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The Grammy Winners and Show Re-Cap

The Grammy Winners and Show Re-Cap
Selena Gomez,Taylor Swift

Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards started with a newly bobbed Taylor Swift performing “Out of the Woods” in a sparkly black jumpsuit. Plagued with glitches of a technical kind, streaming and performances by Adele and Justin Beiber took the hits. LL Cool J, hosted the ceremony for the fifth time, kept the focus on the music. A live broadcast from the Broadway musical Hamilton brought Stephen Colbert front and center. Best Rap Album, introduced by Ice Cube and his son and “Straight Outta Compton” star O’Shea Jackson Jr started the nights award.  Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt took the stage with a mash-up of Hunt’s “Take Your Time” and Underwood’s “Heartbeat.” The Weeknd followed with “Can’t Feel My Face” and “In the Night.” Andra Day and Ellie Goulding mashed-up of “Rise Up” and “Love Me Like You Do.”

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

LL Cool J brought out late night host James Corden to introduce a tribute to Person of the Year honoree Lionel Richie, who won his first Album of the Year Grammy 32 years ago. The medley included performances by John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan and more. Stevie Wonder took the stage with Pentatonix for the first of the evening’s tributes to those the music community has recently lost, saluting Earth Wind and Fire’s Maurice White with “That’s the Way of the World.”

Eagles

Eagles

The surviving members of the Eagles taking the stage with Jackson Browne to pay their respects to the late Glenn Frey with a rendition of “Take it Easy.”  Tori Kelly and James Bay serenading each other with Bay’s “Let it Go” and Kelly’s “Hollow.”

The theater world easily stole the show on a live broadcast of the opening number of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” direct from New York and led by the show’s star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda and company accepted in rhyming style from the stage in New York.

Nomination leader Kendrick Lamar then took the stage as part of a chain gang for a riveting jailhouse rendition of “The Blacker the Berry,” a tribal, flame-licked “Alright” and a strobe-light strafed, lightning-fast new track, bringing down the house and marking one of the most electrifying and pointed performances of the night.

Introduced by Bruno Mars, Adele perform “All I Ask.”  Justin Bieber celebrated with a medley performance of “Love Yourself” and “Where Are U Now” with collaborators Skrillex and Diplo.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

In her tribute to the late David Bowie, Lady Gaga moved through the artist’s 1970s and ’80s work.

 

Record of the Year: Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Album of the Year: 1989, Taylor Swift

Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Hamilton

Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton

Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor

Best Song Written For Visual Media: Glory

Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, “These Walls”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

Best Rock Album: Muse, Drones

Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best R&B Album: D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah

Best Urban Contemporary Album: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Best R&B Performance: The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”

Best R&B Song: D’Angelo and The Vanguard, “Really Love”

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway, “Little Ghetto Boy”

Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Justin Beiber

Justin Beiber

Best Dance Recording: Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now”

Best Music Video: Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”

Best Country Song: Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”

Best Music Film: Amy Winehouse, Amy

Best Rap/Song Collaboration: Common & John Legend, “Glory”

Best Pop Vocal Album: Taylor Swift, 1989

Best Country Solo PerformanceChris Stapleton, “Traveller”

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Tobymac, This Is Not a Test

Best Roots Gospel Album: The Fairfield Four, Still Rockin’ My Soul

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Pitbull, Dale

Best Latin Pop Album: Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)

Best Comedy Album: Louis C.K., Live at Madison Square Garden

Best Spoken Word Album: Jimmy Carter, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

Score Soundtrack for Visual MediaBirdman

Best Gospel AlbumIsrael & Newbreed, Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe)

Best Gospel Performance/Song: Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Francesca Battistelli, “Holy Spirit”

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Stephen Paulus, Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Augustin Hadelich, “Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes”

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Eighth Blackbird, “Filament”

Best Choral Performance: Charles Bruffy, “Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil”

Best Opera Recording: Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus, “Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade”

Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jon Cleary, Go Go Juice

Best Folk Album: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy, Born to Play Guitar

Best Bluegrass Album: The Steeldrivers, The Muscle Shoals Recordings

Best Americana Album: Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free

Best American Roots Song: Jason Isbell, “24 Frames”

Best American Roots Performance: Mavis Staples, “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”

Best Tropical Latin Album: Rubén Blades With Roberto Delgado & Orchestra, Son De Panamá

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): Los Tigres Del Norte, Realidades – Deluxe Edition

Best Children’s Album: Tim Kubart, Home

Best World Album: Angélique Kidjo, Sings

Best Reggae Album: Morgan Heritage, Strictly Roots

Best Latin Jazz Album: Eliane Elias, Made in Brazil

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Maria Schneider, The Thompson Fields

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield, Past Present

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Cécile McLorin Salvant, For One to Love

Best Surround Sound Album: James Guthrie and Joel Plante, Amused To Death

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)”

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

Best Historical Album: Various artists; The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Various Artists, The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)

Best Album Notes: Joni Mitchell, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced

Best Recording Package: Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds & Dick Reeves; Asleep at the Wheel, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: Maria Schneider, “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Avi Kaplin, Kirstin Taylor, Kevin K.O. Olusola; “Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy”

Best Instrumental Composition: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite”

MusiCares Person of the Year: Lionel Richie

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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