Many female singers, songwriters, producers and engineers took home the 2019 Grammy awards before and during the ceremony.
In total, 31 women won awards- 38 awards- during the 61st annual ceremony on Sunday.
This is a drastic change from last year’s ceremony, in which only 17 of the 86 awards were won by women.
There was moreover an improvement in the number of women nominated for the big categories of; Album of the year, Song of the year, Record of the year and Best new artist. 15 women were this year nominated to the categories as opposed to last year’s 6 women.
Eventually, there were two women who won the four categories. The women who took the two awards home were: Kacey Musgraves, Album of the Year and Dua Lipa, Best New Artiste.
Women like Cardi B also made the night’s highlights, becoming the first woman to ever win the Best Rap Album category.
Lay Gaga also made history, becoming the first pop artiste to ever win all the four Pop award categories: Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Traditional Pop Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
This comes after 2018’s Golden Globes awards which ushered in the year’s award ceremonies that highlighted the plight of women in Hollywood, championing for gender-balanced opportunities and against sexual harassment. Out of the 2018 Golden Globes came #TimesUp, indicating that its time for women to stop being secluded.
“I think that women have a really necessary perspective to art, to music and it’s really nice to see that getting a chance to be included. I think it takes two to tango and I think it takes women having the balls to put out art that might not always be liked by everyone, but it also takes people on the other side of that to reach out and give those things a chance to be heard or seen,” Musgraves is quoted as telling The Hollywood Reporter.