Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa lead as women dominate at this year’s Grammys
WOMEN dominated at this year’s Grammy Awards, with artists such as Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa winning some of the most coveted gongs.
Country singer Kacey Musgraves took home the top prize at the 61st annual Grammys last night, winning album of the year for Golden Hour in a shock victory.
She also secured three other wins: best country album, best country song for Space Cowboy and best country solo performance for Butterflies.
Cardi B claimed best rap album for Invasion of Privacy — the first female solo artist to win the award — while Lipa won best new artist.
Lady Gaga continued a successful awards season by claiming three gongs: best pop solo performance for Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?), best song written for visual media for Shallow from A Star Is Born and best pop duo/group performance for the same song.
Elsewhere, Drake claimed best rap song for God’s Plan and Childish Gambino claimed four honours including song of the year and record of the year for This Is America.
During the ceremony, British artist Lipa aimed a dig at Academy president Neil Portnow as she accepted the award for best new artist.
Last year, following complaints the nominations were dominated by men, Portnow suggested women should ‘step up’. This year, the categories contained far more women.
Accepting the prize on stage, Lipa said she was ‘honoured’ to be nominated alongside ‘incredible’ female artists, adding: ‘I guess this year we really stepped up.’
Earlier, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper became the first acts to scoop a prize at the awards.
The pair won best pop duo/group performance for Shallow, the hit single from the musical drama film A Star Is Born, which stars Gaga as an emerging pop star and Cooper as an ageing rocker.
Accepting the prize on stage, Gaga paid tribute to Cooper, who could not attend due to being in London for the Bafta film awards ceremony earlier in the evening.
She said: ‘I wish Bradley was here with me right now. Bradley, I loved singing this song with you. If I don’t get another chance to say this, I just want to say I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addressed mental health issues, they’re so important.’
Author: Keiran Southern