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.
Check out Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Space Cowboy’:
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 Album: Sweetener – 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
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 Album: Opium 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