Ladies' night at the Grammys: the performances

LOS ANGELES, USA The Grammys gala in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10 was a night for girl power, and music's top stars delivered with a series of powerful performances  some of them edgy, some simply glorious.

Here is a look at the musical highlights of the night:

Provocative 

Pop provocateur Janelle Monae and queen of sass Cardi B stunned with show-stopping numbers celebrating female sexuality.

Monae, whose futurist blend of pop and psychedelic funk scored her a nomination for Album of the Year, brought a girl gang to the stage to perform the Prince-influenced "Make Me Feel."

Some of her dancers sported the iconic pink vagina pants from her video "Pynk," which nabbed a nomination for Best Music Video.

"Let the vagina have a monologue," the genre-bending performer said  a lyric from her song "Django Jane."

WATCH: Janelle Monae perform Look What You Made Me Do #Grammys pic.twitter.com/7hNMh6yJhS — Opinionated Me (@opinion8dmecom) February 11, 2019

But it could have been the motto of the night.

Queen Cardi delivered a sexually charged rendition of her hit "Money," sporting leopard thigh-highs, peacock-style feathers and a flapper-esque wig as she gyrated for the crowd on a rhinestone-encrusted piano.

FULL PERFORMANCE: Cardi B performing “Money” at the 2019 #GRAMMYs! pic.twitter.com/Yqr1ypLInc — Cardi B Fan Team (@CardiBTeam) February 11, 2019

Among those wowed by the performance from the 26-year-old rapper  who made history with her win for Best Rap Album  was rapper Offset, with whom Cardi shares a child.

The pair  who had recently separated  appeared to be going strong on the red carpet, where they lovingly touched tongues for the paparazzi.

Pop perfection 

Lady Gaga won three awards on the night, two of them for "Shallow," the signature song from her blockbuster film A Star Is Born. When the moment came for her to belt out the song, she did not disappoint.

 Lady Gaga "shallow" performance in the grammys 2019 is a masterpiece #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/Y6OHsKCora — Hania (@Iokistiel) February 11, 2019

Gaga  sporting the glittering cat suit of a pop diva, not the mousy brown hair of her ingenue character in the movie  was without her duet partner, Bradley Cooper, who was in London attending Britain's BAFTA film awards.

So she teamed up with her fellow songwriters including Mark Ronson to deliver the tune -- high on dramatics, high on energy. When she belted out a guttural wail mid-song, the audience cheered.

Rising Cuban-American star Camila Cabello kicked off the glamour-dripping night with a colorful performance of her sultry hit "Havana."

Camila Cabello was just ok at the #Grammys. I just don't know why she still performing this song. pic.twitter.com/KJ4O6EUKAF — Opinionated Me (@opinion8dmecom) February 11, 2019

The Cuban-American raised in Miami was joined by rapper Young Thug, Colombian Latin trapper J Balvin and iconic trumpeter Arturo Sandoval for the infectious performance, which offered a bilingual portrait of diversity reflecting the massive influence of Latin music on the US charts.

And Jennifer Lopez wowed the audience with her exuberant ode to Motown that included inflections of salsa.

" @JLo can't do the Motown Tribute in Black History Month!" YESS THE FUCK SHE CAN AND SHE DID! JLo did that!!! pic.twitter.com/wNjKgKSeOM — Opinionated Me (@opinion8dmecom) February 11, 2019

Legendary 

Beyond the performances by of-the-moment stars, Grammys night was crowned by two of the biggest stars in music history  country legend Dolly Parton, and disco diva Diana Ross.

Parton, who was honored at a pre-gala event as the MusiCares Person of the Year for her philanthropic contributions, joined forces with a constellation of singers including her goddaughter Miley Cyrus and pop star Katy Perry.

The most memorable part of the medley came when Parton and Cyrus belted out "Jolene," before Parton and others joined forces on her mega-hit "9 to 5."

A powerful tribute to the late "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin saw Yolanda Adams, Fantasia Barrino and Andra Day  who donned garters and a feathered mini skirt  slay the late Queen of Soul's classic hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," moving the crowd to its feet.

 Powerful tribute to the late Aretha Franklin! Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Audra Day did that! #Grammys pic.twitter.com/jCbtpcw0M5 — Opinionated Me (@opinion8dmecom) February 11, 2019

Ross  resplendent in a gauzy red gown - took to the stage to celebrate her upcoming 75th birthday in March.

WATCH A TRUE ICONIC LEGEND show the girls how it's been done. Miss DIANA ROSS! pic.twitter.com/r5ut0Vaudx — Opinionated Me (@opinion8dmecom) February 11, 2019

"Together we have no limits. There's only success ahead. And you can lead the way. Learn, dream, unlock new doors. All is possible with music and with you," she said, before shouting out: "Happy birthday to me!" Rappler.com