The Grammy Awards telecast on Sunday was about four hours long and it was action-packed. There were a lot of things that happened so it’s understandable if you missed some of them. After all, it was a long show, so it’s likely that you skipped a few minutes. Well, we have some of the major highlights. First, Kacey Musgraves took the Album of the Year, and it was the biggest prize for the night. Musgraves had a total of four awards tying with Childish Gambino for the most awards in the show.
The show was hosted by Alicia Keys, who managed to move it along quite well while playing two pianos at the same time. In total, there were 18 performances. Despite the bliss, there were a few things that grabbed our attention more than others. Childish Gambino, first of all, skipped the show. He was one of two biggest winners on the night. When he was called out for his awards, the awkward silence that ensued said it all. Gambino’s song “This is America” was the first ever hip hop track to win the Song of The Year award and Record of the Year. But he wasn’t the only star to skip the event. Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift among others were a no show too.
Another highlight was Drake. The hip hop artist took aim at the Grammys for doing very little to honor hip hop tracks. But the Grammys aimed back. Drake had declined to perform during the event but he showed up anyway. When his song “God’s Plan” won the Best Rap song award, the acceptance speech didn’t hold back. As he continued to get fired up on stage, he has cut off abruptly mid-sentence and that was all we heard.
There was also a surprise cameo by former first lady Michelle Obama. What made this a very heartwarming moment was that no one really expected her to come but it’s safe to say that people were thrilled. The former first lady talked about diversity in the US and how music can be a uniting force during these times.
There was also the singing. A lot of people actually watch the Grammys for the music and the performances. In 2019, it didn’t disappoint. The Dolly Parton career retrospective medley featuring Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris, Little Big Town, and Katy Perry was sensational. Alicia Keys too was on fire taking a few breaks from her hosting duties to play two pianos simultaneously. It was a festival of music that was quite impressive.
Finally, there was a sad moment for Mac Miller. The late rapper was represented in the show by his mother. He had been nominated posthumously for the Best Rap album. It was the first time he got a Grammy nomination. Miller died in September last year from a mix of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol. He was 26 years old. There was also some history in the making as Cardi B became the first solo female artist to win the Best Rap album. Lauryn Hill had done it in 1997 but she was still part of the Fugees.