Grammys 2019: Kacey Musgraves Has A Golden Night; Childish Gambino Makes History

(CNN) — It was more than just a golden hour for country singer Kacey Musgraves; she had a golden night.

Musgraves earned four Grammy Awards on Sunday, including album of the year for “Golden Hour,” best country album, best country solo performance and best country song.

A shocked Musgraves thanked everyone for “championing” her music.

Childish Gambino, who did not attend, won multiple awards as well, including song and record of the year for “This Is America,” making history by becoming the first rap song to win in the categories.

Gambino also won best rap/sung performance and the music video for “This Is America” won an award for director Hiro Murai.

Alicia Keys, who got a little assistance from some big names to open the ceremony, proved throughout the show that she needed no help to deliver a powerhouse performance as first-time host.

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Michelle Obama joined Keys on stage during the opening minutes for an ode to music and sisterhood.

Obama, who got a rousing applause from the crowd, so much so that she had to pause saying her lines and restart once it calmed, said music “fueled” her through the last decade.

“Music helps us share ourselves — our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys,” Obama said. “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.”

Keys said the night was about celebrating “the greatness in each other.”

On social media, Keys was celebrated for her greatness by the internet reviewers of social media.

Her hosting style played to her strengths as a storyteller and musician.

She shared a personal story about how John Mayer once split a Grammy with her after losing best song to him 2005. Mayer joined Keys to present this year’s award in the same category.

Later on stage, she showed off her raw musical talents by playing two pianos at once, and covering songs from Nat King Cole to Kings of Leon.

During the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony, Lady Gaga scored two wins.

The singer won an award for best pop solo performance for “Joanne” as well as best song written for visual media for “Shallow” from her Oscar-nominated film “A Star is Born.”

She also won the first award of the night, best pop duo/group performance, for “Shallow,” which she recorded with Bradley Cooper.

Lady Gaga used the moment to address mental health, which is a major subject of “A Star is Born.”

“A lot of artists deal with that, and we have to take care of each other,” she said.

Ariana Grande, who was a no-show this year, was also among the pre-ceremony winners.

Cardi B became a first-time Grammy winner and the first woman to win best rap album. Dance-pop artist Dua Lipa won best new artist.

The Grammys this year expanded the major categories of album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist from five nominees to eight, some say in response to the lack of diversity among nominees in previous years.

As for performances, Camila Cabello, along with J Balvin, Ricky Martin, and Arturo Sandoval opened the show with “Havana.”

Other performers included Post Malone with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shawn Mendes with Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, and Travis Scott.

tribute to the music of Dolly Parton stood out as one of the most joyful moments of the show. Parton joined Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Cyrus and Little Big Town for a medley of her hits, culminating in a performance of “9 to 5” that got the Grammys crowd on their feet and singing along.

Yolanda Adams, Fantasia Barrino and Andra Day produced heaven-sent harmonies in the name of Aretha Franklin in one of the top music moments of the night.

Diana Ross, who used her performance to mark her 75th birthday, also got the crowd up with hands in the air.

A true diva, Ross owned the room and concluded her moment with an enthusiastic declaration: “Happy birthday to me!”

Despite featuring an appearance from Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez’s tribute to Motown failed to satisfy some critics who had expressed dissatisfaction with her performance since it was announced. (For the record, Robinson called the backlash “stupid” in an interview with Variety.)

For a full recap of the show’s highlights, click here.

Here’s a full list of the winners:

Best R&B album

“Sex & Cigarettes,” Toni Braxton

“Good Thing,” Leon Bridges

“Honestly,” Lalah Hathaway

“H.E.R.” H.E.R. *WINNER

“Gumbo Unplugged (Live),” PJ Morton

Best country album

“Unapologetically,” Kelsea Ballerini

“Port Saint Joe,” Brothers Osborne

“Girl Going Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde

“Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves *WINNER

“Volume 2,” Chris Stapleton

Album of the year

“Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B

“By the Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile

“Scorpion,” Drake

“H.E.R.,” H.E.R.

“Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Post Malone

“Dirty Computer,” Janelle Monae

“Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves *WINNER

“Black Panther: The Album,” Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Record of the year

“I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin

“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile

“This is America,” Childish Gambino *WINNER

“God’s Plan,” Drake

“Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

“All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA

“Rockstar,” Post Malone feat. 21 Savage

“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

Song of the year

“All The Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Al Shuckburgh, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe

“Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Dijon McFarlane

“God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron Latour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib.

“In My Blood,” Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes and Geoffrey Warburton

“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth

“The Middle,” Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha and Anton Zaslavski

“Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

“This Is America,” Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson *WINNER

Best new artist

Chloe X Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet

H.E.R.

Dua Lipa *WINNER

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith

Best pop solo performance

“Colors,” Beck

“Havana (Live),” Camila Cabello

“God Is A Woman,” Ariana Grande

“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga *WINNER

“Better Now,” Post Malone

Best pop vocal album

“Camila,” Camila Cabello

“Meaning Of Life,” Kelly Clarkson

“Sweetener,” Ariana Grande *WINNER

“Shawn Mendes,” Shawn Mendes

“Beautiful Trauma,” P!nk

“Reputation,” Taylor Swift

Best pop duo/group performance

“Fall in Line,” Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Backstreet Boys

“‘S Wonderful,” Tony Bennett & Diana Krall

“Shallow,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper *WINNER

“Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B

“Say Something,” Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton

“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Best rap album

“Invasion Of Privacy,” Cardi B *WINNER

“Swimming,” Mac Miller

“Victory Lap,” Nipsey Hussle

“Daytona,” Pusha T

“Astroworld,” Travis Scott

Best rap song

“God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake) *WINNER

“King’s Dead,” Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)

“Lucky You,” R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)

“Sicko Mode,” Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee)

“Win,” K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

Best country song

“Break Up In The End,” Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)

“Dear Hate,” Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)

“I Lived It,” Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)

“Space Cowboy,” Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves) *WINNER

“Tequila,” Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)

“When Someone Stops Loving You,” Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best R&B performance

“Long As I Live,” Toni Braxton

“Summer,” The Carters

“Y O Y,” Lalah Hathaway

“Best Part,” H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar *WINNER

“First Began,” PJ Morton

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