2019 Grammys: Michelle Obama makes a cameo, Cardi B makes history and other highlights of music's biggest night

2019 Grammys: Michelle Obama makes a cameo, Cardi B makes history and other highlights of music's biggest night

Night of legends

Text: Aravin Sandran

The Grammys have had a rocky year, to say the least. Last year, following the news that young singer-songwriter Alessia Cara was the only woman to be presented a solo award during the three-hour telecasted award show, a #GrammysSoMale movement started trending. To make matters worse, the Recording Academy president Neil Portnow carelessly remarked that women needed to "step up" if they wanted to be recognised. This year's 61st Annual Grammy Awards was characterised with the dropouts of household names even before the red carpet was rolled out. Queen Bey? Buzzed off. Taylor Swift? Shook it off like a bad breakup. Ariana Grande? Thank you, next. Rihanna? She found love with Fenty Beauty. Considering the lack of megawatt star power, music's alleged biggest night was marked prominently by women this time. From pop culture icons such as country queen Dolly Parton and former First Lady Michelle Obama to comeback girl Miley Cyrus, check out the best performances, appearances and winners below.

The crowd went wild when former First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise cameo — alongside Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lady Gaga and host Alicia Keys — to speak about what music means to her.

Actress-singer Lady Gaga picked up the first award of the night for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for A Star Is Born's "Shallow" with Bradley Cooper who was away at the Baftas in London. In her acceptance speech, Gaga spoke about the mental health and addiction issues within the recording community. 

Country legend Dolly Parton got everyone on their feet with Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris, belting out her hits "Jolene" and "9 to 5". Even K-pop group BTS was spotted singing and swaying along.


Young girls, grown women and some boys around the world wet their panties and briefs when heartthrob Shawn Mendes bared his heart — and his bulging biceps — on stage with Miley Cyrus for a powerhouse rendition of his hit single "In My Blood". 


The top-tier award for Song of the Year went to Childish Gambino's viral sensation "This Is America", making it the first time a rap song has won the award but the multi-hyphenate was nowhere to be seen. 

American singer Brandi Carlile became the most nominated women this year with three wins for the American Roots category for her song "The Joke" (which she also performed) and her Americana album By The Way, I Forgive You


Hip-hop prince Travis Scott got snubbed for Astroworld, but his red carpet appearance with bae Kylie Jenner and subsequent "No Bystanders" performance with Drake and Quavo was the evening's only relevant talking point for millennials and hypebeasts. 


Cardi B became the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Solo Rap Album. Okurrr! She mysteriously went off the grid by deactivating her IG account after though. No word yet on what Nicki Minaj thinks of all this.

The 61st Annual Grammys Award took place on Sunday, 10 February. For more updates, visit Grammy.

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