The 61st Grammy’s kicked off with a performance of “Havana” by Camila Cabello, Yung Thug, Ricky Martin, and J. Balvin. It was a colorful, energetic and cultural blend to kick off the night.
Alicia Keys said it best when she said music is the shared global language. And this year’s on Music’s Biggest Night to elaborate on this she brought out Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jaida Pinkett Smith and Michelle Obama, it was a beautiful empowering moment about celebrating the greatness in each other.
Shawn Mendes then performed “In My Blood” with special guest Miley Cyrus.
The first winner of the evening was “Shallow” by Lady Gage and Bradley Cooper for Best Pop Dou/Group Performance. She touched on the importance of mental health issues and looking after each other in the entertainment industry family.
Already winning two Grammy’s this year, Kacey Musgraves came out to perform “Rainbow.” Followed by Janelle Monae performing the funky sensual rhythms of her song “Make Me Feel.”
Alicia Keys and John Meyer presented the Grammy award for Song of the Year to “This is America,” Childish Gambino. He was unable to be there so they accepted the award on his behalf.
Post Malone and Red Hot Chili Peppers then took the stage to perform “Stay”. It started off with Post playing acoustic guitar and then transitioned into “Rockstar” where he went below stage just to re-emerge with the Peppers and join them on “Dark Necessities.”
Anna Kendrick then came out to introduce Miley Cyrus, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, and Maren Morris to honor Dolly Parton as this year’s MusiCares recipient. Dolly came out to join Katy and Kacey on “Here You Come Again.” Then Miley, Dolly’s god-daughter joined Dolly on “Jolene.” Maren then joined Miley and Dolly to perform “After the Gold Rush,” which was originally performed by Dolly with Emmy Lou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Then the final performance began with a new song that Dolly performed with Little Big Town called “Red Shoes” which was featured on the motion picture Dumplin’. Last but not least was the full crew coming back out to perform “9 to 5.”
Alicia took a moment to honor Clarence Avant for his work in the music industry. She then introduced the new breakthrough artist H.E.R. for her performance of “Hard Place.” On a side note, she was playing a clear guitar and its easy to see and hear that H.E.R is going places.
The next performance was by Cardi B. Her performance started off with a piano and then the beat dropped. The stage setup for “Money” was something out of Moulin Rouge but with a lot more bass.
Meghan Trainor, Luke Combs, and Kane Brown announced the winner of The Best Country Album as Kacey Musgrave’s “Golden Hour.”
Talk about dueling pianos … Alicia Keys can duel herself. She has been by far one of the best hosts of the Grammy’s. Getting to hear her renditions of “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” “Lucid Dreams,” “Unforgettable,” “Use Somebody,” “Boo’d Up,” ” Doo Wap (That Thing),” and then finally her song “New York.” It was truly inspiring. She is so talented!
Dan + Shay, who won their first Grammy this year, then performed their song “Tequila.” They then introduced the nominees for Best Rap Song, which went to Drake (Aubrey Graham) for “God’s Plan.”
The Grammy’s gave a big shout out to Diane Ross for her 75th birthday which is this March. She has had 42 #1 songs, 91 singles and 25 studio albums. Her grandson came out to introduce her performance. Diana performed the perfect song for this occasion, “The Best Years of My Life.” She then sang “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” with full interaction from the attendees.
Lady Gaga had five Grammy Nominations this year. She performed “Shallow” which she wrote with Bradley Cooper for the film A Star is Born. She performed the song in true Gaga style and fashion. Her little monsters were proud.
Alicia Keys acknowledged Jeffery Redding as 2019 Music Education Award.
Eve and Swiss Beats announced Travis Scott’s performance of “Stop Trying to Be God.” He was joined by Phillip Balley. Then Travis performed “No Bystanders” while in a cage as dancers climbed and danced around him until he started crowd surfing with his stage team. He had the Grammy’s going up.
Alicia Keys and Smokey Robinson sang a quick tune as they came back from commercial before they honored Motown’s 60th Anniversary. The Motown dedication throughout the decades included Smokey, NeYo, and JLo. It started with “Dancing in the Streets” which was originally performed by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas. Then it was “Please Mr. Postman,” “Money,” “Do You Love Me,” and “ABC.”
Smokey came out with “My Girl.” Then Alicia and JLo did “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” Then “War” came on briefly before transitioning into “Square Biz.” NeYo then took over with “Another Star” while JLO showed off her wicked dance skills.
The big hype on social media was BTS which is a Korean group that got the opportunity to present the Grammy award for Best R&B Album to H.E.R. Not to over-stage H.E.R.’s award but BTS was probably trending more than the Grammy’s during the show. But back to H.E.R. she honorable asked her team to join her and even admitted that this wasn’t even an album, it was an EP. Going to be interesting to see what she brings to the table moving forward.
Kelsea Ballerini who was also a Grammy Nominee this year was given the honor of introducing the performance of Brandi Carlisle. Brandi performed “The Joke.” Very fitting in the effort to provide emphasis to this singer songwriters message to have the lyrics on the screen during her performance.
Two gifted young sisters, Chloe x Halle, performed “Where is the Love?” They also sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl this year. These ladies have amazing voices. They were honoring Donny Hathaway. Chloe x Halle also presented the award for Best Rap Album to Cardi B for Invasion of Privacy.
St. Vincent and Dua Lipa were both Grammy winners today and they had the opportunity to perform “Masseduction” during the show. They then did a mash up of “RESPECT” and “One Kiss.” These two could have passed as twins during this performance.
The award for Best New Artist went to Dua Lipa.
Jimmy Jam came out to introduce the video on the highlights of the Grammy Organization in the last year including Grammy Museum, MusiCares, Grammy Music Education Coalition, Music Modernization Act, and 25 music specials. Neil Portnow is the President of the Grammy’s and is retiring this year. Many artists sent him farewells of praise and well-wishes.
Neil then introduced the Memoriam which included James Ingram, Harold Bradley, Freddie Hart, Bonnie Guitar, Nancy Wilson, Carol Channing, Ray Sawyer, Joe Jackson, Gary Burden, Ed King, Mac Miller, Roy Hargrove, Avicii, Daryle Singletary, White Shafer, Randy Scruggs, Charles Neville, Aretha Franklin and more.
Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Andra Day came out to perform “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like” in honor of Aretha Franklin as well as all the other greats in the industry that were lost this year.
Record of the Year went to “This is America” by Childish Gambino and Album of the Year went to Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves.
Story by Amanda Andrews
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