The 2019 Grammys were monumental for women and rap

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Alicia Keys Opening Monologue (From left to right: Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keyes, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez)

Sam Janis, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The 2019 Grammys have made its decision on the best from each genre of music. The big winners of the night include Childish Gambino for his song “This is America”, winning both Record of the Year (production) and Song of the Year (songwriting); Kacey Musgraves for her album “Golden Hour,” winning Album of the year and Country Album of the Year; and Dua Lipa, winning Best New Artist. The emphasis of the award ceremony was on women and rap.

This was the first time a rap-based song has won both Record and Song of the Year and also the first time a solo female artist has won Rap Album of the Year. Drake, after winning Rap Song of the Year for “God’s Plan”, focused his speech not on winning, but rather on the joy he feels when he hears fans belting the lyrics to his songs at concerts.

The show opened with a monologue from host Alicia Keys. She then brought out Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Jada Pinkett Smith to speak about how music changed their lives.

Gaga stated, “They said I was weird, that my look, my choices, my sound, that it wouldn’t work. But music told me not to listen to them. Music took my ears, took my hands, my voice, and my soul. And it led me to all of you and to my little Monsters who I love so much.”

Performances in the show included Alicia Keyes, Janelle Monae, Camilla Cabello, Travis Scott, Post Malone with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many more.

Alicia Keys played a bunch of songs in her and other artists lineups and included her new song “Raise a Man.”

You can find a complete list of the nominees and the winners here.