The 2019 Grammys made for some great TV, but also featured some bad optics
"Whether you love to hate the Grammys or hate to love them, everyone went home happy Sunday night—crawled home, maybe," says Rob Harvilla. "Music’s Biggest Night was also its longest, and most punishing and confounding, albeit spiked with bracing jolts of pure surrealist delight. After a mostly disastrous 2018 ceremony—in which only one woman won a televised solo award, the sole female Album of the Year nominee (poor Lorde) skipped the ceremony in protest, and (recording academy president Neil) Portnow mused afterward that music-biz sexism could only be conquered if women learned to 'step up'—this year’s Grammys were meant to be an explicit course correction, an apology tour, a miniseries-length do-over. It didn’t go perfectly; it arguably didn’t go particularly well. Nonetheless, the visible, flop-sweating, teeth-gritting effort, even at its most hapless, made for some lousy optics but some great television."
- The Grammys managed to be enjoyable despite indications last week it would be a trainwreck
- Grammys producers offered to have Drake return to finish his speech after cutting him off to go to commercials
- Grammys ratings tick up almost 1% from last year based on early numbers
- Report: Grammys left XXXTentacion out of the "In Memoriam" segment due to the rapper's domestic violence history
- Why was Jennifer Lopez featured in 60th-anniversary tribute to Motown?
- Michelle Obama shares texts from her mom who was surprised to see her on the Grammys
- Drake pulls off the biggest Grammys surprise simply by showing up
- Grammys misspell Kacey Musgraves' name
- Lady Gaga and Ryan Seacrest had an awkward moment on the Grammys red carpet