Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Gaga wins Grammy for ‘Shallow’; Hugh Jackman wins 1st Grammy

Gaga wins Grammy for ‘Shallow’; Hugh Jackman wins 1st Grammy

It all began when Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich told The Associated Press in an article published Thursday that by the time Grande and those running the show reached the point where a performance felt possible, she decided against it because she felt it was "too late for her to pull something together".

Gaga, now an eight-time Grammy victor, won best pop solo performance for "Joanne", while her hit "Shallow" was named best song written for visual media.

Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer, country singer Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour, Carlile's By The Way, I Forgive You, newcomer H.E.R's self-titled H.E.R., and the Black Panther soundtrack round out contenders for album of the year. "As much as it is about me, it's not just about me", said Monae, who gave a powerful speech a year ago ahead of Kesha's emotional and striking performance celebrating sisterhood and women's rights. "And I am not hung up on what happens or doesn't happen", she said. Kendrick Lamar leads with eight nominations, followed by Drake with seven and Brandi Carlile with six.

"I've got nothing to say, I'm speechless", she said.

The Staples Center in downtown L.A. played host to some wild fashion moments from the biggest names in music on Sunday, February 10.

Women also have a strong presence in song and record of the year, including Lady Gaga, SZA, Maren Morris and Ella Mai.

To help combat the Grammys' much-discussed diversity problem, the Recording Academy expanded the major categories to eight nominees each - so now that the field is wider than ever, expect some upsets.


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"It was when my creativity & self-expression was stifled by you that i decided not to attend".

"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me", she tweeted.

Grande added that she had offered to perform three different songs, but that the process, which she wrote should be "about art and honesty", wound up feeling like a game: "that's not what music is to me", she concluded.

"And I feel like it's a time in this country when women need to support each other and their decisions".

When she returned onstage for her second win, she was in shock. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who is hosting the show airing on CBS. Fifteen-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys will be the first woman to host the ceremony in over a decade. There will be awkward moments, but a planned tribute to Aretha Franklin, which will be performed by Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day, had better be one to remember.

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