The biggest night in the music industry



Hosted by Alicia Keys, who was the first female host in 14 years, the Grammy’s took over the Staples Center on Sunday night, February 10, in Los Angeles, California. Kendrick Lamar took the lead with eight nominations, with Drake trailing not that far behind with seven nominations, and Cardi B with five.

A notable winner was Childish Gambino with his song, “This Is America,” which won four Grammys including Record and Song of the Year. Kacey Musgrave won four Grammys, including Album of the Year with her latest album, “Golden Hour.” Her album “H.E.R.” won two Grammys, including Best R&B Album with latest album, “H.E.R.”. Cardi B became the first solo woman to win Best Rap Album with her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy”. Ariana Grande won her first ever Grammy with her album, “Sweetener” for Best Pop Vocals Album.

Many performers took to the Grammy’s stage, starting with Camila Cabello who was joined on stage by Young Thug, Ricky Martin, and J Balvin. The stage was set as a party outside of her house as she sang her hit, “Havana.” J Balvin then joined to sing his hit, “Mi Gente” alongside Camila. Shawn Mendes took the stage next to perform his first single, “In My Blood” off his latest album, “Shawn Mendes.” He started the song by playing a piano that was on fire on the B stage, then moved onto the main stage where surprise guest Miley Cyrus joined him to sing along with the fiery performance. Post Malone performed hits, “Stay” and “rockstart” without 21 Savage, but joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform their song, “Dark Necessities.” Cardi B performed her latest song, “Money,” by putting a twist on the song. The performance started with a grand piano intro, then led into Cardi returning to her stripper roots on the piano. The highly anticipated performance of “Shallow” was not a let down. Lady Gaga took the stage with songwriter Mark Ronson to perform a very Gaga-like performance.

Before the night was over, Dolly Parton and Aretha Franklin both got a tribute performance. Dolly Parton was honored as the MusicCares Person of the Year two days before the awards show. Her tribute performance included six performers: Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Dolly Parton herself. They sang five Dolly’s hits, including, “Jolene,” “Here You Come Again,” and “9 to 5.” Aretha Franklin’s tribute closed out the show, with performers Fantasia, Andra Day, and Yolanda Adams singing Aretha’s hit, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”