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Cardi B, Nicki, others show girl power at the Grammys: Winners, losers.

Cardi B, Nicki, others show girl power at the Grammys: Winners, losers.

The Grammys gala in Los Angeles on Sunday was a night for girl power, and music’s top stars delivered with a series of powerful performances — some of them edgy, some simply glorious. 

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The Grammys gala in Los Angeles on Sunday was a night for girl power, and music’s top stars delivered with a series of powerful performances — some of them edgy, some simply glorious. 

Here is a look at the musical highlights of the night: Pop provocateur Janelle Monae and queen of sass Cardi B stunned with show-stopping numbers celebrating female sexuality. Monae, whose futurist blend of pop and psychedelic funk scored her a nomination for Album of the Year, brought a girl gang to the stage to perform the Prince-influenced “Make Me Feel.” Some of her dancers sported the iconic pink vagina pants from her video “Pynk,” which nabbed a nomination for Best Music Video. “Let the vagina have a monologue,” the genre-bending performer said — a lyric from her song “Django Jane.” But it could have been the motto of the night. Queen Cardi delivered a sexually charged rendition of her hit “Money,” sporting leopard thigh-highs, peacock-style feathers and a flapper-esque wig as she gyrated for the crowd on a rhinestone-encrusted piano. Among those wowed by the performance from the 26-year-old rapper — who made history with her win for Best Rap Album — was rapper Offset, with whom Cardi shares a child. The pair — who had recently separated — appeared to be going strong on the red carpet, where they lovingly touched tongues for the paparazzi. Lady Gaga won three awards on the night, two of them for “Shallow,” the signature song from her blockbuster film “A Star Is Born.” When the moment came for her to belt out the song, she did not disappoint. Gaga — sporting the glittering cat suit of a pop diva, not the mousy brown hair of her ingenue character in the movie — was without her duet partner, Bradley Cooper, who was in London attending Britain’s BAFTA film awards. So she teamed up with her fellow songwriters including Mark Ronson to deliver the tune — high on dramatics, high on energy. When she belted out a guttural wail mid-song, the audience cheered. Rising Cuban-American star Camila Cabello kicked off the glamour-dripping night with a colorful performance of her sultry hit “Havana.” The Cuban-American raised in Miami was joined by rapper Young Thug, Colombian Latin trapper J Balvin and iconic trumpeter Arturo Sandoval for the infectious performance, which offered a bilingual portrait of diversity reflecting the massive influence of Latin music on the US charts. And Jennifer Lopez wowed the audience with her exuberant ode to Motown that included inflections of salsa. Beyond the performances by of-the-moment stars, Grammys night was crowned by two of the biggest stars in music history — country legend Dolly Parton, and disco diva Diana Ross. Parton, who was honoured at a pre-gala event as the MusiCares Person of the Year for her philanthropic contributions, joined forces with a constellation of singers including her goddaughter Miley Cyrus and pop star Katy Perry. The most memorable part of the medley came when Parton and Cyrus belted out “Jolene,” before Parton and others joined forces on her mega-hit “9 to 5.” A powerful tribute to the late “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin saw Yolanda Adams, Fantasia Barrino and Andra Day — who donned garters and a feathered mini skirt — slay the late Queen of Soul’s classic hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” moving the crowd to its feet. Ross — resplendent in a gauzy red gown — took to the stage to celebrate her upcoming 75th birthday in March. “Together we have no limits. There’s only success ahead. And you can lead the way. Learn, dream, unlock new doors. All is possible with music and with you,” she said, before shouting out: “Happy birthday to me!” All the winners Album of the Year Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour Record of the Year Childish Gambino – This Is America Best New Artist Dua Lipa Best Rap Album Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy Best R&B Album H.E.R. – H.E.R. Best Rap Song Drake – God’s Plan Song of the Year Childish Gambino – This Is America Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow Producer of the Year, Non – Classical Pharrell Williams Best Rap/Sung Performance Childish Gambino – This Is America Best Rap Performance (Tie) Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake – King’s Dead Anderson .Paak – Bubblin Best Rock Album Greta Van Fleet – From the Fires Best Rock Song St. Vincent – Masseduction Best Metal Performance High on Fire – Electric Messiah Best Rock Performance Chris Cornell – When Bad Does Good Best Urban Contemporary Album The Carters – Everything Is Love Best R&B Song Ella Mai – Boo’d Up Best Traditional R&B Performance (Tie) Leon Bridges – Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand PJ Morton – How Deep Is Your Love [ft. Yebba] Best R&B Performance H.E.R. – Best Part [ft. Daniel Caesar] Best Latin Jazz Album Dafnis Prieto Big Band – Back to the Sunset Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album John Daversa Big Band – American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom Best Jazz Instrumental Album The Wayne Shorter Quartet – Emanon Best Jazz Vocal Album Cécile McLorin Salvant – The Window Best Improvised Jazz Solo John Daversa – Don’t Fence Me In Best Reggae Album Sting & Shaggy – 44/876 Best Dance/Electronic Album Justice – Woman Worldwide Best Dance Recording Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity [ft. Diplo and Mark Ronson] Best Contemporary Classical Composition Kernis – Violin Concerto Best Classical Compendium Fuchs – Piano Concerto Spiritualist Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Monteverdi – Songs of Orpheus Best Classical Instrumental Solo Kernis – Violin Concerto Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance Laurie Anderson – Landfall Best Choral Performance McLoskey – Zealot Canticles Best Opera Recording Bates – The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Best Orchestral Performance Shostakovich – Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 Producer of the Year, Classical Blanton Alspaugh Best Engineered Album, Classical Shostakovich – Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 Best Pop Vocal Album Ariana Grande – Sweetener Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Willie Nelson – My Way Best Pop Solo Performance Lady Gaga – Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) Best Country Song Kacey Musgraves – Space Cowboy Best Country Duo/Group Performance Dan & Shay – Tequila Best Country Solo Performance Kacey Musgraves – Butterflies Best Music Film Quincy Jones – Quincy Best Music Video Childish Gambino – This Is America 

