HER, Janelle Monáe, Chloe x Halle perform at the 2019 Grammys

Alicia Keys hosted while Diana Ross and Fantasia also took the stage.

Last night was a magical evening that celebrated all the great music released over the past year. Featuring performances from new favorites like HER and Chloe x Halle, as well as beloved veterans Alicia Keys and Diana Ross, the Grammys had something for everyone.

Here’s a quick rundown of R&B at the 2019 Grammys.

HER wins Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance


The 2019 Grammys was great to HER, who not only made her debut, but racked up two wins at the ceremony last night. During her acceptance speech for Best R&B Album, the critically acclaimed singer, choking back tears, remarked disbelievingly that HER is “not even [an] album, it’s an EP.”

She then went on to invite her team to join her on stage. “I really don’t feel right being up here by myself, because I didn’t do this by myself, I didn’t get on the stage by myself. So if my team my, wonderful team would come up on stage with me please,” she said, before giving her thanks to God, her parents and her sister, among others.

HER also performed a soulful rendition of “Hard Place” on the broadcast, where she broke out into a brief but impressive guitar solo. Watch it here:


Janelle Monáe performs “Make Me Feel,” “PYNK”

Surrounded by a troupe of dancers in sleek black-and-white latex bodysuits, Janelle Monáe graced the Grammys with a funky fresh performance of “Make Me Feel,” from her Album of the Year contender, Dirty Computer. The eccentric artist wielded a light blue electric guitar, humped the air and let loose during her performance. When she segued into a little bit of “PYNK,” Monáe even shouted, “let the vagina have a monologue!”

Watch Monáe’s performance here.

Alicia Keys performs nine songs she wished she had written

Alicia Keys took a break from her hosting duties to show the Grammys how it’s really done. Performing a medley of songs she wished she had written, the multi-talented artist seated herself at not one, but two pianos, playing them simultaneously. She covered songs such as Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” and Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.” But the highlight of the performance was undoubtedly Keys’ heartfelt take on Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing).”

“You see, it just gotta be real, love, you know? Love gotta be real,” she said before launching into the classic hip hop song. “I mean, songs gotta be real, and this album was real. So, I wish I wrote this one. This whole album, I wish I wrote.”

Watch Keys’ performance here:

Diana Ross celebrates her 75th birthday

Diana Ross took the stage in a beautiful red tulle dress in celebration of her 75th birthday. The R&B legend started off with an emotional rendition of “The Best Years of My Life,” with her family, including her daughter and Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, singing along in the audience.

“Everybody, hands in the air. Hand in the air, move the energy in the room,” she said, as she transitioned into her 1970 hit “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” The former Motown superstar made her way through the crowd, singing to celebrities like Jaden Smith, before ending the joyous performance on a small stage in the center of the room.

Watch Ross’ performance here:

Chloe x Halle sing Donny Hathaway’s “Where is the Love”

Hot on the heels of their spellbinding performance of “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl, sister duo Chloe x Halle made their Grammy debut with a stripped-down rendition of Donny Hathaway’s “Where is the Love.” The siblings, who were nominated for two awards last night, showcased their perfectly harmonized vocals in a soulful rendition of the 70s hit.

Watch their performance here:

Fantasia, Andra Day and Yolanda Adams pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

The Grammys saved the best for last. Last in the ceremony, Fantasia, Andra Day and Yolanda Adams teamed up to pay tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, who died last August after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The three vocal powerhouses did justice to the Queen of Soul’s signature song, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” The trio ended the performance with a harmonized high note of “woman” to roaring applause.

Watch their performance here:

Find out how hip hop fared at the Grammys, and check out a longer list of winners here.

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