The 2019 Grammy Performances You Should Watch

There are always memorable moments at the GRAMMYs and most of the time, its usually the performers. The 61st annual GRAMMY awards ceremony is tonight at 8 p.m. EST, live from the Staples Center in LA and there are a number of stars taking the stage.

Kacey Musgraves, Cardi B, Janelle Monaé, Diana Ross, Travis Scott, Lady Gaga, St. Vincent with Dua Lipa, Post Malone with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more will take the stage and its sure to be a night you won’t forget. Watch the performances from this year’s show and view the full list of winners on the official GRAMMY website.

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1. Dolly Parton tribute

About an hour into the show, the Grammys got a big dose of country music with a nearly 10-minute tribute to Dolly Parton — who, it should be noted, is such a hard worker that she headlined her own career retrospective medley. Musgraves and Katy Perry kicked things off in bedazzled red jumpsuits for “Here You Come Again,” while Parton strolled out stage, glowing in white. “Thank you, Katy, thank you, Kacey, appreciate that,” Parton said, ever polite, as her goddaughter Miley Cyrus arrived in sparkly gold for “Jolene,” which she has been covering for years.

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Then there was the requisite throwback to “After the Gold Rush” with Cyrus and Maren Morris (Parton won a Grammy in 2000 for her version of the Neil Young song with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris) and “Red Shoes,” from the new Netflix movie, “Dumplin’.” But what really got the crowd on its feet was the jaunty rendition of “9 to 5” with Little Big Town, whose soaring harmonies really kicked in with one of the catchiest Parton hits of all time.


Brandi Carlile. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for the Recording Academy)

2. Brandi Carlile

While many of the night’s performances doubled as showcases for eye-popping sets and complex choreography, Brandi Carlile took a more no-frills approach to performing her anthem “The Joke.” She recently said it’s “an important song at this time and in this country, and I think that that song’s success says more about our nation’s willingness to receive it than it does actually what I’m saying and what I’m doing.”

It’s clear she wanted to clue the audience in on her lyrics. In a clever bit of set design, words to the chorus appeared behind her in perfect script as she sang them, offering a powerful message. “Let them laugh while they can / Let them spin, let them scatter in the wind / I have been to the movies / I’ve seen how it ends / And the joke’s on them.” What really stood out, though, is Carlile’s soaring vocals. Even Post Malone was enraptured, nodding his head along with the tune.


Camila Cabello. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

3. Camila Cabello

Want to get everyone excited at the start of what will be a very long awards ceremony? Have Camila Cabello perform “Havana,” backed by trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval with Ricky Martin showing up midway. Yes, the Ricky Martin (whom some of us love more than our own families).

Bright-colored dresses, a “West Side Story”-esque set and lots and lots of choreographed salsa moves — what’s not to love? The one thing we would change: more stage time for Martin and J Balvin, who ended the performance with the irresistible “Mi Gente.”


H.E.R. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for the Recording Academy)

4. H.E.R.

Do you not know H.E.R.? You will now. Already having won earlier in the night for best R&B performance for “Best Part,” the 21-year-old singer showed an easy command of the Grammy main stage with “Hard Place,” giving us just a good ol’ fashioned, wow-she-can-sing moment. The spotlight shined only on her during the first part of her performance before the lights slowly came up, showing jeans-wearing violinists and backup singers (which, thank you, it’s nice to see performers dressed comfortably for work for a change).

Her smooth vocals at times were reminiscent of Alicia Keys, who lovingly introduced her, and then H.E.R. let a solo effortlessly rip on a transparent guitar. As she closed, singing “I’m caught between your love,” she took a big pause, and we heard “sing it, girl” from the audience — one of the few unscripted, honest responses we heard during the performances — before she expertly finished, “and a hard place.”