Best Regional Roots Music Album Kalani Pe’a – No ’Ane’i Best Tropical Latin Album Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Anniversary Best Regional Mexican Music Album Luis Miguel – ¡México Por Siempre! Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album Zoe – Aztlán Best Latin Pop Album Claudia Brant – Sincera Best Spoken Word Album Jimmy Carter – Faith: A Journey for All Best Children’s Album Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – All the Sounds Best Folk Album Punch Brothers – All Ashore Best Contemporary Blues Album Fantastic Negrito – Please Don’t Be Dead Best Traditional Blues Album Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive and Well Best Bluegrass Album The Travelin’ McCourys – The Travelin’ McCourys Best Americana Album Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You Best American Roots Song Brandi Carlile – The Joke Best American Roots Performance Brandi Carlile – The Joke Best New Age Album Opium Moon – Opium Moon Best Song Written for Visual Media Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media The Greatest Showman Best World Music Album Soweto Gospel Choir – Freedom Best Roots Gospel Album Jason Crabb – Unexpected Best Contemporary Christian Music Album Lauren Daigle – Look Up Child Best Gospel Album Tori Kelly – Hiding Place Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song Lauren Daigle – You Say Best Gospel Performance/Song Tori Kelly Featuring Kirk Franklin – Never Alone Best Contemporary Instrumental Album Steve Gadd Band – Steve Gadd Band Best Immersive Audio Album Eye in the Sky: 35th Anniversary Edition Best Remixed Recording HAIM – Walking Away (Mura Masa remix) Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Beck – Colors Best Historical Album Various Artists – Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris Best Album Notes Various Artists – Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris (David Evans) Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package “Weird Al” Yankovic – Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of “Weird Al” Yankovic Best Recording Package St. Vincent – Masseduction Best Arrangement, Insruments and Vocals Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter – Spiderman Theme Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Capella John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists – Stars and Stripes Forever Best Instrumental Composition Terence Blanchard – Blut Und Boden (Blood And Soil) Best Alternative Music Album Beck – Colors Best Musical Theater Album The Band’s Visit Best Comedy Album Dave Chappelle – Equanimity & the Bird Revelation.

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