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Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards

Updated : 2019-02-11 11:52:46

Women and rap triumphed at the Grammys on Sunday as female acts took home top prizes including album of the year and best new artist, and Childish Gambino made history when his hit "This Is America" became the first rap-based track to win record and song of the year.

Kacey Musgraves' country-pop release "Golden Hour" won album of the year, and British singer Dua Lipa won best new artist — a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony and the Grammys were criticised for the low number of female nominees.

"I think women have a really necessary perspective, to art, to music," Musgraves said backstage.

Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees were women, and six women were nominated for best new artist. Brandi Carlile, the most nominated women with six, won three honors in the Americana category.

"Tonight gives me hope as the mother of two young daughters," she said backstage.

Musgraves and Gambino were the night's top winners, taking home four awards each. Gambino's "This Is America" also won the best music video and best rap/sung performance.

Maren Morris, from left, Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus perform
Maren Morris, from left, Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus perform "After The Goldrush" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Anthony Kiedis, left, and Flea, of Red Hot Chili Peppers, perform a medley at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Anthony Kiedis, left, and Flea, of Red Hot Chili Peppers, perform a medley at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Anna Kendrick introduces a performance by Dolly Parton at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Anna Kendrick introduces a performance by Dolly Parton at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Cardi B performs
Cardi B performs "Money" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Drake accepts the award for best rap song for
Drake accepts the award for best rap song for "God's Plan" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Diana Ross performs a medley at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Diana Ross performs a medley at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Lady Gaga, right, and Mark Ronson perform
Lady Gaga, right, and Mark Ronson perform "Shallow" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Michelle Obama, left, and Jennifer Lopez speak at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Michelle Obama, left, and Jennifer Lopez speak at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Lopez performs a medley during a tribute to Motown's 60th anniversary at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Lopez performs a medley during a tribute to Motown's 60th anniversary at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Ne-Yo, left, and Jennifer Lopez perform a medley during a tribute to Motown's 60th anniversary at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Ne-Yo, left, and Jennifer Lopez perform a medley during a tribute to Motown's 60th anniversary at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
BTS presents the award for best R&B album at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
BTS presents the award for best R&B album at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Brandi Carlile performs
Brandi Carlile performs "The Joke" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Cardi B, left, accepts the award for best rap album for
Cardi B, left, accepts the award for best rap album for "Invasion of Privacy" as Offset looks on at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Halle Bailey, left, and Chloe Bailey, of Chloe X Halle, present the award for best rap album at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Halle Bailey, left, and Chloe Bailey, of Chloe X Halle, present the award for best rap album at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Dua Lipa, left, and St. Vincent perform a medley at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Dua Lipa, left, and St. Vincent perform a medley at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Alessia Cara, left, and Bob Newhart present the award for best new artist at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Alessia Cara, left, and Bob Newhart present the award for best new artist at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
President and CEO of the Recording Academy Neil Portnow speaks at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
President and CEO of the Recording Academy Neil Portnow speaks at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Alicia Keys presents the award for record of the year at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Alicia Keys presents the award for record of the year at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Kacey Musgraves accepts the award for album of the year for
Kacey Musgraves accepts the award for album of the year for "Golden Hour" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Ludwig Goransson, accepts the award for record of the year for
Ludwig Goransson, accepts the award for record of the year for "This Is America" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
In this June 2, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande, center, performs at Wango Tango in Los Angeles. Grande won her first Grammy Award on Sunday, February 10, but the singer didn’t collect it after she decided to skip the ceremony following a public dispute with the show’s producer. She won best pop vocal album for “Sweetener,” beating Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello in the category. Grande was not in attendance at the pre-telecast ceremony, but she wrote on Twitter that her win was “wild and beautiful.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
In this June 2, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande, center, performs at Wango Tango in Los Angeles. Grande won her first Grammy Award on Sunday, February 10, but the singer didn’t collect it after she decided to skip the ceremony following a public dispute with the show’s producer. She won best pop vocal album for “Sweetener,” beating Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello in the category. Grande was not in attendance at the pre-telecast ceremony, but she wrote on Twitter that her win was “wild and beautiful.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Hennessy Carolina arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Hennessy Carolina arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Offset, left, and Cardi B arrive at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Offset, left, and Cardi B arrive at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Ricky Martin, from left, Camila Cabello and J Balvin perform
Ricky Martin, from left, Camila Cabello and J Balvin perform "Havana" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Lady Gaga reacts before accepting the award for best pop duo or group performance for
Lady Gaga reacts before accepting the award for best pop duo or group performance for "Shallow" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Post Malone performs a medley at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Post Malone performs a medley at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
"Weird Al" Yankovic accepts the award for best boxed or special limited edition package for "Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of 'Weird Al' Yankovic" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Maren Morris arrives at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton on Friday, February 8, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Maren Morris arrives at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton on Friday, February 8, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Kacey Musgraves arrives at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton on Friday, February 8, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Kacey Musgraves arrives at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton on Friday, February 8, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Janelle Monae poses at the
Janelle Monae poses at the "Fem The Future" brunch to celebrate nominated women in music at Ysabel on Friday, February 8, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Brandi Carlile poses at the
Brandi Carlile poses at the "Fem The Future" brunch to celebrate nominated women in music at Ysabel on Friday, February 8, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
H.E.R. performs at the Spotify Best New Artist 2019 Party at The Hammer Museum on Thursday, February 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)
H.E.R. performs at the Spotify Best New Artist 2019 Party at The Hammer Museum on Thursday, February 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)
In this December 6, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande attends the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event in New York. Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich says the show had multiple conversations with Grande about performing at the awards show on Sunday but the singer “felt it was too late for her to pull something together.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
In this December 6, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande attends the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event in New York. Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich says the show had multiple conversations with Grande about performing at the awards show on Sunday but the singer “felt it was too late for her to pull something together.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Seating placards appear for Grammy nominees Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga for the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Thursday, February 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 61st Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Seating placards appear for Grammy nominees Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga for the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Thursday, February 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 61st Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Phil Hanseroth, from left, Brandi Carlile and Tim Hanseroth accept the award for best Americana album for
Phil Hanseroth, from left, Brandi Carlile and Tim Hanseroth accept the award for best Americana album for "By the Way, I Forgive You" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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