There was a lot to talk about Sunday night after the 61st annual Grammy music awards. To be fair, there already was some conversation, considering the feud that started with Ariana Grande and a lot of performers (Drake, for one) that “politely” declined to perform. Still, there were a lot of historic and dramatic moments that made this year especially interesting. Below are the highlights and pitfalls of the Grammy’s 2019.
Kacey Musgrave’s Big Win – Most everyone was excited when the “Album of the Year” award went to Kacey Musgraves with her album Golden Hour, seven years after her country debut. Not only was her speech the perfect tear-jerker to end the night, but Musgrave’s win also was a big statement to the current country music industry. It’s no surprise that country tends to be a male-dominated genre. Sure, you have your starlet powerhouses like Taylor Swift or Miranda Lambert, but for the most part, all the awards and recognition goes to the boys. Kacey Musgrave’s album win is one of the first steps towards change.
Cardi B Makes History – The “Bodak Yellow” star also made history when she became the first female solo rapper to win best rap album of the year. While at first many people sang praise, especially because of the “women need to step it up” comment last year by the Grammy’s president, the congratulatory parade did not last long.
Ariana Grande (who was not actually in attendance herself) was quick to refute her win. In now deleted tweets, Grande claimed that her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, who died tragically at the end of last year, was more deserving. Others seemed to agree, as Cardi B eventually had to delete her instagram account, citing that she was “sick of the [hate]” that she didn’t deserve. Still, there are plenty of other stars coming to Cardi’s aid (Lady Gaga for one), so we are optimistic that the star can celebrate her win outside of the public eye.
Aladdin Flops – Disney released the highly anticipated Aladdin trailer…and it was kind of a flop. It was clear by the live-tweeting during the Grammy’s that people were not a fan of a blue Will Smith playing the Genie. We even wonder whether Disney’s surprise drop of the Frozen 2 trailer just days later was an attempt to redirect attention away from the trainwreck of Aladdin.
There were plenty of other moments from the Grammys this year, but the most important thing to know is that between Cardi B, Ariana Grande, and Kacey Musgraves, 2019 seems to be shaping up to be the Year of Women.