Female artists absolutely cleaned up at this year’s Grammy Awards with Kacey Musgraves, Cardi B, and Dua Lipa among the big winners.

Musgraves took the biggest win of the night – Album of the Year – with Golden Hour and had the sweetest reaction when she won the top honour.

“Life is pretty tumultuous right now for all of us. I feel like because of that, art is really thriving and it’s been really beautiful to see that. Thank you for championing mine,” she said in her speech.

Ariana Grande‘s Sweetener scored the gong for Best Pop Vocal Album, H.E.R. and her self-titled album was awarded Best R&B Album, Musgraves was awarded yet another win for Best Country Album, and Cardi B won Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy. 

Cardi B is now the first solo woman to win her category. Backstage, the ‘I Like It’ rapper said she was sharing her Grammy win with the late Mac Miller who was also nominated for the award.

Meanwhile Lipa, who had a ripper 2018, was of course crowned Best New Artist.

Upon accepting her award, Lipa said she was honoured “to be nominated alongside such incredible female artists this year.”

“I guess this year, we’ve really stepped up,” she added.

The artist was also awarded Best Dance Recording for her and Silk City‘s tune Electricity’, featuring Diplo and Mark Ronson. 

Not to mention, former First Lady Michelle Obama surprised the crowd as she appeared on stage to support Alicia Keys who both hosted the awards ceremony and played two pianos at once during her performance.

Two ! Pianos !

Obama appeared on stage with Keys to introduce the show alongside Lady Gaga, J.Lo, and Jada Pinkett Smith. 

“From the Mo-Town records I wore out on the south side, to the who run the world song that fuelled me through this last decade. Music has always helped me tell that story,” Obama said as reported by Variety. 

“Whether you like country, rap or rock. Music helps us share ourselves. Our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters every story with every voice every note with every song. Is that right ladies?”

On social media, Obama posted a piccie of herself with the women captioned: “A big part of friendship is showing up for your girls – that’s why I was thrilled to be there for the one and only Alicia Keys at the Grammys. She is one of the most genuine and thoughtful people I know – there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music.” 

OH, and we can’t forget about the Dolly Parton tribute with the woman herself singing a five-song medley on stage with her goddaughter Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Maren Morris, Linda Perry, Little Big Town, and Musgraves.

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