This is America wins big at Grammys

11 Feb 2019 / 14:09 H.

COUNTRY artist Kacey Musgraves won album of the year for Golden Hour, while This is America by Childish Gambino won both record and song of the year at the 61st Grammy Awards on Sunday in a breakthrough for rap at the most prestigious honors in the music business.

British pop singer Dua Lipa was named best new artist and popular rapper Cardi B won her first Grammy, taking best rap album for Invasion of Privacy.

Gambino’s searing This is America, about police brutality and racism, became the first hip-hop track to win record and song of the year Grammys, while Drake made a surprise appearance to accept the Grammy for best rap song for God’s Plan and Lady Gaga won three trophies.

This is America also took Grammys for best music video and best rap performance.

Before Sunday the Grammys had frequently shut out hip-hop artists from its top prizes, despite rap’s dominance as the biggest music genre in the United States.

Only two albums by hip-hop artists have ever won the album of the year Grammy – Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2004.

Musgraves also won for best country album, song and country solo performance.

This year’s Grammy nominees were dominated by women and the awards show, hosted by Alicia Keys, reflected that with rousing performances by Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Katy Perry and Musgraves.

The following is a list of winners in key categories:

Album of the Year: Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

Record of the Year: This Is America - Childish Gambino

Song of the Year: This Is America - songwriters Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson

Best New Artist: Dua Lipa

Best Pop Solo Performance: Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) - Lady Gaga

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sweetener - Ariana Grande

Best Rap Album: Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

Best Country Album: Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

Best Rock Album: From the Fires - Greta Van Fleet

Best Music Video: This is America - Childish Gambino

–Reuters

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