2020 Grammy Awards: See Who Took Home the Golden Gramophone
12th February, 2020
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The 2020 Grammys saw many first and multiple wins during the four-hour-long ceremony. It started with a solemn tribute to the legendary NBA star who passed away in an unfortunate accident. As the ceremony progressed, the stage saw some rousing performances by artists like Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato among many others. While Eilish was the talk of the town after her winning streak, there are several well-deserved names to be remembered, too. Let’s check them out!
Best Metal Performance www.metalzone.fr
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Best Metal Performance

Tool – 7empest – WINNER
Candlemass – Astorolus – The Great Octopus (Featuring Tony Iommi)
Death Angel – Humanicide
I Prevail – Bow Down
Killswitch Engage – Unleashed

At just over 15 minutes long, 7empest, by the progressive and alternative rock band Tool, won the Grammy for the Best Metal Performance category. The number 7 is a theme on the album, which is also why it is in the name, and many songs are polyrhythms. An interesting fact is that 7empest features a chorus riff written by Adam Jones that had not been used for the past two decades. He also wrote part of the song in 21/16 time, making it a super complex single worthy of the award.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical www.popsugar.com.au
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Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Finneas – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Made in collaboration with Billie Eilish) – WINNER
Dan Auerbach
Jack Antonoff
John Hill
Ricky Reed

The producer’s first Grammy nomination for the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? also turned into a win. Finneas thanked his parents and sister Billie Eilish for trusting his musical sense in his winning speech. Along with this, he won the Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and got nominations for Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Song Of The Year. His sister bagged the top four awards, including the other nominations. Finneas took home six awards at the ceremony this year, walking away with the most.

Best New Age Album www.grammy.com
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Best New Age Album

Peter Kater – Wings – WINNER
David Arkenstone – Fairy Dreams
David Darling – Homage to Kindness
Deva Premal – Deva
Sebastian Plano – Verve

New Age albums have a unique way of putting things into perspective, and Wings is no exception. This exceptional album bagged a Grammy award in the Best New Age Album category against experienced competition. Peter Kater is also no stranger to the Grammy awards as he has released several critically-acclaimed albums and recordings that have previously been nominated for the Golden Gramophone and have also been used in over a hundred film and television productions. The multitalented performer is a pianist, composer, and author and continues to awe the world with his contributions to the music industry at the same time.

Best Reggae Album britishlinkz.com
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Best Reggae Album

Koffee – Rapture – WINNER
Julian Marley – As I Am
Sly & Robbie, Roots Radics - The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs. Roots Radics
Steel Pulse – Mass Manipulation
Third World – More Work To Be Done

Another young and talented performer graced the stage at the 62nd Grammy awards ceremony for her award-winning album Rapture in the Best Reggae Album category. Her win made the album the youngest reggae solo act to win the award at the age of 19. A unique mix of several reggae styles that maintain a melodic trance throughout, it debuted at the top of the chart and dominated the position for 32 weeks. Raggamuffin is a song that will certainly have you jiving to her tunes.

Best World Music Album www.dbc.com.ng
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Best World Music Album

Angelique Kidjo – Celia – WINNER
Altin Gün – Gece
Bokanté & Metropole Orkest – What Heat
Burna Boy – African Giant
Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet – Fanm d'Ayiti

Celia, an album by Angelique Kidjo, is a tribute to the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, who continues to be one of the biggest Latin-American stars. The artist offers this tribute to Celia Cruz as she had a great impact on her personal and professional life. Eventually, Kidjo was bound to walk in the footsteps of her idol, and what better way was there to do it than by winning a Grammy in honor of her mentor. Angelique Kidjo collaborated with several musicians, including Tony Allen, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Sons of Kemet, to create this award-winning masterpiece.

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) www.usmagazine.com
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Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

Michelle Obama – Becoming – WINNER
Eric Alexandrakis – I.V. CATATONIA: 20 Years As a Two-Time Cancer Survivor
John Waters – Mr. Know-It-All
Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz – Beastie Boys Book
Sekou Andrews (& The String Theory) – Sekou Andrews & The String Theory

A spoken word album by the former first lady is intriguing enough, especially one that won the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy. It was an absolute honor for everyone when Michelle Obama walked away with the Golden Gramophone for the audio version of her memoir titled Becoming. It narrates the former First lady’s life in America and in the White House during President Obama’s back to back term. Other nominations included the works of Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz, and John Waters.

