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Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga and Kacey Musgraves dominate Grammys
World | culture | 13:17, 11 February 2019 | 757

AKIPRESS.COM - Dua Lipa won best new artist, and Kacey Musgraves took home album of the year at a female-first Grammy Awards, BBC reports.

Musgraves won four prizes in total for Golden Hour, her critically-acclaimed third album, which blends country with elements of psychedelia.

The comment was a dig at Grammys president Neil Portnow, who last year tried to deflect criticism of the lack of female winners by saying women needed to "step up" in order to be considered.

This year's ceremony certainly appeared to be at pains to make amends, with lifetime achievement prizes for Dolly Parton and Diana Ross, and scores of female performers throughout the night.

Brooklyn rapper Cardi B became the first solo female to win best rap album, for her debut Invasion of Privacy.

Lady Gaga won three prizes, including best pop performance for Joanne and best pop duet for Shallow, from the Oscar-nominated film A Star Is Born.

Elsewhere, Ariana Grande, who pulled out of a planned performance after a dispute with organisers, received best pop album for Sweetener - her first ever Grammy Award.

And Emily Lazar, who worked on Beck's Colors album, became the first woman in Grammys history to win best engineered album.

Former first lady Michelle Obama also made a surprise appearance, giving a speech about the unifying power of music alongside Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys.

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