60th Annual Grammy Awards Recap!
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.
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
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
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
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
Best Alternative Music Album – “Sleep Well Beast” – The NAtional
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
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
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
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