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RECAP: The 60th Annual Grammy Awards Performances & Winners

Bruno Mars Sweeps Up With 6 Wins

The Recording Academy returned to New York City for the first time in more than a decade to host the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. The evening began with paparazzi snapping photos of the best-dressed artists, winners, and performers as they walked down the red carpet into Madison Square Garden for the ceremony.

Kendrick Lamar wowed the audience with a medley of songs featuring a performance of “XXX” featuring a special guest appearance by Bono and The Edge of U2 and comedian Dave Chappelle. It was a performance that was hard to top… but Lady Gaga would soon follow with a breathtaking performance of “Joanne” and “Million Reasons” featuring producer Mark Ronson. And, even though British singer-songwriter Sam Smith was nominated this year for his album, The Thrill of It All, he wouldn’t let that stop him from giving a powerful performance of his song “Pray.”

In memory of two rock ‘n’ roll music pioneers, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, two music legends who died this past year, guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and songwriter/producer Jean Baptiste delivered a touching tribute with a medley of their timeless classics, including “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and Maybelline.”

The Grammy performances only got better from here… with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee doing their 2017 summertime anthem, “Despacito,” followed by a jaw-dropping performance of “Terrified” by Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover, who surprised everyone by bringing up 9-year-old singer JD McCrary to perform with him.

Cardi B and Bruno Mars brought the ’90s retro vibe back with a live performance of their new hit single, “Finesse,” sporting all-new outfits based on the Wayans brothers sketch-comedy show, In Living Colour. After joining host James Corden, for a subway ride around Manhattan, Sting and Shaggy came together on stage for a performance of “Englishman in New York.”

Rihanna performed ferociously for her rendition of “Wild Thoughts” featuring DJ Khaled and Bryson TillerIn memory of those lost during the Rt. 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Eric Church performed Eric Clapton’s “Tears In Heaven” with Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne at the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Country group Little Big Town would also hit the stage for a performance of their 2017 single, “Better Man.” 

The powerful message of the #TimesUp movement was echoed throughout the when Janelle Monáe took the stage to introduce Kesha who performed an emotional rendition of her single “Praying” featuring Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, and an all female-choir. P!nk would also captivate audience members, without any acrobatics or theatrics, during her performance of, “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.”

U2 took the stage once again, only this time moving it outside, for a performance of their new single “Get Out of Your Own Way,” which was shot in front of the Statue of Liberty. Elton John would also return to the Grammys for a performance of his classic “Tiny Dancer” featuring Miley Cyrus.

SZA set up holographic projections for her performance of “Broken Clocks” off her debut album CTRL, which was followed by a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Wright performed by Patti Lupone and Ben Platt. The evening started to draw to a close with yet another touching tribute to the late Tom Petty, who last week was determined to have died of an accidental drug overdose. In memory of the departed music icon, Chris Stapleton & Emmylou Harris performed his song “Wildflowers.”

The performance portion of the Grammy’s ended with Logic who gave an emotional performance of the hit song “1-800-273-8255” featuring award-winner Alessia Cara and Khalid. Following his performance, he went on to give an inspiring speech about diversity, immigration, and gender equality.

“Be not scared to use your voice,” Logic said. “To all the beautiful countries filled with culture, diversity and thousands of years of history, you are not shitholes.”

Once again… the biggest winner of the evening was Bruno Mars, who took home six Grammy awards for his album, 24K Magic. Prior to last night’s Grammy Awards presentation, Mars won seven awards at the 2017 American Music Awards.

Several of last night’s biggest winners were named before the start of the show… such as Best Metal Performance, Best Traditional R&B Song, Music Video of the Year, Best Jazz Album, Best Spoken Word album, leaving the biggest awards, such as Album and Song of the Year to the very end.

