Here's What You Missed at the 2019 Grammys

Hosted by 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys, music’s biggest night was filled with unforgettable fashion, remarkable performances, and several surprises. In case you missed it, we’ve recapped the biggest moments, winners and snubs of the night.

By Justin Gillmor


Opening — Camila Cabello, Havana (feat. Young Thug & Ricky Martin)

Neon lights, a yellow-clad crop top, matching skirt, and that all-too-recognizable piano riff. Camila Cabello took us to the heart of Havana with the hit single from her debut album, Camila. Young Thug and Ricky Martin also made appearances on stage and the end result was a coherent, energized, zesty performance to get the night started.

Top 3 Performances

3. Cardi B — “Money

Photo from from Mike Blake/Reuters

Photo from from Mike Blake/Reuters

There she is. Like an evil queen seeking vengeance against the wrong-doings of past lovers. Performing her latest single, “Money,” Cardi B holds the crowd in the palm of her hands (each of which have approximately six-inch nails). We are watching her every move, and our jaws can’t help but drop the slightest amount. Is it from shock? Awe? Confusion? Maybe all of the above. This has to be some kind of mind control. Maybe this should go in the ‘Worst 3 Performances’ category. We really don’t know, but we’ll give Cardi the benefit of the doubt and let you decide.

2. Lady Gaga — “Shallow”

Photo from Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Photo from Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Dancing sporadically in a sparking, sequined body suit, Gaga’s voice pierces the crowd: “Tell me something boy…” She miraculously morphs this mellow ballad into a rock-style anthem. We expected nothing less than this melodramatic performance that leaves Gaga’s trademark style in the room after she leaves. She is determined to not let this song become tired, and we think she surpassed expectations.

1. H.E.R — “Hard Place”

Photo from Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Photo from Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

An unexpected surprise, H.E.R.’s performance of “Hard Place” made its way into our top three performances this year. Simple, beautiful and transparent, H.E.R. is not holding anything back in this simmering ballad from her 2018 EP I Used to Know Her: Part 2. 2019 is the R&B star’s Grammy debut and we have a feeling this is just the beginning. Watch it here.

Song, Record & Album of the Year WINNERS:

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

  • "This Is America" Childish Gambino — WINNER

Record of the Year:

  • "I Like It" Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin

  • "The Joke" Brandi Carlile

  • "This Is America" Childish Gambino — WINNER

  • "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

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 Monáe

  • Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves — WINNER

  • Black Panther: The Album Music From And Inspired By, (Various Artists)

    Biggest Snubs

    It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room: where is Grammy darling Taylor Swift? Her 2017, sixth studio album Reputation was noticeably excluded from this year’s biggest categories. With the newly-expanded eight nominees per category, artists of color are more visible and represented as ever. Between critics and fans, this is either Swift’s best or worst album. Nevertheless, it’s hard to ignore when one of the most awarded and durable artists of this decade releases an album. We’ll see what Swift has in store for her next release which is anticipated for later this year.

    A quieter snub might belong to Nicki Minaj’s fourth studio album Queen, which went completely unnoticed by the Grammys nominating committee. Queen received a dull response from critics and audiences alike. But similar to Swift, it’s difficult to ignore one of the most popular female rappers of this decade. I’m sensing comeback season.