The Grammys Release a Statement on Cutting Drake's Acceptance Speech

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February 12, 2019

So a collective sigh of relief is surely emanating from the award-show industrial complex, after the show's ratings were basically flat compared to a year ago.

For instance, Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet took home Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for Anderson, Laurie: Landfall, earning Anderson her first-ever Grammy. The song is nominated for an Oscar and also won at the Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and the Satellite Awards.

Per PEOPLE, this is the first time a Korean album has been given the nod in any category by the Recording Academy.

Childish Gambino, the stage name of actor Donald Glover, and another prominent rap nominee, Kendrick Lamar, both declined invitations to perform or attend Sunday's show. One making the rounds finds King Push frozen during the "alleged" moment of Drake's victory, refusing to join the standing ovation out of sheer principle. "She inspired me to be myself & be different" the "Money" singer wrote on Twitter in 2016.

Pop star Ariana Grande won her first Grammy award at the ceremony, picking up Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener, beating out Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. So, I feel like I don't really have anything to feel nervous about.

Keys reassured her fans and told viewers not to worry. You've already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you are a hero in your hometown. "I promise you, you already won".

"Music has always helped me tell my story", said Obama, who surprised the audience with her appearance. While some netizens suggested that the singer showed too much excitement and overperformed the song, others felt that her moves were just "weird".

The energy kept up with a tribute to Motown, featuring J. Lo.

Obama appeared on the show's opening with Keys, Gaga, Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith to describe the role music had played in their lives - seemingly a pointed reference to last year's controversy over women artists.

It's his second Grammy.

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