Highlights From the 2019 Grammy Awards!

Kacey Musgraves took home the top honor at last night's Grammy Awards, winning album of the year for "Golden Hour" along with three other wins: Best country album for "Golden Hour" along with best country song for "Space Cowboy" and best country solo performance for "Butterflies."

In other top categories,Childish Gambino took home four honors, including song of the year and record of the year for "This Is America," Cardi B won for best rap album for "Invasion of Privacy", Dua Lipa won best new artist while Drake claimed best rap song for "God's Plan." (Cardi B is first woman to win the Grammy Award for best rap album!)

Lady Gaga took home three honors, winning best pop solo performance for "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?),"best song written for visual media for"Shallow"and best pop duo/group performance for the same "A Star Is Born" song (shared with Bradley Cooper).

Brandi Carlile picked up three honors, for best American roots performance for "The Joke," best American roots song for the same title and best Americana album for "By The Way, I Forgive You".

Prior to the awards show, Ariana Grande claimed a win in the pop vocal category over Camila Cabello, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes, Pink and Taylor Swift. In the best rock album category, Greta Van Fleet nabbed a win over Alice In Chains, Fall Out Boy, Ghost and Weezer. And Chris Cornell won a posthumous honor for best rock performance on the song "When Bad Does Good." 

This year's Grammy Awards also featured a star-studded tribute to Dolly Parton, featuring Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Little Big Town.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS, PEFORMANCES:

--Camila Cabello kicked off the 2019 Grammy Awards with a steamy performance of "Havana" that included J Balvin, Ricky Martin, Young Thug and legendary Cuban-American jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

The performance, which included cameos from her abuela, sister and parents, opened with a brightly colored set dressed to look like a street in Cuba, serving as an homage to the jams that took place on the patio at Cabello's grandmother's childhood home in Havana.

-- Host Alicia Keys brought former first lady Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Jada Pinkett Smith onstage to kick off the show. The special moment featured the women talking about how music has affected their lives and the world for the better.

The moment was followed up by Shawn Mendes taking the stage at the Grammys for the first time for a special performance of his song "In My Blood" which featured a surprise appearance by Miley Cyrus.

--Jennifer Lopez was the Grammys' surprise choice to perform its tribute to 60 years of Motown music.J.Lo blew through a dance-heavy medley of songs that included "Dancing in the Street" and "Please Mr. Postman," with a little help fromSmokey Robinson (who introduced the performance and sang bits of "I've Got Sunshine" and "My Girl") andNe-Yo(sitting behind the piano that Lopez climbed upon at the end of her performance).

--Lady Gaga took the Grammys stage to perform "Shallow,"her hit duet off box office smash "A Star Is Born" with co-star Bradley Cooper. Bradley was absent, instead attending the BAFTAs in the U.K. Gaga was joined onstage by the song's co-writers, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt andMark Ronson.

--Alicia Keys took a breather from her emcee duties to sing and play not one but two pianos. Alicia decided to sings songs she wishes she wrote. Among them? Everything from “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (popularized by Roberta Flack and Fugees) to Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” to Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” to Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” to Drake’s “In My Feelings” to Coldplay’s “Clocks” to Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up" to Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing).” She even sang a song she DID write: “Empire State of Mind.”

-- Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers teamed for a rock-fueled performance.

-- Drake picked up the Best Rap Song trophy for "God's Plan," but he didn't get to say his entire speech.

The rapper began, "We play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport. The point is, you've already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you're a hero in your hometown. Look, if there's people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and snow, spending money to buy tickets to your shows, you don't need this right here. You already won."

And then, mid-sentence, the show cut to commercial, leading to a groan in the media room that could probably be heard all the way into the arena, where Drake was presumably still finishing his eloquent speech. After the show, a representative for the Grammys clarified that producers did not intentionally cut off Drakebut were under the impression that he had finished his speech.

Source: Variety, Hollywood Reporter, CBS

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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