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Arts and Entertainment Editor
On 10 February, the 61st annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center, Los Angeles. It was attended by hundreds of celebrities and was viewed by almost 20 million.
For the rap category, which usually includes a variety of popular artists such as Drake and Anderson Paak, there had been many nominations. Paak’s “Bubblin” earned a joint win with the Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar’s “King’s Dead”. Lamar’s song was from the Black Panther movie album, which featured around 20 artists that collaborated on different songs.
Artists such as Cardi B were nominated for the Best Record category for her song with Bad Bunny and J Calvin called “I Like It”. Drake’s single “God’s Plan” won the Grammy for Best Rap Song. But the winner who’s song trumped all was Childish Gambino’s “This is America” which acquired 4 Grammys: Best Song, Best Record, Best Rap/Sung Performance and, finally, Best Music Video. “This is America” debuted on 5 May 2018 on YouTube, pulling in 12 million viewers in the first 24 hours.
For the pop category, many familiar faces such as Post Malone, Ariana Grande, and Lady Gaga were nominated. Lady Gaga took home the prize for her song “Joanne”.
In the rock category, stars like the Arctic Monkeys, THE FEVER 333, and Greta Van Fleet were nominated but the winner of the Best Rock Performance was Chris Cornell for his song “When Bad Does Good”.
Kacey Musgraves took home the Album of the Year prize with her outstanding album “Golden Hour”. Finally, Dua Lipa was awarded the Best Young Artist of the Year for her songs “New Rules” and “One Kiss”.
Michelle Obama paid an unexpected visit to this year’s Grammys and gave an empowering speech about music. “Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song — is that right ladies?”