A Grammy Night We Sure Won’t Forget

Grammy trophies sit in the press room during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)

The 62nd Grammy Awards on Sunday took place amid chaos and tragedy. They started with Deborah Dugan getting removed ten days before the event. They also took place shortly after the death of Kobe Bryant as a result of a helicopter crash. Alicia Keys, who was the host, tried her best to respond to what she called “a hell of a week.” She gave a speech that did Kobe’s memory respect. Lizzo even performed a tribute song for Kobe Bryant.

All in all, the night belonged to pop artist Billie Eilish as she received several awards. She is the youngest artist to get the award for album of the year. She also became the first to receive all four major awards (song, album, and record of the year and best new artist) since 1981 when Christopher Cross did it. Lil Nas X and Lizzo were among other artists who were not left behind and scooped awards for themselves.

Nipsey Hussle’s family accepted awards on his behalf giving a touching speech on such an emotional evening.

Record of the Year: “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish

Album of the Year: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish

Best New Artist: Billie Eilish

Song of the Year: “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Rap/Sung Performance: “Higher” DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle, John Legend

Rap Album: IGOR, Tyler, The Creator

Comedy Album: Sticks & Stones, Dave Chappelle

Country Duo/Group Performance: “Speechless,” Dan + Shay

Pop Solo Performance: Lizzo, “Truth Hurts”

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, FINNEAS

Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Look Now, Elvis Costello & The Imposters


Rap Song: “A Lot,” J. Cole, DJ Dahi, 21 Savage, Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage & J. Cole)

Rap Performance: “Racks In The Middle,” Nipsey Hussle f/Roddy Ricch & Hit Boy

Alternative Music Album: Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend

Rock Album: Social Cues, Cage The Elephant

Rock Song: “This Land,” Gary Clark Jr.

Metal Performance: “7empest,” Tool

Rock Performance: “This Land,” Gary Clark Jr.

R&B Album: “Ventura,” Anderson .Paak

Urban Contemporary Album: Cuz I Love You (Deluxe),  Lizzo

R&B Song: “Say So” PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton & JoJo)

Traditional R&B Performance: “Jerome,” Lizzo

R&B Performance winner: “Come Home,” Anderson .Paak & André 3000

Music Film: Homecoming, Beyoncé, Ed Burke, video directors; Steve Pamon, Erinn Williams, video producers

Music Video: “Old Town Road (Official Movie),” Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, CALMATIC, video director; Candice Dragonas, Melissa Larsen Ekholm, Saul Levitz, video producers

Best Song Written for Visual Media: “I’ll Never Love Again,” Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey, Aaron Raitiere, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Chernobyl, Hildur Gudnadottir

Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Country Album: While I’m Livin’, Tanya Tucker

Country Song: “Bring My Flowers Now,” Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth, Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)

Country Solo Performance: “Ride Me Back Home,” Willie Nelson

Americana Album: Oklahoma, Keb Mo

American Roots Song: “Call My Name” Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Sara Watkins, songwriters (I’m With Her)

American Roots Performance: “Saint Honestly,” Sara Bareilles

World Music Album: Celia, Angelique Kidjo

Musical Theater Album: Hadestown

Contemporary Classical Composition: Higdon: Harp Concerto, Jennifer Higdon, composer (Yolanda Kondonassis, Ward Stare, Rochester Philharmonic)

Classical Instrumental Solo: “Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite,” Nicky Benedetti, Cristi Macelaru, conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra)

Classical Compendium: The Poetry of Places, Nadia Shpachenko; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, producers

Classical Solo Vocal Album: Songplay, Joyce DiDonato; Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison, Charlie Porter and Craig Terry, accompanists (Steve Barnett & Lautaro Greco)

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