Jennifer Lopez performs a medley during a tribute to Motown's 60th anniversary at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Lopez performs a medley during a tribute to Motown's 60th anniversary at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Matt Sayles

J-Lo’s controversial Grammys set wows

MUSIC'S night of nights has come and gone with the world's biggest superstars taking centre stage at the 61st annual Grammys.

Streaming live on Fox8, the ceremony was held at the Staples Center in LA and the spotlight was on Lady Gaga, whose smash hit Shallow won several awards.

But Jennifer Lopez briefly rained Gaga's parade, giving one of the best performances of the night in a bedazzling medley for Motown Records' 60th anniversary.

The Recording Academy announced earlier this month that J-Lo would be performing the Motown salute, which met extreme backlash from fans who thought the liked of Gladys Knight, Beyonce or Jennifer Hudson should have been given the honour.

But Lopez proved her critics wrong with her high-energy, vocally flawless Motown celebration.

Ne-Yo, left, and Jennifer Lopez perform a medley during a tribute to Motown's 60th anniversary at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Ne-Yo, left, and Jennifer Lopez perform a medley during a tribute to Motown's 60th anniversary at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Matt Sayles

The Jenny From The Block singer opened with dance classic Dancing In The Street before stripping down to a sparkling one piece - just one of her several on-stage outfit changes during the lengthy set.

The 49-year-old was surrounded by dozens of back-up dancers who performed in sync with her during the performance, which also featured vocals from Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo.

Earlier, Gaga's Shallow won the award for Best Pop Duo and Best Song Written for Visual Media. Gaga also won Best Pop Solo Performance for her song, Joanne.

The Best Pop Duo nod marked Bradley Cooper's first time being nominated for - and winning - a Grammy.

Shallow was also up for Song of the Year and Record of the Year, but missed out.

"I just want to say thank you to God; thank you for looking out for me," Gaga said in her acceptance speech for Best Pop Duo.

"I wish Bradley was here with me right now.

"I just want to say I'm so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. They're so important."

Hosted by Alicia Keys, the leading nominees were in the hip-hop category, with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino and Cardi B scoring awards.

In a moment of epic female empowerment, Gaga, Keys, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and the former First Lady Michelle Obama all took to the stage together to talk about the impact music has had on their lives.

Lady Gaga, from left, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez speak at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Lady Gaga, from left, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez speak at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Matt Sayles/AP

After winning the MusiCares Person of the Year for 2019 at the weekend - the organisation that distributes the Grammys - country queen Dolly Parton was also honoured.

Miley Cyrus, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Linda Perry and Katy Perry, all joined by Parton, performed a number of her songs as a tribute in an electrifying set that included Jolene, Here You Come Again, After The Gold Rush and 9 To 5.

Album of the Year is the most prestigious award of the evening, with Kacey Musgraves taking out the top gong.

The ceremony opened with a performance from J Balvin and Young Thug, who were joined by Ricky Martin, Camila Cabello, and Arturo Sandoval. Other performers have included Cardi B, Alicia Keys, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Diana Ross, and Janelle Monae.

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

Unapologetically, Kelsea Ballerini

Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne

Girl Going Nowhere, Ashley McBryde

WINNER: Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves

From A Room: Volume 2, Chris Stapleton

SONG OF THE YEAR

All The Stars, Kendrick Lamar & SZA

Boo'd Up, Ella Mai

God's Plan, Drake

In My Blood, Shawn Mendes

The Joke, Brandi Carlile

The Middle, Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Shallow, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

WINNER: This Is America, Childish Gambino

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

Fall In Line, Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato

Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Backstreet Boys

S Wonderful, Tony Bennett & Diana Krall

WINNER: Shallow, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Girls Like You, Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B

Say Something, Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton

The Middle, Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B

By The Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile

Scorpion, Drake

H.E.R., H.E.R.

Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone

Dirty Computer, Janelle Monae

WINNER: Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves

Black Panther: The Album

RECORD OF THE YEAR

I Like It, Cardi B

The Joke, Brandi Carlile

WINNER: This Is America, Childish Gambino

God's Plan, Drake

Shallow, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

All The Stars, Kendrick Lamar & SZA

Rockstar, Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

The Middle, Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

BEST NEW ARTIST

Chloe x Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet

H.E.R.

