59th GRAMMY Awards Recap

Last night marked one of the biggest nights of the year for music, as all the industries big hitters (well not all…) hope to win one of the prestigious awards at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. There was yet again some memorable moments at the awards, not least Adele’s acceptance speech where she snapped her award in two.


However there was a noticeable absence of some big names last night, artists like Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Justin Bieber and Drake were all boycotting the show.  Frank Ocean sat the awards out in what he described as his ‘Colin Kaepernick Moment.’ (The NFL player that took a knee during the national anthem in protest to Americas racist history.) Ocean didn’t submit his album Blond(e) for consideration, even though it was widely considered to be the best album this year. In a rare interview with The New York Times he that The GRAMMY’s “doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from,” a theme that yet again highlights the prejudice of the system. This appeared to spark a chain reaction in other artists, who stated that they would not be attending The GRAMMY’s due to it being irrelevant.


However, there was some nice moments at the awards as well. For the first time ever, an unsigned artist won Best Rap Album of the Year and beat massive albums to the post including Kanye’s ‘The Life of Pablo.’ Chance the Rapper’s album ‘Coloring Book’ is a beautiful fusion of Hip Hop and Gospel sounds and really pushes the genre to new levels. In the rapper’s acceptance speech he stated that he really wasn’t expecting to win the award, which is why he didn’t have ‘a cool speech’.


Another memorable moment has got to be Adele winning Album of the Year for her album ’25’. When she came up to receive her award, the British singer told the audience that she thought Beyonce’s album ‘Lemonade’ was much more deserving of the award. Stating that the album was incredibly complex, and spoke to many people on different levels. She then went on to physically break her award in half and give a piece of it to Beyonce. A moment reminiscent of 2004 teen classic Mean Girls.


Here is the list of all of the winners from last nights 59th GRAMMY Awards.

Album Of The Year:
25 — Adele
Record Of The Year:
“Hello” — Adele

Song Of The Year:
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
Best New Artist:
Chance The Rapper
Best Pop Vocal Album:
25 — Adele

Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Hello” — Adele – WINNER
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson
Best Dance Recording:
“Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya

Best Dance/Electronic Album:
Skin — Flume

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:
Culcha Vulcha — Snarky Puppy

Best Rock Performance:
“Blackstar” — David Bowie
Best Metal Performance:
“Dystopia” — Megadeth
Best Rock Song:
“Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
Best Rock Album:
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant
Best Alternative Music Album:
Blackstar — David Bowie

Best R&B Performance:
“Cranes in the Sky” — Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
“Angel” — Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song:
“Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Best R&B Album:
Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway
Best Rap Performance:
“No Problem” — Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Best Rap/Sung Performance:
“Hotline Bling” — Drake
Best Rap Song:
“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
Best Rap Album:
Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
Best Country Solo Performance:
“My Church” — Maren Morris
Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
“Jolene” — Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
Best Country Song:
“Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
Best Country Album:
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
Best New Age Album:
White Sun II — White Sun

Best Improvised Jazz Solo:
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” — John Scofield, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album:
Take Me To The Alley — Gregory Porter
Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Country For Old Men — John Scofield

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom — Ted Nash Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album:
Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac — Chucho Valdés

Best Gospel Performance/Song:
“God Provides” — Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:
“Thy Will” — Hillary Scott & The Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters Track from: Love Remains
Best Gospel Album:
Losing My Religion — Kirk Franklin
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:

Love Remains — Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

Best Roots Gospel Album:
Hymns — Joey+Rory
Best Latin Pop Album:
Un Besito Mas — Jesse & Joy
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:
iLevitable — ile
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):
Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) — Vicente Fernández
Best Tropical Latin Album:
Donde Están? — Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

Best American Roots Performance:
“House Of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz
Best American Roots Song:
“Kid Sister” — Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)
Best Americana Album:
This Is Where I Live — William Bell
Best Bluegrass Album:
Coming Home — O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Best Traditional Blues Album:
Porcupine Meat — Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues Album:
The Last Days Of Oakland — Fantastic Negrito
Best Folk Album:
Undercurrent — Sarah Jarosz

Best Regional Roots Music Album:
E Walea — Kalani Pe’a
Best Reggae Album:
Ziggy Marley — Ziggy Marley
Best World Music Album:
Sing Me Home — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Best Children’s Album:
Infinity Plus One — Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox — Carol Burnett
Best Comedy Album:
Talking For Clapping — Patton Oswalt

Best Musical Theater Album:
The Color Purple — 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)
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:
Miles Ahead — (Miles Davis & Various Artists)
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens — John Williams, composer
Best Song Written For Visual Media:
“Can’t Stop The Feeling!” — 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
Best Instrumental Composition:
“Spoken At Midnight” — Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella:
“You and I” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)


Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Greg Kurstin
Best Music Video:

“Formation” — Beyoncé
Best Music Film:
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years — (The Beatles)