Associated Press AP

The Grammys Couldn’t Decide Between ‘King’s Dead’ And ‘Bubblin,” So They Both Won

It’s looking like the 61st Grammy Awards is shaping up to be the night of the tie. The Grammy for Best Rap Performance has been announced to be a tie between “King’s Dead” by Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake and “Bubblin’” by Anderson .Paak.

The pair of lively tunes beat out “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott, Drake, and Swae Lee, “Be Careful” by Cardi B, and “Nice For What” by Drake.

So far, if you’re keeping count, this is the second tie of the night. The Grammy for Best Traditional R & B Performance went to both “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” by Leon Bridges and “How Deep Is Your Love” by PJ Morton and Yebba earlier tonight. Since 1959, there have been 21 ties. Seeing as there have already been two and the night is still young, it’ll be interesting to see just how many awards end up deadlocked in stalemates.

Kendrick’s “King’s Dead” is also up for Best Rap Song. His collaboration with SZA, “All The Stars,” is also up for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

The night’s still young. Anything can happen!

Ariana Grande Speaks Out After Winning Her First-Ever Grammy: ‘This Is Wild And Beautiful’

Last week, Ariana Grande announced she would be not be attending the 2019 Grammys after a dispute with producers over the creative direction of her planned performance. It was her weekend anyway, as her fifth album, Thank U, Next, dropped and dominated large swaths of social discourse. (Oh yeah, and she also became a meme, so. Big weekend for Ari.)

Her absence was even more pronounced when, right before the telecast, the Recording Academy announced her previous album, Sweetener, had taken the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. Though it might be hard to believe, it’s her first one ever, which is huge! But Ari didn’t miss a beat, addressing the good news (and the elephant in the room) on social media.

“i know i’m not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things,” she said. “this is wild and beautiful. thank you so much.”

She bested fellow nominees Camila Cabello, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, and Taylor Swift in the category. Ari continued online, also shouting out all the folks on her team who made the win possible, including her manager Scooter Braun, Grammy-winning Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) Pharrell, Max Martin, and even the Recording Academy itself. Oh, and naturally, the fans.

She punctuated her thoughts, of course, with the very meme that swept the web this weekend — with an important tweak. Congrats to Ari. Pharrell, call her already!

Grammys 2019: All the Looks From the Red Carpet

The Grammys aren’t just the biggest night in music—they’re one of the most consistently epic red carpets in Hollywood. This is the event that gave us Rihanna’s 2015 Giambattista Valli princess gown, Lady Gaga’s 2010 interstellar Armani Privé ensemble, and, of course, Jennifer Lopez’s 2000 plunging Versace dress. (Here’s a refresher on the most talked-about Grammys looks of awards season of all time.) And with J.Lo, Cardi B, and more big names slated to attend the 2019 event, you know the red carpet is going to be major.

At the Grammys 2019, this tradition of head-turning style is still going strong—with Camila Cabello in a magenta sequined gown, Kacey Musgraves in a white tulle dress, and Alessia Cara in a black lace gown. Ahead, check out every single look from the red carpet, and take your guess as to which one will make it into the fashion history books.

Ariana Grande Wrote a Version of ‘Thank U, Next’ in Which She Ends Up With Pete Davidson

Ariana Grande dropped Thank U, Next on Friday, and the album’s already a hit. Within minutes of its drop, fans started dissecting all the lyrics—especially on the heartbreaking single “Ghostin.” These Internet sleuths think it’s about Grande’s complex emotions about Mac Miller’s death while dating Pete Davidson. Then there’s the title track, “Thank U, Next,” which really lays it out there when it comes to her exes.

But Grande has been working so hard on her album—she reportedly turned it around in two weeks—that we haven’t gotten a whole lot of backstory on all of the songs yet. As it turns out, there’s even more to “Thank U, Next” than the lyrics imply: The singer revealed in a recent interview on The Zach Sang Show that she wrote multiple versions of the song, including one in which she winds up with Davidson.

Yep, you read that right.

First, a quick refresher on the lyrics—if you don’t have them memorized yet, that is. She name-checks each of her exes in the song (which they got to preview before it dropped).

