After a performance from Camila Cabello, Alicia Keys kicked off the show and brought some of her "sisters" out to the stage. This was one amazing group, made up of Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez.
Gaga took the mic first, saying, "They said I was weird, that my look, my choices, my sound, that it wouldn't work. But music told me not to listen to them. Music took my ears, took my hands, my voice and my soul and it led me to all of you and to my Little Monsters, who I love so much."
Lopez was next, saying music "kept me moving from the block to the big stages and even bigger screens" and reminds her "of all the places I can go." After Jada said everyone in music "deserves to be honored and respected," Obama took the mic and received deafening screams from the crowd.
"From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the 'Who Run the World?' song that feuled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story," she said. "Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song."
"Tonight we celebrate the greatness in each other," Keys exclaimed, "in all of us, through music! Who runs the world?"
And with that, the show kept rolling!
That Amazing Dolly Parton Tribute
Dolly Parton was honored with the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year award at this year's ceremony, which included one incredible tribute to the artist packed with other A-list stars. And yes, Dolly joined each of them for every song.
It kicked off with Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves singing "Here You Come Again," before Miley Cyrus came out to join her godmother to perform "Jolene." Maren Morris then joined them to sing "After the Gold Rush," before Little Big Town hit the stage to perform "Little Red Shoes" with the legend.
The tribute ended with the entire group singing "9 to 5." It was just fantastic.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Win Big
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The awards started rolling out before the live show even began, with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper winning big for "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born." The track picked up the trophy for Best Song Written For Visual Media. They share the honor with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.
She also took the stage to pick up another trophy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the song at the top of the show, thanking Cooper and saying she's "so proud to be part of a movie that addresses mental health issues, they're so important and a lot of artists deal with that and we gotta take care of each other. If you see somebody that's hurting, don't look away."
Getting emotional, Gaga continued, "And if you're hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and tell somebody and take them up in your head with you." She later gave one helluva performance of the song.
In other actor wins, Hugh Jackman picked up his first Grammy for best compilation soundtrack for visual media for "The Greatest Showman." This brings him one step closer to an EGOT, as he's already won an Emmy and Tony.
The 'Aladdin' Trailer
One very surprising moment actually came during one of the commercial breaks, as Disney premiered a brand new look at its upcoming live-action "Aladdin" update.
The footage gave us new looks at the title character, Princess Jasmine and Jafar, but the biggest shock came at the very end -- when we finally got our first look at Will Smith in blue form as the Genie.
The movie hits theaters May 24, 2019.
Cardi B's 'Money' Performance
The rapper hit the stage with a burlesque-inspired performance of her hit, "Money," and while Offset clearly enjoyed it -- licking his lips mid-performance -- Twitter had some thoughts.
She began trending almost immediately, with many celebrating the entire number with gifs, fire emojis and memes. There was a flip side, however, as many also accused her of lip-syncing the performance.
Choice tweets included, "Cardi B losing her own Lip Sync Battle" and "girl cmon... and they zoomed in and saw she was mouthing the wrong words. I cant."
Cardi got the last laugh though, picking up the Grammy for Best Rap Album. Hitting the stage with Offset by her side and clearly emotional over her win, she thanked their daughter and all the artists who worked with her on "Invasion of Privacy." This win makes her the first solo female artist to win the category since its inception in 1996.
Alicia Keys' Musical Medley
About midway through the show, the host proved she's one of the most talented performers in the room. Sitting between two pianos, Keys played a medley of other people's hits she personally loves and it was beautiful.
The songs she chose: "Killing Me Softly," "Lucid Dreams," "Unforgettable," "Use Somebody," "In My Feelings," "Doo-Wop (That Thing)" and"Boo'd Up" by Ella Mai, who looked genuinely shocked and in awe in the audience as Keys played her song.
Alicia ended the incredible medley with her own song, "Empire State of Mind."
Drake Gets Cut Off
Drake picked up the Best Rap Song trophy for "God's Plan," but he didn't get to say his entire speech.
"We play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport," he said of the music industry. "The point is, you've already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you're a hero in your hometown. Look, if there's people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and snow, spending money to buy tickets to your shows, you don't need this right here. You already won."
Guess the Grammys didn't like being told they're not really necessary, because they cut him off.
J.Lo's Tribute to Motown
Jennifer Lopez is an amazing performer, but was she the right performer to tackle a tribute to Motown? That was the big question on Twitter as many wondered why a black artist wouldn't have done it instead.
While Nick Cannon loved it (as did many others who were living for her dance moves), a majority of the reaction was simply people asking "Why?":
For what it's worth, Smokey Robinson defended Lopez's performance before it even happened. "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset," he told Variety the night before the ceremony. "I think anyone who is upset is stupid ... Motown was music for everybody. Everybody."
Ariana Grande's Twitter Coverage
Ariana Grande may have opted out of appearing at the Grammys, but she was all about them on her Twitter feed, basically live-blogging the event.
From home, she showed off the custom-made Grammy gown she would have worn on the red carpet, offered an acceptance speech and tweeted (then deleted) her disappointment when Mac Miller didn't win Best Rap Album. We're breaking it all down below.
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The "Meant To Be" singer made headlines in January for speaking out against those who allegedly refused to dress her for the Grammy Awards. But tonight, she got the last laugh.
Rexha took to social media to express frustration with the various designers she claimed refused to dress her for music's biggest night -- simply because she "isn't a runway size." She said her team "hit out a lot of designers, and a lot of them do not want to dress me because I'm too big."
She was later flooded with offers from other designers to dress her for the big night. Rexha ended up going with Monsoori and looked gorgeous in the red creation.
Everyone Else's Red Carpet Looks, Too!
Cardi B shocked everyone when she hit the red carpet in a vintage Mugler Couture from 1995, in what was clearly the standout outfit of the night.
Other show-stopping looks include Lady Gaga's metallic gown, Miley Cyrus' skin-baring suit and Camila Cabello's curve-hugging dress. See all the fashion hits and misses below!