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On Sunday night, the 61st Grammy Awards telecast made the best balance for some needs – doing a whole gender, expand the palette of winners and dignities and do her best to reward those who affect main today, not five years ago. Within the narrow lens of the best time awards shows, it seems to make some progress in every number, without being far away from comfort.
Kacey Musgraves won the highest honor of the night, Album of the Year – his fourth night trophy – for Golden Hour Year). Childish Gambino won the Record and Song of the Year for his epochal "This Is America" (which also won Best Music Video) but did not attend the ceremony.
Other major awards were given to Cardi B, who received the prize for Best Rap Album for his solo effort Invasion of Privacy and Two Lipa, seconds after dancing alongside St. Vincent was named Best New Artist (and clearly observed that women should really grow over last year). Drake was surprised at all by performing to accept the gramophone for Best Rap Song. (You can find our complete list of winners here.)
Top Sunday night show, the Grammys and his parent organization the Academy of Recording went on a fairly horrible year, dealing in the downfall of Neil Portnow's outgoing tone comments after last year show that musicians should "rise" if they want recognition. That mistake, amid the #MeToo movement, was included in the documented lack of awards and nominations for women and the persistent, well-established accusations of cultural mystery after years of failing to award some of the most advanced music artists (Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar chief of them over the years) set expectations for 2019 awards need to do some serious soul-searching.
Alicia Keys, the third female color hosted the ceremony (after Whoopi Goldberg in 1992 and Queen Latifah in 2005), could have done, early, to take the saying "I'm so blessed to win 15 Grammys "without being alienate in any way. His charisma and ample confidence are contagious, and a lot of heavy lifting throughout the running time of the show. (He was not lying down when he said, during his opening remarks: "I got you." And, as if running a stake through the heart of this crisis of identity, the Keys joined for the tail-end is his opening remarks by former First Lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
For this year's awards, the Academy has increased the number of nominees in each of the four major categories (Songs, Album and Record of the year, with the Best New Artist) from five to eight. In the Best Album category, there are some imaginative nominations of Brandi Carlile for By The Way, I Forgive You – Carlile took the three trophies of the genre as a comfort – could be cause voting between two roots of roots. But for the Academy's voters, Musgraves's idiosyncratic work has raised him above some heavy competition, including Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther: The Album, visionary by Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer and Breakout Cardi B Invasion of Privacy .
Keys was one of the best performers of the night, also, playing two pianos while killing a medley of songs he "wished [she] was written" – including "Killing Me Softly," Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable," a Coldplay's "Clocks" and "Doo Wop (Lauren Hill's" Lauryn Hill), "among others – as comfortable as a lounge singer a regular evening dinner, as the production staff used that time for a one-time reset.
Other notable shows include a tribute to Dolly Parton, which is well-known featured Parton, accompanied by Musgraves, the goddess Parton Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Maren Morris. Both Lipa and St. Vincent seem to be in fact one of the times of a mash-up of St's "Masseduction" Vincent and Lipa's "One Kiss." The lip-synch of Cardi B is off-synch, although he is still able to sent a flawless, flapper-checking performance of "Money." Janelle Monae brought the same Prince and Michael Jackson to an early "Make Me Feel," Lady Gaga brought almost unnecessary amount of energy to her Inescapably meta hit "Shallow." Meanwhile, an acknowledgment of past favorites Aretha Franklin – from Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams – is easy to mark with vocal high-water at night. (However, Brandi Carlile's performance is close to "The Joke.")
The show is, as always, [ very long – almost four hours. That is not a small part because there are more than a dozen commercial breaks, which are as reflective as the present moment as everything happens during the actual show. We have Childish Gambino as a computer-generated avatar, reprising her "Ito Is America" dance moves in an advertisement for a new Google thingamabob. Not to be overwhelmed, Ariana Grande has succeeded during a commercial break for Apple and their animeji thingamajigs. Camila Cabello also appeared on a MasterCard commercial shortly after her opening performance. Let not even in ASMR video made Zoe Kravitz for a light beer, or Will Smith as The genie in the upcoming live action of Disney Aladdin . After all, artists need to make money somehow.
Neil Portnow, the posthumous and outgoing president and CEO of the Recording Academy, has been faithful to his final speech from the Grammys stage: "We should take this unique moment to bring change within our own unique industry to make sure there is diversity and integration with everything we do – and we are. "
The attempt was heard – six of the nine awards given during television went to women. But some of the biggest winners at night and the biggest non-building stars, including Ariana Grande and Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Carters and Kanye West, the Recording Academy can dig a deeper hole than to realize it. Drake was widely expected to belong to that number, but he appeared to collect his sole award, just to direct the Grammys relationship. During his acceptance of speech, he told young artists, paying attention to his new trophy, "You do not need it right here."