Best Urban Contemporary Album meaww.com
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Best Urban Contemporary Album

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) — WINNER
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload
Jessie Reyez – Being Human In Public
NAO – Saturn
Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI

For her album Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) that featured songs like Tempo and Juice, Lizzo grabbed the Best Urban Contemporary award. Before she could perform at the Grammys, she dedicated her act to the late NBA star Kobe Bryant. Lizzo earlier also won Best Traditional R&B Performance for Jerome, which marked her first Grammy win, and Best Pop Solo Performance for Truth Hurts. She was nominated in other major musical categories, such as Record of The Year, Album of The Year, and Best New Artist among many others.

Best Alternative Music Album www.grammy.com
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Best Alternative Music Album

Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride – WINNER
Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
Bon Iver – I,I
James Blake – Assume Form
Thom Yorke – Anima

The indie kings, Vampire Weekend won this award for their fourth studio album Father of the Bride. They had previously won in the same category for Modern Vampires Of The City at the 56th Grammy Awards. Their latest album was also nominated for Album of The Year; however, they were beaten to it by Billie Eilish. A huge commercial success, this was Vampire Weekend’s third consecutive album to debut at no. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Moreover, Harmony Hall was nominated in the Best Rock Song category.

Best American Roots Performance theboot.com
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Best American Roots Performance

Sara Bareilles – Saint Honesty – WINNER
Calexico And Iron & Wine – Father Mountain
I'm With Her – Call My Name
Rhiannon Giddens – I'm On My Way (With Francesco Turrisi)
Yola – Faraway Look

Saint Honesty is a single from Sara Bareilles's new album Amidst The Chaos. The moody yet pensive single uplifts your spirit with impressive emotional vocals and elegant instrumentals that complement the composition. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the song was co-written by Sara Bareilles with Lori McKenna. The artist claims that this track had a more raw and natural feeling to it, and the Grammy win proves this. There are 12 songs in the album that shed insight on several popular topics in politics and love.

Best American Roots Song www.grammy.com
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Best American Roots Song

Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan & Sara Watkins – Call My Name – WINNER
Amythyst Kiah – Black Myself
Dan Auerbach, Yola & Pat McLaughlin – Faraway Look
Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal – Crossing To Jerusalem
Vince Gill – I Don't Wanna Ride The Rails No More

Competing against an impressive lineup of songs, including Black Myself, Crossing to Jerusalem, Faraway Look, and I don’t Wanna Ride the Rails No More, Call My Name bagged the Grammy for the Best American Roots Song. The song is quite captivating as it begins with a simple humming melody by the three vocalists, swaddled in gentle reverb. There is some psychedelic tension that one can experience in the song among the mesmerizing vocals of all three artists.

Best Americana Album www.newsbreak.com
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Best Americana Album

Keb' Mo' – Oklahoma – WINNER
Calexico And Iron & Wine – Years to Burn
Madison Cunningham – Who Are You Now
J.S. Ondara – Tales of America
Yola – Walk Through Fire

Oklahoma was supposed to be an acoustic original album. Instead, the result that ultimately earned the artist a Grammy turned out to be a 10-track musical masterpiece. The album was named after a state that the artist doesn’t share any connection with, but it did well owing to the collaborations with powerful vocals by Rosanne Cash and violin by Andy Leftwich. Robert Randolph added a fine layer to the music by introducing steel guitars. The album also tackles environmental, mental health, and immigration issues, to name a few.

Best R&B Performance www.revolt.tv
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Best R&B Performance

Anderson .Paak featuring André 3000 – Come Home – WINNER
Daniel Caesar & Brandy – Love Again
H.E.R. featuring Bryson Tiller – Could’ve Been
Lizzo featuring Gucci Mane – Exactly How I Feel
Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo

The musician attended the Grammys with his beautiful wife and son. Upon accepting the award, he said, “I wanna thank God, I wanna thank my beautiful wife — my patient wife— I know you don’t love me ‘cause I’m perfect but thank you for showing me and my kids the closest thing to it.” The R&B category was revived in 2012, combining all the old categories to avoid distinction between male, female, group, and solo artists.

