Grammy Awards: Cardi B, Drake, Lady Gaga lead awards chart

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Celebrating the world’s biggest stars, Sunday night’s 61st Annual Grammy Awards, which held at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, United States, had so much to remember, including a few surprises here and there. Reports describe the outing as standing the “risk of being defined more by who didn’t show up than by the actual attendees, performers and winners.” The conspicuous absences were filled by some brilliant performances — mostly by women like Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe and especially Lady Gaga. Some of the surprises on the night include Cardi B picking up the award for Best Rap Album, ahead of Pusha T, Nipsey Hustle, Travis Scott and Mac Miller. It was also a great outing for Drake whose God’s Plan won the Best Rap Song Award. Nigerian singer, Seun Kuti and his Egypt 80 band who was nominated in the World Best Album category for ‘Black Times’, was defeated by the Soweto Gospel Choir for their Album, ‘Freedom’. Other nominees of the World Best Album category are, ‘Deran’ by Bombino; ‘Fenfo’ by Fatoumata Diawara and ‘The Lost Songs Of World War II’ by Yiddish Glory. Seun Kuti &Egypt 80 band were also billed to perform at the premiere show of the awards ceremony. One of the high moments recorded had Lady Gaga in the spotlight. Joined by her “Shallow” co-writers Mark Ronson and Dirty Pretty Things indie-rocker Anthony Rossomando for a Hedwig-like tour de force, Gaga took the pyro-showered Staples Center stage in a silver-sequined unitard, clubfoot platform boots, rhinestoned eyelids and bleachy bedhead. She delivered an absolutely fierce, fearless performance that rocked every bit as hard as her 2017 Grammy duet with Metallica and was as over-the-top and glamtastic as her polarizing Bowie tribute from the 2016 Grammys. Here are some other winners: Album of the Year Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile Scorpion, Drake H.E.R., H.E.R. Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves Black Panther, Kendrick Lamar Record of the Year “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile “This Is America,” Childish Gambino “God’s Plan,” Drake “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar, Sza “Rockstar,” Post Malone “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey Song of the Year “All the Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Solana Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears, Anthony Tiffith “Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, Dijon McFarlane “God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels, and Noah Shebib “The Middle,” Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth, and Tim Hanseroth “In My Blood,” Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes, and Geoffrey Warburton “Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt “This Is America,” Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson Best New Artist Chloe x Halle Luke Combs Greta Van Fleet H.E.R. Dua Lipa Margo Price Bebe Rexha Jorja Smith Best Pop Solo Performance “Colors,” Beck “Havana (Live),” Camila Cabello “God Is A Woman,” Ariana Grande “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga “Better Now,” Post Malone Vocal Album Camila, Camila Cabello Meaning Of Life, Kelly Clarkson Sweetener, Ariana Grande Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes Beautiful Trauma, Pink Reputation, Taylor Swift Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Fall In Line,” Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Backstreet Boys “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B “Say Something,” Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Love Is Here to Stay, Tony Bennett & Diana Krall My Way, Willie Nelson Nat “King” Cole & Me, Gregory Porter Standards (Deluxe), Seal The Music … The Mem’ries … The Magic!, Barbra Streisand Best Dance/Electronic Album Singularity, Jon Hopkins Woman Worldwide, Justice Treehouse, Sofi Tukker Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, Sophie Lune Rouge, Tokimonsta Best Dance Recording “Northern Soul,” Above & Beyond featuring Richard Bedford “Ultimatum,” Disclosure (featuring Fatoumata Diawara) “Losing It, “ Fisher “Electricity,” Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson “Ghost Voices,” Virtual Self Best Contemporary Instrumental Album The Emancipation Procrastination, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Steve Gadd Band, Steve Gadd Band Modern Lore, Julian Lage Laid Black, Marcus Miller Protocol 4, Simon Phillips Urban, rap, and R&B categories Best R&B Album Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton Good Thing, Leon Bridges Honestly, Lalah Hathaway H.E.R., H.E.R. Gumbo Unplugged Live, P.J. Morton & Best R&B Performance “Long As I Live,” Toni Braxton “Summer,” The Carters “Y O Y,” Lalah Hatha...

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