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Posted: February 11, 2019

Grammy Awards 2019: Backstage with Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. and more

2019 Grammy Awards Top Winners

By Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


There was no shortage of activity taking place on the Grammy stage Sunday night – Motown tributes, Havana reproductions and Diana Ross in a billowing red dress wishing herself a happy 75th birthday a month in advance.

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But backstage was a steady stream of winners who were happy to chat about the new hardware they were taking home from the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

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Kacey Musgraves accepts the Best Country Album award for 'Golden Hour' onstage during the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles, California.

Kacey Musgraves

Quadruple winner Kacey Musgraves, still wearing her short, red billowy dress, managed to cultivate tremendous critical success with her album of the year winner “Golden Hour” with barely any radio support. And she’s OK with that.

“To me, radio isn’t necessarily the mark of what makes good music. That’s not what I had in mind when I was making this album. It’s been incredible to see it do some really wild, gratifying, unbelievable things. Streaming has been a big part of it; my team working really hard; my publicist working his [expletive] off; my band and road family working very hard. Ultimately, I feel like it lets me know it doesn’t matter where someone hears your music – it’s if they connect or not.”

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Brandi Carlile accepts the award for best American roots performance for "The Joke" at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile, an Americana gem just recently getting the deserved attention, said her award-winning song, “The Joke” (also one of the most robust performances of the Grammy ceremony) was a last-minute addition to her “By the Way, I Forgive You” album.

“It was spurred on by the taunting of (producer) David Cobb. He said I didn’t have a vocal moment as profound since (2007’s) ‘The Story.’ Once I got to thinking about it, it raised the bar for me … The song is about redemption and hope. It’s not about complacency – it’s a call to action.”

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H.E.R. accepts the award for best R&B album for "H.E.R." at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.


To many viewers, the Grammys served as their introduction to H.E.R. But even those casually familiar with her R&B stylings might have been surprised at the level of her guitar playing.

Her first guitar was a gift from her father – a Fender – who taught her the blues pentatonic scale.

“Prince was definitely an inspiration,” she said. “And Eric Clapton. I used to watch his concert DVDs in my house all the time. And Jimi Hendrix, too.”

Although she won her first career Grammys – best R&B performance (“Best Part”) and best R&B album (“H.E.R.”) for what is technically an EP, she will be “dropping my debut album sometime soon.”

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Rashida Jones (left), Alan Hicks and Paula DuPré Pesmen accept Best Music Film for 'Quincy' at the premiere ceremony during the 61st annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Rashida Jones

With a win for the documentary “Quincy” (best music film), Quincy Jones now possesses the record for the most Grammy Awards – 28 – among living artists (he is now one ahead of previous record holder, Alison Krauss).

Jones’ daughter, actress Rashida, was one of the directors of the film and said she learned to relax about his workaholic tendencies.

“I knew a lot about him, but I got a sense of his patterns, how he works himself to the brink and doesn’t kill himself and then comes back in another decade. It was almost a relief to me. Watching him work himself really hard is a difficult thing to watch, but seeing him do it time and time again was a relief to me.”

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Toni Cornell, from left, Christopher Nicholas Cornell, the children of late rocker Chris Cornell, accept a Grammy on his behalf.

Chris Cornell's children

The late Chris Cornell was honored with a win “When Bad Does Good” (best rock performance) and his sweet kids, Toni and Christopher, mustered the fortitude to accept the award on his behalf and then come talk to the press about him. 

On stage at the premiere ceremony, Christopher, 13, eloquently read, “He was one of the greatest poets of his time, whose voice and soaring, unforgettable vocals made him the voice of a generation.”

Christopher was joined by sister Toni, 14, and backstage she acknowledged the difficulty of the circumstances. 

“Obviously we miss him so much. We saw him work on this (box set, where the song resides) so hard. He was always working on his music. It’s really sad that he couldn’t be there himself to accept it for something he worked so hard on. It was bittersweet. We’re so proud of him.”

Cornell took his own life in May 2017.

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Yebba and PJ Morton pose with their award at the 61st annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony at Microsoft Theater on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.

PJ Morton

PJ Morton, an Atlanta resident and Morehouse College alum, tied with Leon Bridges in the best traditional R&B performance category (he won for “How Deep is Your Love” with Yebba) and talked about his exhaustion from playing the Super Bowl halftime show with Maroon 5 last weekend and preparing for the Grammys a few days later. He also discussed balancing his solo career with playing keyboards in the band.

