The 2019 Grammys: a celebration
Feb 11, 2019
On Sunday night, the 61st annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. There are many reasons why the glittering ceremony holds the title of “music’s biggest night” – from the star-studded performances and audience of A-listers to the sheer number of prizes being presented throughout the evening.
This message of inclusivity was delivered by former First Lady Michelle Obama, who took to the stage alongside some of the industry’s most powerful women to open the 2019 Grammy Awards. It was to set the tone for an evening when the collective feeling was that anything could happen, and where women went on to make history. In categories where previously males dominated, the roles were reversed this year. Cardi B became the first solo female winner of Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy, and Dua Lipa paid tribute to the “incredible” line-up of female artists as she accepted the prize for Best New Artist.
One of the night’s biggest winners was Kacey Musgraves, who collected the famous golden trophy for Best Country Album, Best Country Song, Best Country Solo Performance, and arguably the most highly coveted award of the night, Album of the Year for Golden Hour. As one of the breakout country music stars of recent years, her genre-specific wins came as no surprise. But up against artists like global superstar Drake, the critically lauded Brandi Carlile, and the soundtrack to the billion-dollar-grossing Black Panther film, it was clear from her acceptance speech she herself felt very much like the underdog. It’s because, despite receiving an increasing amount of attention from critics since the release of her first single in 2012, country music is still yet to experience widespread recognition amongst mainstream audiences. But following Musgraves’ hugely important win on Sunday night – coupled with her dreamy performance of her single ‘Rainbow’ and later duet with Dolly Parton at the ceremony – we could be on the cusp of a new era for country music.
The Grammys is a unique ceremony in that despite being a widely covered event by the mass media, it’s not just the artists featured on the billboard charts that receive recognition. With 84 different categories – each with a host of different awards within them – it’s truly a night for all music to be celebrated. Everything from jazz, Latin and classical to musical theatre is represented, as well as the composers, producers and remixers who are involved in creating the incredible music we all enjoy every day. And with new awards being introduced on an ongoing basis, the importance of this ceremony in honouring emerging genres shouldn’t be underestimated.
With 2019 being a year when country and rap triumphed over the more traditionally celebrated genres of pop and R&B, we’re clearly entering a time when audiences are becoming more open-minded about music. It’s an exciting time for all people who are using this art form to tell their own individual stories – and we look forward to opening our ears to something new in the next year.