Travis Scott. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

5. Travis Scott

Travis Scott showed up just when the long ceremony desperately needed a shot of adrenaline — and that’s exactly what he offered. The performance started quietly, with Scott and James Blake crooning “Stop Trying to be God.” Then things got … interesting. To perform “No Bystanders,” Scott somehow appeared in the middle of a cage as people rushed the stage and began scaling it. Was this a political statement about the border and walls? (We’re probably projecting here.) The flock of fans onstage was going bananas, dancing as hard as one possibly could and putting to shame the actual audience in the pit. Scott continued rapping, scaling the fence himself, diving into the crowd and finishing out his song — waking up a crowd that may have been dozing off.


Alicia Keys. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for the Recording Academy)

6. Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys should just cover everyone else’s songs for the rest of the night. Did we expect a performance from her at a made-up piano bar called “Club Keys?” (Get it? Keys? Her name? Musical keys? Moving on). No, we did not see this coming. But we’re glad it came.

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Keys started off by playing two pianos at once — the gimmick immediately got us — and then covered a bunch of songs. “You know those songs that just live inside of you?” she said, “that you wish you wrote?” (Um, yes, imagine the royalties!) She performed snippets of: Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly”; Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams (Forget Me)”; Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable”; Coldplay’s “Clocks”; King of Leon’s “Use Somebody”; Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” (which was a shock to Mai, who sat flabbergasted in the audience); and Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing),” before closing out with her own megahit, “New York.” It was thoroughly enjoyable — and talk about range. Now, back to hosting.

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7. Lady Gaga

The first indication that Lady Gaga, not Ally from “A Star Is Born,” showed up to sing “Shallow”? That incredibly glittery jumpsuit. Without her singing partner Bradley Cooper (he was at the BAFTAs), Gaga was solo for the Oscar-nominated movie’s signature ballad. She writhed around with a microphone, making some truly wild gestures as she roamed the stage next to co-writer Mark Ronson.

One downside: The person operating the camera inexplicably decided to zoom in on one of the band members instead of Gaga when she belted out the chorus for the first time. Luckily, the “AHHHHHaaaaaahhhhHhhHHHHHAAAAAAAAAooooooHHHHHAAAAA” moment later in the song was as glorious as ever.

8. Aretha Franklin tribute

The Grammys booked the right trio to honor Aretha Franklin, who died in August at 76. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams and Fantasia, who both performed at Franklin’s funeral, as well as Andra Day, did the Queen of Soul justice with their take on “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” The song came seamlessly after the regular In Memoriam montage, with the three singers standing in the middle of the audience on a small stage. They definitely brought the goods, belting out the lyrics and taking us all to church. But it was too short; has everyone tired of Franklin tributes already? If only the Grammy telecast had blocked off more time for a Franklin send-off — surely Diana Ross could have spared a couple of her minutes.

9. Janelle Monáe

Here comes Janelle Monáe to wake us back up. Known as a performer with very deliberate aesthetic choices, she sang “Make Me Feel” while backed by a bunch of dancers dressed like sexy Stormtroopers and others wearing her famous vagina pants. If anyone watching at home zoned out, her line from “Django Jane” to “let the vagina have a monologue!” probably got their attention. And, of course, there was her own trademark, infectiously joyful dancing while channeling some “Rhythm Nation” vibes. Heck, she even moonwalked.

10. St. Vincent and Dua Lipa

The indie rocker (holding an angular black guitar) and pop singer (donning a high-fashion black and white dress covered in small gold jewelry) teamed up for the steamiest performance of the night, performing “Masseduction” and “One Kiss” while white strobes cut through fog. The two women swirled around each other as they performed — reminding the audience at a fairly sexless award show of music’s sensual side.

Pop Taylor Swift Talks “Me”

The rollout for Taylor Swift‘s seventh album is barely underway, but it’s already been quite the adventure. Along with a fresh Instagram aesthetic, the unrelentingly upbeat lead single “ME!”, and even a new member of her feline family, Swift’s new era is ushering in the return of something we in the media have long been hankering for: new interviews!