“I’m about to fall over right now,” he said with a laugh, “It can be a challenge sometimes, but I always tell people it’s a good problem to have. I’ve been blessed to be part of many successful things. I just make it happen. It’s been almost nine years now (since he joined Maroon 5), so I’ve gotten into a rhythm of when (singer) Adam (Levine) is taping ‘The Voice’ and I can (go do my solo thing) and tour.”

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Buddy Guy arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy, 82, won his seventh career Grammy for “The Blues is Alive and Well” (best traditional blues album).

Backstage, in his black tux and beret, Guy lamented the current state of blues music.

“They’ve been treating blues like a stepchild the past 20 to 30 years. You don’t hear blues being played on your radio much anymore. I don’t know what it is that make them don’t play it anymore,” he said. “Blues music is about good times or bad times … nothing is going to stop me from playing the blues.”

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Dua Lipa accepts the award for best new artist at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. Looking on at right is presenter Bob Newhart.

Dua Lipa

Best new artist winner Dua Lipa explained the genesis of her playful Grammy performance with St. Vincent (Annie Clark).

“We just jelled really well. We got in a room together and hashed out our ideas,” she said. “The great thing about it, I already made a good friend. She’s extremely talented and so open to different ideas. It was really cool that we got to coordinate everything we did. 

Dua Lipa also said she’s finishing a new album, but is “trying to keep it a secret for as long as” she can. 


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Grammy Awards 2019: Backstage with Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. and more

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Grammy Awards 2019: Backstage with Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. and more

H.E.R. impressed with a snazzy guitar solo during her Grammys performance.
Grammy Awards 2019: Joy Villa, Ricky Rebel wear pro-Trump fashion on red carpet

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Grammy Awards 2019: Joy Villa, Ricky Rebel wear pro-Trump fashion on red carpet

Two California singers made no secret of their political beliefs at Sunday's Grammy Awards, paying tribute to President Donald Trump with their red carpet looks.

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In a show of support for Trump's border wall plans, Joy Villa wore a Desi Designs gown with the message "Build the Wall" and carried a "Make America Great Again" handbag. Meanwhile, Ricky Rebel donned a "Keep America Great" jacket.

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"'Shut up!' They said. 'Stop talking politics!' They yelled. 'Sit down you don’t matter!' They insisted. I don’t listen to haters. I listen to truth," Villa wrote in an Instagram post. "Building the wall will cut down crime, protect children from being trafficked and stop the 1 in 3 women from being sexually assaulted tying to get through illegally. It’s a humanitarian crisis. I support life. I support protection. I SUPPORT THEWALK!"

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Rebel also shared a photo of his look on Instagram, calling himself "a reflection of the 60 million+ Americans that voted for @realdonaldtrump."

>> See the image here

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This isn't the first time Villa has turned heads at the Grammys. Last year, she wore a white gown decorated with a painting of a fetus and carried a "Choose Life" handbag. 

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She also wore a pro-Trump dress in 2017.

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Grammy Awards 2019: Ladies rule and Childish Gambino makes history

In her elegant aqua and pink head wrap – and still makeup free – Alicia Keys immediately set the tone for this year’s Grammy Awards with a simple statement: “Music is so powerful.”

The first-time host, an artist whose soul is clearly and genuinely consumed with music, also unveiled the second theme of the 61st annual Grammy Awards in its opening minutes: This was going to be a ladies’ night.

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Or, as best new artist winner Dua Lipa cheekily commented, “I guess this year we really stepped up,” a nod to a controversial comment made backstage last year by outgoing Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. 

Country darling Kacey Musgraves swept her four categories, including the prestigious album of the year, for her lauded “Golden Hour.” 

“Life is pretty tumultuous right now for all of us, and because of that, art is really thriving and it’s been beautiful to see that,” she said from the stage. 

Lady Gaga, who slayed her performance of “Shallow” by tweaking it into a sequined-studded rock anthem, won a trio of awards, while H.E.R. picked up a pair for best R&B album (“H.E.R.”) and best R&B performance (“Best Part”).