Best R&B Album meaww.com
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Best R&B Album

Anderson .Paak – Ventura – WINNER
BJ The Chicago Kid – 1123
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
Lucky Daye – Painted
PJ Morton – Paul

The Make It Better singer took home the coveted award for Best R&B Album. After accepting his Grammy, he said, "Honestly, I was sweating bullets. This could've went anywhere." The singer further said, "This is a win for R&B, we are just going to keep it at my house if you don't mind.” .Paak scored his first two nominations at the 59th Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album. He had also made his Grammy stage debut by performing with Consequence, A Tribe Called Quest, and Busta Rhymes.

Best Traditional R&B Performance www.usmagazine.com
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Best Traditional R&B Performance

Lizzo – Jerome – WINNER
BJ The Chicago Kid – Time Today
India.Arie – Steady Love
Lucky Daye – Real Games
PJ Morton featuring Jazmine Sullivan – Built for Love

The 31-year old singer won the award for the Best Traditional R&B Performance. She was this year’s most nominated artist and she also ended up winning in two other categories, beating the likes of many acclaimed artists. The song Jerome was featured in her third studio album Cuz, I Love You that included some of her other hits like Like A Girl and Juice. In addition, the singer/songwriter delivered a spectacular opening performance with title track Cuz, I Love You and Truth Hurts at the Grammys night.

Best Contemporary Blues Album www.grammy.com
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Best Contemporary Blues Album

Gary Clark Jr. – This Land – WINNER
Larkin Poe – Venom & Faith
Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Brighter Days
Southern Avenue – Keep On
Sugaray Rayford – Somebody Save Me

This Land is the artist’s third studio album and features a mix of music influenced by multiple genres, including punk, reggae, eighties R&B, and funk. The album has powerful lyrics and narratives, and the key focus is on topics like marriage, parenthood, and success. The singer-songwriter also manages to include political aspects aiming to make a difference in the song. What About Us, Pearl Cadillac, and Guitar Man musically highlight the topics in focus. The multiple tracks in the album says that the artist has incorporated many ideas.

Best Dance/Electronic Album meaww.com
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Best Dance/Electronic Album

The Chemical Brothers – No Geography — WINNER
Apparat – LP5
Flume – Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace
Tycho – Weather

The Chemical Brothers have bagged three Grammys with the record of highest nominations in the Dance/Electronic Album category. Apart from this, they also managed to snag a Grammy for Best Dance Recording for Got to Keep On. They were nominated for the Best Music Video for their song We’ve Got to Try but did not end up winning. The legendary UK duo didn’t attend the ceremony as they are busy working on the production for the next part of their tour where they’ll be seen performing in Europe, Mexico, and Columbia.

Best Folk Album www.grammy.com
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Best Folk Album

Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin – WINNER
Andrew Bird – My Finest Work Yet
Che Apalache – Rearrange My Heart
Gregory Alan Isakov – Evening Machines
Joy Williams – Front Porch

Patty Griffin’s self-titled and 10th studio home production bagged the Grammy in the Best Folk Album category. The album features a mix of 13 powerful tracks contemplating the degraded state of political and social affairs in the world. She found inspiration for the songs while recovering from breast cancer treatment, and the album was released in March 2019. Not all songs are intense and directly communicate an underlying message as she manages to introduce a unique blend of ballads, gospel-blues, and poetry that teleports the listener to a parallel universe.

Best Children's Album geekdad.com
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Best Children's Album

Jon Samson – Ageless Songs for the Child Archetype – WINNER
Alphabet Rockers – The Love
Caspar Babypants – Flying High!
Daniel Tashian – I Love Rainy Days
The Okee Dokee Brothers – Winterland

This unique collection of songs written and performed by the Grammy-winning artist Jon Samson address your innermost child. The lyrics are empowering and address and provide innovative solutions for problems and predicaments that one might face in their lifetime. At first, the album might just sound a little complex, but Samson manages to create a melodious and lyrical music therapy with songs like Anxiety and Waving Through a Window. These singles address critical issues and focus on a myriad mix of emotions both at the same time.

