This year’s 61st annual Grammy Awards was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and hosted by Alicia Keys looking elegant in her green gown.
A surprise appearance from former USA First Lady Michelle Obama received a standing ovation from the crowd after she stressed on the impact that music has had in her life.
“From the Motown records I wore out on the Southside, to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fuelled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story,” Michelle said. “Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes, our joys. Music shows us that all of it matters.”
The big winners of the night must have been country musician, Kacey Musgraves and rapper Childish Gambino, who bagged four awards each.
Kacey took home the highly coveted Album of the Year – for her third record album, Golden Hour, Best Country album, Best Country solo performance for “Butterflies” and best country song for “Space Cowboy.”
Though he did not show up for this year’s Grammy, Childish Gambino took the Song of the Year award for his This is America hit, Best rap song performance, Best Music Video and Record of the year awards.
Lady Gaga scooped two awards for her song “shallow” from the movie “A Star Is Born” which took the Best Song written for Visual Media and Best Pop duo/group performance. In addition, Lady Gaga’s song “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” emerged as the Best Solo performance.
21-year-old, H.E.R took home two awards – Best R&B Album (H.E.R) and Best R&B performance of her song – Best Part.
William Ferris also scooped two awards – Best Album Notes and Best Historical Album for his 10-year compilation of stories, films, blues and gospel music under the title – Voices of Mississippi.
Those who held the fort for the gospel industry were Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle as they scooped two awards each. Tori Kelly album – Hiding Place – was crowned as the best gospel album. Her song – Never Alone – featuring Kirk Franklin took the Best Band Gospel Performance/Song.
Lauren Daigle was presented with two Grammies for her album “Look up Child” and song “You Say”. The two were recognised as the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song respectively.