Brandi Carlile received long overdue accolades by earning three awards during the earlier Premiere Ceremony – and later unleashed a striking rendition of “The Joke,” her powerful defense of the under-represented.

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Backstage, she credited Janelle Monae – who went home empty-handed, but presented one of the most scintillating performances of the ceremony with her saucy “Make Me Feel” – with helping her overcome some stage fright.

“I got out there and was so freaking nervous. I looked out and saw one person with total peace on her face and it was Janelle Monae,” she said. “I lost my nervousness and I sang it to her. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that.”

And Cardi B, accompanied by husband Offset of Migos, was visibly overwhelmed by her first-ever Grammy win (best rap album) for “Invasion of Privacy.” She’s also the first solo female to score the award.

“Ooh, the nerves are so bad,” she said.

Donald Glover's alter ego, Childish Gambino, earned four more trophies to add to last year’s inaugural Grammy, including the marquee record and song of the year categories for “This Is America.” It’s the first time a rap song has won record and song of the year.

Gambino was conspicuously absent at this year’s ceremony (he performed last year), so his awards were accepted by co-writer and producer Ludwig Göransson, engineer/mixer Derek Ali and mastering engineer Mike Bozzi.

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Göransson gave a shout-out to rapper 21 Savage – nominated for two awards with Post Malone – who remains in jail after being arrested Super Bowl Sunday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for allegedly living in the U.S. illegally.

“21 Savage should be here tonight,” Göransson said.

The rapper also received support backstage from England’s Dua Lipa.

“It’s quite upsetting that he hasn’t done anything and he’s given so much to American culture, even being a Brit,” she said. 

At the start of the 3 ½-hour telecast from the Staples Center, Keys introduced her “sisters” – Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, former first lady Michelle Obama (who received an enthusiastic standing ovation) and Jennifer Lopez – who flanked her to share their valentines to music.

“Music took my ears, took my hands, my voice and my soul and it led me to all of you,” said Gaga.

“Music is the one place we can all feel truly free,” said Lopez, who would later silence critics with a fiery exhibition of Motown hits with Smokey Robinson, Ne-Yo and Keys.

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“Every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected,” added Smith.

And from Obama: “Music helps us share ourselves. Our dignity, sorrows, hopes and joys. Music shows us that all of it matters.”

While at times the show felt a bit overstuffed, its determination to please multiple generations signaled a refreshing representation of veterans to upstarts. A pleasant tribute to Dolly Parton (her goddaughter Miley Cyrus, Musgraves, Little Big Town and Katy Perry); Diana Ross (celebrating her 75th birthday a month early); and a potent memorial to Aretha Franklin (Fantasia, Yolanda Adams and Andra Day singing “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”) melded styles and big names.

Performance highlights were numerous, with H.E.R. impressing with a fizzy electric guitar melded with a gospel choir on “Hard Place” and Keys’ dual-piano medley of songs she wished she’d written (Roberta Flack, Kings of Leon) resurrecting the familiar. 

One of the only light controversies of the show came when Drake, making a rare Grammy appearance, was cut off during his speech after winning best rap song (“God’s Plan”).

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“This is a business,” he said from the stage. “You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs; if you’re a hero in your hometown; if there’s people who have regular jobs who come out to see you in the rain in the snow – you don’t need this,” he said, holding up his Grammy.

Producers then cut to a commercial. 

The explanation backstage was that Drake had taken a “natural pause,” and producers didn’t realize he was still talking. He was given the opportunity to return to the stage to finish his speech, but, “Drake said he was happy with what he said.”

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On Feb. 3, the New England Patriots saw themselves become Super Bowl champions with their win over the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. One week to the day of their achievement, two of them went from earning honors to presenting them.

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Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and safety Devin McCourty were on hand to present the opening award at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, announcing the winner of the award for best pop duo/group performance.

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Fittingly, just a week after beating a foe from Los Angeles, Edelman and McCourty were standing in the Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. 

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"L.A., thank you for the cheers," McCourty said. "Also, thank you for the boos. I appreciate you supporting your community."

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McCourty announced Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's song "Shallow" as the winner, and Edelman gave the music superstar her trophy to end a whirlwind of a week for two of the Patriots' stars.

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Disney unveiled a trailer for its latest reboot of “Aladdin” during the Grammy Awards Sunday night featuring a blue Will Smith as the genie.