Best Musical Theater Album www.burlingtonfreepress.com
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Best Musical Theater Album

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada & Patrick Page – Hadestown – WINNER
Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, Mary Testa & Patrick Vaill – Oklahoma!
Danny Burstein, Tam Mutu, Sahr Ngaujah, Karen Olivo & Aaron Tveit – Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Imogen Heap - The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – In Four Contemporary Suites
Saint Aubyn, Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope & Ephraim Sykes – Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

The Broadway stage comes to life with the opening number of Hadestown, Road to Hell. Written by singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and directed by Rachel Chavkin, the play/musical has an expressive music score and is a performance worth the award.

Best Pop Vocal Album www.nytimes.com
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Best Pop Vocal Album

Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – WINNER
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Beyoncé – The Lion King: The Gift
Ed Sheeran – No. 6 Collaborations Project
Taylor Swift – Lover

A presumed frontrunner for many awards, including this one, Billie Eilish won a total of 5 Grammys out of the 6 nominations. This award was given before the telecast. A big night for the sister-brother duo, Eilish mentioned on the red carpet that their sibling connection is what makes them terrific collaborators. “We also communicate really well, and we’re best friends — with brother and sister, you can’t really have something that tears you apart. You always are stuck together,” she said.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance www.justjaredjr.com
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Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road – WINNER
Ariana Grande & Social House – Boyfriend
Jonas Brothers – Sucker
Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – Señorita

The Best Pop Duo/Group Performance marked the second Grammy win for Nas and Cyrus. Their first win of the night was for Best Music Video during the pre-show event. This hit single gained popularity through a video sharing platform and quickly made its way into the Billboard charts. It peaked the Billboard chart for 19 weeks. It also became the fastest song to be honored with a diamond certification by the RIAA. The song was also nominated for Record of The Year.

Best Pop Solo Performance www.usmagazine.com
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Best Pop Solo Performance

Lizzo – Truth Hurts – WINNER
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
Beyoncé – Spirit
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down

Lizzo picked up eight nominations and won in this category for her single Truth Hurts. The Good As Hell singer was extremely surprised when her name was called out. Fighting back tears, the 31-year-old Lizzo said in her acceptance speech, "This is really -- unexpected, really cool. This whole week, I be lost in my problems, stressed out. And then in an instant, all of that can go away, and your priorities really shift. And today, all of my little problems that I thought were big as the world were gone."

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album www.billboard.com
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Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now – WINNER
Andrea Bocelli – Sì
Barbra Streisand – Walls
John Legend – A Legendary Christmas
Michael Bublé – Love (Deluxe Edition)

This accolade marks Elvis Costello & The Imposters first Grammy win. In 2004, they were nominated for the Best Rock Performance by a Duo/Group with Vocals for Monkey to Man and Best Rock Album for The Delivery Man, but never won. Costello went on to say how his rock ‘n’ roll records were considered rock in the US and pop in the UK. He further expressed, "when it comes to categories, it's all silly 'cause you can't say one song is truly better than another. It's somebody's opinion."

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media disfi.com
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Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born – WINNER
Jon Favreau & Hans Zimmer – The Lion King: The Songs
Quentin Tarantino – Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Spring Aspers & Dana Sano – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Taron Egerton – Rocketman

A Star is Born is the perfect blend of music, drama, and heartbreak, a true millennial take on the classic movies starring Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, and Janet Gaynor in the respective original and remake versions. Lady Gaga had some pretty huge shoes to fill following the legends, but she and Bradley Cooper hit the right notes with this musical masterpiece. The dynamic duo won the Golden Gramophone for the Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media.