Here’s a look at last night’s Grammy Award winners:

Album of the Year: 24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Record of the Year: 24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Song of the Year: “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars (Written by Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip)


Best New Artist: Alessia Cara

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 — Various Artists

Best Pop Vocal Album: ÷ — Ed Sheeran

Best Dance Recording: “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem

Best Dance/Electronic Album: 3-D The Catalogue — Kraftwerk

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Prototype — Jeff Lorber Fusion

Best Rock Performance: “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen

Best Metal Performance: Sultan’s Curse — Mastodon

Best Rock Song: “Run” — Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album: A Deeper Understanding — 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” — Bruno Mars (Written by Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip)

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Starboy — The Weeknd

Best R&B Album: 24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Best Rap Performance: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Performance: “LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar (K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan, and M. Williams II)

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” — Chris Stapleton (Written by Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Album: From A Room: Volume 1 — Chris Stapleton

Best New Age Album: Dancing on Water — Peter Kater

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Miles Beyond” — John McLaughlin

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dreams and Daggers — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Rebirth — Billy Childs

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Bringin’ It — Christian McBride Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album: Jazz Tango — Pablo Ziegler Trio

Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Never Have to Be Alone” — CeCe Winans (Written by Dwan Hill & Alvin Love III)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “What a Beautiful Name” — Hillsong Worship (Written by Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood)

Best Gospel Album: Let Them Fall in Love — CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Chain Breaker — Zach Williams

Best Roots Gospel Album: Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope — Reba McEntire

Best Latin Pop Album: El Dorado — Shakira

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Residente — Residente

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): “Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas” — Aida Cuevas

Best Tropical Latin Album: “Salsa Big Band” — Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado y Orquesta

Best American Roots Performance: “Killer Diller Blues” — Alabama Shakes

Best American Roots Song: “If We Were Vampires” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Best Americana Album: The Nashville Sound — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Best Bluegrass Album: TIE between Laws of Gravity — The Infamous Stringdusters and All the Rage — In Concert Volume One — Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Best Traditional Blues Album: Blue & Lonesome — The Rolling Stones

Best Contemporary Blues Album: TajMo — Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’

Best Folk Album: Mental Illness — Aimee Mann

Best Regional Roots Music Album: Kalenda — Lost Bayou Ramblers

Best Reggae Album: Stony Hill — Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Best World Music Album: Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration — Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Best Children’s Album: Feel What U Feel — Lisa Loeb

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books, and Storytelling): The Princess Diarist — Carrie Fisher

Best Comedy Album: The Age of Spin/Deep in the Heart of Texas — Dave Chappelle

Best Musical Theater Album: Dear Evan Hansen — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (original Broadway cast recording)

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: La La Land — Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: La La Land — Justin Hurwitz, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media: “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)

Best Instrumental Composition: “Three Revolutions” — Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: “Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra From ‘Catch Me If You Can’” — John Williams

Best Arrangement, Instruments, and Vocals: “Putin” — Randy Newman

Best Recording Package: TIE Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition) — Sasha Barr, Ed Steed and Josh Tillman, art directors (Father John Misty) and El Orisha de la Rosa — Claudio Roncoli and Cactus Taller, art directors (Magín Díaz)

Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package: The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly, and David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)

Best Album Notes: “Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings” — Lynell George, writer (Otis Redding)

Best Historical Album: Leonard Bernstein — The Composer — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Martin Kistner and Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Leonard Bernstein)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: 24K Magic — Serban Ghenea, John Hanes and Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer (Bruno Mars)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Greg Kurstin

Best Remixed Recording: “You Move (Latroit Remix)” — Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode)

Best Surround Sound Album: Early Americans — Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson and Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)

Best Engineered Album, Classical: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio — Mark Donahue, engineer (Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Best Orchestral Performance: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording: “Berg: Wozzeck” — Hans Graf, conductor; Anne Schwanewilms and Roman Trekel; Hans Graf and Brad Sayles, producers (Houston Symphony; Chorus of Students and Alumni, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University and Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus)

Best Choral Performance: “Bryars: The Fifth Century” — Donald Nally, conductor (PRISM Quartet and The Crossing)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Death & the Maiden” — Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Transcendental” — Daniil Trifonov

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Crazy Girl Crazy” — Barbara Hannigan (Ludwig Orchestra)

Best Classical Compendium: “Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto” — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Viola Concerto” — Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Nashville Symphony)

Best Music Video: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Music Film: The Defiant Ones — Various Artists


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