Ruth Gowitzke Staff Writer
The 61st annual Grammy Awards premiered on Feb. 10, 2019 and was hosted by Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy winner. She was the first female to host the Grammy Awards in the past 14 years, the last being Queen Latifah in 2004. This night was historic for female performers because it showcased just how talented these singers are. In past years, the Grammys have been known for not having enough female representation which has caused quite the controversy. The President of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, told women that they need to “step up” if they want to be influential in the ceremony. However, that changed in this year’s Grammys.
The show began with an opening act by Camila Cabello and Young Thug, that lit up the stage with a variety of colors and Latin music. Before the winners were announced, however, there were various speeches from Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, and surprisingly, Michelle Obama. Even though Obama is not a performer herself, she offers her own experience with music. She stated, “Music has always helped me tell my story,” a quote that resonates with anyone who feels that music has impacted them in any way, whether they produce their own music, or like to listen to it.
Among the most impactful performances in this show, was the performance by Dolly Parton with various artists such as Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. Their collaborative performance was to celebrate Parton’s Person of the Year award, and it rocked the stage. Parton, despite her age, is still able to show that she can sing music with the same fierceness that she did when she was younger.
Another performer who showed that she still has the same spirit for what she does was Diana Ross with her performance to celebrate her 75th birthday. She has never won a Grammy despite her success as an artist, but performed “The Best Years of My Life” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” with a lot of vigor and love for what she does. There were also a lot of women who were nominated for various Grammy awards and many of them won. One of the first artists to win an award during the night was Lady Gaga with her song, “Shallow.” She also performed this song during the event, showcasing her talent in front of thousands.
In addition to Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgraves won Best Country Album. She also won a Grammy under Album of the Year with her album “Golden Hour.” Ariana Grande earned a Grammy under the category of Pop Vocal Album with her album “Sweetener.” Dua Lipa won the Best New Artist award, and H.E.R won the Best R&B Album with her self-titled album. The influence of women in this year’s Grammys has showed how women have the power to speak their mind through their music and show that they are capable of great success, even if others do not believe it is possible.