By: Brian Q. Clay
"They gon' think I won a Grammy! They gon' think I won a Grammy!" These words spoken by now Grammy award winning rapper Future were probably the thoughts of many in the music industry while the 2019 Grammy Awards took place last night.
From the pre-show red carpet special to the annual award show, which was hosted by 15 time Grammy winning artist Alicia Keys, the attention of viewers were grabbed with great performances, tributes, and the intrigue of who would go home with which awards.
2019 Grammy Award Winners
If there is one thing about the Grammys that is a guarantee every year is that there WILL be debate on social media about who won and/or should have won in certain categories. Luckily, we are going to bypass the debates and highlight the winners as well as those nominated in some of the categories.
Song of the Year & Record of the Year: "This Is America" by Childish Gambino
The all talented Donald Glover, better known as Childish Gambino, took home both song & record of the year awards. By beating out artists such as Drake, Lady Gaga, & Kendrick Lamar, This Is America became the first rap song in the history of the awards to win Record of the Year.
Best Rap Song: "God's Plan" by Drake
From the moment this dropped early last year, we knew it would be difficult for another rap song to top this one. Songs such as King's Dead, Sicko Mode, & Win were all great, but I guess you can say it was...God's plan (all pun intended) for Drake to take the crown in this category.
Best R&B Song: "Boo'd Up" by Ella Mai
It was seemingly impossible to go anywhere without hearing this song last year. Whether it was on the radio, at the brunch day parties, or in the clubs, you more than likely found yourself singing this song. Ella Mai took home her first Grammy over songs like Focus, Come Through and Chill, and Feels Like Summer.
Best R&B Album: H.E.R.
For a project that is technically a compilation of two EPs and other loose tracks, H.E.R.'s self titled album was by far the stand out album in a category that featured the legendary Toni Braxton. 2018 proved to many that H.E.R. is here to stay and will be a prominent figure in R&B for years to come.
Best Rap Album: "Invasion of Privacy" by Cardi B
Let's all be honest right now. Who won 2018 more than Cardi B? After all she has accomplished, Cardi B has now made Grammy history by becoming the first solo woman act to win Best Rap Album (for reference, Lauryn Hill won this award as a member of the Fugees in 1996, never as a solo act). Despite the competition from Travis Scott's Astroworld, Pusha T's Daytona, and the late Mac Miller's Swimming, Cardi's hard work once again received the credit that it fairly deserved.
2019 will have a lot to live up to with the great music that we were blessed to hear and consume last year. Who will stay on top? Who will rise to the top? Which artists will continue to reinvent themselves to take their careers to new heights? It's safe to say that these questions and many more will be answered a year from now.
For the complete list of Grammy award winners and nominees, click here.