61st Annual Grammys
The 61st annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday, February 10. The Grammys are awards given by the American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for achievement in the record industry. It gives singers a time to be on stage in a massive event that is attended by other celebrities and is watched on television by nearly twenty million viewers.
Like last year, this year the Grammys got bad reviews by viewers. This was because women weren’t getting many awards. According to Variety.com “Last year, the Grammys came under fire for a relative dearth of female winners and performers onstage and, furthermore, for Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow saying that women needed to “step up” in order to be recognized.” This year, many of the Grammy awards went to women, which some people were upset about because they want the awards to be balanced between both genders. However, most people did like performances by Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cardi B, Alicia Keys, and Camila Cabello.
Cardi B won the Best Rap Album of the Year for “Invasion of Privacy.” She was also the first woman to win as a solo artist-song in the rap category at the Grammys. Drake didn’t perform at the Grammys although he did win an award. Drake won the award for the Best Rap Song with his song, “God’s Plan.” This rapper’s speech got cut off after he got his award for an unknown reason, so he didn’t get much of a spotlight at the Grammys.
Dan+Shay won an award for their song “Tequila” winning the Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Kacey Musgraves also made a huge breakthrough this year. She won four awards that night, including the Best Country Album and Album of the Year for the song “Golden Hour.” Musgraves also won Best country song “Space Cowboy” and Best Country Solo Performance for the song “Butterflies.”
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper won the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song “Shallow.” Lady Gaga also won the Best Pop Solo Performance for her song “Joanne.”
Other winners that night included H.E.R. for Best R&B song for the song also called “H.E.R.” and Chris Cornell who won for Best Rock Performance for his song “When Bad Does Good.” Another winner that night was Greta Van Fleet for Best Rock Album for her album “From the Fires.” “This is America” was a big hit, and Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino along with Ludwig Goransson and Jeffery Lamar Williams won Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Dua Lipa, won for Best New Artist.
Overall the Grammys entertained millions and provided for a lot of talk about what people were wearing, who came with whom, and who won.