Thought I’d end up with Sean

But he wasn’t a match

Wrote some songs about Ricky

Now I listen and laugh

Even almost got married

And for Pete, I’m so thankful

Wish I could say, “Thank you” to Malcolm

‘Cause he was an angel

Things were in a tricky spot with Davidson when she was writing the song—they were ending their relationship, after all—so she decided to cover her bases. (Smart!) Grande says she wrote alternate lyrics, one of which didn’t name the exes.

“I was also trying to be protective,” she said in the interview. “In my relationship [with Pete] at the time, things were like up and down and on and off, and so I didn’t know what was going to happen and then we got back together, so I had to make a different version of it, and then we broke up again, so we ended up going with that verse.”

“There’s a version where I was getting married, there’s a version where I’m not getting married, there’s a version with nothing—we’re not talking about anything,” she added. “But we all knew that the first version was gonna be the version we ultimately went with.”

Grande added that she was, understandably, nervous about putting such an intimate song out into the world. “It was a big risk and a very scary thing to do, because it is my life,” she said. “I understand that to a lot of people, I’m not a real person, or it’s easy to just kind of, like, see me as, like, a song or a picture or, like, a thing that kind of exists in their head and they know what they know and that’s it. But at the end of the day, these are people and relationships. It’s real shit to me. It is real life and I spent a lot of time with each of those people…. It was like scary to put in a song.”

Arianators, you can check out the full interview, below. She goes in depth about how she made the album—but get some popcorn ready, because it’s about an hour and a half long.

Ariana Grande Wrote a Version of ‘Thank U, Next’ Where She Ends Up With Pete Davidson

Ariana Grande dropped Thank U, Next on Friday, and the album’s already a hit. Within minutes of its drop, fans started dissecting all the lyrics—especially on the heartbreaking single “Ghostin’.” These Internet sleuths think it’s about Grande’s complex emotions about Mac Miller’s death while dating Pete Davidson. Then there’s the title track, “Thank U, Next,” which really lays it out there when it comes to her exes.

But Grande has been working so hard on her album—she reportedly turned it around in two weeks—that we haven’t gotten a whole lot of backstory on all of the songs yet. As it turns out, there’s even more to “Thank U, Next” than the lyrics imply: The singer revealed in a recent interview on The Zach Sang Show that she wrote multiple versions of the song, including one where she winds up with Davidson.

Yep, you read that right.

First, a quick refresher on the lyrics—if you don’t have them memorized yet, that is. She name checks each of her exes in the song (which they got to preview before it dropped).

Thought I’d end up with Sean

But he wasn’t a match

Wrote some songs about Ricky

Now I listen and laugh

Even almost got married

And for Pete, I’m so thankful

Wish I could say, “Thank you” to Malcolm

‘Cause he was an angel

Things were in a tricky spot with Davidson when she was writing the song—they were ending their relationship, after all—so she decided to cover her bases. (Smart!) Grande says she wrote alternate lyrics, one of which didn’t name the exes.

“I was also trying to be protective,” she said in the interview. “In my relationship [with Pete] at the time, things were like up and down and on and off, and so I didn’t know what was going to happen and then we got back together, so I had to make a different version of it, and then we broke up again, so we ended up going with that verse.”

“There’s a version where I was getting married, there’s a version where I’m not getting married, there’s a version with nothing—we’re not talking about anything,” she added. “But we all knew that the first version was gonna be the version we ultimately went with.”

Grande added that she was, understandably, nervous about putting such an intimate song out into the world. “It was a big risk and a very scary thing to do, because it is my life,” she says. “I understand that to a lot of people, I’m not a real person, or it’s easy to just kind of like see me as like, a song or a picture or like, a thing that kind of exists in their head and they know what they know and that’s it. But at the end of the day, these are people and relationships. It’s real shit to me. It is real life and I spent a lot of time with each of those people…it was like scary to put in a song.”

Arianators, you can check out the full interview, below. She goes in-depth about how she made the album—but get some popcorn ready, because it’s about an hour and a half long.

BTS Snatch Hearts And Best-Dressed Lists At The 2019 Grammys

Is there anything BTS can’t do? It’s one thing for the septet to be wildly talented overachievers with two No. 1 albums and a sold-out world tour under their Dior belts, but showing up to the 2019 Grammys looking like a confident group of world-class supermodels is just uncalled for.

