US pop sensation Ariana Grande won the first Grammy of her career for Best Pop Vocal Album on Sunday for her fourth studio album “Sweetener.”
Grande, who is winning the award after six nominations, managed to slide through a field with formidable artistes including Taylor Swift.
She, was however, absent at this year’s Grammy.
It will be recalled that Grande has been at loggerheads with the ceremony’s producer, whom she accused of “lying” about her decision not to perform at the event.
She berated the 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’s victory has been explosive in the 12 months, with Billboard naming her its 2018 Woman of the Year.
However, she couldn’t make it 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.
Grande was also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for “God Is A Woman,” but lost to Lady Gaga, who won for her song “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Going?)”
“Sweetener” features appearances from Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott, and debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart while boasting three top singles.