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2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees And Winners List

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2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees And Winners List

Find out who was nominated and who won at the 61st GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Dec 7, 2018 - 06:45 pm

The 61st GRAMMY Awards are in the books! Find out who was nominated and who won in each of the 84 categories in the full list below (use the links to jump to a desired field).

 

General Field

1. Record Of The Year
Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.

  • I LIKE IT
    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
    Invincible, JWhiteDidIt, Craig Kallman & Tainy, producers; Leslie Brathwaite, Kuk Harrell, Evan LaRay & Simone Torres, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
     
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile
    Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Eddie Spear, engineers/mixers; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer
     
  • THIS IS AMERICA - WINNER
    Childish Gambino
    Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, producers; Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Riley Mackin & Shaan Singh, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
     
  • GOD'S PLAN
    Drake
    Boi-1Da, Cardo & Young Exclusive, producers; Noel Cadastre, Noel "Gadget" Campbell & Noah Shebib, engineers/mixers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
     
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
    Lady Gaga & Benjamin Rice, producers; Brandon Bost & Tom Elmhirst, engineers/mixers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer
     
  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Lamar & SZA
    Al Shux & Sounwave, producers; Sam Ricci & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
     
  • ROCKSTAR
    Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage
    Louis Bell & Tank God, producers; Louis Bell, Lorenzo Cardona, Manny Marroquin & Ethan Stevens, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
     
  • THE MIDDLE
    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
    Grey, Monsters & Strangerz & Zedd, producers; Grey, Tom Norris, Ryan Shanahan & Zedd, engineers/mixers; Mike Marsh, mastering engineer

2. Album Of The Year
Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.

  • INVASION OF PRIVACY
    Cardi B
    Leslie Brathwaite & Evan LaRay, engineers/mixers; Belcalis Almanzar & Jorden Thorpe, songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
     
  • BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU
    Brandi Carlile
    Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Dave Cobb & Eddie Spear, engineers/mixers; Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer
     
  • SCORPION
    Drake
    Noel Cadastre, Noel "Gadget" Campbell & Noah Shebib, engineers/mixers; Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
     
  • H.E.R.
    H.E.R.
    Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr, David 'Swagg R'Celious' Harris, H.E.R., Walter Jones & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Darhyl Camper Jr & H.E.R., songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
     
  • BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS
    Post Malone
    Louis Bell & Post Malone, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Louis Bell & Austin Post, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
     
  • DIRTY COMPUTER
    Janelle Monáe
    Chuck Lightning & Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate "Rocket" Wonder, producers; Mick Guzauski, Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate "Rocket" Wonder, engineers/mixers; Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Taylor Parks & Janelle Monáe Robinson, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
     
  • GOLDEN HOUR - WINNER
    Kacey Musgraves
    Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, producers; Craig Alvin & Shawn Everett, engineers/mixers; Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers
     
  • BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY
    (Various Artists)
    Kendrick Lamar, featured artist; Kendrick Duckworth & Sounwave, producers; Matt Schaeffer, engineer/mixer; Kendrick Duckworth & Mark Spears, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

3. Song Of The Year
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
     
  • BOO'D UP
    Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
     
  • GOD'S PLAN
    Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
     
  • IN MY BLOOD
    Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)
     
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
     
  • THE MIDDLE
    Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)
     
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
     
  • THIS IS AMERICA - WINNER
    Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson & Jeffery Lamar Williams, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

4. Best New Artist
An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.

  • CHLOE X HALLE
     
  • LUKE COMBS
     
  • GRETA VAN FLEET
     
  • H.E.R. 
     
  • DUA LIPA - WINNER
     
  • MARGO PRICE
     
  • BEBE REXHA
     
  • JORJA SMITH

Pop

5. Best Pop Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

  • COLORS
    Beck
     
  • HAVANA (LIVE)
    Camila Cabello
     
  • GOD IS A WOMAN
    Ariana Grande
     
  • JOANNE (WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU'RE GOIN'?) - WINNER
    Lady Gaga
     
  • BETTER NOW
    Post Malone

6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

  • FALL IN LINE
    Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato
     
  • DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART
    Backstreet Boys
     
  • 'S WONDERFUL
    Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
     
  • SHALLOW - WINNER
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
     
  • GIRLS LIKE YOU
    Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B
     
  • SAY SOMETHING
    Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton
     
  • THE MIDDLE
    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

7. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new traditional pop recordings.

  • LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
    Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
     
  • MY WAY - WINNER
    Willie Nelson
     
  • NAT "KING" COLE & ME
    Gregory Porter
     
  • STANDARDS (DELUXE)
    Seal
     
  • THE MUSIC...THE MEM'RIES...THE MAGIC!
    Barbra Streisand

8. Best Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal pop recordings.

  • CAMILA
    Camila Cabello
     
  • MEANING OF LIFE
    Kelly Clarkson
     
  • SWEETENER - WINNER
    Ariana Grande
     
  • SHAWN MENDES
    Shawn Mendes
     
  • BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA
    P!nk
     
  • REPUTATION
    Taylor Swift

Dance/Electronic Music

9. Best Dance Recording
For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.

  • NORTHERN SOUL
    Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford
    Above & Beyond & Andrew Bayer, producers; Above & Beyond, mixers
     
  • ULTIMATUM
    Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)
    Guy Lawrence & Howard Lawrence, producers; Guy Lawrence, mixer
     
  • LOSING IT
    Fisher
    Paul Nicholas Fisher, producer; Kevin Grainger, mixer
     
  • ELECTRICITY - WINNER
    Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson
    Jarami, Alex Metric, Riton & Silk City, producers; Josh Gudwin, mixer
     
  • GHOST VOICES
    Virtual Self
    Porter Robinson, producer; Porter Robinson, mixer

10. Best Dance/Electronic Album
For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.

Contemporary Instrumental Music

11. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
For albums containing approximately 51% or more playing time of instrumental material. For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.