The South Korean superstars — RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook — made their Grammy red carpet debut on Sunday night (February 10), and, well, the photos are works of art. Does The Metropolitan Museum of Art have room in their fine art exhibit for a few more pieces? Because we think they should clear some space for these:

Getty Images
Getty Images
Getty Images

In addition to presenting at this year’s show — a historic first for a Korean pop group — BTS’ album, Love Yourself: Tear, was also nominated for Best Recording Package. St. Vincent’s Masseduction may have taken home the Grammy, but BTS’ nomination is a celebration of the group’s artistic vision and the beautiful album art work from Korean branding company HuskyFox.

BTS and their creative team being acknowledged by the Recording Academy for their visuals should come as no surprise to their dedicated fans; the group’s meticulously plotted artistic narratives and imagery are often intertwined with the deeper meanings in their music. When it comes to BTS, the two go hand in hand.

But the Grammys are just the latest accomplishment for the Korean boy band this year. 2019 may have just started, but BTS have already beaten worldwide box office records with their concert film, BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul, racked up a bunch of major wins at various award shows in their native Korea, and made their anticipated return to V Live’s streaming platform with their weekly variety series, Run BTS! Not to mention, vocalist V (real name: Taehyung) released his self-composed song “Scenery,” a sweet, soft ballad that shows off his impressive range and lyrical sentimentality.

And they managed to do all of that in just the span of a few short weeks, while touring. (We told you these guys were overachievers!) So there’s no telling what else BTS have planned for 2019. Though, if rapper — and sage — SUGA’s predictions are to be believed, then prepare for more meaningful music, more stadium-sized performances, and a year that promises to be even bigger than the last. And hey, maybe next year they’ll be invited to actually perform on the Grammys stage.

With all that in mind, it makes a lot of sense that a group who are so inspired by striking visual imagery would show up to the biggest night in music ready to snatch hearts and best-dressed lists.

You Have To See Dua Lipa Freak Out at Winning Her Very First Grammy

A Grammy Award is a lifetime dream for any singer, and there’s nothing quite like the moment it happens. Though there are soooo many gramophones to give out that the Recording Academy often shells out many trophies before the actual awards show goes down, that didn’t stop the moment Dua Lipa earned her first win from immediately going down in Instagram history. Watch her reaction to winning Best Dance Recording for “Electricity,” her song with Silk City and Mark Ronson, and try not to scream in solidarity:

“Electricity” is in some sweet company: Past winners of the Grammy for Best Dance Recording include Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack,” Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World,” and Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”.

And her night’s not over: The rising star is also up for one of the most historic honors in music: Best New Artist, which Alessia Cara took home last year. It’s a crowded field, with this year’s noms including Bebe Rexha, Jorja Smith, Luke Combs, Chloe x Halle, Greta Van Fleet, H.E.R., and Margo Price — but already having a Grammy heading into a star-studded evening is pretty sweet.

2019 Grammy Winners: Here’s The List

The 2019 Grammys are anyone’s game, which is incredibly frustrating for people who like to place bets on things like this. But for the rest of the world, the unpredictability of this year’s ceremony — and the diversity among the nominees — should be exciting. (Unless, of course, folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile, the most-nominated woman tonight, sweeps everything.)

Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar is among those artists nominated for the most Grammys with eight noms, thanks to the success of Black Panther: The Album. Drake isn’t far behind with seven nominations of his own, including one for Album of Year. But if there’s one thing to be certain of, it’s that women rule this year’s Grammys — at least among the nominations. Hip-hop darling Cardi B scored five nominations, and she’ll be hitting the stage as a performer, but will the Grammys be Cardi’s coronation ceremony? H.E.R., Lady Gaga, and Maren Morris also scored five nods apiece.

The 2019 Grammys will also be a huge night for Gaga, who’s nominated for Song of the Year alongside her A Star Is Born screen partner Bradley Cooper for “Shallow” — a song that’s already won tonight at the 2019 BAFTAs.

Will “Shallow” rack up even more wins? Will Cardi B’s Cinderella story end with Grammy gold? Let’s see! Here are the winners in all of the key categories.

Album of the Year

H.E.R. – H.E.R.

