60th Annual Grammy Awards

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 28, 2018. The CBS network broadcast the show live from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show was moved to January to avoid coinciding with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, as was the case in 2010 and 2014. James Corden returned as host.

The ceremony recognizes the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017. The nominations were announced on November 28, 2017. The "pre-telecast" ceremony (officially named The Premiere Ceremony) was held on the same day prior to the main ceremony.

Bruno Mars was nominated for six awards and won all six on the night.

Performers

Premiere ceremony

Main ceremony

Presenters

Nominations and winners

Nominees list adapted from the Recording Academy's website.

General

Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist

Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Vocal Album

Dance/Electronic Music

Best Dance Recording

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Contemporary Instrumental Music

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Rock

Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album

R&B

Best R&B Performance

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Best R&B Song

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Best R&B Album

Rap

Best Rap Performance
Best Rap/Sung Performance

Best Rap Song

Best Rap Album

Country

Best Country Solo Performance

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Best Country Song

Best Country Album

New Age

Best New Age Album

Jazz

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music

Best Gospel Performance/Song

  • "Never Have to Be Alone" – CeCe Winans
    • Dwan Hill & Alvin Love III, songwriters
  • "Too Hard Not To" – Tina Campbell
    • Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters
  • "You Deserve It" – JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise featuring Bishop Cortez Vaughn
    • David Bloom, JJ Hairston, Phontane Demond Reed & Cortez Vaughn, songwriters
  • "Better Days" – Le'Andria
  • "My Life" – The Walls Group
    • Warryn Campbell, Eric Dawkins, Damien Farmer, Damon Thomas, Ahjah Walls & Darrel Walls, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Best Gospel Album

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Best Roots Gospel Album

Latin

Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Best Tropical Latin Album

American Roots

Best American Roots Performance
Best American Roots Song
Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Music Album

Reggae

Best Reggae Album

World Music

Best World Music Album

Children

Best Children's Album

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album (includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling)

Comedy

Best Comedy Album

Musical Theatre

Best Musical Theater Album

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media

Composing

Best Instrumental Composition

Arranging

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

  • "Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra" from Catch Me If You Can
  • "Ugly Beauty"/"Pannonica"
  • "All Hat, No Saddle"
    • Chuck Owen, arranger (Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge)
  • "Home Free (For Peter Joe)"
    • Nate Smith, arranger (Nate Smith)
  • "White Christmas"

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Packaging

Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Notes

Best Album Notes

  • Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings
  • Arthur Q. Smith: The Trouble with the Truth
    • Wayne Bledsoe & Bradley Reeves, album notes writers (Various Artists)
  • Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition
    • Ted Olson, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin
    • Bryan S. Wright, album notes writer (Richard Dowling)
  • Edouard-Léon Scott De Martinville, Inventor of Sound Recording: A Bicentennial Tribute
    • David Giovannoni, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams

Historical

Best Historical Album

  • Leonard Bernstein – The Composer
  • Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta
    • Jon Kirby, Florent Mazzoleni, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
  • Glenn Gould – The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955
    • Robert Russ, compilation producer; Matthias Erb, Martin Kistner & Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Glenn Gould)
  • Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa
    • Nicolas Sheikholeslami & Vik Sohonie, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams
    • Michael Corcoran, April G. Ledbetter & Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Washington Phillips)

Engineered Album

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Best Engineered Album, Classical

