Cardi B Makes History as 1st Woman to Win Grammy Award for Best Rap Album

February 10, 2019 - 8:28 pm

(AP) - Cardi B has made history as the first woman to win the Grammy Award for best rap album.

The rapper won for her album "Invasion of Privacy." She delivered much of her acceptance speech holding on to her husband Offset.

She was clearly overwhelmed at the win, pausing early in her speech to say, "the nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed." 

She spoke about her album not being finished when she found out she was pregnant and filming a music video before she started showing.

She also thanked several of her collaborators, including J Balvin and Bad Bunny.


7:45 p.m.

H.E.R. is the winner of the best R&B album for her self-titled album.

The artist opened her remarks by saying that the compilation release is "not even an album, it's an EP."

She appeared overcome by the moment, saying she felt uncomfortable standing on the stage alone before inviting up some of her collaborators.

H.E.R. co-wrote and co-produced each song on her Grammy-winning release, and also plays guitar and piano. She also performed her song "Hard Place" earlier in the show.

H.E.R. is also up for best new artist later during Sunday's show, and the night's top award, album of the year.


7:10 p.m.

Diana Ross has taken the Grammys stage an uplifting performance of a pair of her classics in honor of her forthcoming 75th birthday.

Introduced by her grandson and wearing a dress of flowing bright red chiffon, Ross told the audience Sunday night that "when I was a little girl, I felt the joy of singing. It made me happy, it made my parents happy, and it led to this day."

She sang "The Best Years of My Life" followed by "Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and strode out into an audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles that included her fellow Motown star Smokey Robinson and Motown founder Berry Gordy.

Ross has been nominated for 12 Grammys, but has never won except for a lifetime achievement award in 2012.

She talked to the crowd throughout the performance and ended it by twice declaring, "Happy birthday to me!"

Ross turns 75 on March 26.


6:55 p.m.

Drake is the winner of the Grammy Award for best rap song for "God's Plan."

The Canadian rapper was last year's most successful artist, and he is still up for one of the night's top honors: record of the year.

There was some quick backlash online to Drake's acceptance speech getting cut short.


6:30 p.m.

Kacey Musgraves has won best country album for "Golden Hour."

Musgraves kissed her husband Ruston Kelly right after her name was called Sunday night. She thanked him, saying the album would not have been possible without him.

Earlier Sunday, Musgraves told The Associated Press that she was looking forward to sitting next to Kelly during the show, saying she hasn't had much time because of a heavy touring schedule.

Musgraves hasn't been in her seat much Sunday — she has performed twice during Sunday's telecast, including during a tribute to Dolly Parton.


5:50 p.m.

Childish Gambino's "This Is America" has won the Grammy Award for song of the year. 

Donald Glover, whose alter ego is Childish Gambino, got the award Sunday night along with his fellow songwriter Ludwig Goransson and Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams. 

Glover was not at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to accept the award.