The 2019 Grammy Awards

Cristina Cross
February 11, 2019

So give Drake credit for having the cachet to pull off the biggest surprise of the Grammys Sunday night just by actually appearing to pick up his trophy for best rap song for "God's Plan".

For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists are leading the pack - but observers are still wondering if nominations success can translate into big wins.

The early wins by women offered a positive sign that change may be afoot at the Recording Academy, which has faced intense backlash over its apparent struggle to embrace diversity. Instead, it was 100 percent Gaga - and singer Gaga, not actress Gaga - up on that stage, back to her old tricks of belting out lyrics amid leg kicks, insane faces and whipping her hair back and forth.

Lady Gaga
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Fifteen-time Grammy Award victor Alicia Keys will host the ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as nominees wait to find out who will take home the win for popular awards like record of the year and album of the year.

Ariana Grande has said no thanks to the Grammy Awards.

Drake accepted his Grammy Award for Best Rap Song by essentially telling the audience at home that awards do not matter, particularly in an opinion-based industry. "I am such a misfit", Carlile said, speaking about the difficulties of coming out as a lesbian in her teen years and never attending school dances. "Thank you for my family", she said.

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Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves swept the boards in their respective genre categories, Americana and Country, making the ones to beat in the night's main category - album of the year.

The Scorpion rapper also reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform at the Grammys this year.

They are both up for album of the year, alongside Cardi B, H.E.R., Post Malone and Janelle Monae.

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Keys told CBS news this year´s greater representation from women was "far overdue". "Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys", Obama says as the five women end the opening in a embrace.

Childish Gambino won the coveted prize for best music video for his politically provocative "This Is America".

Drake continued, "Look, the point is, you already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if you're a hero in your hometown".

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