  • THE EMANCIPATION PROCRASTINATION
    Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
     
  • STEVE GADD BAND - WINNER
    Steve Gadd Band
     
  • MODERN LORE
    Julian Lage
     
  • LAID BLACK
    Marcus Miller
     
  • PROTOCOL 4
    Simon Phillips

Rock

12. Best Rock Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings.

  • FOUR OUT OF FIVE
    Arctic Monkeys
     
  • WHEN BAD DOES GOOD - WINNER
    Chris Cornell
     
  • MADE AN AMERICA
    THE FEVER 333
     
  • HIGHWAY TUNE
    Greta Van Fleet
     
  • UNCOMFORTABLE
    Halestorm

13. Best Metal Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings.

  • CONDEMNED TO THE GALLOWS
    Between The Buried And Me
     
  • HONEYCOMB
    Deafheaven
     
  • ELECTRIC MESSIAH - WINNER
    High On Fire
     
  • BETRAYER
    Trivium
     
  • ON MY TEETH
    Underoath

14. Best Rock Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BLACK SMOKE RISING
    Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)
     
  • JUMPSUIT
    Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
     
  • MANTRA
    Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me The Horizon)
     
  • MASSEDUCTION - WINNER
    Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
     
  • RATS
    Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)

15. Best Rock Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings.

  • RAINIER FOG
    Alice In Chains
     
  • M A N I A
    Fall Out Boy
     
  • PREQUELLE
    Ghost
     
  • FROM THE FIRES - WINNER
    Greta Van Fleet
     
  • PACIFIC DAYDREAM
    Weezer

Alternative

16. Best Alternative Music Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

  • TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL + CASINO
    Arctic Monkeys
     
  • COLORS - WINNER
    Beck
     
  • UTOPIA
    Björk
     
  • AMERICAN UTOPIA
    David Byrne
     
  • MASSEDUCTION
    St. Vincent

R&B

17. Best R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.

  • LONG AS I LIVE
    Toni Braxton
     
  • SUMMER
    The Carters
     
  • Y O Y
    Lalah Hathaway
     
  • BEST PART - WINNER
    H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar
     
  • FIRST BEGAN
    PJ Morton

18. Best Traditional R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.

  • BET AIN'T WORTH THE HAND - WINNER (TIE)
    Leon Bridges
     
  • DON'T FALL APART ON ME TONIGHT
    Bettye LaVette
     
  • HONEST
    MAJOR.
     
  • HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE - WINNER (TIE)
    PJ Morton Featuring Yebba
     
  • MADE FOR LOVE
    Charlie Wilson Featuring Lalah Hathaway

19. Best R&B Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BOO'D UP - WINNER
    Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
     
  • COME THROUGH AND CHILL
    Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi)
     
  • FEELS LIKE SUMMER
    Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
     
  • FOCUS
    Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.)
     
  • LONG AS I LIVE
    Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)

20. Best Urban Contemporary Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.

  • EVERYTHING IS LOVE - WINNER
    The Carters
     
  • THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
    Chloe x Halle
     
  • CHRIS DAVE AND THE DRUMHEDZ
    Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
     
  • WAR & LEISURE
    Miguel
     
  • VENTRILOQUISM
    Meshell Ndegeocello

21. Best R&B Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.

  • SEX & CIGARETTES
    Toni Braxton
     
  • GOOD THING
    Leon Bridges
     
  • HONESTLY
    Lalah Hathaway
     
  • H.E.R. - WINNER
    H.E.R.
     
  • GUMBO UNPLUGGED (LIVE)
    PJ Morton

Rap

22. Best Rap Performance
For a Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.

  • BE CAREFUL
    Cardi B
     
  • NICE FOR WHAT
    Drake
     
  • KING'S DEAD - WINNER (TIE)
    Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake
     
  • BUBBLIN - WINNER (TIE)
    Anderson .Paak
     
  • SICKO MODE
    Travis Scott, Drake, (Big Hawk) & Swae Lee

23. Best Rap/Sung Performance
For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.

  • LIKE I DO
    Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink
     
  • PRETTY LITTLE FEARS
    6lack Featuring J. Cole
     
  • THIS IS AMERICA - WINNER
    Childish Gambino
     
  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Lamar & SZA
     
  • ROCKSTAR
    Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

24. Best Rap Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • GOD'S PLAN - WINNER
    Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
     
  • KING'S DEAD
    Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Axel Morgan, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)
     
  • LUCKY YOU
    R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)
     
  • SICKO MODE
    Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, (Big Hawk) & Swae Lee)
     
  • WIN
    K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

25. Best Rap Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rap recordings.

  • INVASION OF PRIVACY - WINNER
    Cardi B
     
  • SWIMMING
    Mac Miller
     
  • VICTORY LAP
    Nipsey Hussle
     
  • DAYTONA
    Pusha T
     
  • ASTROWORLD
    Travis Scott

Country

26. Best Country Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings.

  • WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT?
    Loretta Lynn
     
  • MONA LISAS AND MAD HATTERS
    Maren Morris
     
  • BUTTERFLIES - WINNER
    Kacey Musgraves
     
  • MILLIONAIRE
    Chris Stapleton
     
  • PARALLEL LINE
    Keith Urban

27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative country recordings.

  • SHOOT ME STRAIGHT
    Brothers Osborne
     
  • TEQUILA - WINNER
    Dan + Shay
     
  • WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU
    Little Big Town
     
  • DEAR HATE
    Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill
     
  • MEANT TO BE
    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

28. Best Country Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BREAK UP IN THE END
    Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)
     
  • DEAR HATE
    Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)
     
  • I LIVED IT
    Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
     
  • SPACE COWBOY - WINNER
    Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
     
  • TEQUILA
    Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)
     
  • WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU
    Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

29. Best Country Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new country recordings.

  • UNAPOLOGETICALLY
    Kelsea Ballerini
     
  • PORT SAINT JOE
    Brothers Osborne
     
  • GIRL GOING NOWHERE
    Ashley McBryde
     
  • GOLDEN HOUR - WINNER
    Kacey Musgraves
     
  • FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 2
    Chris Stapleton

New Age

30. Best New Age Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental new age recordings.

  • HIRAETH
    Lisa Gerrard & David Kuckhermann
     
  • BELOVED
    Snatam Kaur
     
  • OPIUM MOON - WINNER
    Opium Moon
     
  • MOLECULES OF MOTION
    Steve Roach
     
  • MOKU MALUHIA - PEACEFUL ISLAND
    Jim Kimo West

Jazz

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo
For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.

  • SOME OF THAT SUNSHINE
    Regina Carter, soloist
    Track from: Some Of That Sunshine (Karrin Allyson)
     
  • DON'T FENCE ME IN - WINNER
    John Daversa, soloist
    Track from: American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom (John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists)
     
  • WE SEE
    Fred Hersch, soloists
     
  • DE-DAH
    Brad Mehldau, soloist
    Track from: Seymour Reads The Constitution! (Brad Mehldau Trio)
     
  • CADENAS
    Miguel Zenón, soloist
    Track from: Yo Soy La Tradición (Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet)

32. Best Jazz Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings.

  • MY MOOD IS YOU
    Freddy Cole
     
  • THE QUESTIONS
    Kurt Elling
     
  • THE SUBJECT TONIGHT IS LOVE
    Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz, Gary Versace
     
  • IF YOU REALLY WANT
    Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza
     
  • THE WINDOW - WINNER
    Cécile McLorin Salvant

33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new instrumental jazz recordings.

