61st Annual Grammy Awards

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 10, 2019, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys hosted. During her opening monologue Keys brought out Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, each of whom spoke about impact that music had on their lives.

The ceremony recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018. Nominations were announced on December 7, 2018.

Dolly Parton was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year two days prior to the Grammy Awards on February 8, 2019.

Kendrick Lamar received the most nominations, with eight. Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves tied for the most wins of the night with four each. Childish Gambino did not attend the Grammys and became the first major award winner to be absent from the ceremony since Amy Winehouse in 2008. "This Is America" producer Ludwig Göransson and recording engineer Riley Mackin accepted the Record of the Year Grammy on behalf of Childish Gambino.

Nominations announcement

Nominations were to be announced on December 5, 2018, but were delayed to Friday, December 7, 2018 following the death and state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.

Performers

Presenters

Premiere ceremony

Listed in no particular order.

Nominations and winners

Winners are highlighted in Bold

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
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 Music

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 Roots Music Album

Reggae

Best Reggae Album

World Music

Best World Music Album

Children's

Best Children's Album

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

Comedy

Best Comedy Album

Musical Theater

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
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Packaging

Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Notes

Best Album Notes
  • Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris
  • Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920-1924
  • 4 Banjo Songs, 1891-1897: Foundational Recordings of America's Iconic Instrument
  • The 1960 Time Sessions
  • The Product of Our Souls: The Sound and Sway of James Reese Europe's Society Orchestra
    • David Gilbert, album notes writer (Various artists)
  • Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13/1979-1981 (Deluxe Edition)

Historical

Best Historical Album
  • Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris
  • Any Other Way
    • Rob Bowman, Douglas McGowan, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineer (Jackie Shane)
  • At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight...
    • Martin Hawkins, compilation producer; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various artists)
  • Battleground Korea: Songs and Sounds of America's Forgotten War
    • Hugo Keesing, compilation producer; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various artists)
  • A Rhapsody in Blue: The Extraordinary Life of Oscar Levant

Production, Non-Classical

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Remixed Recording

Production, Immersive Audio

Best Immersive Audio Album
  • Eye in the Sky: 35th Anniversary Edition
  • Folketoner
    • Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask & Det Norske Jentekor)
  • Seven Words from the Cross
    • Daniel Shores, surround mix engineer; Daniel Shores, surround mastering engineer; Dan Merceruio, surround producer (Matthew Guard & Skylark)
  • Sommerro: Ujamaa & the Iceberg
    • Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Ingar Heine Bergby, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Choir)
  • Symbol
    • Prashant Mistry & Ronald Prent, surround mix engineers; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Prashant Mistry & Ronald Prent, surround producers (Engine-Earz Experiment)

Production, Classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
  • Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11
  • Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1
  • John Williams at the Movies
  • Liquid Melancholy: Clarinet Music of James M. Stephenson
    • Bill Maylone & Mary Mazurek, engineers; Bill Maylone, mastering engineer (John Bruce Yeh)
  • Visions and Variations
    • Tom Caulfield, engineer; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer (A Far Cry)
Producer of the Year, Classical

Classical

Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
  • McLoskey: Zealot Canticles
    • Donald Nally, conductor (Doris Hall-Gulati, Rebecca Harris, Arlen Hlusko, Lorenzo Raval & Mandy Wolman; The Crossing)
  • Chesnokov: Teach Me Thy Statutes
    • Vladimir Gorbik, conductor (Mikhail Davydov & Vladimir Krasov; PaTRAM Institute Male Choir)
  • Kastalsky: Memory Eternal
  • Rachmaninov: The Bells
  • Seven Words from the Cross
    • Matthew Guard, conductor (Skylark)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Best Classical Compendium
  • Fuchs: Piano Concerto 'Spiritualist'; Poems of Life; Glacier; Rush
  • Gold
  • The John Adams Edition
  • John Williams at the Movies
  • Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Serenade to Music; Flos Campi
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

  • Saul Walker

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:

Category changes

For the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, multiple category changes are being made;

Controversy

On February 4, 2019, it was reported that American singer Ariana Grande would not be performing at or attending the Grammys, due to a dispute with producer Ken Ehrlich. On February 7, 2019, Grande made a public statement on the matter, she alleged that Ehrlich stifled her creativity and tried to stipulate what song she could perform. She then later went on and alleged that Ehrlich "lied" and she could "pull together a performance over night."

On February 11, 2019, Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj backed up Grande and alleged Ehrilch "bullied" her. Minaj later said in a statement on Twitter: "I was bullied into staying quiet for 7 years out of fear. But I’ll tell my fans the REAL on the next episode of #QueenRadio they deserve the truth."

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