2019 Grammys: Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and others issue call for unity

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It was Gaga's third Grammy win at that point in the evening, after she'd previously won with her song "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin')" for pop solo performance, and a songwriting award for "Shallow," the breakout hit from "A Star Is Born" that took the Grammy for song written for visual media.

More recognition to art of inclusion and diversity was evident in three awards to Texas singer and songwriter Musgraves, a winner for country solo performance with her hit "Butterflies," country song for "Space Cowboy" and country album for her genre-testing collection "Golden Hour."

And yet Grammy officials still couldn't avoid controversy: During rehearsals early in the week, pop star Ariana Grande -- coming off a difficult year that included the 2017 terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester, England, and the accidental drug overdose death in September of her ex-boyfriend, musician Mac Miller -- declined overtures to appear after reaching an impasse over song choice.

"I know i'm not there tonight," she tweeted Sunday to her 60.7 million Twitter followers, adding, "trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked." Still, the artist was awarded the Grammy for pop vocal album for "Sweetener."

Awards are determined by about 13,000 voting members of the Recording Academy. They cover recordings released during the eligibility period of Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018.


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