  • DIAMOND CUT
    Tia Fuller
     
  • LIVE IN EUROPE
    Fred Hersch Trio
     
  • SEYMOUR READS THE CONSTITUTION!
    Brad Mehldau Trio
     
  • STILL DREAMING
    Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade
     
  • EMANON - WINNER
    The Wayne Shorter Quartet

34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.

  • ALL ABOUT THAT BASIE
    The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart
     
  • AMERICAN DREAMERS: VOICES OF HOPE, MUSIC OF FREEDOM - WINNER
    John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists
     
  • PRESENCE
    Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band
     
  • ALL CAN WORK
    John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
     
  • BAREFOOT DANCES AND OTHER VISIONS
    Jim McNeely & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band

35. Best Latin Jazz Album
For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.

  • HEART OF BRAZIL
    Eddie Daniels
     
  • BACK TO THE SUNSET - WINNER
    Dafnis Prieto Big Band
     
  • WEST SIDE STORY REIMAGINED
    Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
     
  • CINQUE
    Elio Villafranca
     
  • YO SOY LA TRADICIÓN
    Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music

36. Best Gospel Performance/Song
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best traditional Christian, roots gospel or contemporary gospel single or track.

  • YOU WILL WIN
    Jekalyn Carr; Allen Carr & Jekalyn Carr, songwriters
     
  • WON'T HE DO IT
    Koryn Hawthorne
     
  • NEVER ALONE - WINNER
    Tori Kelly Featuring Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin & Victoria Kelly, songwriters
     
  • CYCLES
    Jonathan McReynolds Featuring DOE; Jonathan McReynolds & Will Reagan, songwriters
     
  • A GREAT WORK
    Brian Courtney Wilson; Aaron W. Lindsey, Alvin Richardson & Brian Courtney Wilson, songwriters

37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian pop, Christian rap/hip-hop, or Christian rock single or track.

  • RECKLESS LOVE
    Cory Asbury; Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver & Ran Jackson, songwriters
     
  • YOU SAY - WINNER
    Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram & Paul Mabury, songwriters
     
  • JOY.
    for KING & COUNTRY; Ben Glover, Matt Hales, Stephen Blake Kanicka, Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters
     
  • GRACE GOT YOU
    MercyMe Featuring John Reuben; David Garcia, Ben Glover, MercyMe, Solomon Olds & John Reuben, songwriters
     
  • KNOWN
    Tauren Wells; Ethan Hulse, Jordan Sapp & Tauren Wells, songwriters

38. Best Gospel Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional or contemporary/R&B gospel music recordings.

  • ONE NATION UNDER GOD
    Jekalyn Carr
     
  • HIDING PLACE - WINNER
    Tori Kelly
     
  • MAKE ROOM
    Jonathan McReynolds
     
  • THE OTHER SIDE
    The Walls Group
     
  • A GREAT WORK
    Brian Courtney Wilson

39. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, contemporary Christian music, including pop, rap/hip hop, or rock recordings.

  • LOOK UP CHILD - WINNER
    Lauren Daigle
     
  • HALLELUJAH HERE BELOW
    Elevation Worship
     
  • LIVING WITH A FIRE
    Jesus Culture
     
  • SURROUNDED
    Michael W. Smith
     
  • SURVIVOR: LIVE FROM HARDING PRISON
    Zach Williams

40. Best Roots Gospel Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings.

  • UNEXPECTED - WINNER
    Jason Crabb
     
  • CLEAR SKIES
    Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
     
  • FAVORITES: REVISITED BY REQUEST
    The Isaacs
     
  • STILL STANDING
    The Martins
     
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE
    Gordon Mote

Latin

41. Best Latin Pop Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin pop recordings.

  • PROMETO
    Pablo Alboran
     
  • SINCERA - WINNER
    Claudia Brant
     
  • MUSAS (UN HOMENAJE AL FOLCLORE LATINOAMERICANO EN MANOS DE LOS MACORINOS), VOL. 2
    Natalia Lafourcade
     
  • 2:00 AM
    Raquel Sofía
     
  • VIVES
    Carlos Vives

42. Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin rock, urban or alternative recordings.

  • CLAROSCURA
    Aterciopelados
     
  • COASTCITY
    COASTCITY
     
  • ENCANTO TROPICAL
    Monsieur Periné
     
  • GOURMET
    Orishas
     
  • AZTLÁN - WINNER
    Zoé

43. Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new regional Mexican (banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, ranchera and Tejano) recordings.

  • PRIMERO SOY MEXICANA
    Angela Aguilar
     
  • MITAD Y MITAD
    Calibre 50
     
  • TOTALMENTE JUAN GABRIEL VOL. II
    Aida Cuevas
     
  • CRUZANDO BORDERS
    Los Texmaniacs
     
  • LEYENDAS DE MI PUEBLO
    Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez
     
  • ¡MÉXICO POR SIEMPRE! - WINNER
    Luis Miguel

44. Best Tropical Latin Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new tropical Latin recordings.

  • PA' MI GENTE
    Charlie Aponte
     
  • LEGADO
    Formell Y Los Van Van
     
  • ORQUESTA AKOKÁN
    Orquesta Akokán
     
  • PONLE ACTITUD
    Felipe Peláez
     
  • ANNIVERSARY - WINNER
    Spanish Harlem Orchestra

American Roots Music

45. Best American Roots Performance
For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).

  • KICK ROCKS
    Sean Ardoin
     
  • SAINT JAMES INFIRMARY BLUES
    Jon Batiste
     
  • THE JOKE - WINNER
    Brandi Carlile
     
  • ALL ON MY MIND
    Anderson East
     
  • LAST MAN STANDING
    Willie Nelson

46. Best American Roots Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • ALL THE TROUBLE
    Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack & Adam Wright, songwriters (Lee Ann Womack)
     
  • BUILD A BRIDGE
    Jeff Tweedy, songwriter (Mavis Staples)
     
  • THE JOKE - WINNER
    Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
     
  • KNOCKIN' ON YOUR SCREEN DOOR
    Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)
     
  • SUMMER'S END
    Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)

47. Best Americana Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.

  • BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU - WINNER
    Brandi Carlile
     