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media www.zimbio.com
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Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir – Chernobyl – WINNER
Composed by Alan Silvestri – Avengers: Endgame
Composed by Hans Zimmer – The Lion King
Composed by Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns
Composed by Ramin Djawadi – Game of Thrones: Season 8

Hildur Guðnadóttir won the Golden Gramophone for the original soundtrack used in Chernobyl. She's also known for composing the iconic tunes to which award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix can be seen dancing on the big screen. The Icelandic musician was the perfect choice to compose the chilly masterpiece that manages to bring out the essence of death. Competing with Alan Silvestri, Hans Zimmer, and Marc Shaiman, Hildur Guðnadóttir manages to win the Grammy in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Best Country Duo/Group Performance tasteofcountry.com
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Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Dan + Shay – Speechless – WINNER
Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs – Brand New Man
Brothers Osborne – I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)
Little Big Town – The Daughters
Maren Morris ft. Brandi Carlile – Common
The duo took home the second Grammy for their song Speechless, which has been certified gold. Last year, they won an award in the same category for their song Tequila. While accepting the award, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney thanked their wives and family for being their inspiration. "For us, man, this is an absolute dream come true. We've always dreamed of being up here on this stage, so thank you all so much for making this happen," said Smyers.

Best Country Song www.rollingstone.com
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Best Country Song

Tanya Tucker – Bring My Flowers Now – WINNER
Ashley McBryde – Girl Goin’ Nowhere
Dan + Shay – Speechless
Eric Church – Some of It
Miranda Lambert – It All Comes Out In The Wash

It took Tanya Tucker nearly five decades since her first studio album to bag her first golden gramophone. She started her career with her hit single Delta Dawn at the age of 13. The 61-year-old finally won a Grammy for her song Bring My Flowers Now from her 25th studio album. An elated Tucker said during her speech, "It's still unbelievable to me that I'd have a few firsts left. After 14 nominations this is my first win and I can't believe it."

Best Country Solo Performance meaww.com
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Best Country Solo Performance

Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home – WINNER
Ashley McBryde – Girl Goin’ Nowhere
Blake Shelton – God’s Country
Tanya Tucker – Bring My Flowers Now
Tyler Childers – All Your’n

Willie Nelson won the Grammy for Ride Me Back Home from his 69th solo studio album. Since he was unable to attend the ceremony, Luis Fonsi accepted the award. Throughout the course of his career, Nelson has been nominated 52 times. In 2019, he won a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. He won his first Grammy in 1975 for Best Male Country Singing Performance for Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain. Back in 2000, the singer was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his musical contribution.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album www.bradmehldau.com
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Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Brad Mehldau – Finding Gabriel – WINNER
Branford Marsalis Quartet – The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul
Christian McBride's New Jawn – Christian McBride's New Jawn
Joey DeFrancesco – In the Key of the Universe
Joshua Redman Quartet - Come What May

Finding Gabriel is a unique mix of references to the old testament and Biblical mentions combined with retro-futurist synthesizers. The album is an experimental mix of lyrics and music, for most of which the artist found inspiration from playing a particular instrument. Jazz instrumental has always been a tough category to compete in with established artists, and winning the prestigious Golden Gramophone for an instrumental album paves the way for upcoming artists to experiment with creativity and ingenuity.

Best Jazz Vocal Album biacaip.com
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Best Jazz Vocal Album

Esperanza Spalding – 12 Little Spells – WINNER
Catherine Russell – Alone Together
Jazzmeia Horn – Love & Liberation
Sara Gazarek – Thirsty Ghost
Tierney Sutton Band – Screenplay

Esperanza Spalding is no stranger to the Jazz scene as she was introduced to the world of music ahead of her time. With a Grammy, the artist now places herself among the greats who dominated Jazz for decades together. 12 Little Spells is a complicated piece of music that may have you wondering about the rhythm and words, especially with the expressionistic and poetic lyricism that shaped the album so well. The melodramatic music arrangement often compliments the lyrics, and with each line, the song gains momentum in terms of substance and depth.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo commons.wikimedia.org
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Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Randy Brecker – Sozinho – WINNER
Branford Marsalis – The Windup
Christian McBride – Sightseeing
Julian Lage – Tomorrow Is The Question
Melissa Aldana – Elsewhere

Randy Brecker's solo in the song Sozinho was a performance worthy of winning a Grammy in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category. Brecker, along with guitarist Bruno Muller, rocks out an R&B trumpet solo in the album Rocks. He performed in collaboration with the NDR big band – The Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra, with David Sanborn. The album was released in 2019 under the label of Piloo records. Randy was up against a tough competition alongside Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Julian Lage, and Melissa Aldana for the Golden Gramophone in this category this year.

