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posted Friday, February 15, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 07
Ladies take the night at the 61st Grammy Awards
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Ladies take the night at the 61st Grammy Awards

by Jessica Price - SGN A&E Writer

61ST ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
STAPLES CENTER
LOS ANGELES
February 10


The 61st annual Grammy Awards, true to form, offered up nearly four hours of highs and lows that were by turns tedious and unexpectedly spectacular. Hosted by the ever-laid back Alicia Keys, the evening turned out to be a huge win for the ladies - not only in awards and nominations but in the evening's most spellbinding performances and surprise guests.

The night started on a high with host Alicia Keys feeling the love for the assembly of stars (calling out Dolly Parton seated in the first row, among others). 'When you really want to say something, you say it with a song,' she said, bringing out none other than former First Lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jennifer Lopez to introduce the night and explain how music has been a touchstone in each of their lives.

After a dynamic erotic-jazz-club style performance of 'Money' atop a dazzling piano that once belonged to Liberace, Cardi B made history when she took home the Grammy for Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy, making her the first solo woman ever to win the award. (The world's fiercest female pianist, Chloe Flower, was up to the task of not only partnering with Cardi, but in making the spirit of Liberace proud). Hometown LGBTQ pride in Seattle was already at a high for six-time nominee (and three-time 2019 winner) Brandi Carlile as she delivered one of the evening's most emotionally raw performances with a stunning rendition of 'The Joke'. Given the song's theme of alienation and release, Carlile's anthem earned her a well-deserved standing ovation. Though not included in the broadcast, she received awards in no less than three stellar categories: Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song for 'The Joke', as well as Best Americana Album for By the Way, I Forgive You. From her earliest days of residency at Queen Anne's Paragon and playing packed shows at Capitol Hill's Wildrose, Carlile's fans have believed in her and are elated that their hometown hero has reached this pinnacle of success and recognition. To many, she is not only an awe-inspiring talent but a relatable figure in the lesbian community that made good and stayed true to her Seattle roots. Carlile's six nominations made history as the most in one year by a native Washingtonian artist, as well as making her the most-nominated woman this year.

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper picked up two Grammys for 'Shallow', including Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media. While Bradley Cooper was representing 'A Star Is Born' at the BAFTAs in London, Lady Gaga took on both roles to perform the duet in a throwback to her original rocked up style. Wearing a brilliant jewel-studded jumpsuit, her platinum hair elegantly tousled and wild, Gaga looked every bit the seasoned rock vixen. A Star Is Born and the evening's awards marked yet another career high.

From Janelle Monáe to Bebe Rexha, self-proclaimed queer and gender-fluid women continued to rule the night. Luscious latex had a high fashion moment as seen in Monáe's 'Make Me Feel' performance. Dolly Parton and goddaughter Miley Cyrus delivered a stellar 'Jolene'. Most sizzling duet was undoubtedly St. Vincent, who kicked off a stripped-down version of 'Masseduction' dressed in a bodysuit and thigh-high boots but was soon joined by an equally leggy Dua Lipa in an identical slicked back bob. The pair performed a chemistry-laden medley of the single mixed with 'One Kiss' and 'Respect.' St. Vincent's single 'Masseduction' won Best Rock Song, and the avant-electro-rock artist was also nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for the album of the same name. (Incidentally, Masseduction also won Best Recording Package before the broadcast). Dua Lipa took home Best New Artist.

And the wins kept coming for the ladies: Kacey Musgraves accepted awards for Album of the Year and Best Country Album for Golden Hour, as well as Best Country Solo Performance ('Butterflies') and Best Country Song ('Space Cowboy'). H.E.R. took home Best R&B Album, and Ariana Grande's Sweetener won Best Pop Vocal Album. Ella Mai earned her first Grammy for Best R&B Song with 'Boo'd Up'. With the most diverse and exciting Grammy Awards show in recent history, the start of 2019 already feels like a victory lap for women in music united across all genres.

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