Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards

Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards

Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards

ET's Kevin Frazier spoke with Gaga backstage after her surprising performance, and the singer said she "had a great time" playing for the GRAMMYs audience. Rick Rubin and T-Bone Burnett produced her earlier albums, which went on to earn critical acclaim and awards nominations. Look, if there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don't need this right here.

During Sunday's Grammys, Alicia also performed a piano-driven medley of songs she wish she wrote, from Drake's "In My Feelings" to Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable".

Cardi, 26, also took home best rap album for Invasion Of Privacy, beating Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T, Mac and Travis, 27.

Portnow, who didn't seek a renewal on his contract which ends this year, seemed to address his words from last year during Sunday's show. I still love the performance-it's still Gaga at her finest-but it feels like the magic of the first time we all heard "Shallow" is wearing off.

"Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day teamed up for stirring performance of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" in honour Aretha Franklin, who died previous year.

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Not only was the disco dress to die for (Like, actually, I might die from how attractive it is), but Gaga's accessories were just as iconic.

Two of the prizes were for song and record of the year - the first rap song to win the famous awards.

Obama appeared on the show's opening with Keys, Gaga, Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith to describe the role music had played in their lives - seemingly a pointed reference to last year's controversy over women artists.

The 61 annual GRAMMY Awards got off to a powerful start with five powerful women for an ode to music and sisterhood, including the show's host, 15-time GRAMMY Award victor Alicia Keys, and none other than former First Lady Michelle Obama.

"Music has always helped me tell my story", Obama said. Cardi, ever America's sweetheart, dedicated the award to Mac after learning that his parents were rooting for her to win if not their son.

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