A WINNING NIGHT – 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMYS

Beyonce performs during The 59th GRAMMY Awards (Photo courtesy of The Grammy’s, Kevin Winter)

59th annual Grammys brought a night of trophies, tears and technical difficulties. Hosted by James Cordon who opened the night rolling down a flight of stairs and then saving it with a Grammy rap where he took a crack at Donald Trump, Rihanna and Drake’s relationship and adored Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement.

Adele at The 59th GRAMMY Awards (Photo curtesy of The Grammys)

Once again Adele stayed humble even with her trophy sweep. Adele had her Mean Girl’s Lindsay Lohan moment when she split her Grammy in two saying that Beyoncé deserved the Grammy. This brought tears to the expediting mother Beyonce’s eyes as Adele praised the work that Beyoncé went through to produce her album, Lemonade.

“Becoming a mother I lost a lot of myself and I’ve struggled being a mom, and I still do struggle being a mom, it’s really hard. Tonight winning this kind of feels full circle and a bit of me has come back to myself. But I can’t possibly accept this award. And I’m very humbled and I’m very gracious but my artist of my life is Beyoncé and this album to me, this Lemonade album, was just so monumental.”

Beside the recognition of the year’s most achieved artists, the award show presented a number of amazing performances. Adele opened the show and awed the audience with “Hello.” Later on Adele lead a tribute to George Michael with her own version of “Fast Love”. Adele proved that just because you win five Grammys in one night doesn’t make you perfect. Half way through the performance Adele stopped and re-started the song. Adele wasn’t the only one with a Grammy performance problem. Coming hot out of her Super Bowl performance, Lady Gaga took the stage alongside Metallica and sang through audio technical problems.

Beyoncé blew everyone away with her 7th jaw dropping Grammy performance. Katy Perry gave a live introduction of her new single, “Chained to Rhythm.” Other performances of the night included The Weekend featuring Daft Punk, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys and Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini and Lucas Graves, Bruno Mars, Chance The Rapper, Anderson .Paak and A Tribe Called Quest, Sturgill Simpson, Little Big Town, Pentatonix, William Bell and Gary Clark Jr., Demi Lovato with Little Big Town, Tori Kelly, and Andrew Day.

Lady Gaga performs during The 59th GRAMMY Awards (Photo curtesy of The Grammys)

2017 Grammy Winners:

Album Of The Year: Adele, “25”
Record Of The Year: Adele, “Hello”
Song Of The Year: Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin (songwriters), “Hello”
Best New Artist: Chance The Rapper
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”
Best Pop Vocal Album: Adele, “25”
Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele, “Hello”
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Willie Nelson, “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin”
Best Dance Recording: The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Flume, “Skin”
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Snarky Puppy, “Culcha Vulcha”
Best Rock Song: David Bowie, “Blackstar”
Best Rock Performance: David Bowie, “Blackstar”
Best Metal Performance: Megadeth, “Dystopia”
Best Rock Album: Cage The Elephant, “Tell Me I’m Pretty”
Best Alternative Music Album: David Bowie, “Blackstar”
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Beyoncé, “Lemonade”
Best R&B Performance: Solange, “Cranes in the Sky”
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway, “Angel”
Best R&B Song:Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell), “Lake By the Ocean”
Best R&B Album:Lalah Hathaway, “Lalah Hathaway Live”
Best Rap Album: Chance The Rapper, “Coloring Book”

Chance The Rapper at The 59th GRAMMY Awards (Photo curtesy of The Grammys)

Best Rap Performance:Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, “No Problem”
Best Rap/Sung Performance: Drake, “Hotline Bling”
Best Rap Song: Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies (songwriters), “Hotline Bling”
Best Country Solo Performance: Maren Morris, “My Church”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton, “Jolene”
Best Country Song:Lori McKenna (songwriter), Tim McGraw, “Humble and Kind”
Best Country Album: Sturgill Simpson, “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth”
Best New Age Album: White Sun, “White Sun II”
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: John Scofield, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Gregory Porter, “Take Me To The Alley”
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield, “Country for Old Men”
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Ted Nash Big Band, “Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom”
Best Latin Jazz Album: Chucho Valdés, “Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac”

Solange at The 59th GRAMMY Awards (Photo curtesy of The Grammys)

Best Gospel Performance/Song: Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin (songwriter), “God Provides”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Hillary Scott & The Scott Family, Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, “Thy Will”
Best Gospel Album: Kirk Franklin, “Losing My Religion”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:Hillary Scott & The Scott Family, “Love Remains”
Best Roots Gospel Album: Joey+Rory, “Hymns”
Best Latin Pop Album: Jesse & Joy, “Un Besito Mas”
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: iLe, “iLevitable”
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): Vicente Fernández, “Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo)”
Best Tropical Latin Album:Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo, “Donde Están?”
Best American Roots Performance: Sarah Jarosz, “House of Mercy”
Best American Roots Song: Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers), “Kid Sister”

Lalah Hathaway at The 59th GRAMMY Awards (Photo curtesy of The Grammys)

Best Americana Album: William Bell, “This Is Where I Live”
Best Bluegrass Album: O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor, “Coming Home”
Best Traditional Blues Album: Bobby Rush, “Porcupine Meat”
Best Contemporary Blues Album: Fantastic Negrito, “The Last Days of Oakland”
Best Folk Album: Sarah Jarosz, “Undercurrent”
Best Regional Roots Music Album: Kalani Pe’a, “E Walea”
Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, “Ziggy Marley”
Best World Music Album:Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, “Sing Me Home”
Best Children’s Album: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, “Infinity Plus One”
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling): Carol Burnett, “In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox”
Best Comedy Album: Patton Oswalt, “Talking for Clapping”
Best Musical Theater Album: Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast), “The Color Purple”
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: Miles Davis & Various Artists, “Miles Ahead”
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: John Williams (composer), Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Song Written For Visual Media: Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Best Instrumental Composition: Ted Nash (composer), Ted Nash Big Band, “Spoken At Midnight”

Cage The Elephant at The 59th GRAMMY Awards (Photo curtesy of The Grammys)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Jacob Collier, “You and I”
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: Jacob Collier, “Flintstones”
Best Recording Package: Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie), “Blackstar”
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:art director (Edith Piaf), “Edith Piaf 1915-2015 — Gérard Lo Monaco”
Best Album Notes:Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle), “Sissle And Blake Sing Shuffle Along”
Best Historical Album: Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan), “The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector’s Edition)”
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen, Tony Visconti & Joe LaPorta (David Bowie)
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Greg Kurstin, “Blackstar”
Best Remixed Recording: André Allen Anjos, Bob Moses (remixer), “Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)”
Best Surround Sound Album: Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony), “Dutilleux: Sur La Mêe Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement”
Best Engineered Album, Classical: Corigliano: Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra), “The Ghosts Of Versailles”
Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost
Best Orchestral Field: Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra), “Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9”
Best Opera Recording: James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus), “Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles”
Best Choral Performance: Krzystof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir), “Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1”
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Steve Reich, “Third Coast Percussion”

Katy Perry performs during The 59th GRAMMY Awards (Photo curtesy of The Grammys)

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway — Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Shakespeare Songs — Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)
Best Classical Compendium: Daugherty: Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer, “Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle”
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony), “Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway”
Best Music Video: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Best Music Film: The Beatles, “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years”

 

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