In the days leading up the the 2019 Grammys most of the talk—once you got past Ariana Grande-gate—was about how the biggest night in mainstream-music had completely lost hip-hop fans.
Last year seemed to prove something of a tipping point. Remember when in 2018 Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. suffered the indignity of losing album of the year to Bruno Mars’s safe and sanitary 24K Magic (Some of the sting of that was taken out a couple of months later when Lamar took home a Pulitzer for the same record). Jay-Z showed up for the Grammy’s last year with eight nominations and won a grand total of zero times.
Bringing things back to 2019's lead up, Lamar, Drake, and Childish Gambino all made headlines by turning down invitations to perform at one of music's biggest nights.
Drake certainly made his feelings on the Grammys known during tonight's ceremony when he won best rap song for his “God’s Plan”.
During his acceptance speech he told the audience: "This is a business where sometimes it's up to a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York or anybody else, or a brother from Houston right there, my brother Travis [Scott]. But my point is you've already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if you're a hero in your hometown. Look, if there's people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don't need this right here. I promise you, you already won."
The televised show then promptly cut to commercial before he was finished his speech.
In some ways hip-hop also finally won at this year’s Grammys.
Childish Gambino's incendiary, status-quo challenging “This is America” became the first ever rap song to win song of the year and record of the year.
The Grammys— which has been quite accurately accused of not properly recognizing female artists— also got things right on a couple of other major fronts.
An overwhelmed Cardi B took home best rap album for Invasion of Privacy, marking the first time the award was won by a woman.
Album of the year, seen as the Grammys' holy grail, was awarded to country upstart Kacey Musgraves for her deservedly acclaimed Golden Hour.
Best R&B album went to H.E.R. for her eponymous release, while Dua Lipa claimed best new artist.
The one-woman powerhouse known as Lady Gaga shared best pop duo honours with Bradley Cooper for “Shallow” from the hit film A Star Is Born, and won solo pop performance for “Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?).
Post Malone won nothing despite four nominations, suggesting that, once again, the Grammys finally got it right.
For a full list of this year’s winners, go here.