Music’s biggest night took place Sunday at the Los Angeles Staples Center, in a moment that was sure to be watched closely by those who’ve been criticizing The Grammy Awards in the past. Last year, after most women nominated lost out on the Grammy prizes, the #GrammySoMale hashtag went viral. And after Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and Childish Gambino lost out in all the major hip-hop categories, hip-hop fans and artists alike criticized the Recording Academy for being out-of-touch with the hip-hop music scene.

And as the Grammy Awards rolled up this year, it seemed like everything was set to blow up all over again. Lamar, Gambino, Jay-Z and his 22-time Grammy winning superstar wife Beyonce (the duo was nominated this year for their album Everything Is Love) chose to sit out the awards show in protest of last year’s snubs. On Friday, frontrunner for Best Pop Vocal Album Ariana Grande pulled out of performing at the Grammy’s, citing disagreement with Grammy producers over which songs she would be allowed to perform. Reportedly, rap superstars like Lamar, Gambino and Drake had also declined the offer to perform. With these mega-superstars boycotting, it seemed like the Recording Academy was ripe for another disaster.

Luckily, though, the Grammy’s seemed to know how to appease their audience. In a obviously-PR-inspired move, host Alicia Keys began the night by introducing her ultra-famous “sisters” – Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and surprise guest Michelle Obama – who gave cliched speeches about the importance of music that nevertheless got the point across. The Recoding Academy was going to honor everyone tonight, as Keys said repeatedly, and especially those it snubbed so egregiously last year.

And that it did. Gambino (AKA Donald Glover) was finally given the recognition he deserved, winning in almost every category he was nominated in, including two of the biggest awards of the night – Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his hit “This Is America,” making history as the first rap song to take home both trophies. Cardi B was awarded with the Best Rap Album prize for her Invasion of Privacy, becoming the first solo woman to win in the category. In a heartfelt moment, she dedicated her win to fellow nominee Mac Miller, who died in September of last year.

Most of the biggest awards of the night also went to women. Kacey Musgraves won Album of the Year, Dua Lipa was crowned Best New Artist, and Grande took home the prize for Best Pop Vocal Album (although I’ll fight anyone who doesn’t think Taylor Swift was unjustly snubbed).


The night’s performances also honored women in the industry, with performances by Janelle Monae, H.E.R., Cardi B and Chloe x Halle all hitting the sweet spot. Music icons Diana Ross and Dolly Parton were each honored with tributes as well. The only controversial moment of the night was when Lopez took the stage to lead a Motown tribute, which seemed an odd choice to honor the traditionally-black genre.

The night was an obvious attempt to re-vamp the Grammy’s image, and the awards given reflected that. But, hey, who’s complaining? See the full list of winners below:

Record of the Year
“I Like It” — Cardi B, Bad Bunny, & J Balvin
“The Joke” — Brandi Carlile
“This Is America” — Childish Gambino
“God’s Plan” — Drake
“Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
“All The Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA
“Rockstar” — Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey

Album of the Year
Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
By The Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
Scorpion — Drake
H.E.R. — H.E.R.
Beerbongs & Bentleys — Post Malone
Dirty Computer — Janelle Monáe
Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By — Various Artists

Song of the Year
“All The Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA
“Boo’d Up” — Ella Mai
“God’s Plan” — Drake
“In My Blood” — Shawn Mendes
“The Joke” — Brandi Carlile
“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey
“Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
“This Is America” — Childish Gambino

Best New Artist
Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Colors” — Beck
“Havana (Live)” — Camila Cabello
“God Is A Woman” — Ariana Grande
“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” — Lady Gaga
“Better Now” — Post Malone

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Fall In Line” — Christina Aguilera feat. Demi Lovato
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — Backstreet Boys
“‘S Wonderful” — Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
“Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
“Girls Like You” — Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B
“Say Something” — Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton
“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Love Is Here To Stay — Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
My Way — Willie Nelson
Nat “King” Cole & Me — Gregory Porter
Standards (Deluxe) — Seal
The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic! — Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album
Camila — Camila Cabello
Meaning of Life — Kelly Clarkson
Sweetener — Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes — Shawn Mendes
Beautiful Trauma — P!nk
Reputation — Taylor Swift

Best Rock Album
Rainier Fog — Alice in Chains
Mania — Fall Out Boy
Prequelle — Ghost
From the Fires — Greta Van Fleet
Pacific Daydream — Weezer

Best Rock Song
“Black Smoke Rising” — Greta Van Fleet
“Jumpsuit” — Twenty One Pilots
“MANTRA” — Bring Me the Horizon
“Masseduction” — St. Vincent
“Rats” — Ghost

