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EntertainmentDrake wins rap song Grammy, Childish Gambino makes history

05:50  11 february  2019
05:50  11 february  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Drake wins rap song Grammy, Childish Gambino makes history© The Associated Press Drake accepts the award for best rap song for "God's Plan" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Drake surprised the music world Sunday when he emerged on the Grammy stage to accept the best rap song trophy but told the room of musicians that winning awards isn't necessary if you have real fans attending your concerts and singing your songs.

Drake, who rarely attends awards show, won the honor for his massive hit "God's Plan."

"You've already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you're a hero in your hometown. Look, if there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don't need this right here. I promise you. You already won," he said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Childish Gambino ’s “This Is America” is not one of the best songs released in the past year. Seemingly everyone has, including Grammy voters. By dropping that video on the night of a It’s the least straightforward rap song of the bunch and the least likely to have its genre get in the way of it

Rap has endured a longtime losing streak at the Grammys. The last time a rapper won album of the year was in 2004, when Outkast took the honor. Only a handful of rappers have won best new artist.

Drake has a chance to become the first rapper to win record of the year later in the show. Childish Gambino made history when his track "This is America" became the first rap-based song to win song of the year. Gambino has won three awards so far, including best music video and best rap/sung performance.

The Grammys kicked off with a group of powerful women, including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, describing the role of music in their lives — a display that came a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony.

"Music has always helped me tell my story," said Obama, who surprised the audience with her appearance. "Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It allows us to hear one another."

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Gaga told the crowd: "They said I was weird, that my look, that my choices, that my sound wouldn't work. But music told me not to listen to them."

The Latest: 'This Is America' wins song of the year Grammy

The Latest: 'This Is America' wins song of the year Grammy The Latest on the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (all times local):5:50 p.m.Childish Gambino's "This Is America" has won the Grammy Award for song of the year. 

Charlamagne says that Iggy will probably win a Grammy , but adds that she's not the only white rapper in the running. The Breakfast Club host says that he considers Childish Gambino to be white, and believes that the "Royalty" rapper will most definitely embarrass himself if he wins .

Childish Gambino 's 'This Is America' Wins Song of the Year at 2019 Grammys . He then shouted out Travis Scott, his "Sicko Mode" collaborator and fellow best rap song nominee. "God's Plan" secured a place in chart history for Drake back in April, when he became the first solo male artist

Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who is hosting the show airing on CBS.

"Yes, ladies," Keys said. "There's nothing better than this."

The opening contrasted with last year's Grammys, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the top award, Lorde, didn't get a chance to perform onstage.

But this year, Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves won three Grammys each.

Carlile took three honors in the Americana category and will compete for the three biggest awards during the live show: album, song and record of the year.

Gaga also won three, including best pop duo/group performance, a win she shared with Bradley Cooper.

Gaga, now a nine-time Grammy winner, won best pop solo performance for "Joanne," while hit "Shallow," from "A Star is Born," was named best song written for visual media. The song is nominated for an Oscar and also won at the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and the Satellite Awards.

Women have a strong presence in the top categories. Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees are women, including Carlile's "By the Way, I Forgive You," Janelle Monae's "Dirty Computer," Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy," Musgraves' "Golden Hour," and H.E.R.'s self-titled album are also in contention.

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While Childish Gambino — aka Donald Glover — debuted his latest single "This Is America" on May 5 while hosting an episode of "Saturday Night Live," it seems the fever pitch surrounding the ground-breaking song and video has finally hit bigtime. On May 14, Billboard reported that "This Is America"

The song made Drake become the first ever unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video featured on BET, with "Replacement Girl" being featured had in 2015.[199] Drake later secured his second and third Grammy Awards, winning for Best Rap /Sung Performance and Best Rap Song at

Six of the best-new-artist nominees are women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.

When asked about the lack of women in the top categories at the 2018 Grammys, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said women need to "step up." He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words," and his much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.

Musgraves picked up best country album for "Golden Hour," best country solo performance for "Butterflies" and best country song for "Space Cowboy."

"I never dreamed that this record would be met with such love," she said onstage.

She also gave a shout-out to her husband in the audience, saying she wouldn't have been able to make the album if he "didn't open my heart like you did."

Musgraves performed "Rainbow" from "Golden Hour" during the show, and hit the stage for a second time to honor Dolly Parton. Musgraves and Katy Perry joined forces for "Here You Come Again," later joined by Parton herself. The icon sang a duet version of "Jolene" with Miley Cyrus, who often covers the classic song. But the country music icon truly shined when she sang "Red Shoes," with country foursome Little Big Town providing background vocals.

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Drake pulled off the biggest surprise of the Grammys just by actually showing up to pick up his trophy for best rap song for "God's Plan." Gracious and grateful las he seemed, Drake was not about to let past perceived snubs at this and other awards shows go completely un-alluded to.

Donald Glover is retiring Childish Gambino . Over the weekend, the multifaceted artist said he would be making As much as ‘Redbone’ is a punk song because it’s a gospel song that’s on the radio, I’m like Up next, he’s set to work on the second season of FX’s Golden Globe- winning series “Atlanta.”

Diana Ross earned a standing ovation when she emerged onstage in a bright red dress to perform "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and "The Best Years of My Life." She celebrated her 75th birthday early with the performance, saying afterward, "Happy birthday to me!" Her actual birthday is March 26.

R&B singer H.E.R., who won best R&B performance for "Best Part" with Daniel Caesar, stunned as she played her guitar and sang. Monae grooved onstage during "Make Me Feel," backed by several dancers. Post Malone performed with Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cardi B grinded onstage during her latest single, "Money."

All four acts are nominated for album of the year.

Ariana Grande won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show.

"I know i'm not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things ... but (expletive) ... this is wild and beautiful," she tweeted after learning about her win.

Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle won two awards each. Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ella Mai, Pharrell Williams, Hugh Jackman, Stingy, Shaggy, Dave Chappelle, "Weird Al" Yankovic, the late Chris Cornell, Greta Van Fleet and even former President Jimmy Carter also picked up early awards ahead of the live show.

There was a tie for best rap performance, and Drake was surprisingly not one of the winners. Drake's "Nice for What" lost to Anderson Paak's "Bubblin'" and Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake's "King's Dead," from the "Black Panther" soundtrack.

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Childish Gambino (you might also know him as Community's Donald Glover ) sat down with Hot 97's Peter Childish Gambino . 'Right now, I definitely think I'm better than him,' he says of fellow "I don't hate Drake at all. I really like Drake , if not for no other reason than he makes me better.

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Beck was a double winner during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for "Colors." Emily Lazar, one of the engineers who worked on the album and won alongside Beck, said onstage that she was the first female mastering engineer to win in the latter category.

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