Grammy Awards: Obama, Gaga and the top moments of 2019

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Women are dominating the spotlight at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Performances by Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae and Camila Cabello were all among the early highlights of the show. There was also a star-studded tribute to country music legend Dolly Parton, which featured such high-profile female artists as Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Maren Morris

The evening stood in stark contrast to the 2018 award show, which drew massive criticism for not including enough female artists and downright disdain for Grammy president Neil Portnow suggesting that women need to “step up” in the industry.

Besides the much-deserved spotlight on female artists, the 2019 Grammys were notable for honoring hip-hop in a way that voters had never done before, as Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” won for song of the year. It marked he first time that a hip-hop song had won in that category.

Here are some of the defining moments of the 61st annual Grammys:

To “Havana”

The 61st annual Grammys got off to a strong start as Camila Cabello opened the show with a star-studded version of her mega-hit “Havana.” it was festive, fun and full of fireworks, as Cabello boogied alongside Young Thug, J Blavin, Ricky Martin and, best of all,Arturo Sandoval, the Cuban jazz legend who was the subject of the Andy Garcia-film “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.” We just wish that producers would have given Sandoval a little more time to shine with his trumpet during this segment.

Alicia Keys as host

Keys, a mulit-Grammy winner herself, turned out to be a great host. She didn’t tell jokes or try to be funny. She didn’t do anything other than be herself. And that was more enough. She deeply loves music and that deeply translated every time she was at the microphone.

“Music is what we cry to. It’s what we march to. It’s what to rock to. It’s what we make love to,” she told the crowd early in the night. “It’s our shared global language. And when you really want to say something, you say it with a song.”

All the stars

Keys has some powerful pals and she proved it as she called out four women — Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Michelle Obama – to join her onstage. Obama, who has been on a sold-out book tour, got the biggest response

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment

      

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