  • THINGS HAVE CHANGED
    Bettye LaVette
     
  • THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS
    John Prine
     
  • THE LONELY, THE LONESOME & THE GONE
    Lee Ann Womack
     
  • ONE DROP OF TRUTH
    The Wood Brothers

48. Best Bluegrass Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.

  • PORTRAITS IN FIDDLES
    Mike Barnett
     
  • SISTER SADIE II
    Sister Sadie
     
  • RIVERS AND ROADS
    Special Consensus
     
  • THE TRAVELIN' MCCOURYS - WINNER
    The Travelin' McCourys
     
  • NORTH OF DESPAIR
    Wood & Wire

49. Best Traditional Blues Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental traditional blues recordings.

  • SOMETHING SMELLS FUNKY 'ROUND HERE
    Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio
     
  • BENTON COUNTY RELIC
    Cedric Burnside
     
  • THE BLUES IS ALIVE AND WELL - WINNER
    Buddy Guy
     
  • NO MERCY IN THIS LAND
    Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite
     
  • DON'T YOU FEEL MY LEG (THE NAUGHTY BAWDY BLUES OF BLUE LU BARKER)
    Maria Muldaur

50. Best Contemporary Blues Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental contemporary blues recordings.

  • PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD - WINNER
    Fantastic Negrito
     
  • HERE IN BABYLON
    Teresa James And The Rhythm Tramps
     
  • CRY NO MORE
    Danielle Nicole
     
  • OUT OF THE BLUES
    Boz Scaggs
     
  • VICTOR WAINWRIGHT AND THE TRAIN
    Victor Wainwright And The Train

51. Best Folk Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental folk recordings.

  • WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND
    Joan Baez
     
  • BLACK COWBOYS
    Dom Flemons
     
  • RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS
    Mary Gauthier
     
  • WEED GARDEN
    Iron & Wine
     
  • ALL ASHORE - WINNER
    Punch Brothers

52. Best Regional Roots Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental regional roots music recordings.

  • KREOLE ROCK AND SOUL
    Sean Ardoin
     
  • SPYBOY
    Cha Wa
     
  • ALOHA FROM NA HOA
    Na Hoa
     
  • NO 'ANE'I - WINNER
    Kalani Pe'a
     
  • MEWASINSATIONAL - CREE ROUND DANCE SONGS
    Young Spirit

Reggae

53. Best Reggae Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new reggae recordings.

  • AS THE WORLD TURNS
    Black Uhuru
     
  • REGGAE FOREVER
    Etana
     
  • REBELLION RISES
    Ziggy Marley
     
  • A MATTER OF TIME
    Protoje
     
  • 44/876 - WINNER
    Sting & Shaggy

World Music

54. Best World Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.

  • DERAN
    Bombino
     
  • FENFO
    Fatoumata Diawara
     
  • BLACK TIMES
    Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
     
  • FREEDOM - WINNER
    Soweto Gospel Choir
     
  • THE LOST SONGS OF WORLD WAR II
    Yiddish Glory

Children's

55. Best Children's Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new musical or spoken word recordings that are created and intended specifically for children.

  • ALL THE SOUNDS - WINNER
    Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats
     
  • BUILDING BLOCKS
    Tim Kubart
     
  • FALU'S BAZAAR
    Falu
     
  • GIANTS OF SCIENCE
    The Pop Ups
     
  • THE NATION OF IMAGINE
    Frank & Deane

Spoken Word

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

  • ACCESSORY TO WAR (NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON & AVIS LANG)
    Courtney B. Vance
     
  • CALYPSO
    David Sedaris
     
  • CREATIVE QUEST
    Questlove
     
  • FAITH - A JOURNEY FOR ALL - WINNER
    Jimmy Carter
     
  • THE LAST BLACK UNICORN
    Tiffany Haddish

Comedy

57. Best Comedy Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.

  • ANNIHILATION
    Patton Oswalt
     
  • EQUANIMITY & THE BIRD REVELATION - WINNER
    Dave Chappelle
     
  • NOBLE APE
    Jim Gaffigan
     
  • STANDUP FOR DRUMMERS
    Fred Armisen
     
  • TAMBORINE
    Chris Rock

Musical Theater

58. Best Musical Theater Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.

  • THE BAND'S VISIT - WINNER
    Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Katrina Lenk & Ari'el Stachel, principal soloists; Dean Sharenow & David Yazbek, producers; David Yazbek, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
     
  • CAROUSEL
    Renée Fleming, Alexander Gemignani, Joshua Henry, Lindsay Mendez & Jessie Mueller, principal soloists; Steven Epstein, producer (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)
     
  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT
    Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Ben Daniels, Brandon Victor Dixon, Erik Grönwall, Jin Ha, John Legend, Norm Lewis & Jason Tam, principal soloists; Andrew Lloyd Webber & Harvey Mason, Jr., producers (Andrew Lloyd-Webber, composer; Tim Rice, lyricist) (Original Television Cast)
     
  • MY FAIR LADY
    Lauren Ambrose, Norbert Leo Butz & Harry Hadden-Paton, principal soloists; Van Dean, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Frederick Loewe, composer; Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)
     
  • ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
    Phillip Boykin, Merle Dandridge, Quentin Earl Darrington, Hailey Kilgore, Kenita R. Miller, Alex Newell, Isaac Powell & Lea Salonga, principal soloists; Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty & Elliot Scheiner, producers (Stephen Flaherty, composer; Lynn Ahrens, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast)

Music for Visual Media

59. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in studio' producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album. In the absence of both, award to the one or two individuals proactively responsible for the concept and musical direction of the album and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable. Award also goes to appropriately credited music supervisor(s).

  • CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
    (Various Artists)
    Luca Guadagnino, compilation producer; Robin Urdang, music supervisor
     
  • DEADPOOL 2
    (Various Artists)
    David Leitch & Ryan Reynolds, compilation producers; John Houlihan, music supervisor
     
  • THE GREATEST SHOWMAN - WINNER
    Hugh Jackman (& Various Artists)
    Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul & Greg Wells, compilation producers
     
  • LADY BIRD
    (Various Artists)
    Timothy J. Smith, compilation producer; Michael Hill & Brian Ross, music supervisors
     
  • STRANGER THINGS
    (Various Artists)
    Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer & Timothy J. Smith, compilation producers; Nora Felder, music supervisor

60. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.