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“I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!!” Smith posted on Instagram, along with a video of the new trailer.

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The trailer for the new take on the animated classic features Aladdin, played by Mena Massoud, and Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott.

The cast also includes Marwan Kenzari as Jafar and Billy Magnussen and Nasim Pedrad.

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Disney released the first trailer for the film last fall, but it only showed Aladdin and his iconic lamp.

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“Aladdin” will debut on May 24.


Grammy Awards: Winners and losers at the 61st annual awards show

The Grammy Awards is one of the biggest nights of the year for the music industry and this year was no different.

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The star-studded show, hosted by artist Alicia Keyes, in Los Angeles at the Staples Center Sunday night featured performances by Diana Ross, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, Little Big Town and Dolly Parton, Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, St. Vincent and Dua Lipa and many more. 

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Here are the winners and losers of the 61st annual Grammy Awards:

General field 

Record Of The Year

“I Like It” — Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “The Joke” — Brandi Carlile “This Is America” — Childish Gambino  WINNER “God’s Plan” — Drake “Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper “All The Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA “Rockstar” — Post Malone Featuring 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      WINNER “Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By” (Various Artists)

Song Of The Year

“All The Stars” — Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA) “Boo’d Up” — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai) “God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake) “In My Blood” — Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes) “The Joke” — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile) “The Middle” — Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey) “Shallow” — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper) “This Is America” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)     WINNER

Best New Artist

Chloe x Halle Luke Combs Greta Van Fleet H.E.R. Dua Lipa       WINNER Margo Price Bebe Rexha Jorja Smith

Pop Field

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    WINNER

“Better Now” — Post Malone

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance  “Fall In Line” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — Backstreet Boys “‘S Wonderful” — Tony Bennett & Diana Krall “Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper    WINNER “Girls Like You” — Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B “Say Something” — Justin Timberlake Featuring 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   WINNER

“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   WINNER

“Shawn Mendes” — Shawn Mendes “Beautiful Trauma” — P!nk “Reputation” — Taylor Swift

Dance/Electronic Field 

Best Dance Recording  “Northern Soul” — Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford “Ultimatum” — Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara) “Losing It” — Fisher “Electricity” — Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson     WINNER “Ghost Voices” — Virtual Self 

Best Dance/Electronic Album  “Singularity” —Jon Hopkins “Woman Worldwide” — Justice   WINNER “Treehouse” — Sofi Tukker “Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides” — SOPHIE “Lune Rouge” — TOKiMONSTA

Contemporary Instrumental Field

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album  “The Emancipation Procrastination” — Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

“Steve Gadd Band” — Steve Gadd Band   WINNER

“Modern Lore” — Julian Lage “Laid Black” — Marcus Miller “Protocol 4” — Simon Phillips

Rock Field

Best Rock Performance  “Four Out Of Five” —Arctic Monkeys “When Bad Does Good” — Chris Cornell   WINNER

“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   WINNER “Betrayer” — Trivium “On My Teeth — Underoath

Best Rock Song  “Black Smoke Rising” — Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet) “Jumpsuit” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots) “MANTRA” — Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me The Horizon) “Masseduction” — Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)     WINNER “Rats” — Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters(Ghost)  

Best Rock Album  “Rainier Fog” — Alice In Chains “M A N I A” — Fall Out Boy “Prequelle — Ghost “From The Fires” — Greta Van Fleet   WINNER “Pacific Daydream” — Weezer

Alternative Field 

Best Alternative Music Album  “Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino” —Arctic Monkeys “Colors” — Beck   WINNER

“Utopia” — Björk “American Utopia” — David Byrne “Masseduction” — St. Vincent

R&B Field

Best R&B Performance 

“Long As I Live” — Toni Braxton

“Summer” — The Carters “Y O Y” — Lalah Hathaway “Best Part” — H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar WINNER“First Began” — PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance (TIE)

“Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” — Leon Bridges  WINNER “Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight” — Bettye LaVette “Honest” — MAJOR. “How Deep Is Your Love” — PJ Morton Featuring Yebba   WINNER “Made For Love” — Charlie Wilson Featuring Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song 

“Boo’d Up” — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)   WINNER

“Come Through And Chill” — Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi) “Feels Like Summer” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino) “Focus” — Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.) “Long As I Live” — Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)