Producer

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical
  • David Frost
  • Blanton Alspaugh
    • Adamo: Becoming Santa Claus (Emmanuel Villaume, Kevin Burdette, Keith Jameson, Lucy Schaufer, Hila Plitmann, Matt Boehler, Jonathan Blalock, Jennifer Rivera & Dallas Opera Orchestra)
    • Aldridge: Sister Carrie (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Matt Morgan, Alisa Suzanne Jordheim, Stephen Cunningham, Adriana Zabala, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
    • Copland: Symphony No. 3; Three Latin American Sketches (Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
    • Death & The Maiden (Patricia Kopatchinskaja & The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra)
    • Handel: Messiah (Andrew Davis, Noel Edison, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir & Toronto Symphony Orchestra)
    • Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 53, 64 & 96 (Carlos Kalmar & Oregon Symphony)
    • Heggie: It's A Wonderful Life (Patrick Summers, William Burden, Talise Trevigne, Andrea Carroll, Rod Gilfry & Houston Grand Opera)
    • Tyberg: Masses (Brian A. Schmidt, Christopher Jacobson & South Dakota Chorale)
  • Manfred Eicher
    • Mansurian: Requiem (Alexander Liebreich, Florian Helgath, RIAS Kammerchor & Münchener Kammerorchester)
    • Monk, M.: On Behalf Of Nature (Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble)
    • Point & Line – Debussy And Hosokawa (Momo Kodama)
    • Rímur (Arve Henriksen & Trio Mediaeval)
    • Silvestrov: Hieroglyphen Der Nacht (Anja Lechner)
  • Morten Lindberg
    • Furatus (Ole Edvard Antonsen & Wolfgang Plagge)
    • Interactions (Bård Monsen & Gunnar Flagstad)
    • Kleiberg: Mass For Modern Man (Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Trondheim Vokalensemble & Trondheim Symphony Orchestra)
    • Minor Major (Oslo String Quartet)
    • Northern Timbre (Ragnhild Hemsing & Tor Espen Aspaas)
    • So Is My Love (Nina T. Karlsen & Ensemble 96)
    • Thoresen: Sea Of Names (Trond Schau)
  • Judith Sherman
    • American Nocturnes (Cecile Licad)
    • The Birthday Party (Aki Takahashi)
    • Discovering Bach (Michelle Ross)
    • Foss: Pieces Of Genius (New York New Music Ensemble)
    • Secret Alchemy – Chamber Works By Pierre Jalbert (Curtis Macomber & Michael Boriskin)
    • Sevenfive – The John Corigliano Effect (Gaudette Brass)
    • Sonic Migrations – Music Of Laurie Altman (Various Artists)
    • Tribute (Dover Quartet)
    • 26 (Melia Watras & Michael Jinsoo Lim)

Remixer

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Surround Sound

Best Surround Sound Album
  • Early Americans
    • Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson & Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)
  • Kleiberg: Mass for Modern Man
  • So Is My Love
    • Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Nina T. Karlsen & Ensemble 96)
  • 3-D The Catalogue
    • Fritz Hilpert, surround mix engineer; Tom Ammermann, surround mastering engineer; Fritz Hilpert, surround producer (Kraftwerk)
  • Tyberg: Masses
    • Jesse Brayman, surround mix engineer; Jesse Brayman, surround mastering engineer; Blanton Alspaugh, surround producer (Brian A. Schmidt, Christopher Jacobson & South Dakota Chorale)

Classical

Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Best Classical Compendium
  • Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto
  • Barbara
    • Alexandre Tharaud, conductor; Cécile Lenoir, producer
  • Kurtág: Complete Works for Ensemble & Choir
  • Les Routes de l'Esclavage
    • Jordi Savall, conductor; Benjamin Bletton, producer
  • Mademoiselle: Première Audience – Unknown Music of Nadia Boulanger
    • Lucy Mauro, pianist and producer
Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video
Best Music Film

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Trustees Award

Technical Grammy Award

  • Tony Agnello
  • Richard Factor

Music Educator Award

Grammy Hall of Fame inductions

In Memoriam

Multiple nominations and awards

The following received multiple nominations:

Two:

The following received multiple awards:

Changes

In June 2017, the Grammy organization announced a few minor changes to the voting and awarding process.

