The 61st annual Grammy Awards were held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Billed as the biggest night in the music industry, this year’s Grammys are marred by high-profile no-shows and controversy. Rappers Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino did not attend the ceremony, presumably because of the Grammys’ historical ignorance of rap music. Even Ariana Grande skipped the event. She won her first ever Grammy award.
Cardi B became the first solo woman to win the Best Rap Album Award. She will competed against Drake and Kendrick, who produced the Black Panther soundtrack album. The rappers lead the field of nominees with eight and seven nods, respectively.
Hosting the programme for the first time was 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys. Dolly Parton was honoured ahead of the Grammys with a commemorative performance by multiple artistes, which included Pink, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, among others.
With high-profile performance by Lady Gaga, Diana Ross, Travis Scott, Dua Lipa and Camila Cabello, the 2019 Grammys promise to be an entertaining evening.
Here are all the LIVE updates from the 2019 Grammy Awards:
Ariana Grande tweets clarification about her tweets
Ariana tweeted the f word and ‘trash’ as Cardi B won the award for Best Rap Album. Ariana’s ex and late singer Mac Miller was also nominated in the category. “nothing to do w her. good for her. i promise. i’m sorry,” she wrote in her new tweets. She later deleted all the tweets.
With the final award, the ceremony comes to a close.
Kacey Musgrave wins Album of the Year
Kacey Musgrave is the winner of the album of the year Grammy Award, the night’s top honour. Musgraves won for “Golden Hour,” which won earlier in the night for best country album.
Kacey Musgraves wins Album Of The Year for Golden Hour. (REUTERS)
Childish Gambino wins Record of the Year
Childish Gambino won the Grammy for Record of the Year for This is America. It is his fourth award of the night.
Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams perform
Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams perform (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” in tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams perform at Grammys. (REUTERS)
Dua Lipa performs with St Vincent
Singer Dua Lipa performed on stage with St Vincent. They sang her hit song One Kiss.
whoever paired st. vincent and dua lipa together deserves a raise pic.twitter.com/lKYkWPaHEP
— diondra (@filmyth) February 11, 2019
Dua Lipa wins Best New Artist
Singer Dua Lipa won the Grammy for Best New Artist. The synth-pop star beat out fellow Londoner Jorja Smith along with rising pop singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha and the enigmatic R&B performer H.E.R.
Dua Lipa at the 61st Grammy Awards. (REUTERS)
Cardi B win Best Rap Album
Carbi B won the award for the Best Rap Album for Invasion Of Privacy. She is the first solo woman to win rap album Grammy. She was joined on stage by husband Offset. “I can’t breathe. Oh my goodness. I’m sorry, I just… I just… ooh, the nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed,” she said upon receiving the award.
Cardi B accepts the Best Rap Album award for Invasion of Privacy as her husband Offset kisses her hand. (REUTERS)
H.E.R. wins Best R&B Album
Singer H.E.R. won Best R&B Album award for her eponymous album, H.E.R. The artist opened her remarks by saying that the compilation release is “not even an album, it’s an EP.”
H.E.R. wins Best R&B Album. (REUTERS)
Jennifer Lopez performs on stage
Singer Jennifer Lopez performed at the Grammy Awards. She gave a tribute to Motown’s 60th anniversary with Smokey Robinson. See her pics:
Jennifer Lopez performs at the awards. (REUTERS)
Jennifer Lopez, left, and Smokey Robinson perform a medley during a tribute to Motown’s 60th anniversary. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Travis Scott performs on stage
Singer Travis Scott performed on stage at the Grammys. He was accompanied at the music night with his girlfriend Kylie Jenner.
Travis Scott climbs out of a cage during a performance at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Priyanka Chopra shares pics from Grammys party
Actor Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas celebrated their friends’ Grammy nominations with a party on Sunday. Read full story here.
Priyanka Chopra with Nick Jonas.
Lady Gaga performs on stage
Lady Gaga performs to her songs on stage at the Grammys. Gaga sang her nominated song from A Star Is Born, Shallow.
Lady Gaga performs to Shallow. (REUTERS)
Diana Ross performs on stage
Singer Diana Ross performed on stage at the Grammys. She was introduced on stage by her grandson Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick.