  • BLACK PANTHER - WINNER
    Ludwig Göransson, composer
     
  • BLADE RUNNER 2049
    Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer, composers
     
  • COCO
    Michael Giacchino, composer
     
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER
    Alexandre Desplat, composer
     
  • STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
    John Williams, composer

61. Best Song Written For Visual Media
A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television, video games or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
    Track from: Black Panther
     
  • MYSTERY OF LOVE
    Sufjan Stevens, songwriter (Sufjan Stevens)
    Track from: Call Me By Your Name
     
  • REMEMBER ME
    Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade)
    Track from: Coco
     
  • SHALLOW - WINNER
    Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
    Track from: A Star Is Born
     
  • THIS IS ME
    Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble)
    Track from: The Greatest Showman

Composing/Arranging

62. Best Instrumental Composition
A Composer's Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.

  • BLUT UND BODEN (BLOOD AND SOIL) - WINNER
    Terence Blanchard, composer (Terence Blanchard)
     
  • CHRYSALIS
    Jeremy Kittel, composer (Kittel & Co.)
     
  • INFINITY WAR
    Alan Silverstri, composer (Alan Silvestri)
     
  • MINE MISSION
    John Powell & John Williams, composers (John Powell & John Williams)
     
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER
    Alexandre Desplat, composer (Alexandre Desplat)

63. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BATMAN THEME (TV)
    Randy Waldman & Justin Wilson, arrangers (Randy Waldman Featuring Wynton Marsalis)
     
  • CHANGE THE WORLD
    Mark Kibble, arranger (Take 6)
     
  • MADRID FINALE
    John Powell, arranger (John Powell)
     
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER
    Alexandre Desplat, arranger (Alexandre Desplat)
     
  • STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER - WINNER
    John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists)

64. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
    Matt Rollings & Kristin Wilkinson, arrangers (Willie Nelson)
     
  • JOLENE
    Dan Pugach & Nicole Zuraitis, arrangers (Dan Pugach)
     
  • MONA LISA
    Vince Mendoza, arranger (Gregory Porter)
     
  • NIÑA
    Gonzalo Grau, arranger (Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider)
     
  • SPIDERMAN THEME - WINNER
    Mark Kibble, Randy Waldman & Justin Wilson, arrangers (Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter)

Package

65. Best Recording Package

  • BE THE COWBOY
    Mary Banas, art director (Mitski)
     
  • LOVE YOURSELF: TEAR
    Doohee Lee, art director (BTS)
     
  • MASSEDUCTION - WINNER
    Willo Perron, art director (St. Vincent)
     
  • THE OFFERING
    Qing-Yang Xiao, art director (The Chairman)
     
  • WELL KEPT THING
    Adam Moore, art director (Foxhole)

66. Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

  • APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION (LOCKED N' LOADED BOX)
    Arian Buhler, Charles Dooher, Jeff Fura, Scott Sandler & Matt Taylor, art directors (Guns N' Roses)
     
  • I'LL BE YOUR GIRL
    Carson Ellis, Jeri Heiden & Glen Nakasako, art directors (The Decemberists)
     
  • PACIFIC NORTHWEST '73-74': THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS
    Lisa Glines, Doran Tyson & Roy Henry Vickers, art directors (Grateful Dead)
     
  • SQUEEZE BOX: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC - WINNER
    Meghan Foley, Annie Stoll & Al Yankovic, art directors ("Weird Al" Yankovic)
     
  • TOO MANY BAD HABITS
    Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Johnny Nicholas)

Notes

67. Best Album Notes

  • ALPINE DREAMING: THE HELVETIA RECORDS STORY, 1920-1924
    James P. Leary, album notes writer (Various Artists)
     
  • 4 BANJO SONGS, 1891-1897: FOUNDATIONAL RECORDINGS OF AMERICA'S ICONIC INSTRUMENT
    Richard Martin & Ted Olson, album notes writers (Charles A. Asbury)
     
  • THE 1960 TIME SESSIONS
    Ben Ratliff, album notes writer (Sonny Clark Trio)
     
  • 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)
    Amanda Petrusich, album notes writer (Bob Dylan)
     
  • VOICES OF MISSISSIPPI: ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS DOCUMENTED BY WILLIAM FERRIS - WINNER
    David Evans, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Historical

68. Best Historical Album

  • ANY OTHER WAY
    Rob Bowman, Douglas Mcgowan, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (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
    Robert Russ, compilation producer; Andreas K. Meyer & Rebekah Wineman, mastering engineers (Oscar Levant)
     
  • VOICES OF MISSISSIPPI: ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS DOCUMENTED BY WILLIAM FERRIS - WINNER
    William Ferris, April Ledbetter & Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)

Production, Non-Classical

69. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
An Engineer's Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.)

  • ALL THE THINGS THAT I DID AND ALL THE THINGS THAT I DIDN'T DO
    Ryan Freeland & Kenneth Pattengale, engineers; Kim Rosen, mastering engineer (The Milk Carton Kids)
     
  • COLORS - WINNER
    Julian Burg, Serban Ghenea, David "Elevator" Greenbaum, John Hanes, Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin, Florian Lagatta, Cole M.G.N., Alex Pasco, Jesse Shatkin, Darrell Thorp & Cassidy Turbin, engineers; Chris Bellman, Tom Coyne, Emily Lazar & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers (Beck)
     
  • EARTHTONES
    Robbie Lackritz, engineer; Philip Shaw Bova, mastering engineer (Bahamas)
     
  • HEAD OVER HEELS
    Nathaniel Alford, Jason Evigan, Chris Galland, Tom Gardner, Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Tony Hoffer, Derek Keota, Ian Kirkpatrick, David Macklovitch, Amber Mark, Manny Marroquin, Vaughn Oliver, Chris "TEK" O'Ryan, Morgan Taylor Reid & Gian Stone, engineers; Chris Gehringer & Michelle Mancini, mastering engineers (Chromeo)
     
  • VOICENOTES
    Manny Marroquin & Charlie Puth, engineers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer (Charlie Puth)

70. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
A Producer's Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.)

