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60th Annual Grammy Awards Recap!

Ben Migono / February 6, 2018

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards were held on Sunday January 28th, 2018. Not since 2003 have the awards been held anywhere other than Los Angeles. This year, the ceremony was broadcast from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Nearly 19.8 million people tuned in to the show; which is down roughly 10 million viewers, compared to last year. The drop is partially being attributed to the heavy amount of politics injected into it. USA today calling it an “Out OF Touch Embarrassment” .

 

 

James Corden was back for the second time hosting the event. Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a fiery performance of “XXX” aided by Comedian Dave Chappelle. John Legend (10 Grammys) and Tony Bennett (19 Grammys) presented the first award of the evening and treated viewers to a few bars from “New York, New York”. As the night went on we got to see none other than Sir Elton John and Miley Cyrus team up for a duet of “Tiny Dancer”.  The performance was even more special because Elton recently announced that he will be retiring after his upcoming tour is completed.

 

 

Childish Gambino Preformed “Terrified” and was joined on stage by JD McCarthy; who will be Co-Starring alongside Glover (Childish Gambino) in the upcoming Disney Live action remake of The Lion King that is set to be released in 2019. While collecting his second grammy of the night (Best Rap Album) Kendrick Lamar showed his admiration for his inspirations but closed out his speech by raising his fist into the air and shouting “Jay For President”.

 

 

The night saw its share of tributes but the most heartfelt of which was in reference to the tragedy that took place at the Rte. 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017.  Where a gunman opened fire on the crowd causing to 58 lose their lives and another 851 injuries. Three of the artists from the festival – The Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church performs Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven”. During the tribute they also acknowledged those affected by the attack in Manchester at the Ariana Grande Concert back in May.

 

 

Janelle Monae took to the stage to introduced Kesha; who, backed by a crowd of supporters (Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day and more) performed a powerful rendition of “Praying”. Monae stated “We Come in peace , But we mean business.” She called on both men and women of the industry to unite to ensure issues of pay inequality, Harassment, Discrimination and abuse of power are dealt with. The night was full of some shocking snubs, such as “Despacito” not winning Song Of The Year. Or Kendrick Lamar losing to Bruno Mars in the fight for Album Of The Year. R&B artist SZA was one of the years biggest breakouts and most nominated singers of the night (5 nominations) but somehow left empty handed – although she did take to the stage to perform her song “Broken Clocks”.

 

 

The show ended with a clip featuring celebrities like John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Cher, Dj Khaled, Cardi B and of all people Hillary Clinton quoting the controversial White House Tell All “Fire And Fury”.  The sheer number of awards handed out is staggering – Below you will find a list of some of the nights most popular categories and their winners. You can find a full list of the nights nominees and the winners here.

 

General Field

Album Of The Year –  “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars

Record Of The Year – “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars

Song OF The Year – “That’s What I Like” by Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, Bruno Mars.

Best New Artist – Alessia Cara

 

Pop Field

Best Pop Solo Performance –  “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance  – “Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 – Variou artists, Daae Bennett (Producer)

Best Pop Vocal Album –  Divide from Ed Sheeran

 

Dance/Electronic Field

Best Dance Recording – Tonight  by LCD Soundsystem

Best Dance/Electronic Album 3-D The Catalogue by Kraftwerk

 

Contemporary Instrumental Field

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album  – Prototype by Jeff Lorber Fusion

 

Rock Field

Best Rock Performance – “You Want It Darker” by Leonard Cohen

Best Metal Performance – “Sultan’s Curse” by Mastodon

Best Rock Song – “Run” by Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album –  “A Deeper Understanding” by The War On Drugs

 

Alternative Field

Best Alternative Music Album –  “Sleep Well Beast” – The NAtional

 

R&B Field

Best R&B Performance – “That’s What I Like” Bruno Mars

Best Traditional R&B Performance – “Redbone” – Childish Gambino

Best R&B Song – “That’s What I Like” – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, Bruno Mars.

Best Urban Contemporary Album – “Starboy” – The Weekend

Best R&B Album –  “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars

 

Rap Field

Best Rap Performance – “Humble” – Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Performance – “Loyalty” – Kendrick Lamar Ft. Rihanna

Best Rap Song –  “Humble” – Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album – “DAMN” – Kendrick Lamar

 

Country Field

Best Country Solo Performance –  “Either Way” – Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/ Group Performance – “ Better Man” – Little Big Town

Best Country Song – “Broken Halos” – Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton

 

New Age Field

Best New Age album – Dancing On Water – Peter Kater

 

Jazz Field

Best Improvised Jazz Solo – “Miles Beyond” – John McLaughlin, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album – “ Dreams And Daggers” – Cecile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album – “Rebirth” – Billy Childs

Best LArge JAzz Ensemble – “Bringin’ it” – Christian McBride Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album – “Jazz Tango” – PAblo Ziegler Trio

 

Gospel/ Contemporary Christian Music Field

Best Gospel Performance/Song – “Never Have To Be Alone” – CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance – “What a Beautiful Name” – Hillsong Worship

Best Gospel Album – “Let Them Fall In Love” – CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album – “Chain Breaker” – Zach Williams

Best Roots Gospel – “Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope” – Reba McEntire