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Grammy 2019: Child Gambino won a Grammy Award – and he was not there



Kacey Musgraves has won a great deal. Lady Gaga has won several.

But before we review the 61st Grammy Grammar Award in Los Angeles, we check the list of participants – because it was a non-occurrence ceremony, and the Academy of Records should be ashamed of it.

The first absence on Sunday night occurred during the presentation of the song of the year, one of the most prestigious small gramophone lounges. The prize is awarded This is America by Childish Gambino, the nom-du-rap entertainment pole Donald Glover.

But he was not there to get the prize.

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And he was not the only rap star who used his hesitation.

Actress / repertour Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino was among those who apparently declined to take part in this year's Grammy Awards.

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Actress / repertour Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino was among those who apparently declined to take part in this year's Grammy Awards.

Despite running the most nominated chess, Kendrick Lamar and Drake also refused to be invited to perform on Sunday night – probably because they know their Grammy history. Rap remains dominant in the pop culture of the 21st century, but OutKast is the only rap act that has ever won the album of the year, the most prestigious of all Grammy – and this happened in 2004.

Fifteen years later, who could blame the brightest rays of rap not to keep close to the microphone? "This is America" ​​was the first rap song that won the song of the year. Ever. (Later he also won the record of the year. Also the first.)

And that's just one of Grammy's big, stupid problems lately.

The second is to prohibit women from broadcasting time proportional. So this year, the academy tried to solve that issue by recruiting a ruthless singer R & B Alicia Keys to host the show. After sharing his introductory monologue with the surprising voice of powerful people – Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and Michelle Obama – Keys spent the rest of the night honestly, trying to give this ceremony a warmth of coagulant.

As for the big show itself, it was actually bigger.

In an effort to promote inclusion, the Academy of Records has expanded its place in top nightclubs – the album, album and song of the year, and the best new artist – from five nominees to eight.

Saint Vincent, left and Dua Lipa perform at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

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Saint Vincent, left and Dua Lipa perform at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

This meant more styles and more votes on the ballot, as well as more diversity in the winner's round.

Musgraves have won the album of the year for her lightweight psychedelic state opus Golden hour.

Dua Lipa won the best new artist.

"This year we've really boosted," said the British singer, acknowledging her award, keeping in mind the retired president of the Neil Portnow Academy of Records, who responded to the asymmetry of the Grammy last year asking women to "boost".

A few moments later, Portnow appeared on the stage to address the crowd, saying that his eyes last year last year and Grammy must "ensure there is diversity and involvement in everything we do."

Sunday had already felt like progress.

Musgroves also won the country's best country album, best country singing and best country solo performance. In the R & B column, H.E.R. he has won the best R & B performance and best R & B album. Lady Gaga has won in various categories: the best pop solo performance for "Joanne" and the best pop group / duo and best song written for visual media for shallowSince her new signing power-ballad The star was born.

And when Cardi B, bigger than life, accepted her award for the best rap album, it seemed that the honor was almost paralyzed.

As always, the plays were far superior to the talk of acceptance, and they moved from fun to little exclusion to disappointment in their inexplicability.

In the fun-filled column: Dolly Parton sparkles forever, who has been conducting her wonderful performance tribute, with Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus singing so hard that it was as if trying to hurt that poor woman.

Also, Shawn Mendes plays the light Bruce Springsteen cosplay, and Camila Cabello, strutting her stuff with rap-genius-slash-zero-time-Grammy nominees Young Thug, Menudo graduate Ricky Martin, Latin trap star J. Balvin and jazz master Arturo Sandoval in wide cooperation that did not have to work, but it is.

A little further: Gagin's expected performance shallow, Performs as a movie star on the screen, and sings as a rock star at a new Las Vegas residence. On the Grammy stage she looked stiff.

And the odd night boiler: Rap-Neighbor vocalist Post Malone Rock star, Duet with 21 Savage, nominated for a record year.

Malone, in a way, did not mention the fact that he was recently arrested by American Immigration and Customs Service and spent a Grammy night detention in Georgia. Instead, he released his "21 SAVAGE" T-shirt to speak. When it's over Rock star he joined Red Hot Chili Peppers for a song he seemed to know only the band knew.

Fortunately, most of the AWOL candidates were not chosen.

Last week, pop singer Ariana Grande pulled an addition to her Grammy nightgown, accusing Ken Ehrlich's long-standing producer of television to quell his creative agency. Ehrlich had public disagreements with Grammy's past performers, including a particularly fanciful typhoon with folk singer Justin Vernon of Bon Ivera in 2012 after Vernon refused to play the show's rules.

Just last year, the New Zealand Lord resigned from the ceremony when he was asked to perform the Tom Petty Award instead of his music – which was accidentally nominated for some of the biggest celebrations of the night.

So with Grande's dramatic dragging chewing bandwidth on social media in hours leading to Music's Biggest Night, fans might have been exhausted before the show started.

Based on a pre-television ceremony broadcast live online from Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, Grammy voters are also tired. Over three hours, trophies have been cast on the most recognizable names on the ballot.

Beck – who beat Beyonce for the album in the year 2015 – has retained the status of Grammy-catnip, winning the best alternative album and the best engineering album, unclassified.

QuincyThe documentary about legendary producer Quincy Jones, has won the best music film, making Jones, who is now 28 times the Grammy winner, the Grammy winner alive. Nobody else went to Grammy for the album with the best spoken words, but our 39th President, Jimmy Carter.

With so many awards in circulation – this year's number one on the silent 84 – it is difficult to say whether Grammy is ever closer to addressing their many problems. And at one point in the center of television broadcast, the academy has shown us that best intentions still require continuation.

Country duo Dan and Shay presented the award for the best rap song and when they opened the envelope and found God's plan from inside, Drake actually materialized from the backstage to accept the prize.

In his talk, he spoke directly with all the young musicians who watched at home, telling them that if someone was listening to their music: "You do not need this here, but you've won."

There seemed to be more talk in his speech, but the power – that was in the control room – did not marry. They interrupted him and went to McDonald's advertising.


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