Diana Ross performs on stage. (REUTERS)
Drake wins Best Rap Song
Drake’s God’s Plan won the award for Best Rap Song. “You already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if they’re singing in your hometown. You’re already winning, you don’t need this right here,” he said in his speech.
Ariana Grande shares pictures of her outfit
Ariana Grande is celebrating her Grammy win at home with her dogs and friends. She is even dressed in her custom made Zac Posen gown that she intended to wear tonight.
Host Alicia Keys performs on stage
Host Alicia Keys performed a medley of her songs at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. She played the piano on stage.
Alicia Keys performs a medley. (REUTERS)
Kacey Musgraves wins best country album
Kacey Musgraves won the Best Country Album award for Golden Hour. “I never dreamed that this record would be met with such love,” she said onstage. She also won best country solo performance for Butterflies and best country song for Space Cowboy.
Kacey Musgraves wins Best Country Album for Golden Hour. (REUTERS)
Cardi B performs on stage
Singer and rapper Cardi B performed on stage in an animal print bodysuit.
Cardi B performs on stage. (REUTERS)
H.E.R. performs on stage
Singer H.E.R. performed her song Hard Place on stage. She was seen in a sparkly purple outfit and dark sunnies.
H.E.R. performs Hard Place. (REUTERS)
Check out full list of winners
From Grande to Gaga to Gambino, here are all the big winners of the night. See full list here.
Miley Cyrus performs with Dolly Parton
Miley Cyrus came back on stage to perform with her godmother and singer Dolly Parton. They sang her song Jolene on stage. She was also joined on stage by Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves.
Dolly Parton, left, and Miley Cyrus perform Jolene at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Katy Perry, from left, Dolly Parton and Kacey Musgraves perform Here You Come Again. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Post Malone performs
Singer Post Malone was joined on stage by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Anthony Kiedis for a performance.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with Post Malone. (REUTERS)
This Is America wins song of the year
This Is America wins song of the year Grammy Award for Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino.
Lilly Singh, Lele Pons arrive for ceremony
YouTube stars Lele Pons and Lilly Singh arrived for the ceremony.
YouTube star Lilly Singh arrives for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. (AFP)
American-Venezuelan internet personality Lele Pons. (AFP)
Janelle Monae performs on stage
Actor and singer Janelle Monae performs on stage to Make Me Feel.
Janelle Monae performs Make Me Feel at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Kylie Jenner arrives on red carpet with Travis Scott
Kylie Jenner shared a kiss with singer boyfriend Travis Scott. She was seen in a pink outfit.
Travis Scott, left, and Kylie Jenner kiss at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Shallow
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have won an award for their film A Star Is Born. They won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Shallow. “I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. … A lot of artists deal with that. And we gotta take care of each other,” she said in her acceptance speech.
Lady Gaga accepts the award for best pop duo or group performance for Shallow. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Miley Cyrus performs with Shawn Mendes
Newly married singer Miley Cyrus performed to In My Blood, on stage with singer Shawn Mendes.
Miley Cyrus, left, and Shawn Mendes perform In My Blood at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Lady Gaga arrives at the red carpet
Lady Gaga arrived for the awards night in a silver outfit. She posed at the red carpet with Jennifer Lopez.
Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga. (REUTERS)
Michelle Obama takes to the stage
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama took to the stage to speak about music. “Music has always helped me tell my story,” she said. She was joined on stage by Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and host Alicia Keys.
Lady Gaga, from left, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez speak at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
AR Rahman attends the ceremony
Indian music composer AR Rahman is attending the Grammy Awards. He shared a picture on Twitter on Sunday night. “All set to go for Grammy Awards night !,” he wrote in his tweet.
AR Rahman tweeted this picture on Sunday.
Camilla Cabello kick starts the ceremony with a performance
Singer Camilla Cabello with Ricky Martin kicked off the ceremony with a performance. She performed to her hit song Havana.
Ricky Martin, left, and Camila Cabello perform Havana at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Ariana Grande wins her first ever Grammy Award
Grande won Sunday for best pop vocal album for her song Sweetener. She was not in attendance at a pre-telecast ceremony to accept the honour. The superstar accused Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich of lying about discussions with Grande about performing at Sunday’s ceremony.