Best Rock Performance meaww.com
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Best Rock Performance

Gary Clark Jr. – This Land – WINNER
Karen O & Danger Mouse – Woman
Rival Sons – Too Bad
Bones UK – Pretty Waste
Brittany Howard – History Repeats

After Billie Eilish, Gary Clark Jr. achieved three accolades. The Austin-based singer is renowned for his fusion of blues and rock music with some elements of hip-hop. His album The Land became popular for shedding light on racism in a raw manner. Both the title song and its video recreate Clark’s childhood and express his thoughts about President Donald Trump. In a recent interview, he told Rolling Stone "When I found out I was nominated, I got to be honest with you, I felt like I could breathe a little bit.”

Best Rock Song www.billboard.com
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Best Rock Song

Gary Clark Jr. – This Land – WINNER
Brittany Howard – History Repeats
The 1975 – Give Yourself A Try
Tool – Fear Inoculum
Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall

Gary Clark Jr. set the stage on fire with his heartfelt performance followed by a guitar solo. This very night he also won his second Grammy for the same song. The winning single highlights the themes of racism in the country and personal experiences. In an interview with Billboard, he expressed his anger towards racism and said, “I don’t want to be that angry guy, but I’m pissed that in 2018 we still got to deal with [racism] after everything my family went through, my family before them went through.”

Best Rock Album loudwire.com
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Best Rock Album

Cage The Elephant – Social Cues – WINNER
Bring Me The Horizon – Amo
I Prevail – Trauma
Rival Sons – Feral Roots
The Cranberries – In The End

Cage The Elephant won for the second time with their 2019 album Social Cues, featuring songs like Social Cues and Ready to Let Go. They had previously won this accolade during the 59th Grammy Awards. Band member Brad Shultz got a bit emotional during the speech. He said, “This is one of the hardest years we've been through as a band, and it's just so incredibly touching that we were able to take so many negative things that happened to each of us and turn it into such a positive thing."

Best Comedy Album deadline.com
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Best Comedy Album

Dave Chappelle – Sticks & Stones – WINNER
Aziz Ansari – Right Now
Ellen DeGeneres – Relatable
Jim Gaffigan – Quality Time
Trevor Noah – Son of Patricia

The Grammys was especially special for Dave Chappelle, as he won the Best Comedy Album for the third year in a row for his Netflix Original Sticks & Stones. Brandi Carlie and Tanya Tucker who presented the award accepted it on his behalf as he wasn’t present. This Chappelle special focuses on a variety of topics, including gun control, opioid culture, and also “cancel culture.” Chappelle had previously won Grammys for the album versions of his Netflix specials Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin and Equanimity & The Bird Revelation.


Best Gospel Album nypost.com
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Best Gospel Album

Kirk Franklin – LONG LIVE LOVE – WINNER
CeCe Winans – Something’s Happening! A Christmas Album
Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers – Goshen
Gene Moore – Tunnel Vision
William Murphy – Settle Here

Gospel music is one of Kirk Franklin’s accomplishments to bless everyone with the spiritual sound of music. His previous singles, including Love Theory and OK, made a mark in Gospel music, paving the way for his most recent achievement of winning the prestigious Grammy for the album Long Live Love. All the tracks in this album curate a blissful mix of Gospel and R&B music covering a wide range of emotions. Kirk Franklin has recorded 13 studio albums over a music career spanning nearly 26 years.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album www.zimbio.com
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Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

for KING & COUNTRY – Burn The Ships – WINNER
Chris Tomlin – Holy Roar
Crowder – I Know A Ghost
Danny Gokey – Haven’t Seen It Yet
TobyMac – The Elements

The Australian pop duo of for KING & COUNTRY got another recognition after a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category. Joel and Luke Smallbone enjoyed a double Grammy honor at the 62nd award ceremony when Burn the Ships won the Golden Gramophone for the Best Contemporary Christian Album. The third album by the pop duo talks about and deals with bigger issues than romance, including severe situations like battling addiction. It also features appearances from Moriah Peters and Courtney, the respective wives of Joel and Luke Smallbone.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song flipboard.com
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Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

for KING & COUNTRY, Dolly Parton – God Only Knows – WINNER
Casting Crowns – Only Jesus
Danny Gokey – Haven’t Seen It Yet
Tauren Wells – God's Not Done with You
Zach Williams – Rescue Story


The dynamic Australian pop duo of for King and country remixed the song God Only Knows to feature Dolly Parton. The track was written by Joel and Luke Smallbone in collaboration with Tedd Tjornhorn, Jordan Reynolds, and Josh Kerr, and it bagged the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song award at the 62nd Grammy awards. While Dolly Parton couldn’t come on stage to receive the honor during the ceremony, the pop duo accepted it gracefully and showed their gratitude and appreciation for the veteran musician.

