Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards
Women and rap triumphed at the Grammys on Sunday as female acts took home top prizes including album of the year and best new artist, and Childish Gambino made history when his hit "This Is America" became the first rap-based track to win record and song of the year.
Kacey Musgraves' country-pop release "Golden Hour" won album of the year, and British singer Dua Lipa won best new artist — a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony and the Grammys were criticised for the low number of female nominees.
"I think women have a really necessary perspective, to art, to music," Musgraves said backstage.
Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees were women, and six women were nominated for best new artist. Brandi Carlile, the most nominated women with six, won three honors in the Americana category.
"Tonight gives me hope as the mother of two young daughters," she said backstage.
Musgraves and Gambino were the night's top winners, taking home four awards each. Gambino's "This Is America" also won the best music video and best rap/sung performance.