  • BOI-1DA

  • Be Careful (Cardi B) (T)
  • Diplomatic Immunity (Drake) (S)
  • Friends (The Carters) (T)
  • God's Plan (Drake) (S)
  • Heard About Us (The Carters) (T)
  • Lucky You (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas) (T)
  • Mob Ties (Drake) (T)
  • No Limit (G-Eazy Featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B) (S)

  • LARRY KLEIN

  • All These Things (Thomas Dybdahl) (S)
  • Anthem (Madeleine Peyroux) (A)
  • The Book Of Longing (Luciana Souza) (A)
  • Can I Have It All (Thomas Dybdahl) (S)
  • Junk (Hailey Tuck) (A)
  • Look At What We've Done (Thomas Dybdahl) (S)
  • Meaning To Tell Ya (Molly Johnson) (A)

  • LINDA PERRY

  • Harder Better Faster Stronger (Willa Amai) (S)
  • Served Like A Girl (Music From And Inspired By The Documentary Film) (Various Artists) (A)
  • 28 Days In The Valley (Dorothy) (A)

  • KANYE WEST

  • Daytona (Pusha T) (A)
  • Kids See Ghosts (Kids See Ghosts) (A)
  • K.T.S.E. (Teyana Taylor) (A)
  • Nasir (Nas) (A)
  • Ye (Kanye West) (A)

  • PHARRELL WILLIAMS - WINNER

  • Apes* (The Carters) (T)
  • Man Of The Woods (Justin Timberlake) (A)
  • No One Ever Really Dies (N.E.R.D) (A)
  • Stir Fry (Migos) (T)
  • Sweetener (Ariana Grande) (A)

71. Best Remixed Recording
A Remixer's Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • AUDIO (CID REMIX)
    CID, remixer (LSD)
     
  • HOW LONG (EDX'S DUBAI SKYLINE REMIX)
    Maurizio Colella & Christian Hirt, remixers (Charlie Puth)
     
  • ONLY ROAD (COSMIC GATE REMIX)
    Olaf Diekmann & Claus Terhoeven, remixers (Gabriel & Dresden Featuring Sub Teal)
     
  • STARGAZING (KASKADE REMIX)
    Kaskade, remixer (Kygo Featuring Justin Jesso)
     
  • WALKING AWAY (MURA MASA REMIX) - WINNER
    Alex Crossan, remixer (Haim)

Production, Immersive Audio

72. Best Immersive Audio Album
For vocal or instrumental albums in any genre. Must be commercially released on DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, SACD, Blu-Ray, or burned download-only/streaming-only copies and must provide a new surround mix of four or more channels. Award to the surround mix engineer, surround producer (if any) and surround mastering engineer (if any).

  • EYE IN THE SKY - 35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - WINNER
    Alan Parsons, surround mix engineer; Dave Donnelly, PJ Olsson & Alan Parsons, surround mastering engineers; Alan Parsons, surround producer (The Alan Parsons Project)
     
  • 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

73. Best Engineered Album, Classical
An Engineer's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)

  • BATES: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS
    Mark Donahue & Dirk Sobotka, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Michael Christie, Garrett Sorenson, Wei Wu, Sasha Cooke, Edward Parks, Jessica E. Jones & Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)
     
  • BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 3; STRAUSS: HORN CONCERTO NO. 1
    Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
     
  • JOHN WILLIAMS AT THE MOVIES
    Keith O. Johnson & Sean Royce Martin, engineers; Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer (Jerry Junkin & Dallas Winds)
     
  • LIQUID MELANCHOLY - CLARINET MUSIC OF JAMES M. STEPHENSON
    Bill Maylone & Mary Mazurek, engineers; Bill Maylone, mastering engineer (John Bruce Yeh)
     
  • SHOSTAKOVICH: SYMPHONIES NOS. 4 & 11 - WINNER
    Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra)
     
  • VISIONS AND VARIATIONS
    Tom Caulfield, engineer; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer (A Far Cry)

74. Producer Of The Year, Classical
A Producer's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)

  • BLANTON ALSPAUGH - WINNER

  • Arnesen: Infinity - Choral Works (Joel Rinsema & Kantorei)
  • Aspects Of America (Carlos Kalmar & Oregon Symphony)
  • Chesnokov: Teach Me Thy Statutes (Vladimir Gorbik & PaTRAM Institute Male Choir)
  • Gordon, R.: The House Without A Christmas Tree (Bradley Moore, Elisabeth Leone, Maximillian Macias, Megan Mikailovna Samarin, Patricia Schuman, Lauren Snouffer, Heidi Stober, Daniel Belcher, Houston Gran Opera Juvenile Chorus & Houston Grand Opera Orchestra)
  • Haydn: The Creation (Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Betsy Cook Weber, Houston Symphony & Houston Symphony Chorus)
  • Heggie: Great Scott (Patrick Summers, Manuel Palazzo, Mark Hancock, Michael Mayes, Rodell Rosel, Kevin Burdette, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Nathan Gunn, Frederica von Stade, Ailyn Pérez, Joyce DiDonato, Dallas Opera Chorus & Orchestra)
  • Music Of Fauré, Buide & Zemlinsky (Trio Séléné)
  • Paterson: Three Way - A Trio Of One-Act Operas (Dean Williamson, Daniele Pastin, Courtney Ruckman, Eliza Bonet, Melisa Bonetti, Jordan Rutter, Samuel Levine, Wes Mason, Matthew Treviño & Nashville Opera Orchestra)
  • Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Serenade To Music; Flos Campi (Peter Oundjian & Toronto Symphony Orchestra)

  • DAVID FROST

  • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Volume 7 (Jonathan Biss)
  • Mirror In Mirror (Anne Akiko Meyers, Kristjan Järvi & Philharmonia Orchestra)
  • Mozart: Idomeneo (James Levine, Alan Opie, Matthew Polenzani, Alice Coote, Nadine Sierra, Elza van den Heever, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus)
  • Presentiment (Orion Weiss)
  • Strauss, R.: Der Rosenkavalier (Sebastian Weigle, Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Erin Morley, Günther Groissböck, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus)

  • ELIZABETH OSTROW

  • Bates: The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs (Michael Christie, Garrett Sorenson, Wei Wu, Sasha Cooke, Edward Parks, Jessica E. Jones & Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)
  • The Road Home (Joshua Habermann & Santa Fe Desert Chorale)

  • JUDITH SHERMAN

  • Beethoven Unbound (Llŷr Williams)
  • Black Manhattan Volume 3 (Rick Benjamin & Paragon Ragtime Orchestra)
  • Bolcom: Piano Music (Various Artists)
  • Del Tredici: March To Tonality (Mark Peskanov & Various Artists)
  • Love Comes In At The Eye (Timothy Jones, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, Jeffrey Sykes, Anthony Ross, Carol Cook, Beth Rapier & Stephanie Jutt)
  • Meltzer: Variations On A Summer Day & Piano Quartet (Abigail Fischer, Jayce Ogren & Sequitur)
  • Mendelssohn: Complete Works For Cello And Piano (Marcy Rosen & Lydia Artymiw)
  • New Music For Violin And Piano (Julie Rosenfeld & Peter Miyamoto)
  • Reich: Pulse/Quartet (Colin Currie Group & International Contemporary Ensemble)

