The 10 Best Moments from the 2019 Grammy Awards

As expected, the 61st annual Grammy Awards was a night to remember. Of course, some major players were missing (ahem, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, anyone?), but music’s big night out was still full of OMG moments. Here, the ten best things that happened during the Grammys.

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When Michelle Obama, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lady Gaga & Jennifer Lopez Joined Alicia Keys Onstage

Who run the Grammys? Incredibly talented and accomplished girls.

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And Dolly Parton & Miley Cyrus Stole The Show

The Queen of Country, her goddaughter Cyrus, Grammy nominee Maren Morris and others took the stage for a trip down Dolly memory lane. Needless to say, it was everything.

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When Cardi B Talked Priorities

The five-time Grammy nominee performed a Gentlemen Prefer Blondes–inspired rendition of her song “Money.” And between those high kicks and catsuits, all we can say is cha-ching, Cardi.

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And Alicia Keys Played Two Pianos At Once

The Grammys host played two sets of keys and covered ‘Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack, “Lucid Dreams” by Juice Wrld, “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole, “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, “In My Feelings” by Drake, “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai, “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill, and Keys and Jay-Z’s song “Empire State of Mind.” The fact that she was barefoot made it even more impressive.

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When Diana Ross Proved She’s Still The Boss

Ross said “Happy birthday to me” and got the crowd moving with “The Best Years of My Life” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” in honor of her 75th birthday.

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And Her Grandson Was Actually The Cutest

Ross’s 9-year-old grandson, Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick, cracked some jokes and celebrated his “grandmommy Diana Ross” with the cutest intro of the night.

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When Lady Gaga Was Very Lady Gaga And Sang A Duet By Herself

The A Star Is Born actress/singer really gave “Shallow” her all (with plenty of hair flips and strange looks). As the saying goes, when Bradley Cooper’s away, the old Mother Monster comes out to play.  

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And Smokey Robinson And Alicia Keys Dove Into An Impromptu “tracks Of My Tears” Duet

To celebrate the history of Motown, no less.

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When Smokey, J.lo, Ne-yo And Alicia Keys Brought The House Down

J.Lo’s sequins, feathers, booty shaking, thigh-high boots and acrobatics! Robinson’s little smile and mellifluous voice! Keys’s sultry grapevine and Ne-Yo’s scales! All that was missing was an A-Rod cameo.

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And Finally, When Cardi B Finally Won Her Grammy

Cardi was so shocked that she was literal­ly rendered speechless…until she wasn’t. Never change, Cardi, okuurr?


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