Collaborators: No word from Glover on Grammys

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Latest on the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (all times local):
9:50 p.m.
Even Childish Gambino's collaborators say they aren't sure of his whereabouts on Grammy night.
Gambino won four trophies on Sunday, but the rapper whose real name is Donald Glover didn't attend.
"This Is America" won record and song of the year honors, two of the three biggest categories.
Co-producer Ludwig Goransson says he tried to call Gambino after the show but it didn't go through. He says he would try again.
Riley Mackin, an engineer-mixer on the song, said he last saw Gambino when they were working in the studio a couple days ago.
"He walked out and I haven't seen him since," Mackin said.
Asked if Gambino's absence was odd, Mackin said, "Everything Donald does is a little strange."
-- Beth Harris ((at)bethharrisap) backstage at the Grammys.
9:30 p.m.
Ariana Grande has tweeted and quickly deleted criticism of the Grammys after the late Mac Miller -- her ex -- lost to Cardi B for rap album of the year.
Grande called Miller's loss during the show "trash" and also used an expletive. She later clarified she wasn't criticizing Cardi B.
Miller died of an accidental drug overdose last year at age 26.
Grande got into a war with the producer of the Grammys a few days ago, claiming Ken Ehrlich's assertion that she didn't have enough time to prepare a performance a lie. Grande won a Grammy for best pop vocal album but did not attend.
9:10 p.m.
A spokesman for the Grammys says that show producers didn't mean to cut Drake off mid-speech.
Drake's comments were interrupted as he accepted the best rap song trophy for "God's Plan."
The spokesman told reporters backstage that Drake took "a natural pause" and, assuming he was done talking, producers cut to a commercial.
The spokesman says Drake was offered a chance to return to the stage and finish his remarks, but he declined and explained that he was satisfied.
Others were cut off, including best new artist winner Dua Lipa and album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves.
-- Beth Harris ((at)bethharrisap) backstage at the Grammys.
8:40 p.m.
Kacey Musgraves is the winner of the album of the year Grammy Award, the night's top honor.
Musgraves won for "Golden Hour," which won earlier in the night for best country album.
She once again thanked her husband, who she has credited for helping make the album a possibility. She also thanked the other artists nominated, saying "winning this doesn't make my album any better than anyone else's."
She also thanked her little sister for shooting and designing all her album covers.
The Grammys were a major showcase for Musgraves, who in addition to two wins on the telecast also performed twice during the prime-time ceremony, including during a tribute to Dolly Parton.
8:30 p.m.
Childish Gambino's "This Is America" has won the Grammy Award for record of the year.
Gambino is the alter ego of singer-actor Donald Glover, who did not attend Sunday's ceremony.
8:15 p.m.
Dua Lipa is the winner of the best new artist Grammy Award.
The British singer won moments after performing a sultry duet with St. Vincent.
The category featured six female acts, part of the wave of women recognized at this year's Grammys a year after they were largely denied even nominations in the major categories.
As the Grammys ceremony stretched toward nearly 3 1/2 hours with some top awards to go, producers cut off Lipa's acceptance speech and went to commercial.
8:05 p.m.
Cardi B has made history as the first woman to win the Grammy Award for best rap album.
The rapper won for her album "Invasion of Privacy." She delivered much of her acceptance speech holding on to her husband Offset.
She was clearly overwhelmed at the win, pausing early in her speech to say, "the nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed."
She spoke about her album not being finished when she found out she was pregnant and filming a music video before she started showing.
She also thanked several of her collaborators, including J Balvin and Bad Bunny.
7:45 p.m.
H.E.R. is the winner of the best R&B album for her self-titled album.
The artist opened her remarks by saying that the compilation release is "not even an album, it's an EP."
She appeared overcome by the moment, saying she felt uncomfortable standing on the stage alone before inviting up some of her collaborators.
H.E.R. co-wrote and co-produced each song on her Grammy-winning release, and also plays guitar and piano. She also performed her song "Hard Place" earlier in the show.
H.E.R. is also up for best new artist later during Sunday's show, and the night's top award, album of the year.
7:10 p.m.
Diana Ross has taken the Grammys stage an uplifting performance of a pair of her classics in honor of her forthcoming 75th birthday.
Introduced by her grandson and wearing a dress of flowing bright red chiffon, Ross told the audience Sunday night that "when I was a little girl, I felt the joy of singing. It made me happy, it made my parents happy, and it led to this day."
She sang "The Best Years of My Life" followed by "Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and strode out into an audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles that included her fellow Motown star Smokey Robinson and Motown founder Berry Gordy.
Ross has been nominated for 12 Grammys, but has never won except for a lifetime achievement award in 2012.
She talked to the crowd throughout the performance and ended it by twice declaring, "Happy birthday to me!"
Ross turns 75 on March 26.
6:55 p.m.
Drake is the winner of the Grammy Award for best rap song for "God's Plan."
The Canadian rapper was last year's most successful artist, and he is still up for one of the night's top honors: record of the year.
There was some quick backlash online to Drake's acceptance speech getting cut short.
6:30 p.m.
Kacey Musgraves has won best country album for "Golden Hour."
Musgraves kissed her husband Ruston Kelly right after her name was called Sunday night. She thanked him, saying the album would not have been possible without him.
Earlier Sunday, Musgraves told The Associated Press that she was looking forward to sitting next to Kelly during the show, saying she hasn't had much time because of a heavy touring schedule.
Musgraves hasn't been in her seat much Sunday -- she has performed twice during Sunday's telecast, including during a tribute to Dolly Parton.
5:50 p.m.
Childish Gambino's "This Is America" has won the Grammy Award for song of the year.
Donald Glover, whose alter ego is Childish Gambino, got the award Sunday night along with his fellow songwriter Ludwig Goransson and Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams.
Glover was not at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to accept the award.
5:20 p.m.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have won the Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance for the song "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born."
A tearful Gaga accepted the award Sunday night, thanking Cooper, who she noted was in England from the British film academy awards known as the BAFTAs.
It is Gaga's third Grammy win Sunday. In a pre-telecast ceremony, she was among the winners for best song written for visual media, which was also awarded to "Shallow." She also won best pop solo performance for "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Going'?)"
The song is also nominated at Academy Awards, where "A Star Is Born" is competing for best picture and other honors. Gaga said Sunday, "I just wanted to say, if I don't get a chance to again, that I'm so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues."
She said artists often suffer from mental health problems, and told the musicians in front of her that "If you're hurting, try to find that bravery to dive deep."
5:15 p.m.
Michelle Obama has made a surprise appearance at the Grammys.
Host Alicia Keys during her opening monologue Sunday night invited Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez to join her on stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to say what music meant to them.
Obama then appeared to even bigger screams than the stars already on stage got.
The former first lady talked about the Motown records that got her through her Chicago youth and said "whether we like country, rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves."