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Grammys 2019: Women in the limelight, hip hop make history and tribute largely

Female artists dominated at the Grammy Awards on Sunday evening with the focus on "the greatest night of music" focused on powerhouse performances by women.

The Recording Academy – which has attempted to address the lack of diversity at its annual music festival – has made some progress in nominating several different musicians. It was on the screen Sunday, when Grammy's recorded several historical victories for rap artists and so female actions triumphed with two of the night's top trophies (this year's album, best new artist) as well as in categories including rap album, country album, R&B album and pop vocal album.

Producers of this year's Grammy telecast chose to turn the show mostly over to female artists, highlighting the talent of host Alicia Keys and honoring musical icons such as Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and aretha franklin

Then there was the noticeable boost in top-nominated female actions (including Kacey Musgraves. Janelle Monae. Cardi B. HER.. Dua Lipa and Brandi Carlile) performs – and orders attention with their time on stage.

"I just wanted to say how honorable I am to be nominated with so many incredible female artists this year because I am assuming this year we really got up," Dua Lipa beat winning the best new artist, a clear retort to outgoing academy head Neil Portnow's infamous comments backstage last year's broadcast.

That said, the show was not without accidents. Here is a round of some memorable moments from the night.

Musical matchmaking

Grammy telecast producer Ken Ehrlich simply relies on star-loaded matchups and duets. Sometimes it really seems like Camila Cabello's high-performance opening service Havana, with J. Balvin, Ricky Martin, Young Thug and Arturo Sandoval.

The star-studded Parton tribute even had BTS bopping. Most recently in the show, St. Vincent and Dua Lipa have a seductive performance Masseduction.

But slamming musical notes of different genres and generations or simply signing big names to perform another tribute doesn't always pay (more on J. Lo later).

Obama in the house

To help kick things, Keys shared her time on stage with some big names, inviting "sisters" Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and – apparently dedicated to one of the night's biggest and longest ovations – Michelle Obama .

"Music has always helped me tell my story," Obama said. "Whether we like land or rap or rock, music helps us to share ourselves. It allows us to hear each other."

Drake is the right speech

In one of the night's surprising performances, the Grammy-and-Juno snubbing hip hop star Drake was actually in the house to accept Grammy when God's plan won the trophy for the best raps song.

"If there are people who have regular jobs coming out in the rain and snow, using their hard earned money to get to your shows, you don't need this here, I promise you, you've already won," said Drake others artists from the scene after his victory.

But just as we might have thought that his beef with distinction exhibitions had ended, the producers completely interrupted their spoken language, sent the show to commercial on what they subsequently called a "natural break" (With Drake, the offer of coming back and ending his thought apparently fell).

Well, Grammys, that's probably the last time you want to see Champagne Papi on your show.

Historical hip hop winner

Cardi B, seen doing money during the ceremony, is the first solo female winner of the best rap album Grammy. (Matt Sayles / Invision / Associated Press)

And when it comes to no-shows, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) made history with his blistering track This is America win both this year's song and this year's record.

This is the first time in Grammy history a rap song has won either category. It was an embarrassing moment for the Grammy organizers that such a great winner did not feel compelled to participate. (The song also won best rap / sung performance and best music video)

Another historic victory came when rapper Cardi B became the first solo female rapper ever to win the best rap album (for Violation of privacy).

Motown at Sin City

Jennifer Lopez performed with Smokey Robinson in a tribute to Motown. The choice was controversial before the show even happened, and even more so for her performance. (Mike Blake / Reuters)

A decision maligned by many from the moment it was revealed was Grammy's decision to make Jennifer Lopez pay tribute to Motown. One major complaint was that the tribute to the label, which brought world artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Glady Knight and Stevie Wonder, came from a black artist.

And then there was the performance issue.

Although acknowledged for her phenomenal dance, J.Lo has never been regarded as an incredibly strong vocalist, so she builds a multi-song book about her (even with the help of Motown's play Smokey Robinson, Grammy Host Keys and R&B singer-songwriter Neo Yo) felt inexplicable to many in the audience.

It is not surprising that the set, which seemed to channel its home in Las Vegas, made a significant setback on social media – especially when a tribute to Aretha Franklin later in the show seemed to be shortened to just one of the Queen's Souls songs.

Host with the most

The host Alicia Keys was a big part of the show and put on her own performances when she brought the viewers through star sightings at night. (Mike Blake / Reuters)

When you land a 15-hour Grammy winner as a host, you will have the best of it – and Grammy producers certainly showed Keys as much as they could.

She shared personal stories, offered optimistic optimism about the music industry and, Delivered a fantastic two-piano bit That showed that long musical medleys don't have to be filled with cameos to actually be fun.

Comes together on the red carpet

And because you didn't think big moments just happened on the scene, the Canadian nominated Young Spirit brought the roar of the red carpet at the moment and drew everyone's attention with a Cree round dance.

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