The amount of Grammy awards given to female artists spiked massively this year, just 12 months on the some controversial comments by the president of The Recording Academy.

Back in early 2018, the 60th Grammy Awards attracted quite large amount of criticism after a disproportionate amount of male artists were given honours during the ceremony.

While hashtags such as #GrammysSoMale sprung up almost immediately, The Record Academy’s president, Neil Portnow, decided to put out this fire with what turned out to be a verbal accelerant.

Speaking to Variety after the awards, Portnow stated that female artists “need to step up”, which instantly attracted vast criticism, especially from a number of high profile female label executives who called his comments “woefully out of touch”.

Now, one year on, we have now seen the results of the 2019 edition of the Grammys, and women have absolutely killed it.

As AltPress reports, the 61st Grammy Awards have seen a 82 percent increase in awards being given to female artists.

While 2018 saw 17 of the 86 awards handed out to female artists, this year’s event saw 31 of the 84 awards go to female acts –  an increase of 82 percent on last year’s awards.

In fact, the majority of the awards were much more female-oriented than usual, with Alicia Keys pulling hosting duties, the likes of Janelle Monáe, Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, and more serving as performers.

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Likewise, Dua Lipa and Kacey Musgraves won two of the big four awards on the night, taking home Best New Artist and Album of the Year, respectively.

Speaking to journalists after the show, Musgraves lauded the inclusion of more female artists in this year’s nominations.

“I think that women have a really necessary perspective to art, to music and it’s really nice to see that getting a chance to be included,” she explained.

“It takes women having the balls to put out art that might not always be liked by everyone, but it also takes people on the other side of that to reach out and give those things a chance to be heard.”

Check out the full list of Grammy winners below.

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61st Grammy Awards Winners

Album of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Record of the Year: ‘This is America’ – Childish Gambino

Song of the Year: ‘This is America’ – Childish Gambino

Best New Artist: Dua Lipa

Best Rap Album: Invasion Of Privacy – Cardi B

Best R&B Album: H.E.R. – H.E.R.

Best Country Album: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Best Rap Song: ‘God’s Plan’ – Drake

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: ‘Shallow’ – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Best Pop Vocal AlbumSweetener – Ariana Grande

Best Pop Solo Performance: ‘Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)’ – Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell Williams

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: My Way – Willie Nelson


Best Country Solo Performance: ‘Butterflies’ – Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: ‘Tequila’ – Dan & Shay

Best Country Song: ‘Space Cowboy’ – Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, Kacey Musgraves and Shane McAnally


Best R&B Performance: ‘Best Part’ – H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar

Best Traditional R&B Performance (Tie): ‘Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand’ – Leon Bridges and ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ – PJ Morton featuring Yebba

Best R&B Song: ‘Boo’d Up’ – Ella Mai

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Everything Is Love – The Carters

Best Rap Performance (Tie): ‘King’s Dead’ – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake, and ‘Bubblin’ – Anderson Paak

Best Rap/Sung Performance: ‘This Is America’ – Childish Gambino


Best Rock Performance: ‘When Bad Does Good’ – Chris Cornell

Best Metal Performance: ‘Electric Messiah’ – High on Fire

Best Rock Song: ‘Masseduction’ – St Vincent

Best Rock Album: From The Fires – Greta Van Fleet

Best Alternative Music Album: Colors – Beck

American Roots

Best American Roots Performance: ‘The Joke’ – Brandi Carlile

Best American Roots Song: ‘The Joke’ – Brandi Carlile

Best Americana Album: By The Way, I Forgive You – Brandi Carlile

Best Bluegrass Album: The Travelin’ McCourys – The Travelin’ McCourys

Best Traditional Blues Album: The Blues Is Alive And Well – Buddy Guy

Best Contemporary Blues Album: Please Don’t Be Dead – Fantastic Negrito

Best Folk Album: All Ashore – Punch Brothers

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music

Best Gospel Performance/Song: ‘Never Alone’ – Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: ‘You Say’ – Lauren Daigle and Paul Mabury

Best Gospel Album: Hiding Place – Tori Kelly

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Look Up Child – Lauren Daigle

Best Roots Gospel Album: Unexpected – Jason Crabb


Best Improvised Jazz Solo: ‘Don’t Fence Me In’ – John DaVersa

Best Jazz Vocal Album: The Window – Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Emanon – The Wayner Shorter Quartet

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom, John DaVersa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists

Best Latin Jazz Album: Back to the Sunset – Dafnis Prieto Big Band


Best Engineered Album, Classical: Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11, Shawn Murphy and Nick Squire, engineers, Tim Martyn, mastering engineer

Producer Of The Year, Classical: Blanton Alspaugh

Best Orchestral Performance: Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 – Andris Nelsons, conductor

Best Opera Recording: ‘Bates: The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs’

Best Choral Performance: ‘McLoskey: Zealot Canticles’ – Donald Nally, conductor

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: ‘Landfall’ – Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: ‘Kernis: Violin Concerto’ – James Ehnes

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: ‘Songs Of Orpheus–Monteverdi, Caccini, D’India & Landi’ – Karim Sulayman; Jeanette Sorrell, conductor, Apollo’s Fire, ensembles

Best Classical Compendium: ‘Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’; Poems Of Life; Glacier; Rush’ – JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: ‘Kernis: Violin Concerto’ – James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony


Best Latin Pop Album: Sincera – Claudia Brant

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Aztlan – Zoé

Best Regional Mexican Music Album: ¡Mexico Por Siempre! – Luis Miguel

Best Tropical Latin Album: Anniversary, Spanish Harlem Orchestra


Best Dance Recording: ‘Electricity’ – Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson

Best Dance/Electronic Album: Woman Worldwide, Justice

Best Regional Roots Music Album: No ‘Ane’i, Kalani Pe’a

Best Comedy Album: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation – Dave Chapelle

Best Musical Theater Album: The Band’s Visit

Best Instrumental Composition: Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil) – Terence Blanchard

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Stars and Stripes Forever – John Daversa

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: Spiderman Theme – Randy Waldman

Best Recording Package: Masseduction, Willo Perron, art directors (St. Vincent)

Best Recording Package: The Complete Works Of ‘Weird Al” Yankovic, Meghan Foley, Annie Stoll & ‘Weird Al” Yankovic art directors (‘Weird Al” Yankovic)

Best Album Notes: Voices Of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented By William Ferris – David Evans, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Historical Album: Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris – William Ferris, April Ledbetter & Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Colors – Beck

Best Remixed Recording: Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix) – Mura Masa, Remixer (HAIM)

Best Immersive Audio Album: Eye in the Sky (35th Anniversary Edition), Alan Parsons, surround mix engineer; Dave Donnelly, PJ Olsson, & Alan Parsons, surround mastering engineers; Alan Parsons, surround producer (The Alan Parsons Project

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Steve Gadd Band – Steve Gadd Band

Best World Music Album: Freedom, Soweto Gospel Choir

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: The Greatest Showman

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Black Panther

Best Song Written For Visual Media: ‘Shallow’ – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)

Best New Age AlbumOpium Moon, Opium Moon

Best Children’s Album: All The Sounds, Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats

Best Spoken Word Album: Faith: A Journey For All, President Jimmy Carter

Best Music Video: ‘This Is America’ -Childish Gambino – Hiro Murai, video director, Ibra Ake, Jason Cole and Fam Rothstein, video producers

Best Music Film: Quincy

Best Reggae Album: 44/876 – Sting & Shaggy