WINNER: Dua Lipa

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith

BEST R&B ALBUM

Sex and Cigarettes, Toni Braxton

Good Thing, Leon Bridges

Honestly, Lalah Hathaway

WINNER: H.E.R., H.E.R.

Gumbo Unplugged (Live), PJ Morton

BEST RAP ALBUM

WINNER: Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B

Swimming, Mac Miller

Victory Lap, Nipsey Hussle

Daytona, Pusha T

Astroworld, Travis Scott

BEST RAP SONG

WINNER: God's Plan, Drake

King's Dead, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake

Lucky You, Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas

Sicko Mode, Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk and Swae Lee

Win, Jay Rock

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Camila, Camila Cabello

Meaning Of Life, Kelly Clarkson

WINNER: Sweetener, Ariana Grande

Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes

Beautiful Trauma, P!nk

Reputation, Taylor Swift

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

Colors, Beck

Havana, Camila Cabello

God Is A Woman, Ariana Grande

WINNER: Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?), Lady Gaga

Better Now, Post Malone

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL

Boi-1da

Kanye West

WINNER: Pharrell Williams

Larry Klein

Linda Perry

 

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE

Be Careful, Cardi B

Nice for What, Drake

WINNER (TIE): King's Dead, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake

WINNER (TIE): Bubblin, Anderson .Paak

Sicko Mode, Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk and Swae Lee

BEST RAP/SUNG PERFORMANCE

Like I Do, Christina Aguilera featuring Goldlink

Pretty Little Fears, 6lack Featuring J. Cole

WINNER: This Is America, Childish Gambino

All the Stars, Kendrick Lamar and SZA

Rockstar, Post Malone featuring 21 Savage

BEST DANCE RECORDING

Northern Soul, Above and Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford

Ultimatum, Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)

Losing It, Fisher

WINNER: Electricity, Silk City and Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo and Mark Ronson

Ghost Voices, Virtual Self

BEST R&B SONG

WINNER: Boo'd Up, Ella Mai

Come Through and Chill, Miguel Featuring J. Cole and Salaam Remi

Feels Like Summer, Childish Gambino

Focus, H.E.R.

Long as I Live, Toni Braxton

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE

Long As I Live, Toni Braxton

Summer, The Carters

Y O Y, Lalah Hathaway

WINNER: Best Part, H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar

First Began, PJ Morton

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Rainier Fog, Alice in Chains

Mania, Fall Out Boy

Prequelle, Ghost

WINNER: From the Fires, Greta Van Fleet

Pacific Daydream, Weezer

BEST ROCK SONG

Black Smoke Rising, Greta Van Fleet

Jumpsuit, Twenty One Pilots

Mantra, Bring Me the Horizon

WINNER: Masseduction, St. Vincent

Rats, Ghost

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE

Four Out of Five, Arctic Monkeys

WINNER: When Bad Does Good, Chris Cornell

Made an America, The Fever 333

Highway Tune, Greta Van Fleet

Uncomfortable, Halestorm

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

Love Is Here To Stay, Tony Bennett & Diana Krall

WINNER: My Way, Willie Nelson

Nat "King" Cole & Me, Gregory Porter

Standards (Deluxe), Seal

The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!, Barbra Streisand

BEST COUNTRY SONG

Break Up in the End, Cole Swindell

Dear Hate, Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill

I Lived It, Blake Shelton

WINNER: Space Cowboy, Kacey Musgraves

Tequila, Dan + Shay

When Someone Stops Loving You, Little Big Town

BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE

Wouldn't It Be Great?, Loretta Lynn

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Maren Morris

WINNER: Butterflies, Kacey Musgraves

Millionaire, Chris Stapleton

Parallel Line, Keith Urban

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

WINNER: Everything Is Love, The Carters

The Kids Are Alright, Chloe x Halle

Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz

War & Leisure, Miguel

Ventriloquism, Meshell Ndegeocello

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, Arctic Monkeys

WINNER: Colors, Beck

Utopia, Björk

American Utopia, David Byrne

Masseduction, St. Vincent



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