  • As of 2018, voting members will cast their votes online rather than by paper ballot. This transition will provide greater flexibility for touring artists, eliminate the possibility of invalid ballots, and protect further against fraudulent voting.
  • All music creators, including songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers, mastering engineers and featured artists, which are credited with at least 33 percent or more playing time on the winning album will be eligible to receive a Grammy in the Album of the Year category. This is the first time songwriters are recognized in this category.
  • From this year on, Nominations Review Committees will be created and implemented for the Rap, Contemporary Instrumental, and New Age Fields.
  • From this year, the definition of Album is expanded in Classical, Dance, And Jazz Fields. To be eligible for Grammy consideration, an album must comprise a minimum total playing time of 15 minutes with at least five distinct tracks or a minimum total playing time of 30 minutes with no minimum track requirement.
  • An exception on the rule of only one version of a song allowed to enter in the Grammy Awards nomination process will be made in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category, allowing the film version of a track to be entered in the category, even if a different version of the track is submitted in other categories. In the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media category, eligibility guidelines have been amended to require soundtrack albums for a documentary or biopic to contain 51 percent or more of newly recorded music.

New York as a Host City

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards marked the first time since 2003 that the ceremony was held in New York City. The Staples Center in Los Angeles had been the home of the Grammys since 2000. The 2003 ceremony was also held at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The fifteen-year gap between the 2003 and 2018 Grammys in New York marked the longest period of time New York went without hosting the awards.

With the main telecast being held at Madison Square Garden, the premiere ceremony (also known as the Pre-Telecast) was held at the Hulu Theater.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is typically held at the Los Angeles Convention Center two days prior to the Grammys, but since the 2018 Grammy Awards were held in New York, the MusiCares tribute was held at Radio City Music Hall.

Controversy and cost overruns

Hosting the Grammy Awards in New York City resulted in the Grammy Awards costing more to organize as costs associated with hosting it in Los Angeles are significantly less. The awards cost $8 million more to host in New York City. The host committee that the city assembled failed to raise the money that they had initially promised. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute which the Barclays Center (which is operated by AEG) was hoping to host ended up being held at Radio City Music Hall, which is owned by The Madison Square Garden Company. MusiCares funds which were intended for charitable purposes were instead used to pay for the $8 million cost overruns associated with hosting the Grammys in New York City.

Dana Tomarken, the former Executive VP of MusiCares claims that Recording Academy President Neil Portnow directed these funds away from MusiCares to pay for the cost-overruns. Dana Tomarken had been negotiating a deal to have the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Fleetwood Mac to be held at the Barclays Center, but Portnow decided to have it at Radio City Music Hall, without consulting Tomarken. Irving Azoff who heads Azoff MSG Entertainment (which is affiliated with The Madison Square Garden Company) informed her of this change rather than Portnow consulting her first. Tomarken has since made a claim of wrongful termination. On June 5, 2018, an independent investigation was launched to examine the claims made by Dana Tomarken. The investigation will examine the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute as well as sexual harassment allegations. In May 2019, Tomarken claimed she was fired because she pushed back against the academy's "boys club". The academy allegedly tried to keep Tomarken's allegations from being fully made public. She also claimed that she struggled to find a suitable venue in New York for the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Fleetwood Mac. The Barclays Center offered up an acceptable deal, but Irving Azoff of the Madison Square Garden Company prevented the event from being held there. By having it at Radio City instead, the event was not a traditional VIP dinner, nor did it have a silent auction. This then prevented the event from turning a profit.

On June 4, 2018, the mayor's office weighed in on the controversy, saying their position was always to be "venue neutral" and denied any involvement in the venue controversy. The Barclays Center notified City Hall of their interest in being involved with Grammy week and Julie Menin (the New York City Commissioner for the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment) passed that information along to Grammy organizers.

Ratings

The show was moved to January to avoid competing with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, as was the case in 2010 and 2014. Viewership for the ceremony dropped 24% compared to the previous year, obtaining the smallest audience in the show's history in the key demographic.

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