Childish Gambino and Lady Gaga were the biggest winners at this year’s Grammy Awards, which also saw Cardi B make history as the first female solo artist to take home the best rap album trophy for her debut, Invasion of Privacy.
Gambino (real name Donald Glover) scooped three of the night’s biggest awards, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year, for his incendiary track This Is America, which is the first hip-hop Song of the Year winner in Grammys history.
Despite his success, the rapper and actor didn’t turn up to the ceremony, allowing presenters Alicia Keys and John Mayer to accept the award in his honour.
While her A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper represented their film on the opposite side of the Atlantic at last night’s BAFTAs, Lady Gaga went back to her musical roots to accept two awards for the movie’s soundtrack and a further gong for Best Vocal Performance for Joanne.
Gaga used her acceptance speech to highlight the importance of opening up about mental health, telling the audience that she was “so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues” and adding: “We gotta take care of each other. So if you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away.”
While her dramatic gown stole the show on the red carpet – and on social media – Cardi B also made her way into the history books with a win in the Best Rap Album category. In an emotional (and characteristically candid) speech, she dedicated her win to her daughter Kulture.
“When I found out [about the pregnancy], my album was not complete… we [had] to get this album done so I could shoot these videos while I’m still not showing. It was very long nights,” she said.
Not everyone was quite so impressed by Cardi’s win, though. Ariana Grande (who did not attend the ceremony due to an alleged disagreement with producers) reportedly sent off a flurry of angry tweets upon learning the result, after Cardi beat her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller to the trophy.
Controversies aside, the night also marked a huge career milestone for Grande as she picked up her first Grammy for Sweetener.
She described the win as “wild and beautiful” in a tweet, telling fans: “I know I’m not there tonight (trust, I tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and I know I said I try not to put too much much weight into these things… this is wild and beautiful. Thank you so much.”
Album of the Year went to Casey Musgraves, who also put in a strong showing in the Grammys' country music categories.
Dua Lipa was the only British artist to take home a trophy in a major category, becoming the first UK star to receive that honour since Sam Smith in 2015.
After last year's ceremony was criticised for failing to recognise female talent, Lipa made a subtle dig at the Recording Academy in her acceptance speech, thanking "all the incredible female artist" and telling viewers "I guess this year we've really stepped up."
One of the night's biggest surprises wasn't a major awards snub or Internet-breaking performance, but an unexpected cameo appearance from former First Lady Michelle Obama, who joined host Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith on stage to deliver an emotive speech about music's power to unite.
Grammy Awards 2019 - the winners
Record Of The Year:
This Is America — Childish Gambino
Album of the Year
Golden Hour- Kacey Musgraves
Song of the Year
This Is America- Childish Gambino
Best New Artist
Best Pop Solo Performance
Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) — Lady Gaga
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Shallow — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
My Way- Willie Nelson
Best Pop Vocal Album
Sweetener — Ariana Grande
Best Rock Performance:
When Bad Does Good — Chris Cornell
Best Rock Song:
Masseduction — St. Vincent
Best Rock Album
From The Fires — Greta Van Fleet
Best Alternative Music Album:
Best R&B Performance
Best Part- H.E.R Ft. Daniel Caesar
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand- Leon Bridges
How Deep is Your Love- PJ Morton Ft. Yebba
Best R&B Song
Boo’d Up-Ella Mai
Best R&B Album
Best Rap Performance
King’s Dead- Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake
Best Rap/Sung Performance:
This is America- Childish Gambino
Best Rap Song
God’s Plan- Drake
Best Rap Album:
Invasion of Privacy- Cardi B
Best Music Video:
This is America- Childish Gambino