Evergreen Kylie wins another Grammy
Kylie Minogue has won her first Grammy Award in 18 years, with boygenius, Billie Eilish and the Beatles also taking out trophies at the 66th annual ceremony in Los Angeles.
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The 55-year-old Australian singer was not present to collect the best pop dance award for Padam Padam, but the song’s British producer Peter Rycroft appeared on stage.
“This is such a unique process on this song, it started as an idea with a friend who I wrote it with originally and we built up a fairly rough demo and it got into the hands of Kylie,” he explained.
“She is such a powerhouse, she recorded her own vocals in her hotel room and sent me the project – she is very hands on and very collaborative.”
US supergroup boygenius landed three Grammy Awards. The trio – comprising stars Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus – were sporting matching white suits as they picked up best rock song and best rock performance for their hit Not Strong Enough, and best alternative music album for their debut The Record.
Bridgers exclaimed “what the hell” after collecting their third award in quick succession.
“This is so incredible, we’re just screaming backstage – it’s just been a constant scream,” she said.
Billie Eilish and Finneas collected a Grammy for best song written for visual media, awarded to the brother-sister duo for their “Barbie” ballad What Was I Made For.
“This is shocking to me,” Eilish said. “I was expecting to turn right back around and leave.”
“I want to thank our parents, our dad, who worked as a construction worker at Mattel Corporation for much of our childhood to keep food on the table,” Finneas said.
The Beatles also won best music video for the animated clip for I’m Only Sleeping.
Women outpace men in the major Grammy categories, so expect to see a spotlight on its female nominees as the night continues.
SZA is the lead contender with nine nominations, followed closely by Victoria Monét and Bridgers with seven. Bridgers’ band boygenius has six, as does Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Brandy Clark, Batiste and producer Jack Antonoff.
Barbie fans have a reason to celebrate. Just like its performance at the box office, the film will make its presence known at the Grammys: Music from the hit film’s soundtrack earned 11 nominations, including nabbing four of the five slots in the visual media song category.
There are a few history-making opportunities as well: a Black woman hasn’t won album of the year since 1999, when The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was awarded the top prize. This year, SZA or Janelle Monae could change that.
If Taylor Swift takes home album of the year, she breaks the record of the artist with the most wins, ever, with four. Lana Del Rey and Miley Cyrus may win their first Grammys.
– with AAP