The 2019 Grammy Awards

The 2019 Grammy Awards

The 2019 Grammy Awards

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. 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.

"It allows us to hear one another, to invite one another in", Obama added. "Music shows us that all of it matters - every story within every voice, every note within every song".

Seating placards appear for Grammy nominees Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga for the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Gaga was already a victor before her performance, taking home three awards for Song Written for Visual Media and Best Pop/Duo Performance for "Shallow", and Best Pop Solo Performance with "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)".

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were on different continents as each collected trophies for their musical collaboration in 2018's A Star Is Born. They're so important. And a lot of artists deal with that and we got to take care of each other.

"I'm not gonna be able to wear any makeup tonight", she tweeted. 2nd Grammy win of the night I am so overwhelmed by this kindness. "I'm in tears with honor and gratitude..." she tweeted after her win for A Star Is Born was announced.

"It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more", she continued.

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To help combat the Grammys' much-discussed diversity problem, the Recording Academy expanded the major categories to eight nominees each - so now that the field is wider than ever, expect some upsets.

Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves swept the boards in their respective genre categories, Americana and Country, making the ones to beat in the night's main category - album of the year.

At this year's ceremonies, Drake was up for a total of five awards that include Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and twice for Best Rap Performance.

Other performers included Post Malone with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shawn Mendes with Miley Cyrus, and Janelle Monae.

In India, one can watch the three-and-a-half hours long show live on 11 February, 7:30 am onwards on Vh1 India.

In addition to performances by of-the-moment stars like Gaga and Cardi B, icons like Parton and disco diva Diana Ross will take the stage.

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