Ariana Grande aded another career achievement this Sunday (Feb. 10) with her first ever Grammy win. It was announced in the show pre-telecast that Grande would be taking home best pop vocal album, for her acclaimed 2018 LP Sweetener.
The win is the pop star’s first in sixth tries, having previously been nominated twice in 2015 (best pop duo/group performance for “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J and best pop vocal album for My Everything) and twice in 2017 (best pop solo performance for “Dangerous Woman” and best pop vocal album for Dangerous Woman). Her “God Is a Woman” was also nominated this year for best pop solo performance, but lost to Lady Gaga’s “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?).”
While Grande scored two nominations in the pop categories, the Grammys surprised many by not recognizing her in any of the Big Four categories this year, including an album of the year snub for Sweetener. Both her follow-up album Thank U, Next (released last Friday, Feb. 8) and that set’s Hot 100-topping lead single of the same name will be eligible for next year’s awards.
Grande drew headlines on Thursday for contradicting Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich’s explanation for why she would not be performing at this year’s ceremonies, tweeting that she had “offered 3 different songs” for a prospective performance but felt her “creativity & self-expression was stifled” by the show’s demands. Despite this conflict with Ehrlich and the Grammys, the pop star tweeted that she was still emotional about the win, writing “i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things …. but fuck ……. this is wild and beautiful. thank you so much.”
i know i’m not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things …. but fuck ……. — this is wild and beautiful. thank you so much.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 10, 2019