An overview of the 61st Grammy Awards

An overview of the 61st Grammy Awards

The 61st Grammys happened earlier this morning at the STAPLES Centre in Los Angeles with 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys as the host. It was a night filled with larger-than-life performances, teary-eyed artists, a spectacular birthday bash and the absence of the night's biggest winner. And in case you missed the action, read our roundup of the night's winners, losers and a few buzzworthy highlights.


Opening the night was Camila Cabello, who performed 'Havana' and 'Mi Gente' with J Balvin, Ricky Martin, Young Thug and Arturo Sandoval. This marks the first time a Latina opened the show and she did it fantastically, with an over-the-top theatrical set and even snuck in a political message too. By any standard, she made her set a pivotal and memorable one.

Former first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance during Key's opening monologue and was also joined by Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez to talk about what music meant to them.

The legendary Quincy Jones won the Grammy for Best Music Film for his documentary Quincy, which gives him a total of 28 awards. This was a momentous win for Jones as he made history as the living artist with the most Grammy wins.


Drake, much to everyone's surprise, showed up at the ceremony to accept his award for Best Rap Song. He then proceeded to throw shade at the Academy and essentially said that the award is useless. His mic was also cut off midway.

Newcomer H.E.R. won the award for Best R&B Album, adding to her earlier win for Best R&B Performance. The Filipino-American was presented the award by K-pop super group BTS. It's worth knowing that the hashtag #TearItUpBTS was trending higher than the actual #GRAMMYs. Before presenting the award, the group said, “Growing up in South Korea, we always dreamed of being on the Grammys stage. Thank you to all our fans for making this dream come true and we’ll be back.”

Cardi B got the honour of being the first female solo artist to win Best Rap Album, for her debut full-length, Invasion Of Privacy, by beating out Mac MillerNipsey HusslePusha T and Travis Scott, all of whom released incredible projects recently. Her acceptance speech centred around the pressures of her putting out an album after her massively successful single 'Bodak Yellow' while juggling mother-to-be duties. She also paid tribute to the late Mac Miller, whom she said she shared the award with.

Dua Lipa claimed the crown for Best New Artist in a category that was overcrowded with favourites such as Luke CombsGreta Van FleetH.E.RMargo PriceBebe RexhaJorja Smith and Beyoncé's protégés Chloe X Halle. Before winning, she delivered one of the night's steamiest performances with a mashup of 'Masseduction' and 'One Kiss' together with St.Vincent.  

Rounding up the night were the two most coveted awards: Record Of The Year and Album Of The YearChildish Gambino got the honour of winning Record Of The Year for 'This Is America', which was accepted on behalf of him by Ludwig Göransson and came out as the night's biggest winner with five in total. However, country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves clinched Album Of The Year, which gave her four Grammy wins for the night.

Check out the complete list of winners below.

Record Of The Year

Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'

Album Of The Year

Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

Song Of The Year

Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'

Best New Artist

Dua Lipa

Best Pop Solo Performance

Lady Gaga – 'Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)'

Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – 'Shallow'

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Willie Nelson – My Way

Best Pop Vocal Album

Ariana Grande – Sweetener

Best Dance Recording

Silk City & Dua Lipa – 'Electricity'

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Justice – Woman Worldwide

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Steve Gadd Band – Steve Gadd Band

Best Rock Performance

Chris Cornell – 'When Bad Does Good'

Best Metal Performance

High On Fire – 'Electric Messiah'

Best Rock Song

St.Vincent – 'Masseduction'

Best Rock Album

Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires

Best Alternative Music Album

Beck – Colors

Best R&B Performance

H.E.R. – 'Best Part' featuring Daniel Caesar

Best Traditional R&B Performance (TIE)

Leon Bridges – 'Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand'

PJ Morton – 'How Deep Is Your Love featuring Yebba'

Best R&B Song

Ella Mai – 'Boo’d Up'

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Carters – Everything Is Love

Best R&B Album

H.E.R. – H.E.R.

Best Rap Performance (TIE)

Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake – 'King’s Dead'

Anderson .Paak – 'Bubblin'

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'

Best Rap Song

Drake – 'God’s Plan'

Best Rap Album

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy

Best Country Solo Performance

Kacey Musgraves – 'Butterflies'

Best Country Dup/ Group Performance

Dan + Shay – 'Tequila'

Best Country Song

Kacey Musgraves – 'Space Cowboy'

Best Country Album

Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

Best New Age Album

Opium Moon – Opium Moon

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Join Daversa – 'Don’t Fence Me In'

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Cécile McLorin Slavant – The Window

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

The Wayne Shorter Quartet – Emanon

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

John Daversa Big Band featuring DACA Artists – American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music and Freedom

Best Latin Jazz Album

Dafnis Prieto Big Band – Back To The Sunset

Best Gospel Performance/ Song

Tori Kelly – 'Never Alone featuring Kirk Franklin'

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/ Song

Lauren Daigle – 'You Say'

Best Gospel Album 

Tori Kelly – Hiding Place

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Lauren Daigle – Look Up Child

Best Roots Gospel Album

Jason Crabb – Unexpected

Best Latin Pop Album

Claudia Brant – Sincera

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Zoé – Aztlán

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)


Best Tropical Latin Album

Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Anniversary

Best American Roots Performance

Brandi Carlile – 'The Joke'

Best American Roots Song

Brandi Carlile – 'The Joke'

Best Americana Album 

Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You

Best Bluegrass Album

The Travelin’ McCourys – The Travelin’ McCourys

Best Traditional Blues Album

Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive And Well

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Fantastic Negrito – Please Don’t Be Dead

Best Folk Album

Punch Brothers – All Ashore

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Kalani Pe’a – No’Ane’i

Best Reggae Album

Sting & Shaggy – 44/876

Best World Music Album

Soweto Gospel Choir – Freedom

Best Children’s Album

Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – All The Sounds

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling)

Jimmy Carter – Faith - A Journey For All

Best Comedy Album

Dave Chappelle – Equanimity & The Bird Revelation

Best Musical Theatre Album

The Band’s Visit

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

The Greatest Showman

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – 'Shallow'

Best Instrumental Composition

Terence Blanchard – 'Blut Und Boden (Blood And Soil)'

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

John Daversa Big Band featuring DACA Artists – 'Stars and Stripes Forever'

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Mark Kibble, Randy Waldman and Justin Wilson – 'Spiderman Theme'

Best Recording Package

St.Vincent – Masseduction

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of “Weird Al” Yankovic

Best Album Notes

Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris

Best Historical Album

Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Beck – Colors

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Pharrell Williams

Best Remixed Recording

Alex Crossan – 'Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix)'

Best Immersive Audio Album

The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky - 35th Anniversary Edition

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra – Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11

Producer Of The Year, Classical

Blanton Alspaugh

Best Orchestral Performance

Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra – 'Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11'

Best Opera Recording

The Sante Fe Opera Orchestra – 'Bates: The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs'

Best Choral Performance

Donald Nally – 'Mcloskey: Zealot Canticles'

Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance

Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet – 'Anderson, Laurie: Landfall'

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Seattle Symphony – 'Kernis: Violin Concerto'

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Karim Sulayman, Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo’s Fire – Songs Of Orpheus – Monteverdi, Caccini, D’india & Landi

Best Classical Compendium

JoAnn Falletta and Tim Handley – Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’; Poems Of Life; Glacier; Rush

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

James Ehnes, Ludovic and Seattle Symphony – 'Kernis: Violin Concerto'

Best Music Video

Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'

Best Music Film

Quincy Jones – Quincy