The 29-year-old famously refused to do any press during her brooding reputation era, but she’s (thankfully!) ditched that strategy for her next chapter. On Monday (April 29), for example, she called in to the Zach Sang Show for a brief but illuminating chat that touched mostly on album No. 7 and its sparkly lead single.

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The clip sees Urie getting the hang of the language relatively quickly, while Taylor repeatedly refers to her on-set French expert to help her with pronouncing her lines. In one particular scene, after figuring out the correct pronunciation of the phrase “Je suis calme” (French for “I am calm”), the star begins repeating the line louder and louder, much to the enjoyment of her crew.

As the filming of the scene wraps up, Swift thanks one of the French experts on set with a handshake, letting him know that “I appreciate you more than you will ever know,” even adding one final “Merci” for good measure.

“It’s always really difficult to pick a first single for my albums, because I try to make an album that’s so vast in its scope of things,” Swift explained. “There isn’t ever just one song that could sum up what the album is. But I knew that [“ME!”] just felt like a celebration. It felt like something that could make you feel good. And I just want that right now for people. I want that for me when I perform it. I want to feel good and feel positive and feel hopeful.”

Here are all the winners from the BRIT Awards 2019

“WE never win this! Thank you so much we have had absolutely no shame in asking people every day to vote for this,” gushed Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

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The BRIT Awards are back for the 39th year running and some of the biggest stars like Jorja Smith, Mabel and more are going to be hitting London’s O2 Arena.

The biggest night in British music will see homegrown artists and international acts alike take over the capital for an incredible night of live music.

The 1975 picked up two of the biggest awards of the night, for Best British Group and Best Album, for their latest LP A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

Jorja Smith, George Ezra, The 1975, Little Mix and The Carters (Beyonce and Jay Z) all picked up awards, and the audience was been treated to some vibrant, superbly choreographed performances from Little Mix and Ms Banks, Dua Lipa with Calvin Harris, and a stripped-down, moving show from Jorja Smith.

We’ve got the full list of nominees and winners right here for you!

British male
Sam Smith
Craig David
Aphex Twin
Giggs
George Ezra – WINNER

British female
Florence + the Machine
Jorja Smith – WINNER
Anne-Marie
Lily Allen
Jess Glynne

British Artist Video Of The Year (voted for by the public)

Anne Marie – 2002Calvin Harris And Dua Lipa – One Kiss
Clean Bandit ft Demi Lovato – Solo
Dua Lipa – IDGAF
Jax Jones ft Ina Wroldsen – Breathe
Jonas Blue ft Jack and Jack – Rise
Liam Payne and Rita Ora – For You
Little Mix ft Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
Rita Ora – Let Me Love You
Rudimental ft Macklemore, Jess Glynne and Dan Caplen – These Days

INTERNATIONAL SOLO FEMALE

Ariana Grande – WINNER

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Christine and the Queens

Janelle Monáe

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Brockhampton

The Carters – WINNER

First Aid Kit

Nile Rodgers & Chic

Twenty One Pilots

TRNSMT pageant boss responds to criticism of all-male headliners for 2019

“As an industry we can do more, and that includes providing a platform for female artists.”

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The team behind Scotland’s TRNSMT Festival has responded to criticism of the event’s 2019 line up.

The bill was unveiled a few hours ago, and contains an all-male batch of headliners: George Ezra, Stormzy, and Catfish & The Bottlemen.

Talking to NME, Ellis mentioned that the line-up displays a few of the largest feminine names of the second, and reiterated his remark to “creating feminine artists” as a way to make them the headliners of tomorrow.

One other account claimed that feminine acts solely accounted for twenty p.c of the line-up, and confirmed the massive gaps that happen when ladies are eliminated.

