Highlights from the 2019 Grammy Awards


Women and rap artists have both felt shunned at past Grammy Awards, but both took center stage this year.

The 61st Grammy Awards kicked with a group of powerful women, including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, describing the role of music in their lives a display that came a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony.

Six women were nominated for best new artist, and five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees were women, including Brandi Carlile, who described herself as “a kid from the ‘90s from Lilith Fair.”

“Those women were just dominating those platforms. They were dominating those arena and amphitheater stages. They were getting record deals. They were becoming record executives themselves,” Carlile said. But watching those gains “backslide for the last 20 years has been heartbreaking.”

(With inputs from AP)

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