The 60th Grammys


Every year, members of the music industry and beyond gather to celebrate the past 12 months' greatest releases and achievements. The UK plays host to The Brits, The MOBOs and The Mercury Prize but it is fair to say that The Grammys are consistently the most anticipated event on the music calendar.

Each event brings celebration and joy as well as drama and controversy. Whether you're striving for your favourite artist to win big or simply care about the red carpet fashion, the awards are sure to capture your attention in some way.

The Grammys officially start hours before the first red carpet photos appear, on your feed as a long list of categories are awarded prior to the televised portion of the show. There are too many categories to mention in this segment such as 'Best Album Notes' and 'Best Surround Sound Album'.

This year's early winners did, however, include Ed Sheeran's Divide in 'Best Pop Vocal Album', 'How Far I'll Go' from Moana, winning 'Best Song Written For Visual Media' and even Carrie Fisher, winning the award for 'Best Spoken Word Album' for The Princess Diarist.

The 60th Grammy's got off to a phenomenal start, with Kendrick Lamar opening the stage, joined by U2 and Dave Chappelle. Kendrick takes home five awards this year after being nominated for seven.

Other performances of the night came from Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Bruno Mars and Cardi B and a heartfelt performance from Kesha, who was joined by Camilla Cabello, Cyndi Lauper and others, of her song 'Praying' a song dealing with past suicidal thoughts.  Childish Gambino was joined by the actor playing his young counterpart as Simba in the upcoming Lion King movie to sing Terrified.

Bruno Mars won 6 big awards, while SZA, the most nominated female of the year, lost out on each of the five categories she was nominated in, much to many fans' dismay.

Half of Bruno Mars' awards included three of the four in the 'General Field' categories, those not restricted by genre, and seen as highly commendable. Alessia Cara took home the first of these awards and received some public backlash from those disputing her status as a 'New Artist' and many being disappointed at SZA's loss here. The criteria for entering into this category however simply includes 3 points;

  1. Must have released a minimum of five singles/tracks or one album, but no more than 30 singles/tracks or three albums

  2. May not have entered into this category more than three times, including as a performing member of an established group.

  3. Must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the eligibility period.

The winners of the 'Big 4' Categories are

  • Best New Artist: Alessia Cara

  • Song of The Year: ‘That's What I Like’ by Bruno Mars

  • Record of The Year: 24k Magic by Bruno Mars

  • Album of The Year: 24k Magic by Bruno Mars

Other Grammys highlights included:

  • Rap/Sung Performance: ‘Loyalty’ by Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna

  • Best Pop Solo Performance: ‘Shape of You’ by Ed Sheeran

  • Best Rap Album: DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar

  • Best Comedy Album: The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas by Dave Chappelle

  • Best Country Album: From a Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton

  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: ‘Feel It Still’ by Portugal. The Man

  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett Celebrates 90

  • Best Pop Vocal Album: Divide by Ed Sheeran

  • Best Dance Recording: Tonight by LCD Soundsystem

  • Best Folk Album: Mental Illness by Aimee Mann

  • Best Musical Theater Album: Dear Evan Hansen

  • Best Rock Album: A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs

  • Best Alternative Music Album: Sleep Well Beast by The National

  • Best R&B Performance: ‘That's What I Like’ by Bruno Mars

  • Best Traditional R&B Performance: ‘Redbone’ by Childish Gambino

  • Best Urban Contemporary Album: Starboy by The Weeknd

  • Best R&B Album: 24k Magic by Bruno Mars