12022019-LSTC-01.qxd 2/11/2019 8:02 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE All smiles Singer Lauren Daigle poses with her two Grammys for Christian Music in the press room during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. AFP CHANDIGARH | TUESDAY | 12 FEBRUARY 2019 A Women rock the Grammys year after the Grammy Awards were criticised for its track record in gender representation, women took centrestage at the 61st edition of the annual gala in Los Angeles on Sunday night. There were bold performances and wins in many top categories, including the album of the year that was given to Kacey Musgraves for Golden Hour. Musgraves took home three other prizes, apart from album of the year, in the country field. The ceremony saw Falguni Shah and Prashant Mistry of Indian origin losing in two separate categories, while Grammy and Oscar-winning Indian musician A.R. Rahman enjoyed the show as an audience member. Dua Lipa, a 23year-old British singer, won the award for the best new artist. Quincy Jones shines again Veteran record producer Quincy Jones created history as he took home yet another Grammy with his documentary Quincy winning for best music film on the 2019 Grammy awards. The win marks the 85-year-old legend’s 28th Grammy, making him the living artiste with the most trophies in Grammy history. Ariana Grande’s first win Hip hop hurray It was also the night of hip-hop artists. Both the record and song of the year prizes — the latter awarded for song-writing — were won by Childish Gambino’s This Is America, a song about racial injustice. It was the first hip-hop song to win either award. Lady Gaga, winner of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media for Shallow and Best Pop Solo Performance for Joanne Dark horse Brandi Carlile, an earnest female singersongwriter in an Americana style, was the dark horse of the show, getting six nominations. She ended up Chris Cornell wins posthumously Singer Chris Cornell was posthumously given a Grammy for his song When Bad Does Good from the eponymous box set released last year. It marks his third Grammy win. His children Toni and Christopher accepted the award on his behalf. GREAT SHOW: (L-R) SINGER-SONGWRITER ALICIA KEYS, FORMER US FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND SINGER JENNIFER LOPEZ ON STAGE winning three awards, though none in the top categories. She took best American roots performance for The Joke, and Americana album for By The Way, I Forgive You. They were the first Grammys of her career. —Agencies Singer Ariana Grande, who boycotted the awards, has won her first Grammy. Hours before the 2019 Grammys on Sunday, the Recording Academy announced that the singer had won Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener. Grande was initially supposed to perform at the Grammys but pulled out later. Former First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the 2019 Grammys to support the host of the ceremony Alicia Keys and discuss the important role music has played in her life. Obama, 55, appeared onstage alongside Keys, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez. Surprise visit by Michelle Obama AR Rahman in attendance Music maestro AR Rahman was present at the 2019 Grammy Awards ceremony with his daughter Raheema. The composer, who won two Grammy awards in 2009 for his work on Slumdog Millionaire, posted several pictures from the awards night. Cardi B makes history Rapper Cardi B made history by becoming the first solo female artiste to win Best Rap Album at the Grammys. With the victory for Invasion of Privacy, the 26-year-old rapper joined Lauryn Hill as the only female winner in the award’s 23-year history. (L-R) DUA LIPA, KACEY MUSGRAVES, BRANDI CARLILE AND JOHN DAVERSA Winning note Best Film: Roma Leading Actor: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody Leading Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book Supporting actress: Rachel Weisz, The Favourite Rising Star Award: Letitia Wright RACHEL WEISZ It’s The Favourite at BAFTA It was a win-win for period dramas at the 2019 British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday night as the 18th century-set “The Favourite” won seven honours, and the Mexican black and white drama Roma registered four big wins. At the ceremony hosted by Joanna Lumley at the Royal Albert Hall, The Favourite won Outstanding British Film, Leading Actress (Olivia Colman), Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Production Design, Make Up and Hair. Hollywood glamour Nominees Glenn Close and Melissa McCarthy as well as award presenters Salma Hayek and Cate Blanchett all chose black frocks for the event, which boasted sparkling embroidery or sequins. There were also monochrome looks, with Widows actress Viola Davis in a black dress with a huge white bow at the front. A proud moment for all... Writer-director Michael Pearce and Producer Lauren Dark received the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Beast. The Special Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was presented to Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, a producing partnership who have created some iconic British films of recent years, including The Crying Game, Company of Wolves, Little Voice, Scandal, Carol and Colette. The Fellowship, the highest honour the Academy can bestow, was presented to editor Thelma Schoonmaker. The show featured performances by Cirque du Soleil and Jess Gillam. The elegantly dressed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took front row seats at the event. — Agencies Britain’s Prince William (L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for the BAFTA awards Lead role MAHERSHALA ALI LETITIA WRIGHT Acting accolades went to Rami Malek for his lead role as Queen star Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, which also won an award for Sound. Mahershala Ali won the Best Supporting Actor for Green Book, a film backed by Reliance Entertainment’s Amblin Entertainment. Diversity was celebrated as Guyanese-born British actress Letitia Wright won the EE Rising Star Award — an honour that the public votes for. Black Panther received the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects. Star Is Born won for Original Music — an award that singer-actress Lady Gaga was ecstatic about. The film’s actor-director Bradley Cooper, who composed music for it too, said: “I got to fulfil a dream I never thought would happen, and I got to do it with some of the best musicians in the world. The music was the heartbeat of the film.” BRADLEY COOPER c m y b RAMI MALEK OLIVIA COLMAN
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