Best Rock Performance
“Four Out of Five” — Arctic Monkeys
“When Bad Does Good” — Chris Cornell
“Made an America” — The Fever 333
“Highway Tune” — Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable” — Halestorm

Best Metal Performance
“Condemned to the Gallows” — Between the Buried and Me
“Honeycomb” — Deafheaven
“Electric Messiah” — High on Fire
“Betrayer” — Trivium
“On My Teeth” — Underoath

Best Alternative Music Album
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino — Arctic Monkeys
Colors — Beck
Utopia — Björk
American Utopia — David Byrne
Masseduction — St. Vincent

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Everything Is Love — The Carters
The Kids Are Alright — Chloe x Halle
Chris Dave and the Drumhedz — Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
War & Leisure — Miguel
Ventriloquism — Meshell Ndegeocello

Best R&B Album
Sex & Cigarettes — Toni Braxton
Good Thing — Leon Bridges
Honestly — Lalah Hathaway
H.E.R. — H.E.R.
Gumbo Unplugged (Live) — PJ Morton

Best R&B Song
“Boo’d Up” — Ella Mai
“Come Through and Chill” — Miguel feat. J. Cole & Salaam Remi
“Feels Like Summer” — Childish Gambino
“Focus” — H.E.R.
“Long As I Live” — Toni Braxton

Best R&B Performance
“Long as I Live” — Toni Braxton
“Summer” — The Carters
“YOY” — Lalah Hathaway
“Best Part” — H.E.R. feat. Daniel Caesar
“First Began” — PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” — Leon Bridges
“How Deep Is Your Love” — PJ Morton feat. Yebba
“Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight” — Bettye LaVette
“Honest” — MAJOR.
“Made for Love” — Charlie Wilson feat. Lalah Hathaway

Best Rap Album
Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
Swimming — Mac Miller
Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle
Daytona — Pusha T
Astroworld — Travis Scott

Best Rap Song
“God’s Plan” — Drake
“King’s Dead” — Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake
“Lucky You” — Eminem
“Sicko Mode” — Travis Scott
“Win” — Jay Rock

Best Rap Performance
“Be Careful” — Cardi B
“Nice For What” — Drake
“King’s Dead” — Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake
“Bubblin” — Anderson .Paak
“Sicko Mode” — Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee

Best Rap/Sung Performance
“Like I Do” — Christina Aguilera feat. Goldlink
“Pretty Little Fears” — 6LACK feat. J. Cole
“This Is America” — Childish Gambino
“All the Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA
“Rockstar” — Post Malone feat. 21 Savage

Best Country Album
Unapologetically — Kelsea Ballerini
Port Saint Joe — Brothers Osborne
Girl Going Nowhere — Ashley McBryde
Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
From A Room: Volume 2 — Chris Stapleton

Best Country Song
“Break Up In The End” — Cole Swindell
“Dear Hate” — Maren Morris feat. Vince Gill
“I Lived It” — Blake Shelton
“Space Cowboy” — Kacey Musgraves
“Tequila” — Dan + Shay
“When Someone Stops Loving You” — Little Big Town

Best Country Solo Performance
“Wouldn’t It Be Great?” — Loretta Lynn
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris
“Butterflies” — Kacey Musgraves
“Millionaire” — Chris Stapleton
“Parallel Line” — Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Shoot Me Straight” — Brothers Osborne
“Tequila” — Dan + Shay
“When Someone Stops Loving You” — Little Big Town
“Dear Hate” — Maren Morris feat. Vince Gill
“Meant to Be” — Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Music Video
“Apes—” — The Carters
“This Is America” — Childish Gambino
“I’m Not Racist” — Joyner Lucas
“Pynk” — Janelle Monáe
“Mumbo Jumbo” — Tierra Whack

Best Dance Recording
“Northern Soul” — Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford
“Ultimatum” — Disclosure feat. Fatoumata Diawara
“Losing It” — Fisher
“Electricity” — Silk City & Duo Lipa feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson
“Ghost Voices” — Virtual Self

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Singularity — Jon Hopkins
Woman Worldwide — Justice
Treehouse — Sofi Tukker
Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides — Sophie
Lune Rouge — Tokimonsta

Best Americana Album
By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
Things Have Changed — Bettye LaVette
The Tree of Forgiveness — John Prine
The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone — Lee Ann Womack
One Drop of Truth — The Wood Brothers

Best American Roots Performance
“Kick Rocks” — Sean Ardoin
“Saint James Infirmary Blues” — Jon Batiste
“The Joke” — Brandi Carlile
“All On My Mind” — Anderson East
“Last Man Standing” — Willie Nelson