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Lippencott: Frontier Symphony (Jeff Lippencott & Ligonier Festival Orchestra)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Thierry Fischer, Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Utah Symphony)
  • Music Of The Americas (Andrés Orozco-Estrada & Houston Symphony)

Classical

75. Best Orchestral Performance
Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.

  • BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 3; STRAUSS: HORN CONCERTO NO. 1
    Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
     
  • NIELSEN: SYMPHONY NO. 3 & SYMPHONY NO. 4
    Thomas Dausgaard, conductor (Seattle Symphony)
     
  • RUGGLES, STUCKY & HARBISON: ORCHESTRAL WORKS
    David Alan Miller, conductor (National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic)
     
  • SCHUMANN: SYMPHONIES NOS. 1-4
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
     
  • SHOSTAKOVICH: SYMPHONIES NOS. 4 & 11 - WINNER
    Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

76. Best Opera Recording
Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.

  • ADAMS: DOCTOR ATOMIC
    John Adams, conductor; Aubrey Allicock, Julia Bullock, Gerald Finley & Brindley Sherratt; Friedemann Engelbrecht, producer (BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Singers)
     
  • BATES: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS - WINNER
    Michael Christie, conductor; Sasha Cooke, Jessica E. Jones, Edward Parks, Garrett Sorenson & Wei Wu; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)
     
  • LULLY: ALCESTE
    Christophe Rousset, conductor; Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro & Judith Van Wanroij; Maximilien Ciup, producer (Les Talens Lyriques; Choeur De Chambre De Namur)
     
  • STRAUSS, R.: DER ROSENKAVALIER
    Sebastian Weigle, conductor; Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Günther Groissböck & Erin Morley; David Frost, producer (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
     
  • VERDI: RIGOLETTO
    Constantine Orbelian, conductor; Francesco Demuro, Dmitri Hvorostovsky & Nadine Sierra; Vilius Keras & Aleksandra Keriene, producers (Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra; Men Of The Kaunas State Choir)

77. Best Choral Performance
Award to the Conductor, and to the Choral Director and/or Chorus Master where applicable and to the Choral Organization/Ensemble.

  • CHESNOKOV: TEACH ME THY STATUTES
    Vladimir Gorbik, conductor (Mikhail Davydov & Vladimir Krasov; PaTRAM Institute Male Choir)
     
  • KASTALSKY: MEMORY ETERNAL
    Steven Fox, conductor (The Clarion Choir)
     
  • MCLOSKEY: ZEALOT CANTICLES - WINNER
    Donald Nally, conductor (Doris Hall-Gulati, Rebecca Harris, Arlen Hlusko, Lorenzo Raval & Mandy Wolman; The Crossing)
     
  • RACHMANINOV: THE BELLS
    Mariss Jansons, conductor; Peter Dijkstra, chorus master (Oleg Dolgov, Alexey Markov & Tatiana Pavlovskaya; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
     
  • SEVEN WORDS FROM THE CROSS
    Matthew Guard, conductor (Skylark)

78. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
For new recordings of works with chamber or small ensemble (twenty-four or fewer members, not including the conductor). One Award to the ensemble and one Award to the conductor, if applicable.

  • ANDERSON, LAURIE: LANDFALL - WINNER
    Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet
     
  • BEETHOVEN, SHOSTAKOVICH & BACH
    The Danish String Quartet
     
  • BLUEPRINTING
    Aizuri Quartet
     
  • STRAVINSKY: THE RITE OF SPRING CONCERTO FOR TWO PIANOS
    Leif Ove Andsnes & Marc-André Hamelin
     
  • VISIONS AND VARIATIONS
    A Far Cry

79. Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor when applicable.

  • BARTÓK: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2
    Yuja Wang; Simon Rattle, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker)
     
  • BIBER: THE MYSTERY SONATAS
    Christina Day Martinson; Martin Pearlman, conductor (Boston Baroque)
     
  • BRUCH: SCOTTISH FANTASY, OP. 46; VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN G MINOR, OP. 26
    Joshua Bell (The Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields)
     
  • GLASS: THREE PIECES IN THE SHAPE OF A SQUARE
    Craig Morris
     
  • KERNIS: VIOLIN CONCERTO - WINNER
    James Ehnes; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)

80. Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Award to: Vocalist(s), Collaborative Artist(s) (Ex: pianists, conductors, chamber groups) Producer(s), Recording Engineers/Mixers with 51% or more playing time of new material.

  • ARC
    Anthony Roth Costanzo; Jonathan Cohen, conductor (Les Violons Du Roy)
     
  • THE HANDEL ALBUM
    Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse, ensemble
     
  • MIRAGES
    Sabine Devieilhe; François-Xavier Roth, conductor (Alexandre Tharaud; Marianne Crebassa & Jodie Devos; Les Siècles)
     
  • SCHUBERT: WINTERREISE
    Randall Scarlata; Gilbert Kalish, accompanist
     
  • SONGS OF ORPHEUS - MONTEVERDI, CACCINI, D'INDIA & LANDI - WINNER
    Karim Sulayman; Jeannette Sorrell, conductor; Apollo's Fire, ensembles

81. Best Classical Compendium
Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) and Engineer(s) of over 51% playing time of the album, if other than the artist.

  • FUCHS: PIANO CONCERTO 'SPIRITUALIST'; POEMS OF LIFE; GLACIER; RUSH - WINNER
    JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
     
  • GOLD
    The King's Singers; Nigel Short, producer
     
  • THE JOHN ADAMS EDITION
    Simon Rattle, conductor; Christoph Franke, producer
     
  • JOHN WILLIAMS AT THE MOVIES
    Jerry Junkin, conductor; Donald J. McKinney, producer
     
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: PIANO CONCERTO; OBOE CONCERTO; SERENADE TO MUSIC; FLOS CAMPI
    Peter Oundjian, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer

82. Best Contemporary Classical Composition
A Composer's Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.

  • BATES: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS
    Mason Bates, composer; Mark Campbell, librettist (Michael Christie, Garrett Sorenson, Wei Wu, Sasha Cooke, Edward Parks, Jessica E. Jones & Santa Fe Opera Orchestra)
     
  • DU YUN: AIR GLOW
    Du Yun, composer (International Contemporary Ensemble)
     
  • HEGGIE: GREAT SCOTT
    Jake Heggie, composer; Terrence McNally, librettist (Patrick Summers, Manuel Palazzo, Mark Hancock, Michael Mayes, Rodell Rosel, Kevin Burdette, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Nathan Gunn, Frederica von Stade, Ailyn Pérez, Joyce DiDonato, Dallas Opera Chorus & Orchestra)
     
