Grammys open with Dua Lipa as Phoebe Bridgers enters show with 4 trophies

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Dua Lipa opened the 66th Annual Grammy Awards with a high-octane medley: first, a preview of her upcoming single, “Training Season,” then her latest single, “Houdini,” and finally, her disco-pop “Barbie”. Press “Dance the Night.”

From the stage of the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, broadcast live on CBS and Paramount+, four-time Grammy host and two-time nominee Trevor Noah greeted an excited crowd and began with a kiss on Meryl Streep’s cheek. “The Grammys are going to win you like Oscar,” he joked about the moment.

Women outnumber men in the top categories, so viewers can expect to see their female nominees as the night progresses. SZA leads with nine nominations, closely followed by Victoria Monet and Phoebe Bridgers with seven. Bridgers’ band Boygenius has six, as do Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Miley Cyrus, Eilish, Clark, Batiste and producer Jack Antonoff.

Other artists include SZA, a first-time Grammy performance by Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Eilish, Rodrigo, Burna Boy, Luke Combs and Travis Scott.

Bridgers took an early lead at the Grammys, quickly winning four trophies before the main telecast, with she and her cool bandmates bringing an infectious energy to the premiere ceremony.

Songwriter Justin Tranter awarded him the top prize Sunday, best pop duo/group performance, which went to SZA and Bridgers for “Ghost in the Machine.”

Grammys open with Dua Lipa as Phoebe Bridgers enters show with 4 trophiesLucy Dacus, from left, Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, of boygenius, accept the award for Best Rock Performance for “Not Strong Enough” during the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, February 4, 2024, in The Angels. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

She wasn’t on stage for it, but she skipped it with her band boygenius, consisting of herself, Lucy Dacus and Julian Baker, dressed in matching white suits, when they won their first Grammy as a group for best rock performance. for “Not strong enough.”

“Oh my God, I want to throw up,” Dacus said in his acceptance speech. “This isn’t real. Thank you.” “Music saved my life,” Baker chimed in. “Anyone can be in a band.” Minutes later, they returned to the stage for best rock song and best alternative music album.

Newcomer Coco Jones won best R&B performance for “ICU” in a competition where she competed with SZA’s “Kill Bill” and Victoria Monet’s “How Does It Make You Feel.” SZA’s second win of the night came in the form of best progressive R&B album for “SOS.”

Jack Antonoff took home the award for non-classical producer of the year for the third year in a row, tying Babyface as the only other producer to do so consecutively. “He needs the door kicked open,” he said in his acceptance speech. “Taylor Swift kicked that (expletive) door open for me,” referencing their work together.

The first of three new categories in 2024, best pop dance recording, was awarded shortly after and went to Kylie Minogue for “Padam Padam”, her first win in 18 years.

Finneas, left, and Billie Eilish accept the award for best song written for visual media for “What Was I Made For?” of “Barbie” during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on February 4, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

About 80 Grammy Awards were presented before the broadcast. The regional Mexican star Peso Pluma won his first Grammy for his first and only nomination, for best Mexican music album for his “Genesis.”

Earlier in the afternoon, “Barbie” took home two Grammy Awards in quick succession: for Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Billie Eilish and Finneas arrived early in the afternoon to collect the trophy for song written for visual media for their “Barbie” ballad “What Was I Made For.”

“This is shocking to me,” Eilish said. “I was hoping to turn around and leave.”

“I want to thank our parents, our father, who worked as a construction worker at Mattel Corporation for much of our childhood to keep food on the table,” Finneas said.

SZA presents the award for Best Urban Music Album at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 5, 2023 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Dozens of stars began arriving early, with Dua Lipa and Monet among the stunning looks on the arrivals carpet.

Best African Music Performance, a new category that aims to highlight regional musical traditions and recognize “recordings that use unique local expressions from across the African continent,” went to South African singer Tyla for her ubiquitous hit, “Water.” It marks her first Grammy nomination and her first win. “I never thought she would say that she had won a Grammy at age 21,” she said in her acceptance speech. “Last year God decided to change my entire life.”

Jimmy Jam submitted most of the R&B and rap categories, which included best traditional R&B performance. That was for PJ Morton and Susan Carol for “Good Morning,” a sweet moment, but it meant that Hazel Monet, Victoria Monet’s two-year-old daughter, lost her chance to become the youngest Grammy winner of all time .

Best rap performance went to Killer Mike with Andre 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane for “Scientists & Engineers.” It meant Killer Mike won the first Grammy in 21 years, since “The Whole World” won best rap performance by a duo or group in 2003. It’s also the first nomination and win for Eryn Allen Kane. And how could they not win: the featured song featured Future’s husky vocals, Kane’s gorgeous crooning, and fine verses performed by Mike and Andre 3000.

Shortly after, they won for “best rap song.” Killer Mike also took home best rap album for “Michael,” shouting, “It’s a sweep! It’s a sweep!”

Brandy Clark, who has been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards in her career, including six this year, took home her first Grammy for Best American Performance for her song “Dear Insecurity.” “I thank my mom for always believing in me, whatever my crazy dreams were,” she said. “And most of all I want to thank Brandi Carlile for making this record with me.”

And Michelle Obama won her second Grammy, this time for best audiobook, narration and short story recording for “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” beating Meryl Streep, Williams Shatner, Rick Rubin and Sen. Bernie Sanders. When nominations for the category were first announced, some fans were surprised that Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare,” eluded recognition.

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