Everything that happened at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards

61st Annual Grammy Awards

The 61st annual Grammy awards which were hosted on Sunday at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California. They were a celebration of Black Excellence, hosted by singer/songwriter Alicia Keys who was joined by Michelle Obama, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga, who spoke on the importance of music. And while Michelle was interrupted by deafening cheers from attendees, she did speak on how music unites, helps us share ourselves and allows us to hear one another.


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Alicia Keys made history as the first female to host the Grammy awards in 14 years. The last woman who hosted the Grammy’s was award-winning American rapper and singer/songwriter Queen Latifah who hosted the Grammy’s in 2005.

The performances

With performances from Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner singer Dianna Ross who did a special 75th Diamond Diana birthday performance as an honour to her greatest musical performances. Other notable performances came from the likes of Cardi B, Alicia Keys (who at some point played on two pianos at the same time), Janelle Monae, Travis Scott, H.E.R and Chloe x Halle just to name a few.


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The tributes

An awards show wouldn’t be complete unless we paid tribute to the musical legends who have left us, which is what the ‘In Memoriam’ Tribute segment sets to do as they honoured the artists who passed away in 2018. A special tribute was played to Legendary musician Aretha Franklin who died in August 2018 as Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Andra Day took to the stage and performed a rendition of ‘Natural Woman’.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards winners

Record of the year

This is America – Childish Gambino

Song of the year

This Is America — Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

Best R&B Performance

Best Part – H.E.R. Feat Daniel Caesar

Best R&B Album

H.E.R. – H.E.R.

Best Rap Performance

Kings Dead – Kendrick Lamar. Jay Rock, Future and James Black & Bubblin – Anderson .Paak

Best Rap Song

Gods Plan – Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)

Best Rap album

Invasion of Privacy – Cardi B

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Emanon – The Wayne Shorter Quartet

Producer of the year

Pharrell Williams

Best Music Video

This is America – Childish Gambino

Best Comedy Album

Equanimity & the Bird Revelation – Dave Chapelle

Best Instrumental Composition

Blut Undo Boden (Blood and Soil) – Terence Blanchard

Best Album Notes

Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris — David Evans, album notes writer

Best Historical Album

Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris — William Ferris, April Ledbetter and Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer

Band Best Gospel Performance/Song

Never Alone — Tori Kelly featuring Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin and Victoria Kelly, songwriters

Best World Music Album

Freedom — Soweto Gospel Choir

SEE ALSO: Soweto Gospel Choir win their third Grammy Award

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Black Panther — Ludwig Göransson, composer

Best Music Film

Quincy — Quincy Jones; Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones, video directors; Paula Dupré Pesmen, video producer

Best Reggae Album

44/876 — Sting and Shaggy

Best R&B Song

Boo’d Up — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai and Dijon Mcfarlane, songwriters

Best Rap/Sung Performance

This Is America — Childish Gambino

Visit the Grammy Awards official site for full list of winners

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