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2019 Grammy Award Winners. Photo composite by KDHX staff.

From Kacey Musgraves winning Album of the Year to a star-studded tribute to Dolly Parton, the 2019 Grammy Awards finally embraced female artists. The list of triumphs is long, and in at least one case, historic.

Despite refusing to perform at the last minute, Ariana Grande took home Best Pop Vocal for 'Sweetener." Meanwhile, the most-nominated musician of the night, Brandi Carlile, swept the Americana categories. And later in the evening, Cardi B became the first woman to receive Best Rap Album in the award's twenty-year history.   

The victories follow in the wake of the Recording Academy launching a Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion to addresses historic biases against women in the industry. A number of high-profile musicians like Jay-Z and Childish Gambino opted not to attend, prompting calls for similar efforts aimed at artists of color. Check out more of the winners below.

 

Album Of The Year

Album of the Year is awarded to the artist(s), featured artist(s), songwriter(s) of new material, producer(s), recording engineer(s), and mixer(s) credited with at least 33% of the playing time of an album.

INVASION OF PRIVACY / Cardi B

BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU / Brandi Carlile

SCORPION / Drake

H.E.R. / H.E.R.

BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS / Post Malone

DIRTY COMPUTER / Janelle Monáe

WINNER: GOLDEN HOUR / Kacey Musgraves

BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM / Various Artists

 

Record Of The Year

Record of the Year is awarded to the performing artist(s), producer(s), recording engineer(s) and mixer(s) who produced a song. In this context, “record” refers to the released material, not the underlying composition.

I LIKE IT / Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvi

THE JOKE / Brandi Carlile

WINNER: THIS IS AMERICA / Childish Gambino

GOD'S PLAN / Drake

SHALLOW / Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

ALL THE STARS / Kendrick Lamar & SZA

ROCKSTAR / Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

THE MIDDLE / Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

 

Song Of The Year

Song of the Year is awarded to the songwriter(s) who created the lyrics and melody for a single composition.

ALL THE STARS / Kendrick Lamar & SZA

BOO'D UP / Ella Mai

GOD'S PLAN / Drake

IN MY BLOOD / Shawn Mendes

THE JOKE / Brandi Carlile

THE MIDDLE / Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

SHALLOW / Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

WINNER: THIS IS AMERICA / Childish Gambino

 

Best New Artist

Best New Artist is awarded to performers whose release achieved a breakthrough in the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.

CHLOE X HALLE

LUKE COMBS

GRETA VAN FLEET

H.E.R.

WINNER: DUA LIPA

MARGO PRICE

BEBE REXHA

JORJA SMITH

 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

LOVE IS HERE TO STAY ― Tony Bennett & Diana Krall

WINNER: MY WAY ― Willie Nelson

NAT "KING" COLE & ME ― Gregory Porter

STANDARDS (DELUXE) ― Seal

THE MUSIC...THE MEM-RIES...THE MAGIC! / Barbra Streisand

 

Best Pop Vocal Album

CAMILA / Camila Cabello

MEANING OF LIFE / Kelly Clarkson

WINNER: SWEETENER / Ariana Grande

SHAWN MENDES / Shawn Mendes

BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA / Pink

REPUTATION / Taylor Swift

 

Best Rock Album

RAINIER FOG / Alice In Chains

M A  N   I    A / Fall Out Boy

PREQUELLE / Ghost

WINNER: FROM THE FIRES / Greta Van Fleet

PACIFIC DAYDREAM / Weezer

 

Best Alternative Music Album

TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL + CASINO ― Arctic Monkeys

WINNER: COLORS ― Beck

UTOPIA ― Björk

AMERICAN UTOPIA ― David Byrne

MASSEDUCATION ― St. Vincent 

 

Best Urban Contemporary Album

WINNER: EVERYTHING IS LOVE / The Carters

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT / Chloe x Halle

CHRIS DAVE AND THE DRUMHEDZ / Chris Dave And The Drumhedz

WAR & LEISURE / Miguel

VENTRILOQUISM / Meshell Ndegeocello

 

Best R&B Album

SEX AND CIGARETTES / Toni Braxton

GOOD THING / Leon Bridges

HONESTLY / Lalah Hathaway

WINNER: H.E.R. / H.E.R.

GUMBO UNPLUGGED (LIVE) / PJ Morton

 

Best Rap Album

WINNER: INVASION OF PRIVACY / Cardi B

SWIMMING / Mac Miller

VICTORY LAP / Nipsey Hussle

DAYTONA / Pusha T

ASTROWORLD / Travis Scott

 

Best Traditional Blues Album 

SOMETHING SMELLS FUNKY 'ROUND HERE / Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio

BENTON COUNTY RELIC / Cedric Burnside

WINNER: THE BLUES IS ALIVE AND WELL / Buddy Guy

NO MERCY IN THIS LAND / Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

DON'T YOU FEEL MY LEG (THE NAUGHTY BAWDY BLUES OF BLUE LU BARKER) / Maria Muldaur

 

Best Contemporary Blues Album

WINNER: PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD / Fantastic Negrito

HERE IN BABYLON / Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps

CRY NO MORE / Danielle Nicole

OUT OF THE BLUES / Boz Scaggs

VICTOR WAINWRIGHT AND THE TRAIN / Victor Wainwright and the Train

 

Best Country Album

UNAPOLOGETICALLY / Kelsea Ballerini

PORT SAINT JOE / Brothers Osborne

GIRL GOING NOWHERE / Ashley McBryde

WINNER: GOLDEN HOUR / Kacey Musgraves

FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 2 / Chris Stapleton

 

Best Americana Album 

WINNER: BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU / Brandi Carlile

THINGS HAVE CHANGED / Bettye LaVette

THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS / John Prine

THE LONELY, THE LONESOME & THE GONE / Lee Ann Womack

ONE DROP OF TRUTH / The Wood Brothers

 

Best Bluegrass Album

PORTRAITS IN FIDDLES / Mike Barnett

SISTER SADIE II / Sister Sadie

RIVERS AND ROADS / Special Consensus

WINNER: THE TRAVELIN' MCCOURYS / The Travelin’ McCourys

NORTH OF DESPAIR / Wood & Wire 

 

Best Folk Album 

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND / Joan Baez

BLACK COWBOYS / Dom Flemons

RIFLES AND ROSARY BEADS / Mary Gauthier

WEED GARDEN / Iron & Wine

WINNER: ALL ASHORE / Punch Brothers

 

Best Gospel Roots Album

WINNER: UNEXPECTED / Jason Crabb

CLEAR SKIES / Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

FAVORITES: REVISITED BY REQUEST / The Isaacs

STILL STANDING /  The Martins

LOVE LOVE LOVE / Gordon Mote

 

Best Regional Roots Music Album

KREOLE ROCK AND SOUL / Sean Ardoin

SPYBOY / Cha Wa

ALOHA FROM NA HOA / Na Hoa

WINNER: NO 'ANE'I / Kalani Pe’a

MEWASINSATIONAL / Cree Round Dance Songs,” Young Spirit

 

Best Latin Pop Album 

PROMETO / Pablo Alboran

WINNER: SINCERA / Claudia Brant

MUSAS (UN HOMENAJE AL FOLCLORE LATINOAMERICANO EN MANOS DE LOS MACORINOS, VOL. 2 / Natalia Lafourcade

2:00 AM / Raquel Sofía

VIVES / Carlos Vives

 

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

CLAROSCURA / Aterciopelados

COASTCITY / COASTCITY

ENCANTO TROPICAL / Monsieur Periné

GOURMET / Orishas

WINNER: AZTLAN / Zoé