Published February 11, 2019
Reigning pop princess Ariana Grande took home the first Grammy of her career for Best Pop Vocal Album on Sunday for her fourth studio album “ Sweetener ,” topping a tough field including perennial favorite Taylor Swift .
Grande’s Grammy comes after six career nominations but the star was notably absent from this year ’s gala .
Just days before the event, she slammed the ceremony ’s producer for “lying ” about her decision not to perform on music ’s biggest night .
The chart – topper released her fifth album “ Thank U , Next” before lashing out at producer Ken Ehrlich after he told US media the 25 – year – old Grande “ felt it was too late for her to pull something together .”
“ 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 (…) this is wild and beautiful. thank you so much , ” she tweeted .
Grande had great success in the last 12 months , with Billboard naming her its 2018 Woman of the Year .
But she was passed over in the top Grammy categories of Album , Record and Song of the Year — though her smash hit “ Thank U , Next, ” the title song off her new album , dropped after this year ’ s nomination deadline .
“ Sweetener ” includes her signature blend of pop and R & B with inflections of hip – hop , all set to the star ’s wide – ranging, silky – yet-breathy vocals .
It features appearances from Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott, and debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart while boasting three top singles .
Grande makes headlines as much for her chart – topping music as her love life, having dated the late rapper Mac Miller and shortly thereafter getting engaged to “ Saturday Night Live ” comedian Pete Davidson.
Grande and Davidson split in October 2018 , just before she released “Thank U , Next ” — in which she reflects on lessons learned from past loves .
She was also nominated this year for Best Pop Solo Performance for “ God Is A Woman , ” but lost out to Lady Gaga, who won for her song “ Joanne ( Where Do You Think You ’ re Going ?)”
( AFP )