After a one-year stint in New York, the Recording Academy returned to Los Angeles’ Staples Heart for Grammys 2019, the 61st annual version of music’s greatest night time.
Nonetheless, the Huge Apple was represented by New York’s personal Alicia Keys helming the festivities as the primary feminine host in 14 years.
And the massive winner was country-pop star Kacey Musgraves, who introduced house 4 gramophones, together with Album of the Yr for “Golden Hour.”
However as at all times, it was principally concerning the performances. (Sure, Janelle! No, Jennifer!)
From shifting acceptance speeches to rousing reside units, listed below are one of the best and worst moments of the night time.
BEST MOMENT: Lady energy!
Simply seeing Michelle Obama, Girl Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith taking the stage with host Alicia Keys, wanting each stunning and badass, was the early OMG second that had us all screaming on the display. I imply, is the previous first girl — getting the largest spherical of applause of all — a rock star or what? Taking a cue from Beyoncé, Keys requested, “Who runs the world?” Women, little doubt.
BEST MOMENT: The return of Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin burning up the Grammy stage in 1999 with “The Cup of Life” was one of many all-time greatest Grammy moments. So it was nice to see the mustachioed bon-bon shaker, resplendent in white, bringing some warmth to Sunday’s star-studded Grammy opener that includes Camila Cabello singing — and dancing to — “Havana” with Younger Thug, J Balvin and Arturo Sandoval. With current Latin music mega-hits comparable to “Despacito” and Cardi B’s “I Like It,” it was cool to see the Grammys honoring Martin as one the pioneering artists for the style that he was.
BEST: Girl Gaga’s acceptance speech
Whereas accepting the Best Pop/Duo Group Efficiency trophy for her and Bradley Cooper — who was throughout the pond on the BAFTAs — a teary Girl Gaga took the prospect to deal with the psychological well being points on the coronary heart of Jackson Maine’s story in “A Star Is Born.” She very poignantly identified that psychological heath points are much more pervasive inside the music trade. “Should you see any person that’s hurting, don’t look away,” she mentioned. Gaga took that award for “Shallow” and turned it into one thing actually deep.
WORST: Infantile Gambino’s no-show
Earlier than Tune of the Yr was introduced, it was cool to listen to Alicia Keys reveal that John Mayer broke the SOTY trophy he gained for Daughters” in 2005 — beating out A-Keys for her far superior “If I Ain’t Acquired You” — earlier than Mayer himself joined her onstage to name it the “coolest joint custody settlement in show-business historical past.” However all that stage patter led to a giant womp-womp when the precise Tune of the Yr winner they have been asserting — Infantile Gambino and posse for “This Is America” — turned out to be a no-show. Keys and Mayer didn’t appear to know what the hell to do afterward. And it’s an actual disgrace when prime nominees comparable to Infantile Gambino, who additionally gained Document of the Yr, simply cease displaying as much as the ceremony.
WORST: Publish Malone and Pink Sizzling Chili Peppers
The connection between Publish Malone and the Chili Peppers is sensible: RHCP have been one of many first white acts to include hip-hop again within the day, when Anthony Kiedis rapped rather more than he sang. However whereas the Grammys are recognized for his or her memorable cross-generational and cross-genre collaborations, this one fell flat. After Publish Malone did his “Rockstar” and “Keep,” it ended with the Chili Peppers doing their “Darkish Necessity,” a single off of 2016’s “The Getaway” that’s no “Give It Away.” However rattling, that Kiedis nonetheless appears good shirtless.
BEST: Janelle Monae made us ‘Really feel’
For sheer all-around efficiency, it was onerous to beat Janelle Monae giving us all of the feels with “Make Me Really feel.” Trying like a queer-positive Catwoman in her black latex getup, the singer, who got here out as pansexual final yr, led an all-girl gang as she showcased her abilities as a singer, instrumentalist and dancer whereas channeling her idol Prince — particularly when she started writhing and humping on the ground in girl-on-girl ecstasy.
WORST: Cardi B’s music alternative
Because the dramatic piano set the stage for Cardi B’s Grammy debut, the anticipation was on fleek. And when she arrived wanting each bit the hip-hop attractive image that she is, we have been all able to worship the brand new queen of the rap sport. However in a curious transfer, she carried out the whole lot of “Cash” — a single that wasn’t even included on her Grammy-nominated debut “Invasion of Privateness” — as an alternative of her monster smash “I Like It,” “Be Cautious” or any of the opposite singles that earned her this Grammy second.
BEST: Diamond Diana
After an lovable introduction from her ridiculously cute 9-year-old grandson, Diana Ross took the stage wanting radiant in crimson. How can this girl probably be turning 75 subsequent month? She sounded stronger than ever singing “The Best Years of My Life” — though there are lots of greater hits that she might have sung — however when she did “Attain Out and Contact (Someone’s Hand),” she had all people within the Staples Heart holding palms and singing alongside in what was one of many emotional highlights of the night time.
BEST: Brandi Carlile is not any joke
It’s not simple to stand up on the Grammy stage and, about three hours into the present, promote a music that the general public watching having by no means heard. However that’s precisely what veteran singer-songwriter Carlile did when she carried out “The Joke,” nominated for each Document and Tune of the Yr. No bells or whistles essential, this was the type of pure artistry that introduced house what the Grammys are purported to be all about. An actual musician’s musician second.
WORST: J.Lo within the Motown tribute
Sorry, however Jennifer Lopez is just not precisely who you consider when Motown involves thoughts. And with so many legends of the label nonetheless alive, it’s onerous to grasp why Grammy producers would decide J.Lo to salute Motown for its 60th anniversary. It felt like much more of a slap within the face after Diana Ross had taken the stage earlier. However there Lopez was, placing her Vegas-schmaltz spin on every part from “Dancing within the Streets” and “Please Mr. Postman’ to “ABC” and “Sq. Biz.” (Teena Marie should have been cringing up in heaven.) It was a tribute solely Alex Rodriguez might love.