Before his acceptance speech was cut off, Drake was delivering on a pretty inspiring speech when he took to the stage to accept the award for Best Rap Song at the 61st Grammy Awards ceremony.
Obama, who got a rousing applause from the crowd, so much so that she had to pause saying her lines and restart once it calmed, said music "fueled" her through the last decade. A little later, Gaga was shocked again when her single "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?") won for Best Pop Solo Performance, for which she said she was absolutely shocked.
Janelle Monae's "Dirty Computer", country singer Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour", Carlile's "By The Way, I Forgive You", newcomer H.E.R's self-titled "H.E.R.", and the "Black Panther" movie soundtrack round out contenders for album of the year, which will be announced at the end of the three and 1/2 hour telecast on CBS. We just won our first of Grammy nominations for the night.
Grammy organizers this year expanded the top four categories - album, record, song of the year, and best new artist - to eight nominees from five in a bid to diversify the contest.
He called it "the first time in Grammy history where I actually am who I thought I was for a second, so I like that".
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Hopes that women would get their due comes after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them past year to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night.
"So if you see someone's that hurting, don't look away", she also said in her remarks.
Carlile is the most nominated woman with six nominations, including bids for song and record of the year with "The Joke". I got to thank God, thank you for looking out for me. Other big stars also declined to attend, including Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards. But it was female artists who dominated nominations in the top categories.
There will also be a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, who died last August.