First awarded in 1969, the Booker Prize is one of the literary world's most distinguished honors. "We were told quite firmly that the rules state that you can only have one winner," Peter Florence, the chair of the judges, said. However, "the consensus was to flout the rules and divide this year's prize to celebrate two winners." After asking the prize's trustees three times if they could give the award to two winners, the trustees finally relented.
Atwood won for The Testaments, the sequel to 1985's The Handmaid's Tale; she also received the award in 2000 for The Blind Assassin. Evaristo won for Girl, Woman, Other, becoming the first black woman to win the Booker Prize. "I hope that honor doesn't last too long," she said. Atwood and Evaristo will split the $63,000 prize money. Catherine Garcia
Florida Georgia Line, joined by the Backstreet Boys, got the Academy of Country Music Awards audience dancing on its feet at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night, but Jason Aldean won the top award, entertainer of the year, for the second year in a row. Unlike Keith Urban — seven nominations, zero wins — FGL did not go home empty-handed, though: The group won single of the year for their song "H.O.L.Y." and music event of the year. Miranda Lambert also won two awards: album of the year (The Weight of These Wings) and female vocalist of the year. Male vocalists of the year award went to Thomas Rhett, who also won song of the year for "Die a Happy Man," while Little Big Town won vocal group of the year.
The music video of the year did not go to a single artist or song but to the video "Forever Country," a glossy medley featuring many of the award's performers plus Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and other country luminaries old and young to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards. It starts out with "Country Roads," by folk-pop star John Denver:
The ACM Awards also had a tribute to Chuck Berry, the rock 'n' roll legend who died last month, "for the man that influenced every form of music, including country," as Luke Bryan said before he, Dierks Bentley, and Joe Walsh performed "Johnny B. Goode." Peter Weber
Taylor Swift received the Album of the Year Grammy Award for 1989 Monday night, while Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk won Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Other winners include: Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge (Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Thinking Out Loud"); Kendrick Lamar (Best Rap Album for To Pimp a Butterfly and Best Rap Performance for "Alright"); Meghan Trainor (Best New Artist); Chris Stapleton (Best Country Album, Traveller); Alabama Shakes (Best Rock Song for "Don't Wanna Fight"); D'Angelo and Kendra Foster (Best R&B Song, "Really Love); Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber (Best Dance Recording for "Where Are U Now"); and Hamilton (Best Musical Theater Album). Catherine Garcia