It is difficult to name winners of edition number 61 of the Grammy awards of the music paying attention only to the number of statuettes. The winners were others. First, rap as a genre. Childish Gambino made history with three awards for This is America. Two of them, best song and best recording, had never been for a rap song. And second, it was the women's gala. On stage, in prizes, in speeches. From the presenter, Alicia Keys, to the most nominated woman of the night, Brandi Carlile, who won three awards. The owners of the gala were Camila Cabello, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, HER, Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Lady Gaga, Michelle Monáe, Chloe x Halle and the honorees Dolly Parton and Diana Ross, with special performance by Michelle Obama .
This year's Grammy started with a weight that would mark the ceremony. Historically, the awards have ignored the great hip hop artists in the main categories. It did not matter how many grammys a rapper will be taken, the song of the year award or the album of the year award are always for a pop or rock song. This reality caused three of the greats of rap this year, Kenrick Lamar (seven nominations), Drake (six) and Childish Gambino (five), who refused to act as confessed by the producers of the gala. Two of them did not attend.
The gesture could not have more impact. Childish Gambino, stage name of Donald Glover, won the song of the year award for This is America. No ballads or prefabricated. He won a rap song, a denunciation of American cultural racism and one of the most controversial videos of the year, which he also won in his category. It's the first rap song to win the song of the year award and Glover was not there to pick it up. When they gave him the most important award of the night, Recording of the Year (a prize for the complete product), it was even more uncomfortable. Ludwig Göransson, co-author of the song, could not tell the press where Glover was, nor had he spoken to him, nor confirmed whether his absence was indeed a form of protest.
Next, a country disc, Golden hour, by Kacey Musgraves, won as album of the year above Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Drake or Post Malone. Everything Childish Gambino supposedly meant by his absence from the ceremony was said alone. Musgraves came to sweep in the country category, with four prizes in total that make her the country's artist of the year without discussion.
In the own category of rap, won God's plan, of Drake. The Canadian rapper was at the gala and appeared by surprise behind the stage. And the rap album of the year is Invasion of privacy, from Cardi B, an absolute favorite of the audience. Without breathing by the nerves, Cardi B said: "I have to start smoking grass anyway." There was no one more faithful to himself on the stage than Cardi B.
The coveted award for best new artist went to the Londoner Dua Lipa, who also won a grammy for the best dance record by Electricity. It was a category of women (six of the eight nominees) that have removed the industry in the last year. Another of the nominees, H.E.R., won two grammys, for the best album and best R & B performance. Dua Lipa recognized on stage the impressive collection of women who opted for the award that comes to consecrate young artists in the industry.
These will also be the Grammy that taught the public to Brandi Carlile. The powerful interpreter of american, 38, was the most nominated woman of the night with six nominations, challenging rap and pop stars with American roots music. Amidst the excesses of the music industry, Carlile is an openly gay woman who lives on a farm with her wife and two children and radiates as much simplicity as power. His live performance made the Staples Center rumble.
Carlile swept the awards for the best interpretation and best song of American roots (a category that includes american, bluegrass and traditional or contemporary blues) The joke and best album for By the way, I forgive you. "I came out of the closet when I was 15 in high school and I assure you that I was never invited to any party or dance," Carlile said when she thanked the third prize excitedly. Carlile defined the music american as "an island of misfit toys" where he likes to play. Before the press, he explained what he wanted to say: "The compartmentalization of gender is not entirely fair, but this category embraces people who can not find a place and gives them a platform".
What really defines the Grammy's success as a ceremony is not the awards, but live performances like Carlile's. In this chapter, issue number 61 left several videos to review on YouTube. First, an impressive performance by Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin and J Balvin, with Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, who inaugurated the gala at Latin rhythm with Havana. Janelle Monáe and Cardi B triumphed with great shows to You make me feel Y Money, respectively. Lady Gaga sang Shallow, a song that will not be in any format as exciting as in the images of the film A star has been born. One of those Grammy moments Trying to create the Academy, with Post Malone and Red Hot Chilly Peppers together, was a bit artificial.
In Latin music, Claudia Brant won the best Latin pop album for Sincere. The category was a strange mix, with folklore albums like Muses Vol.2, by Natalia Lafourcade or the pop of I promise, by Pablo Alborán. The best alternative music or Latin rock album was for Aztlán, from Zoé. The one of regional Mexican music, Mexico forever! Luis Miguel and the best tropical record for Anniversary, by Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The segment was preceded by Ángela Aguilar, Aida Cuevas and Natalia Lafourcade, who performed Llorona.
The best compilation of songs for television or cinema was the soundtrack of The greatest showman. And the soundtrack of the year was the composition of Ludwig Göransson for Black Panther However, in the duel of great songs of movies of the year won Shallow, the song of Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt for A Star is Born, in front of All the stars, by Kendrick Lamar for Black Panther. He already won the Golden Globe and it will be very difficult not to win the Oscar as well.
In the chapter of semi-clandestine prizes for the general public, but worth noting, Alan Parsons won his first grammy for Eye in the sky, 35th anniversary edition. An interpreter and producer, Parsons began his career as nothing less than a sound engineer for the Beatles, and after 13 nominations he had never won a grammy until this Sunday, at 70 years of age, in the category of best immersive audio album. Tori Kelly won the prize for the best interpretation of gospel by Never Alone and to the best gospel album by Hiding place. The children of Chris Cornell accepted on behalf of their father the award for the best rock performance for When bad does good. Cornell committed suicide in May 2017.
If you want to give away classical music, according to the Academy, the best opera recording of the year is Bates: The (r) evolution of Steve Jobs, a contemporary North American opera, in the version directed by Michael Christie and performed by The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. The best contemporary composer is Aaron Jay Kernis for his violin concerts. And the best classic music record is that of the director JoAnn Falletta with pieces by Robert Fuchs.
At the gala there were tributes to Dolly Parton (named Person of the Year) and Diana Ross, for her 75th birthday. Parton continues to give concerts in the United States in top form at age 73 and showed why. Ross struggled with two songs and ended up with a comical "happy birthday to me!". The one that conquered the night of truth was Jennifer Lopez with a medley of successes of Motown that sang with Alicia Keys and Smokey Robinson. It was by far the best of the tributes of these Grammy to other times.
Normally, in the less followed categories of the Grammy, true legends tend to sneak in. Buddy Guy won the grammy for the best traditional blues album of the year by The blues is alive and well and received a standing ovation that was not seen on television. Guy is 82 years old and started playing in the 50s. "I learned to play only by listening to T-Bone Walker, BB King and people so I did not have any music education," he said in the press room. Guy has won seven grammys in his career in a genre, as he admitted, he does not appear on the radio. "They're just the same records all the time. I have children who did not know who I was until at 21 they started going to blues clubs. " Buddy Guy became a reminder of the fundamentals upon which everything else that was heard at the ceremony was built: "I started with the blues and I will finish with the blues".