“We attempt to have extra females on the invoice. Jess Glynne is an enormous artist and she or he’s there. Would I choose to have extra feminine artists on the invoice? Sure. But it surely’s additionally about creating feminine artists to make them into headliners. We had Sigrid on the King Tut’s final yr, however we’ve now upgraded her to the primary stage,” mentioned Ellis.

As a result of this, founder Geoff Ellis spoke to NME about the booking policy, and the thinking behind it.

“We try to have more females on the bill. Jess Glynne is a big artist and she’s there. Would I prefer to have more female artists on the bill? Yes. But it’s also about developing female artists to make them into headliners. We had Sigrid on the King Tut’s last year, but we’ve now upgraded her to the main stage”.

TRNSMT is run by DF Concerts, who also curate separate event Edinburgh Summer Sessions on Scotland’s East Coast. Ellis continued:

“You’ve got people like Florence & The Machine who we would’ve been delighted to have as a TRNSMT headliner, but she’s coming in August so we’ve got her headlining two nights at Edinburgh Summer Sessions instead”.

“We’ve got CHVRCHES headlining the Summer Sessions too, so it’s not that we’re ignoring female artists, but you can’t always get them on the weekend of your festival and sometimes you’ve got to get them at different points of the year”.

Soundcheck: The 16 Best Music Releases Of The Week

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“Step By Step” – Sia
Suddenly it feels like summer again. Sia is “so in love” in this upbeat new track.

Overgrown – Ivy Sole
Queer rapper-singer Ivy Sole released her debut LP Overgrown this week and—if the cover art is any indication—it feels earthy, raw, and real. Kinda like Ivy herself.

“Come Home” – Pip Blom
Guitars! Indie rock band Pip Blom does not disappoint with their newest single “Come Home,” with lead singer Blom’s vocals amplifying the moody yet up-beat track.

“Bottled Up” – Dinah Jane ft. Ty Dolla $ign and Marc E. Bassy
One of our favorite Fifth Harmonizers debut single just dropped, and you better believe it’s going to be on everyone’s party playlists as she teams up with Ty Dolla $ign and Marc E. Bassy.

“Since The Day I Was Born” – lostboycrow
If you haven’t gotten into lostboycrow yet, now is your chance to start with his new single “Since The Day I Was Born.” The wistful melody and nostalgic lyrics are preparing me for sweater weather.

“Loyal To Me” – Nina Nesbitt (Luca Schreiner Remix)
Scottish singer-songwriter dropped the remix of “Loyal To Me,” amplifying her breathy vocals with Luca Schreiner’s electric beats, this female empowerment anthem that you’ll want to blast at the next girls night in.

“Superior Emotion” – AlunaGeorge ft. Cautious Clay
AlunaGeorge and Cautious Clay team up for a dreamy melody and telling lyrics about love, a messy kind of love that we all can’t get enough of but know deep down we don’t need.

BY THE SUN – Emily Hackett
Brimming with warm vocals and a classic country vibe, Emily Hackett’s new EP “By the Sun” will make you wish it was summertime all over again.

“Complicity” – Celia Palli
Barcelona-born Celia Palli’s new single “Complicity” is a bewitching tune that you’ll want to play all weekend. This sensual tune is the first single off her new album. She explained that in Spanish “complicity” is a good word: “If one can sense complicity between two lovers, it is seen as a compliment. I asked Nashlyn to write the lyrics with me and we used the connotations that this word has in English to help us describe the deep connection in the relationship I sing about.”

Acadie : Raw – Allysha Joy
If you love a gorgeous, soulful voice—which, come on, of course you do—you’ll love Alysha Joy and her newly released album Acadie : Raw. Joy’s classic R&B sound and captivating lyrics is a much appreciated addition to the growing list of up and coming young R&B artists.

“Guiding Light” – Mumford and Sons
We can always count on the British band to give us what we didn’t even know we needed—a customarily invigorating single “Guiding Light.” They even announced their new album, Delta, will drop in November to boots.