Best Gospel Performance/Song culturegospel.com
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Best Gospel Performance/Song

Kirk Franklin – Love Theory – WINNER
Gloria Gaynor – Talkin' 'Bout Jesus (Featuring Yolanda Adams)
Koryn Hawthorne – Speak The Name (Featuring Natalie Grant)
Tasha Cobbs Leonard – This Is A Move (Live)
Travis Greene – See the Light (Featuring Jekalyn Carr)

This category was first introduced in 2015 to combine separate awards in the same category for songwriters and performers. Now, performers get recognition for covers, and songwriters are only awarded for newly-written songs. Kirk Franklin is both the singer and songwriter of Love Theory, and he also won an award for his album, Long Live Love apart from recognition for his single. Competing with nominees like Gloria Gaynor, Franklin expressed his gratitude on stage after his acceptance speech.

Best Rap Album badgerherald.com
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Best Rap Album

Tyler, The Creator – Igor – WINNER
21 Savage – I Am > I Was
Dreamville – Revenge Of The Dreamers IIIMeek Mill – ChampionshipsYBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

Tyler, The Creator was one of the few musicians to have won their first Grammy. An overwhelmed Tyler brought his mother along on stage to accept the award. In an emotional speech, he said, “Stick with me, I don't know if I'm gonna be up here again.” He also expressed his gratitude towards his team and Pharrell Williams who, he stated, "opened up a door that you cannot imagine." His win was later followed by his performance ceremony of Earfquake and New Magic Wand from his album Igor.


Best Rap Song allhiphop.com
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Best Rap Song

21 Savage featuring J. Cole – A Lot – WINNER
DaBaby – Suge
Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy – Racks In The Middle
Rick Ross featuring Drake – Gold Roses
YBN Cordae featuring Chance The Rapper – Bad Idea

The Best Rap Song honor marks the first Grammy win for both 21 Savage and J. Cole. Additionally, 21 Savage was nominated in the Best Rap Album category for I Am > I Was. The winning song A Lot was released 2 months before 21 Savage was detained by the ICE for his immigration status. The late rapper Nipsey Hussle was also nominated in this category for his song Racks In The Middle, marking his third Grammy nomination this year.

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Best Rap Performance

Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy – Racks In The Middle – WINNER
DaBaby – Suge
Dreamville featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG & Young Nudy – Down Bad
J. Cole – Middle Child
Offset featuring Cardi B – Clout

Nipsey Hussle was posthumously awarded for Best Rap Performance with collaborators Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy. According to Variety magazine, Hussle’s family and partner Lauren London received the award at a pre-telecast ceremony. His grandmother graced the podium and thanked people for “showing all the love” for him. The 33-year-old rapper was fatally shot outside his clothing store in LA. Hussel was considered to be a cherished member in the community and his philanthropy had garnered him praise from many.

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Best Rap/Sung Performance

DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – Higher – WINNER
Lil Baby & Gunna – Drip Too Hard
Lil Nas X – Panini
Mustard featuring Roddy Ricch – Ballin
Young Thug featuring J. Cole & Travis Scott – The London

Higher was included on the 2019 album Father of Asahd by DJ Khaled that featured Nipsey Hussle and John Legend. In an interview with Billboard, DJ Khaled revealed that he had predicted his win. He said, "I even told him, 'We're going to win a Grammy.' Because that's how I feel about my album. I really feel like not only is this my biggest, this is very special." Unfortunately, Hussle passed away last year after filming the song and music video.

