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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.