Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES CA- FEBRUARY 08 H.E.R. performs during Basic Magazine and H.E.R. Pre Grammy Party at the Private Residence of the CEO of Absolut Elyx

LOS ANGELES CA- FEBRUARY 08 H.E.R. performs during Basic Magazine and H.E.R. Pre Grammy Party at the Private Residence of the CEO of Absolut Elyx

Sunday night was a busy one for Alicia Keys.

He'd also been nominated for a third award, best R&B song, for co-penning another Childish Gambino song, "Feels Like Summer".

Childish Gambino's ground-breaking hit This Is America was a major victor on the night, taking home four awards: the coveted Record of the Year award, Best Music Video, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Song of the Year. Part of me wishes that the song would only be performed in the vein of A Star is Born, because that's how we first fell in love with it. "Is it okay that I show weakness?" she asks over lush keys. "All my peers that make music from their heart that do things pure and tell the truth, I wanna let you know we're playing in an opinion-based sport not a factual-based sport".

Dolly Parton starred in the best of the night's two tributes to veteran artists, performing a medley of her songs with Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Maren Morris.

Not only did the 38-year-old singer host and perform at the 2019 Grammys, but she also dropped a new song called "Raise a Man". Grande accused him of lying about discussions about performing at the ceremony after Ehrlich told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grande had said she didn't have adequate time to prepare. "The need for social change has been the hallmark of the American experience, from the founding of our country to the complex times we live in today", he said.

The Grammys took some online blowback by having Jennifer Lopez deliver a tribute to Motown, once the nation's preeminent label for black artists. Meanwhile, Emily Lazar became the first woman to win Best Engineered Album for her work on Beck's Colors.

This hurt was remedied, or rather balanced out, by Janelle Monae's performance of her thirst anthem, "Make Me Feel", replete with robotic hip movements, futuristic attire, and pussy trousers!

But then again, we may end up back with an ArtPop-era Gaga, which isn't bad either.

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