Grammys 2019: Many first evers!

Girl power: (L-R) Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez speak onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Getty Images

The Grammys 2019 had a lot of ‘first ever’ moments. Hosted by Alicia Keys, it was their first show with a woman host.

Country won big with Kacey Musgraves’ album Golden Hour taking album of the year. Two of its singles won Best Country song and Best Country solo performance.

Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” walked away with four awards, including Song of the Year and Best Music Video. It became the first rap song in history to win Song of the Year at the Grammys.

Drake and Childish Gambino had already turned down requests to perform at this year’s ceremony on account of historical misrepresentation.

After winning Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan,” Drake used his winner’s speech to encourage musicians to work on their craft regardless of recognition.

He was cut off by the Recording Academy during his spotlight moment at the 2019 awards, after he suggested the Grammys don’t matter as much as viral popularity.

In the world of pop, Lady Gaga dominated the night.

With Bradley Cooper, she won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media for their song “Shallow,” from Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born. 

Gaga also won Best Pop Solo Performance on her own for “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” from her 2016 album Joanne.

It was followed by a classic cross-over performance leaving fans of her pop and rock persona baffled and satisfied.

It was a strong year for women in general, with Cardi B becoming the first solo woman to win Best Rap Album, and Brandi Carlile winning three in the Americana categories.

Dua Lipa, one of the biggest stars to break out last year won best new artist.

All apprehensions regarding Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute with Ne-Yo and Smokey Robinson disappeared after the performance. An emotionally charged JLo was seen after the show claiming that “nobody should decide what art others love simply because of where they come from”.

Many designers refused to dress Bebe Rexha on account of her size. Her red gown at the red carpet designed by Monsoori was the perfect act of revenge.

Ryan Seacrest and Lady Gaga had an awkward interview after the show, giving the show a meme-worthy moment.


Compiled and presented by Ashitha Jayaprakash and Bharat Sharma with inputs from VanityFair.