Best American Roots Song
“All the Trouble” — Lee Ann Womack
“Build a Bridge” — Mavis Staples
“The Joke” — Brandi Carlile
“Knocking’ On Your Screen Door” — John Prine
“Summer’s End” — John Prine

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Call Me By Your Name — Various Artists
Deadpool 2 — Various Artists
The Greatest Showman — Hugh Jackman (& Various Artists)
Lady Bird — Various Artists
Stranger Things — Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Black Panther — Ludwig Göransson
Blade Runner 2049 — Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer
Coco — Michael Giacchino
The Shape of Water — Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi — John Williams

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“All the Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA (from Black Panther)
“Mystery of Love” — Sufjan Stevens (from Call Me By Your Name)
“Remember Me” — Miguel feat. Natalia Lafourcade (from Coco)
“Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (from A Star Is Born)
“This Is Me” — Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble (from The Greatest Showman)

Best Music Film
Life in 12 Bars
The King

Best Instrumental Composition
Blut Und Boden
Infinity War
Mine Mission
The Shape of Water

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Larry Klein
Linda Perry
Kanye West
Pharrell Williams

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
The Emancipation Procrastination — Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Steve Gadd Band — Steve Gadd Band
Modern Lore — Julian Lage
Laid Black — Marcus Miller
Protocol 4 — Simon Phillips

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Diamond Cut — Tia Fuller
Live in Europe — Fred Hersch Trio
Seymour Reads The Constitution! — Brad Mehldau Trio
Still Dreaming — Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley, & Brian Blade
Emanon — The Wayne Shorter Quartet

Best Jazz Vocal Album
My Mood Is You — Freddy Cole
The Questions — Kurt Elling
The Subject Tonight Is Love — Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz, & Gary Versace
If You Really Want — Raul Midón with the Metropolo Orkest conducted by Vince Mendoza
The Window — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Regina Carter on “Some of That Sunshine” — Karrin Allyson
John Daversa on “Don’t Fence Me In” — John Daversa Big Band feat. DACA Artists
Fred Hersch on “We See” — Fred Hersch Trio
Brad Mehldau on “De-Dah” — Brad Mehldau Trio
Miguel Zenón on “Cadenas” — Miguel Zenón feat. Spektral Quartet

Best Reggae Album
As The World Turns — Black Uhuru
Reggae Forever — Etana
Rebellion Rises — Ziggy Marley
A Matter Of Time — Protoje
44/876 — Sting & Shaggy

Best Gospel Performance/Song
“You Will Win” — Jekalyn Carr
“Won’t He Do It” — Koryn Hawthorne
“Never Alone” — Tori Kelly feat. Kirk Franklin
“Cycles” — Jonathan McReynolds feat. DOE
“A Great Work” — Brian Courtney Wilson

Best Gospel Album
One Nation Under God — Jekalyn Carr
Hiding Place — Tori Kelly
Make Room — Jonathan McReynolds
The Other Side — The Walls Group
A Great Work — Brian Courtney Wilson

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Look Up Child — Lauren Daigle
Hallelujah Here Below — Elevation Worship
Living With a Fire — Jesus Culture
Surrounded — Michael W. Smith
Survivor: Live From Harding Prison — Zach Williams

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
“Reckless Love” — Cory Asbury
“You Say” — Lauren Daigle
“Joy.” — for KING & COUNTRY
“Grace Got You” — MercyMe feat. John Reuben
“Known” — Tauren Wells

Best Latin Pop Album
Prometo — Pablo Alborán
Sincera — Claudia Brant
Musas (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de Los Macorinos), Vol. 2 — Natalia Lafourcade
2:00 am — Raquel Sofía
Vives — Carlos Vives

Best New Age Album
Hiraeth — Lisa Gerrad & David Kuckhermann
Beloved — Snatam Kaur
Opium Moon — Opium Moon
Molecules of Motion — Steve Roach
Moku Maluhia – Peaceful Island — Jim Kimo West

Best Comedy Album
Annihilation — Patton Oswalt
Equanimity & The Bird Revelation — Dave Chapelle
Noble Ape — Jim Gaffigan
Standup for Drummers — Fred Armisen
Tamborine — Chris Rock

Best Spoken Word Album
Accessory to War (Neil deGrasse Tyson & Avis Lang) — Courtney B. Vance
Calypso — David Sedaris
Creative Quest — Questlove
Faith – A Journey for All — Jimmy Carter
The Last Black Unicorn — Tiffany Haddish


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