Latest: The 2019 Grammy Awards

By Lisa Respers France, Veronica Rocha and Brandon Griggs, CNN
6:35 AM ET, Mon February 11, 2019
12:23 a.m. ET, February 11, 2019

Gambino's "This is America" becomes first rap song to win record of the year

Childish Gambino's "This is America" just took home record of the year. It's the first time a rap song has won in that category.

Earlier tonight, Gambino's ambitious record also made history by being the first rap song to win song of the year.

The artist, the musical alter ago of actor Donald Glover, reportedly declined an invitation to perform at the Grammys.

11:43 p.m. ET, February 10, 2019

That Aretha Franklin tribute, though

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Listen up awards shows: This is how you do a tribute.

You gather performers like Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams, who can sing their faces off, and then you get the hell out of the way.

Because it should give you chills.

That's just what the trio's version of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" did.

It was worthy of giving honor to the Queen of Soul, who died in August.

11:33 p.m. ET, February 10, 2019

Dua Lipa snags best new artist Grammy

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Dua Lipa followed up her sexy performance with St. Vincent with a win for best new artist.

The "New Rules" singer thanked her team and fans "who have allowed me to be the best version of myself."

"I'm so nervous, so grateful and so excited," said Lipa, who beat out H.E.R, Chloe x Halle and five others for the award.

The singer continued to talk even as she was played off. She paid tribute to individuality and being true to yourself.

"I'm proof that you can do whatever you put your mind to," she said.
12:08 a.m. ET, February 11, 2019

Cardi B becomes first woman to win best rap album

Cardi B just won best rap album for "Invasion of Privacy," becoming the first solo woman artist to win the Grammy in that category.

(In case you're wondering, Lauryn Hill won in 1999 for R&B album, not rap album.)

She was clearly emotional, appeared to be shaking and held tight to husband rapper Offset's hand, telling him at one point, "I can't breathe, babe."

Cardi then joked, "Maybe I need to start smoking weed."

She thanked her daughter, Kulture, explaining that her pregnancy forced her to get her album and videos done before her stomach started showing.

"I want to thank all the artists that took their time and did verses for my album," Cardi B said before turning to Offset. "You, husband, thank you."

11:25 p.m. ET, February 10, 2019

It's all love for Chloe x Halle

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Beyonce chose well.

Queen Bey signed Chloe x Halle, sisters and former YouTube stars, to her label in 2015.

The R&B duo were up for best new artist tonight. And they didn't disappoint.

The pair paid tribute to the late singer Donny Hathaway by performing a flawless rendition of "Where Is The Love," his 1972 hit duet with Roberta Flack.

12:08 a.m. ET, February 11, 2019

H.E.R. wins best R&B album. It wasn't really an album.

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Newcomer H.E.R. won best R & B Album for her self-titled project and promptly reminded the audience that it's actually an EP, not an LP. (An EP is a smaller collection of songs.)

It's almost not correct to call her a "newcomer" to the business, either, as she was signed to her label, RCA, when she was 14 years old (she's now 21).

H.E.R. said she was overwhelmed by the honor, thanked God, invited her team to join her on stage and got played out as she tried to thank the rest of the village that has contributed to her success.

Full album or not, H.E.R. is having a moment.

10:58 p.m. ET, February 10, 2019

Let's talk about Jennifer Lopez doing the Motown tribute

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Who thought it was a good idea that Jennifer Lopez perform a medley of Motown hits?

No, seriously, we need a word.

Had they not been reading the tweets for the past week? Twitter was not here for the idea when it was first announced.

Even during the performance folks seemed puzzled.

Lopez is an amazing dancer. We acknowledge that. And it was definitely a high-energy set.

And don't get it twisted: This is not at all a race thing. She's Latina, and the Motown legacy is a rich and diverse one.

One of the songs Lopez sang, "Square Biz," was by the late singer Teena Marie, who was white.

But having her join Smokey Robinson and Ne Yo to pay tribute to the legendary R&B label was a bit head-scratching.

It was sweet that she dedicated it all to her mom Lupe, though.

Don't at us if you disagree. Take it up with Twitter.

10:54 p.m. ET, February 10, 2019

You may have been the only person not on stage with Travis Scott

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

A line in Travis Scott's hit "NO BYSTANDERS" goes "The party never ends," and he proved that with his Grammy performance.

Scott performed most of the song in a cage, surrounded by a huge swarm of people who rushed the stage and pretty much turned it into a rave.

But how else was he supposed to crowd surf if he didn't have a ton of people up there with him?

Scott started out his performance a tad bit more mellow, singing another song with James Blake and Philip Bailey from Earth, Wind and Fire.

A cage, though? This year's show is oh, so many things.

10:36 p.m. ET, February 10, 2019

Diana Ross' 9-year-old grandson might have stolen the show

Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick speaks onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

The Grammys are celebrating the legendary Diana Ross' 75th birthday.

But her 9-year-old grandson Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick, who introduced her, might have stolen the show.

Host Alicia Keys welcomed the "distinguished little guy" to the stage. But Raif-Henok wasn't having it.

He quipped, "Did she say little guy? I'm almost 4 foot 9."

Raif-Henok went on to thank Keys and express his feelings about his "grand mommy Diana Ross."

"She is amazing and young people like me can look up to her for her independence, confidence and her willingness to be her unique self. She has shown the whole world that nothing is beyond our reach," Raif-Henok said.

Ross -- who has actually never won a Grammy, although they gave her a lifetime achievement award -- went on to perform "The Best Years of My Life" and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)."