Latinos opened up the show and got the party started. 1
Camila Cabello became the first Latina to open the Grammy Awards singing her hit song "Havana." But that's not all. She shared her big moment with two other Latinos and brought out Ricky Martin and J Balvin for the performance, making it one of the most colorful and vivid moments of the night.
Jennifer Lopez performed a Motown tribute at the show and received some backlash. 2
Some Grammy viewers felt another performer would've been more qualified to do the Motown tribute, mostly because they believed a black female artist should've performed the songs which were originally recorded by black artists. Some came to her defense. “Motown was music for everybody. Everybody," Smokey Robinson, who performed with J.Lo told Variety regarding the criticism. "Who’s stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?”
Joy Villa caused a stir with her outfit choice, again. 3
The singer, who has been known for making political statements with her outfits at the Grammys in past years, wore a "Build the Wall" dress this year and paired it with a "Make America Great Again" purse. She defended her outfit choice by saying her family migrated to the United States legally. "*illegal =/= immigrants. My family on my dad’s Italian & Latino side proudly immigrated legally into America, learned English, owned businesses, got their citizenship & loved their newfound home," she tweeted on Sunday. "Black family all legal. I support legal black & brown citizens over aliens. Period."
Cardi B got everyone shook when she walked the carpet with Offset. 5
The couple called it quits in December 2018. They were said to be working on their marriage in February 2019 but no one expected them to make such a quick return to the red carpet as a couple, and to show some major PDA.
Cardi B becomes the first solo woman to win in the best rap album category. 6
The rapper is not only now a Grammy winner, but she also made history as the first solo woman to take home the award in the rap album category with her debut, Invasion of Privacy.
Ariana Grande didn't attend the event but she still caused some controversy. 7
It seems like not everyone was happy with Cardi's best rap album win. Soon after the award was announced, Ariana sent out a slew of mean tweets, which she later clarified was about her late ex, Mac Miller, losing the award and not against Cardi. She said the Recording Academy invited his family to the event, and they were under the impression he would win. Mac died in 2018.
Ricky Martin brought his son Matteo as his date. 8
Ricky, who is usually super private when it comes to his little ones, walked hand in hand with his son. Ricky's husband, Jwan Yosef, was also in attedance, but Matteo stole the show.
Kylie Jenner made a rare red carpet appearance with her beau, Travis Scott. 9
Ever since the couple went public with their relationship in 2018, they've kept their love pretty private. But since it was a big night for her beau, Kylie made a surprise appearance at the show.
Cardi had one of the sexiest Grammy performances in recent memory. 11
Cardi did not tone down her sexy for the Recording Academy. She performed her hit "Money;" the show had a burlesque-inspired feel to it, and she absolutely killed it. She proved that she's currently one of the best performers in the game.
Travis Scott might've gone home empty-handed but his performance was off the charts. 12
The rapper reenacted his wild concerts on stage and had fans jumping in a mosh pit while climbing cages. It was insane!