Dua Lipa won best new artist and Kacey Musgraves took home album of the year at a female-first Grammy Awards.
Musgraves won four prizes in total for Golden Hour, her critically-acclaimed third album, which blends country with elements of psychedelia.
She dedicated the award to “my sweet husband” with whom she fell in love as she recorded the album.
Dua said she was “nervous and grateful” as she accepted her award, one of the night’s four biggest prizes.
The 23-year-old paid tribute to the “incredible” line-up of “so many female artists” in the category, adding: “I guess this year we’ve really stepped up.”
The comment was a dig at Grammys president Neil Portnow, who last year tried to deflect criticism of the lack of female winners by saying women needed to “step up” in order to be considered.
He appeared on stage at this year’s ceremony to apologise, saying: “This past year I’ve been reminded that if coming face to a face with an issue opens your eyes wide enough it makes you more committed to bring change.”
Speaking backstage, Dua said: “Being in the new artist category and having so many female artists nominated is a big change and it’s a change we want to see for many years to come, it’s a big difference from previous years, it only felt right because there were so many artists on there that I love and admire.”