The Grammy Award or the Gramophone Awards is that prestigious award which is conferred on the very talented music industry. It is the majestic musical award ceremony which conglomerates myriad music sensations. This year’s Grammy Awards brought together innumerable talents, and the list of the ones who won our hearts as well as the awards is way too long.
The 61 st Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, hosted by Alicia Keys, was regal and grand to say the least. With Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, and Janelle Monae performing at the grand event, it could not get any better. Here are the ones who made it big at the Grammy Awards this year:
This Is America – Rules This Year
Childish Gambino created history because this is the first time in the history of the Grammy Awards when a rap song has won the record of the year. Donald Grover, also known as Childish Gambino, was not present there himself but it was a matter of immense pride when he won the Grammy not just for the record of the year, but also for the song of the year for the political anthem, This is America. This is America released in May 2018 and it grabbed fifty million eyeballs on YouTube.
Kacey Musgraves And Her Golden Hour Of Grammys
Talk of country music and the world thinks of Kacey Musgraves. This beautiful singer and song writer won the Grammy for the album of the year: Golden Hour. She bagged her first Grammy for the best country album for Same Trailer and Different Park at the 56th Grammy Award, and that event also marked her first stage performance at the Grammy Award, where she rocked the stage by singing Follow Your Stone.
This year’s Grammy was a lot different than last year’s because this year saw a plethora of women take home the prestigious award. Kacey Musgraves also won the Grammy for the Best Country Album: Golden Hour. It is a matter of immense glory because for the first time in ten years, the prestigious award for the Album of the Year has been conferred on a country album. This pretty lady also stunned the stage by crooning to the tunes of Rainbow from her album, Golden Hour.
Kacey Musgraves was also awarded with the Best Country Song Award for Space Cowboys and she also won the Best Country Solo Performance for the song Butterflies.
Cardi B – The Honoured Rap
After Kacey Musgraves, it was Cardi B whose rap album Invasion of Privacy won the award for the Best Rap Album. It was obvious that she welled up a bit because she is the first solo woman to have won the Rap Album Grammy Award. She was also nominated for the Record of the Year award and the Album of the Year Award. It seems like rap has a long way to go in India as well, given India’s current obsession with Gully Boy.
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake were hugely recognized for King’s Dead from Black Panther which had a tie with Anderson Paak for Bubblin. It was Jay Rock who accepted the award.
The Lady Who Stunned
Lady Gaga won three awards at the Grammy this year. She won the award for the Best Pop performance for Joanne, and Best Pop Duet Award for Shallow from the movie, A Star Is Born. She is to perform this with Bradley Cooper at the Oscars also. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper won the award for The Best Song Written for the Visual Media for Shallow.
The Best New Artist – Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa won the Grammy for the Best New Artist, and that was the second time she won that night because Electricity won Best Dance Recording, featuring Diplo and Mark Ronson. This twenty three year old thanked her fans who have brought out the best in her.
The Best Pop
The traditional pop vocal album to grab the Emmy this year was My Way by Willie Nelson. And of course Ariana Grande was the winner of the pop vocal album – Sweetener, this being the first Grammy for this popular star.
The Rock And The Metals
Moving on to the world of rock and metals When Bad Does Good by Chris Cornell was awarded the Best Rock Performance, which was a posthumous award. Toni and Christopher accepted the award on his behalf.
While the Best Metal Performance was won by Electric Messiah for High On Fire. The award for the Best Rock Song went to the track Masseduction by St. Vincent and Greta Van Fleet took away the Emmy for the Best Rock Album: From The Fires.
Jazz It Up Like…
Don’t Fence Me In by John Daversa won the award for the Best Improvised Jazz Solo. The song is from American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music, and Freedom. John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists also won the Grammy for the Best Largte Jazz Ensemble Album. The award for the Best Jazz Vocal Album was won by Cecile McLorin Salvant for The Window. The award for the Best Latin Jazz Album went to Dafnis Prieto Big Band for Back To The Sunset, while The Wayne Shorter Quartet won the award for their Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Emanon.
The Devotional Bests
The beautiful song Never Alone by Tori Kelly, featuring Kirk Franklin won the Best Gospel Performance, and the best Contemporary Christian Music Performance Award went to Lauren Daigle for the song You Say, which was written by Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram, and Paul Mabury. Lauren Daigle also won the award for the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, Look Up Child. Tori Kelly also bagged the award for the Best Gospel Album for Hiding Place. The Best Roots Gospel Album Award went to Jason Crabb for Unexpected.
The American Roots
There were innumerable other talented musicians who bagged this prestigious award, and some of them were Claudia Brant for the Best Latin Pop Album, Sincera, Spanish Harlem Orchestra for the Best Tropical Latin Album, Anniversary, and Brandi Carlile won three awards, two for the Best American Roots Performance and Best American Root Song, The Joke, and one for the Best Americana Album, By The Way, I Forgive You.
Other than these, there were many other notable and talented musicians who won this prestigious award, like Best Orchestral Performance: Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 – Andris Nelsons, Best Choral Performance: Mcloskey: Zealot Canticles – Donald Nally. Best Opera Recording: Bates: The (R)Evolution Of Steve Jobs – Michael Christie, and Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Anderson, Laurie: Landfall – Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet.
The Grammys like every other year was a grand affair with a good dose of drama and some lovely celebrations!