Brandie Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You

Drake – Scorpion

Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album

Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys

Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy

Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

Record of the Year

Cardi B – “I Like It”

Brandi Carlile – “The Joke”

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”

Drake – “God’s Plan”

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All the Stars”

Post Malone & 21 Savage – “Rockstar”

Zedd & Maren Morris – “The Middle”

Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All the Stars”

Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”

Drake – “God’s Plan”

Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Brandy Carlile – “The Joke”

Zedd & Maren Morris – “The Middle”

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Best New Artist

Chloe x Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet

H.E.R.

Dua Lipa

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance

Beck – “Colors”

Camila Cabello – “Havana (Live)”

Ariana Grande – “God Is A Woman”

Lady Gaga – “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”

Post Malone – “Better Now”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato – “Fall In Line”

Backstreet Boys – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – “‘S Wonderful”

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”

Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B – “Girls Like You”

Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton – “Say Something”

Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle

Best Pop Vocal Album

WINNER: Ariana Grande – Sweetener

Camila Cabello – Camila

Kelly Clarkson – Meaning Of Life

Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

P!nk – Beautiful Trauma

Taylor Swift – Reputation

Best Rap Performance

Cardi B – “Be Careful”

Drake – “Nice For What”

Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – “King’s Dead”

Anderson .Paak – “Bubblin”

Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee – “Sicko Mode”

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink – “Like I Do”

6lack Featuring J. Cole – “Pretty Little Fears”

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”

Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage – “Rockstar”

Best Rap Song

Drake – “God’s Plan”

Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – “King’s Dead”

Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas – “Lucky You”

Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee – “Sicko Mode”

Jay Rock – “Win”

Best Rap Album

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy

Mac Miller – Swimming

Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap

Pusha T – Daytona

Travis Scott – Astroworld

Best Rock Album

Alice In Chains – Rainier Fog

Fall Out Boy – M A N I A

Ghost – Prequelle

Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires

Weezer – Pacific Daydream

Best Alternative Music Album

Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

Beck – Colors

Björk – Utopia

David Byrne – American Utopia

St. Vincent – Masseduction

Best R&B Album

Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes

Leon Bridges – Good Thing

Lalah Hathaway – Honestly

H.E.R. – H.E.R

PJ Morton – Gumbo Unplugged (Live)

Best R&B Performance

Toni Braxton – “Long As I Live”

The Carters – “Summer”

Lalah Hathaway – “Y O Y”

H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar – “Best Part”

PJ Morton – “First Began”

Best R&B Song

Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”

Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi – “Come Through And Chill”

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer”

H.E.R. – “Focus”

Toni Braxton – “Long As I Live”

Best Country Album

Kelsea Ballerini – Unapologetically

Brothers Osborne – Port Saint Joe

Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere

Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

Chris Stapleton – Volume 2

Kate Middleton Wore a Stunning White Floral Gown to the BAFTAs

Of all the red-carpet appearances celebrities make throughout the year, there’s none quite like a Kate Middleton red-carpet appearance, because like Valentine’s Day, it comes but once a year. Unlike Valentine’s Day, it’s something everyone can get excited about. The Duchess of Cambridge traditionally turns out for the BAFTAs, the Oscars/Emmys of Great Britain, and if you thought her looks for her schedule of royal engagements were good, let’s just say she really kicks it up a notch for this black-tie awards ceremony. This year, the BAFTAs were held on Sunday (February 10), and it’s safe to say that Middleton cast off her current title to show up looking like an incredibly regal snow queen.

Middleton, who showed up last to the red carpet with Prince William on her arm, wore a gorgeous white ballgown reportedly from one of her go-to designers, Alexander McQueen (the house seems to have a thing for making gorgeous white dresses for her). The bodice featured a delicate pleating effect that swept up into beautifully layered floral embellishments on its single-shoulder strap and ended with an ultra-floaty hem that blossomed out like the edges of a flower petal as she walked. She capped off the look with a pair of Princess Diana’s sparkly, drop-pearl earrings and what looks like a diamond bracelet.

Here’s the full look from the front:

Peek at a little bit of that gorgeous bodice detail:

And the back, because a gown like this deserves a 360-degree view:

Also, this movement!

Middleton also wore a little more eye makeup than she usually does: She went for a shimmering smoky eye with a spring-ready hint of pink between the lid and brow highlight. The look was finished with a rosy pink lip and swipe of blush.

And yeah, Prince William looks pretty good in his tux, too.