By Antonio Martin Guirado
Country singer Kacey Musgraves reigned at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards Sunday with four wins, including Album of the Year for "Golden Hour," while Childish Gambino was the other big winner of the night also with four gongs.
Musgraves, a 30-year-old from Texas, also won in the categories of Best Country Album, Best Country Song for "Space Cowboy" and Best Country Solo Performance for "Butterflies".
"It was unbelievable to be in a category with such gigantic albums, really brilliant works of art... It's really crazy but I'm very thankful," said an emotional Musgraves on stage.
Childish Gambino, whose real name is Donald Glover, was awarded four Grammys in the categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Performance for "This is America."
The musician also made history with "This is America" becoming the first rap track to win Best Song of the Year. However, the artist was not present at the gala.
Lady Gaga took home three Grammys for Best Pop Solo Performance ("Joanne"), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Bradley Cooper for "Shallow" and Best Song Written for Visual Media, also for "Shallow," which she shared with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.
"I'm so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues... a lot of artists deal with that, and we've got to take care of each other. So if you see somebody that's hurting, don't look away. And if you're hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody... and take them up in your head with you," said Gaga.
It also turned out to be an unforgettable night for Cardi B who became the first female solo artist to win the Rap Album of the Year at the Grammys for "Invasion of Privacy."
"The nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed," she joked.
The gala included performances by Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus ("In My Blood"), Kacey Musgraves ("Rainbow"), Janelle Monae ("Make Me Feel"), Red Hot Chili Peppers and Post Malone ("Stay," "Rockstar" and "Dark Necessities"), H.E.R. ("Hard Place"), Cardi B ("Money"), Alicia Keys (on piano with some of her favorite songs), Dan + Shay ("Tequila"), Diana Ross ("The Best Years of My Life"), Lady Gaga ("Shallow"), Travis Scott ("Stop Trying to Be God"), and honoring Motown were Jennifer Lopez with Smokey Robinson ("My Girl") and Dua Lipa with St. Vincent ("Masseduction," "RESPECT" and "One Kiss"), among others.
The ceremony, which lasted three hours and 40 minutes, also paid tribute to the legendary Dolly Parton, who shared the stage with Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Marren Morris and Little Big Town for a medley.
Homage was also paid to the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin by Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams.
The event was kickstarted with host and 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys, who was then joined by a surprise appearance by former First Lady Michelle Obama as well as Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Jada Pinkett Smith.
"(Music) allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song. Is that right, ladies?" Obama said to thunderous applause.