Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour took home Album of the Year. Musgraves also won the awards for Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance (“Butterflies”), and Best Country Song (“Space Cowboy”).
Childish Gambino won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rap/Sung Performance for “This is America,” marking the first time a rap song to win either of the major awards, Song of the Year and Record of the Year, and achieving both firsts for hip-hop in the same year with the same track.
Cardi B won Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy, becoming the first solo female performer to win in that category. Dua Lipa was named Best New Artist, and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Shallow” from A Star is Born.
Other big winners included Ariana Grande for Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener; Drake for Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan”; Greta Van Fleet for Best Rock Album for From the Fires; and Brandi Carlile, who took home multiple awards: Best Americana Album for By The Way, I Forgive You and Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance for “The Joke.”
Host Alicia Keys’ kicked off the show by introducing “some of [her] sisters” to the stage: Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Michelle Obama – who was met with wild applause. The women took turns extolling the value of music. “Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys,” Obama said as the five women end the opening in a embrace.
The unlikely duo of Bob Newhart and Alessia Cara presented the Best New Artist award to Dua Lipa. Newhart won Best New Artist for a 1961 comedy album, while Cara won the award last year. She told the comedian that her great-grandmother had all his albums, with Newhart feigning outrage as she kept upping the age of her relatives who enjoyed his work.
Other Notables From The Night:
Ariana Grande skipped this year's ceremony but won her first Grammy Award in her career. The 25-year-old singer won the award for best pop vocals for her album “Sweetener.”
The late Chris Cornell won the Best Rock Performance award for “When Bad Does Good.” His daughter Toni and son Christopher accepted the award for their father. Cornell, 52, died in May 2017.
Drake made an unexpected appearance to accept the award for Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan.”
Hugh Jackman, an Emmy and Tony winner, won his first Grammy, picking up Best Compilation Soundtrack for visual media for The Greatest Showman.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé, as The Carters, won for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Everything Is Love. This was Hov’s 22nd Grammy, breaking a tie with Kanye West to become the rap artist with the most Grammy Awards in history. They were not there to accept.
THE WINNERS ARE:
- Album Of The Year: “Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
- Record Of The Year (goes to artist, engineers, mixers): “This Is America” – Childish Gambino
- Song Of The Year (goes to writers): “This Is America” – Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
- Best New Artist: Dua Lipa
Pop Solo Performance: “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” – Lady Gaga
Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Shallow” – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Pop Vocal Album: “Sweetener” – Ariana Grande
Country Solo Performance: “Butterflies” – Kacey Musgraves
Country Duo/Group Performance: “Tequila” – Dan + Shay
Country Album: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Country Song (goes to songwriters): “Space Cowboy” – Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
Rock Album: “The Fires” – Greta Van Fleet
Alternative Music Album: Colors – Beck
Rock Performance (single or track): “When Bad Does Good” – Chris Cornell
Metal Performance: “Electric Messiah” – High On Fire
Rock Song (goes to songwriters): “Masseduction” – Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
Rap Performance (single or track): (Tie) “King’s Dead” – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake ; “Bubblin” – Anderson .Paak
Rap Album: Invasion Of Privacy – Cardi B
Rap Song (goes to songwriters): “God’s Plan” – Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
R&B Album: H.E.R. – H.E.R.
Urban Contemporary Album: Everything Is Love – The Carters
R&B Performance: “Best Part” – H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar
Traditional R&B Performance: (Tie) “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” – Leon Bridges; “How Deep Is Your Love” – PJ Morton Featuring Yebba
R&B Song (goes to songwriters): “Boo’d Up” – Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
⏩AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC CATEGORIES
American Roots Performance: “The Joke” – Brandi Carlile
American Roots Song: “The Joke” – Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
Americana Album: By The Way, I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile
- Song Written For Visual Media: “Shallow” – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt (Track from: “A Star Is Born”)
- Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: The Greatest Showman.
- Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Black Panther
- Comedy Album: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation – Dave Chappelle
- Musical Theater Album: “The Band’s Visit”
- Spoken Word Album: “Faith - A Journey For All” – Jimmy Carter
- Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic - “Weird Al” Yankovic
- Best Music Video: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
- Best Remixed Recording: “Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix),” Alex Crossan, remixer (Haim)
- Producer Of The Year: Pharrell Williams
- Best Recording Package: Masseduction – St. Vincent)