer Lopez performs on stage

Singer Jennifer Lopez performed at the Grammy Awards. She gave a tribute to Motown's 60th anniversary with Smokey Robinson. See her pics:

Jennifer Lopez performs at the awards. (REUTERS)
Jennifer Lopez, left, and Smokey Robinson perform a medley during a tribute to Motown's 60th anniversary. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

09:10 hrs IST

Travis Scott performs on stage

Singer Travis Scott performed on stage at the Grammys. He was accompanied at the music night with his girlfriend Kylie Jenner.

Travis Scott climbs out of a cage during a performance at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

09:00 hrs IST

Priyanka Chopra shares pics from Grammys party

Actor Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas celebrated their friends’ Grammy nominations with a party on Sunday. Read full story here.

Priyanka Chopra with Nick Jonas.

08:47 hrs IST

Lady Gaga performs on stage

Lady Gaga performs to her songs on stage at the Grammys. Gaga sang her nominated song from A Star Is Born, Shallow.

Lady Gaga performs to Shallow. (REUTERS)

08:42 hrs IST

Diana Ross performs on stage

Singer Diana Ross performed on stage at the Grammys. She was introduced on stage by her grandson Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick.

Diana Ross performs on stage. (REUTERS)

08:30 hrs IST

Drake wins Best Rap Song

Drake’s God’s Plan won the award for Best Rap Song. “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,” he said in his speech.

08:26 hrs IST

Ariana Grande shares pictures of her outfit

Ariana Grande is celebrating her Grammy win at home with her dogs and friends. She is even dressed in her custom made Zac Posen gown that she intended to wear tonight.

08:21 hrs IST

Host Alicia Keys performs on stage

Host Alicia Keys performed a medley of her songs at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. She played the piano on stage.

Alicia Keys performs a medley. (REUTERS)

08:14 hrs IST

Kacey Musgraves wins best country album

Kacey Musgraves won the Best Country Album award for Golden Hour. “I never dreamed that this record would be met with such love,” she said onstage. She also won best country solo performance for Butterflies and best country song for Space Cowboy.

Kacey Musgraves wins Best Country Album for Golden Hour. (REUTERS)

08:07 hrs IST

Cardi B performs on stage

Singer and rapper Cardi B performed on stage in an animal print bodysuit.

Cardi B performs on stage. (REUTERS)

08:05 hrs IST

H.E.R. performs on stage

Singer H.E.R. performed her song Hard Place on stage. She was seen in a sparkly purple outfit and dark sunnies.

H.E.R. performs Hard Place. (REUTERS)

08:00 hrs IST

Check out full list of winners

From Grande to Gaga to Gambino, here are all the big winners of the night. See full list here.

07:37 hrs IST

Miley Cyrus performs with Dolly Parton

Miley Cyrus came back on stage to perform with her godmother and singer Dolly Parton. They sang her song Jolene on stage. She was also joined on stage by Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves.

Dolly Parton, left, and Miley Cyrus perform Jolene at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Katy Perry, from left, Dolly Parton and Kacey Musgraves perform Here You Come Again. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

07:30 hrs IST

Post Malone performs

Singer Post Malone was joined on stage by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Anthony Kiedis for a performance.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with Post Malone. (REUTERS)

07:20 hrs IST

This Is America wins song of the year

This Is America wins song of the year Grammy Award for Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino.

07:18 hrs IST

Lilly Singh, Lele Pons arrive for ceremony

YouTube stars Lele Pons and Lilly Singh arrived for the ceremony.

YouTube star Lilly Singh arrives for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. (AFP)
American-Venezuelan internet personality Lele Pons. (AFP)

07:08 hrs IST

Janelle Monae performs on stage

Actor and singer Janelle Monae performs on stage to Make Me Feel.

Janelle Monae performs Make Me Feel at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

07:00 hrs IST

Kylie Jenner arrives on red carpet with Travis Scott

Kylie Jenner shared a kiss with singer boyfriend Travis Scott. She was seen in a pink outfit.

Travis Scott, left, and Kylie Jenner kiss at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

06:57 hrs IST

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Shallow

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have won an award for their film A Star Is Born. They won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Shallow. “I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. ... A lot of artists deal with that. And we gotta take care of each other,” she said in her acceptance speech.

Lady Gaga accepts the award for best pop duo or group performance for Shallow. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

06:53 hrs IST

Miley Cyrus performs with Shawn Mendes

Newly married singer Miley Cyrus performed to In My Blood, on stage with singer Shawn Mendes.

Miley Cyrus, left, and Shawn Mendes perform In My Blood at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

06:52 hrs IST

Lady Gaga arrives at the red carpet

Lady Gaga arrived for the awards night in a silver outfit. She posed at the red carpet with Jennifer Lopez.

Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga. (REUTERS)

06:50 hrs IST

Michelle Obama takes to the stage

Former US First Lady Michelle Obama took to the stage to speak about music. “Music has always helped me tell my story,” she said. She was joined on stage by Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and host Alicia Keys.

Lady Gaga, from left, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez speak at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

06:45 hrs IST

AR Rahman attends the ceremony

Indian music composer AR Rahman is attending the Grammy Awards. He shared a picture on Twitter on Sunday night. “All set to go for Grammy Awards night !,” he wrote in his tweet.

AR Rahman tweeted this picture on Sunday.

06:43 hrs IST

Camilla Cabello kick starts the ceremony with a performance

Singer Camilla Cabello with Ricky Martin kicked off the ceremony with a performance. She performed to her hit song Havana.

Ricky Martin, left, and Camila Cabello perform Havana at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

06:40 hrs IST

Ariana Grande wins her first ever Grammy Award

Grande won Sunday for best pop vocal album for her song Sweetener. She was not in attendance at a pre-telecast ceremony to accept the honour. The superstar accused Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich of lying about discussions with Grande about performing at Sunday’s ceremony.