Best Urban Contemporary Album  “Everything Is Love” — The Carters  WINNER

“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.     WINNER “Gumbo Unplugged (Live)” — PJ Morton

Rap Field

Best Rap Performance (TIED) “Be Careful” — Cardi B “Nice For What” — Drake “King’s Dead” — Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake  WINNER 

“Bubblin” — Anderson Paak   WINNER“Sicko Mode” — Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee

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

Best Rap Song

“God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)    WINNER  “King’s Dead” — Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake) “Lucky You” — R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas) “Sicko Mode” — Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee) “Win” — K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

Best Rap Album

“Invasion Of Privacy” — Cardi B    WINNER “Swimming” — Mac Miller “Victory Lap” — Nipsey Hussle “Daytona” — Pusha T “Astroworld” — Travis Scott

Country Field

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

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

Best Country Song “Break Up In The End” — Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)“Dear Hate” — Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, Songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)“I Lived It” — Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)“Space Cowboy” — Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves) WINNER“Tequila” — Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)“When Someone Stops Loving You” — Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

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

New Age Field

Best New Age Album  “Hiraeth” — Lisa Gerrard & David Kuckhemann “Beloved” — Snatam Kaur “Opium Moon” — Opium Moon WINNER“Molecules Of Motion” — Steve Roach “Moku Maluhia – Peaceful Island” — Jim Kimo West

Jazz Field

Best Improvised Jazz Solo  “Some Of That Sunshine” — Regina Carter, soloist “Don’t Fence Me In” — John Daversa, soloist WINNER“We See” — Fred Hersch, soloists “De-dah” — Brad Mehldau, soloist “Cadenas” — Miguel Zenón, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album  “My Mood Is You” — Freddy Cole “The Questions” — Kurt Elling “The Subject Tonight Is Love” — Kate McGarry With Keith Ganz & Gary Versace “If You Really Want” — Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza “The Window” — Cécile McLorin Salvant WINNER

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 WINNER

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album  “All About That Basie” — The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart “American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom” — John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists WINNER “Presence” — Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band “All Can Work” — John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble “Barefoot Dances And Other Visions” — Jim McNeely & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album “Heart Of Brazil”— Eddie Daniels“Back To The Sunset”— Dafnis Prieto Big Band WINNER“West Side Story Reimagined”— Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band“Cinque”— Elio Villafranca“Yo Soy La Tradición” — Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet

Gospel/ Contemporary Christian Music 

Best Gospel Performance/Song  “You Will Win” — Jekalyn Carr; Allen Carr & Jekalyn Carr, Songwriters “Won’t He Do It” — Koryn Hawthorne “Never Alone” — Tori Kelly Featuring Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin & Victoria Kelly, Songwriters WINNER“Cycles” Jonathan Mcreynolds Featuring Doe; Jonathan McReynolds, Songwriter “A Great Work” — Brian Courtney Wilson; Aaron W. Lindsey, Alvin Richardson & Brian Courtney Wilson, Songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song “Reckless Love” — Cory Asbury; Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver & Ran Jackson, songwriters“You Say” — Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram & Paul Mabury, songwriters  WINNER“Joy” — for King & Country; Ben Glover, Matt Hales, Stephen Blake Kanicka, Seth Moslely, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters“Grace Got You” — MercyMe Featuring John Reuben; David Garcia, Ben Glover, MercyMe, Solomon Olds & John Reuben, songwriters“Known”— Tauren Wells; Ethan Hulse, Jordan Sapp & Tauren Wells, songwriters



Michelle Obama kicks off Grammy Awards with message about music

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Michelle Obama kicks off Grammy Awards with message about music

In a surprise appearance, Michelle Obama helped kick off the Grammy Awards on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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The popular former first lady, alongside show host Alicia Keyes, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez, was part of a special segment on the meaning of music.

The crowd went wild as Obama tried to talk about the importance of singular and varied voices in the music industry.

“From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side (of Chicago) to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story,” she said to the cheering crowd.

“Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in.”

Each of the women spoke a few words about the importance of music in their lives, but it was Obama’s appearance that thrilled the audience.

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“A big part of friendship is showing up for your girls – that’s why I was thrilled to be there for the one and only Alicia Keyes at the Grammys,” Obama tweeted a short time after her appearance. She is one of the most genuine and thoughtful people I know – there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music.”