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Best Tropical Latin Album

Aymée Nuviola – A Journey Through Cuban Music – WINNER (TIE)
Marc Anthony – Opus – WINNER (TIE)

Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 – Literal
Luis Enrique + C4 Trio – Tiempo Al Tiempo
Vicente García – Candela

The stage at the Grammy award ceremony was shared by two amazing artists—Aymée Nuviola and Marc Anthony for their albums A Journey Through Cuban Music and Opus, respectively—for the Best Tropical Latin Album. Recorded in Cuba with established artists like Septeto Santiaguero, Chucho Valdés, and Mayito Rivera, the former album takes listeners through the timeless Cuban music. A stark opposite, Opus is an album wherein the singer focuses on reggaeton and trap, which is different from the trends observed in mainstream Latin music.

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Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album

Rosalía – El Mal Querer – WINNER
Bad Bunny – X 100PRE
Flor De Toloache – Indestructible
iLe – Almadura
J Balvin & Bad Bunny – Oasis

Singer Rosalia took home the prestigious Golden Gramophone for the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. El Mal Querer is only her second studio album, and veterans in the industry believe that the singer is indeed a genius, a complicated one at best. In comparison to its predecessor Los Ángeles, El Mal Querer is easy to listen to as it does not necessarily focus only on the flamenco style. Rather, individual tracks of the album feature a nuance mix of electronic bass and pitch-shifted vocals with the decaying effect put to good use.

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Best Latin Pop Album

Alejandro Sanz – #ElDisco – WINNER
Luis Fonsi – Vida
Maluma – 11:11
Ricardo Montaner – Montaner
Sebastian Yatra – Fantasía

This category is for albums that contain at least 51% playing time of new Latin Pop music, and Alejandro Sanz bagged this Grammy for #ElDisco. An interesting fact about #ElDisco is that the singer waited for 4 years to release the pop album in a music scene dominated by single releases. Julio Reyes Copello and Alfonso Pérez co-produced #ElDisco with Sanz, and it was released in the first week of April. With 10 tracks, it features contemporary singles with powerful arrangements. Four featured tracks are El Trato, Mi Persona Favorita, Yo No Tengo Nada, and Te Canté un Son.

Song Of The Year www.popsugar.com
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Song Of The Year

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy – WINNER
H.E.R. – Hard Place
Lady Gaga – Always Remember Us This Way
Lana Del Rey – Norman F***ing Rockwell
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Tanya Tucker – Bring My Flowers Now
Taylor Swift – Lover

Billie Eilish and Finneas won Song of The Year for Bad Guy. Both siblings received five golden gramophones. While accepting the award, Eilish said, "So many other songs deserved this. I never thought this would happen in my whole life. I feel like I joke around a lot and I never take anything seriously, but I genuinely want to say that I'm grateful and honored to be here."

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Best New Artist

Billie Eilish – WINNER
Black Pumas
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank And The Bangas
Yola

The LA girl landed her third Grammy of the night in the Best New Artist category. Eilish won this honor for her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which included hits like Bad Guy, All the Good Girls Go to Hell, and Wish You Were Gay. Addressing her fellow nominees, the 18-year-old Billie Eilish said, “I know your fans are hardcore, they’re going to talk s*** about for me for years.” She also thanked her fans for their support. Her brother Finneas also had a huge night as he won two major awards for his work.

Album Of The Year www.justjared.com
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Album Of The Year

Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – WINNER
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Bon Iver – I, I
H.E.R. – I Used To Know Her
Lana Del Rey – Norman F**ing Rockwell!
Lil Nas X – 7 Lizzo – Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)
Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride

Eilish won Album Of The Year for her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? with brother Finneas. During her speech, Eilish said, "Can I just say that I think Arianna deserves this. thank u, next got me through some sh*t and I think it deserves, like more than anything in the world."

Record Of The Year www.vox.com
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Record Of The Year

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy – WINNER
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
Bon Iver – Hey, Ma
H.E.R. – Hard Place
Khalid – Talk
Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower

Billie Eilish dominated the Grammys by winning four major categories, including Record of the Year for Bad Guy, making her the youngest winner in this category. The song was co-written and produced by her brother Finneas who received many applause for his writing. It even bagged the #1 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 and ended the record-breaking 19-week streak by Old Town Road by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.