Women ‘Step Up’ at Grammy Awards
This year's Grammy Awards seemed to be all about women.
The Recording Academy held the event Sunday night in Los Angeles, California. At last year's ceremony, the organization's chief, Neil Portnow, said women need to "step up" to deal with the lack of women nominated for the major awards.
Many stepped up and onto center stage this year.
Early in Sunday's ceremony came a surprise appearance by former American first lady Michelle Obama. Along with artists Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Alicia Keyes, Obama told the crowd what music meant to her.
"From the Motown records I wore out on the Southside to the 'Who Run the World' songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story."
Obama also said, "Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys."
Keyes was the host of Sunday's 61st annual Grammy Awards, which honors some of the year's best music. This year's show also honored the American music greats Diana Ross and Dolly Parton.
Ross sang several of her famous songs as she walked through the crowd. Later she told those at the gathering, "Thank you for being here and celebrating my 75th birthday." Ross's real 75th birthday is March 26.
Miley Cyrus sang to her godmother Dolly Parton as part of the tribute to the country music superstar. Cyrus was joined by Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry to sing Parton's Here You Come Again. Parton and Cyrus also sang Jolene.
Musgraves' Golden Hour won Album of the Year for country music. Her song "Butterflies" won Best Country Solo.
Artist Cardi B. accepted the Grammy for best rap album for Invasion of Privacy. It was the first time a woman has won that award.
Lady Gaga won best pop solo for Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?). Gaga and Bradley Cooper won best pop duo/group performance for Shallow.
Ariana Grande won her first Grammy. The award for best pop vocal album went to the singer's, Sweetener. She did not attend the ceremony, however, after having a public dispute with the show's producer.
Dua Lipa earned the Best New Artist prize.
H.E.R. took home the best rhythm and blues album award for H.E.R. And H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar won best rhythm and blues performance for Best Part.
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1.step up 提高；加速
Her new job is a big step up for her.
2.walk through 走过
The majority of us feel worried if we walk through a subway.
3.wear out 磨损；耗尽
The past few days had really worn him out.
4.lack of 缺少；缺乏
I was amazed by their discourtesy and lack of professionalism.
5.It was the first time a woman has won that award.
It was the first time 首次
It was the first time Jane and I had been apart for more than a few days.
It was the first time she had seen him in person.
6.Early in Sunday's ceremony came a surprise appearance by former American first lady Michelle Obama.
a surprise appearance 惊喜亮相
The show began with a surprise appearance by Whitney Houston.
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周日，美国唱片学院在加州洛杉矶市举办了颁奖典礼 。在去年的颁奖典礼上，该组织的负责人尼尔·波特诺（Neil Portnow）表示，女性需要“加把劲儿”，改变重大奖项缺少女性提名人的现状 。
周日的典礼开始不久，美国前第一夫人米歇尔·奥巴马（Michelle Obama）意外现身 。她与艺人詹妮弗·洛佩兹（Jennifer Lopez）、Lady Gaga、扎德·平齐特·史密斯（Jada Pinkett Smith）以及艾莉西亚·凯斯（Alicia Keyes）同台亮相 。米歇尔向现场观众介绍了音乐对于她的意义 。
米歇尔还表示：“无论是喜欢乡村音乐、说唱还是摇滚乐，音乐都有助于我们展示自己 — 我们的尊严与悲伤，我们的快乐及希望 。”
凯斯是周日这场第61届格莱美奖的主持人，该奖项旨在表彰年度最佳音乐 。今年的颁奖典礼还致敬了美国音乐大师戴安娜·罗斯（Diana Ross）和多莉·帕顿（Dolly Parton） 。
罗斯在走下观众席时演唱了几首成名曲 。随后她向观众致谢：“感谢大家来到现场庆祝我的75岁生日 。”罗斯的实际生日是3月26日 。
麦莉·赛勒斯（Miley Cyrus）向她的教母帕顿献唱，以此向这位乡村音乐巨星致敬 。塞勒斯与凯西·马斯格雷夫斯（Kacey Musgraves）以及凯蒂·佩里联袂演绎了帕顿的《Here You Come Again》 。帕顿和塞勒斯还演唱了《Jolene》 。
马斯格雷夫斯的《Golden Hour》获得了乡村音乐年度最佳专辑，她的歌曲《Butterflies》还获得了最佳乡村音乐奖 。
艺人卡迪·B(Cardi B)凭借《Invasion of Privacy》荣获格莱美最佳说唱专辑奖，这是女性首次获得该奖项 。
Lady Gaga凭借歌曲《Joanne(Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)》获得了最佳流行歌手奖 。Gaga和布拉德利·库珀还凭借《Shallow》获得了最佳流行对唱奖 。
阿丽亚娜·格兰德（Ariana Grande）捧回自己的第一座格莱美奖杯，这位歌手凭借《Sweetener》获得了最佳流行音乐专辑奖 。然而，此前她与该颁奖典礼的制作人发生公开争议，因此并未出席 。
杜阿·利帕(Dua Lipa)荣获最佳新人奖 。
H.E.R.凭借《H.E.R.》带回了最佳节奏布鲁斯(R&B)专辑奖，而丹尼尔·凯撒（Daniel Caesar）凭借《Best Part》获得了最佳节奏布鲁斯歌手 。