  • KERNIS: VIOLIN CONCERTO - WINNER
    Aaron Jay Kernis, composer (James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
     
  • MAZZOLI: VESPERS FOR VIOLIN
    Missy Mazzoli, composer (Olivia De Prato)

Music Video/Film

83. Best Music Video
Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.

  • APES*
    The Carters
    Ricky Saiz, video director; Mélodie Buchris, Natan Schottenfels & Erinn Williams, video producers
     
  • THIS IS AMERICA - WINNER
    Childish Gambino
    Hiro Murai, video director; Ibra Ake, Jason Cole & Fam Rothstein, video producers
     
  • I'M NOT RACIST
    Joyner Lucas
    Joyner Lucas & Ben Proulx, video directors; Joyner Lucas, video producer
     
  • PYNK
    Janelle Monáe
    Emma Westenberg, video director; Justin Benoliel & Whitney Jackson, video producers
     
  • MUMBO JUMBO
    Tierra Whack
    Marco Prestini, video director; Sara Nassim, video producer

84. Best Music Film
For concert/performance films or music documentaries. Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.

  • LIFE IN 12 BARS
    Eric Clapton
    Lili Fini Zanuck, video director; John Battsek, Scooter Weintraub, Larry Yelen & Lili Fini Zanuck, video producers
     
  • WHITNEY
    (Whitney Houston)
    Kevin Macdonald, video director; Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn & Lisa Erspamer, video producers
     
  • QUINCY - WINNER
    Quincy Jones
    Alan Hicks & Rashida Jones, video directors; Paula DuPré Pesmen, video producer
     
  • ITZHAK
    Itzhak Perlman
    Alison Chernick, video director; Alison Chernick, video producer
     
  • THE KING
    (Elvis Presley)
    Eugene Jarecki, video director; Christopher Frierson, Georgina Hill, David Kuhn & Christopher St. John, video producers

A Guide To Modern Funk For The Dance Floor: L'Imperatrice, Shiro Schwarz, Franc Moody, Say She She & Moniquea
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A Guide To Modern Funk For The Dance Floor: L'Imperatrice, Shiro Schwarz, Franc Moody, Say She She & Moniquea

James Brown changed the sound of popular music when he found the power of the one and unleashed the funk with "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." Today, funk lives on in many forms, including these exciting bands from across the world.

GRAMMYs/Nov 25, 2022 - 04:23 pm

It's rare that a genre can be traced back to a single artist or group, but for funk, that was James Brown. The Godfather of Soul coined the phrase and style of playing known as "on the one," where the first downbeat is emphasized, instead of the typical second and fourth beats in pop, soul and other styles. As David Cheal eloquently explains, playing on the one "left space for phrases and riffs, often syncopated around the beat, creating an intricate, interlocking grid which could go on and on." You know a funky bassline when you hear it; its fat chords beg your body to get up and groove.

Brown's 1965 classic, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," became one of the first funk hits, and has been endlessly sampled and covered over the years, along with his other groovy tracks. Of course, many other funk acts followed in the '60s, and the genre thrived in the '70s and '80s as the disco craze came and went, and the originators of hip-hop and house music created new music from funk and disco's strong, flexible bones built for dancing.

Legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins learned the power of the one from playing in Brown's band, and brought it to George Clinton, who created P-funk, an expansive, Afrofuturistic, psychedelic exploration of funk with his various bands and projects, including Parliament-Funkadelic. Both Collins and Clinton remain active and funkin', and have offered their timeless grooves to collabs with younger artists, including Kali Uchis, Silk Sonic, and Omar Apollo; and Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat, respectively.

In the 1980s, electro-funk was born when artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Man Parrish, and Egyptian Lover began making futuristic beats with the Roland TR-808 drum machine — often with robotic vocals distorted through a talk box. A key distinguishing factor of electro-funk is a de-emphasis on vocals, with more phrases than choruses and verses. The sound influenced contemporaneous hip-hop, funk and electronica, along with acts around the globe, while current acts like Chromeo, DJ Stingray, and even Egyptian Lover himself keep electro-funk alive and well.

Today, funk lives in many places, with its heavy bass and syncopated grooves finding way into many nooks and crannies of music. There's nu-disco and boogie funk, nodding back to disco bands with soaring vocals and dance floor-designed instrumentation. G-funk continues to influence Los Angeles hip-hop, with innovative artists like Dam-Funk and Channel Tres bringing the funk and G-funk, into electro territory. Funk and disco-centered '70s revival is definitely having a moment, with acts like Ghost Funk Orchestra and Parcels, while its sparkly sprinklings can be heard in pop from Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, and, in full "Soul Train" character, Silk Sonic. There are also acts making dreamy, atmospheric music with a solid dose of funk, such as Khruangbin’s global sonic collage.

There are many bands that play heavily with funk, creating lush grooves designed to get you moving. Read on for a taste of five current modern funk and nu-disco artists making band-led uptempo funk built for the dance floor. Be sure to press play on the Spotify playlist above, and check out GRAMMY.com's playlist on Apple Music, Amazon Music and Pandora.

Say She She

Aptly self-described as "discodelic soul," Brooklyn-based seven-piece Say She She make dreamy, operatic funk, led by singer-songwriters Nya Gazelle Brown, Piya Malik and Sabrina Mileo Cunningham. Their '70s girl group-inspired vocal harmonies echo, sooth and enchant as they cover poignant topics with feminist flair.

While they’ve been active in the New York scene for a few years, they’ve gained wider acclaim for the irresistible music they began releasing this year, including their debut album, Prism. Their 2022 debut single "Forget Me Not" is an ode to ground-breaking New York art collective Guerilla Girls, and "Norma" is their protest anthem in response to the news that Roe vs. Wade could be (and was) overturned. The band name is a nod to funk legend Nile Rodgers, from the "Le freak, c'est chi" exclamation in Chic's legendary tune "Le Freak."

Moniquea

Moniquea's unique voice oozes confidence, yet invites you in to dance with her to the super funky boogie rhythms. The Pasadena, California artist was raised on funk music; her mom was in a cover band that would play classics like Aretha Franklin’s "Get It Right" and Gladys Knight’s "Love Overboard." Moniquea released her first boogie funk track at 20 and, in 2011, met local producer XL Middelton — a bonafide purveyor of funk. She's been a star artist on his MoFunk Records ever since, and they've collabed on countless tracks, channeling West Coast energy with a heavy dose of G-funk, sunny lyrics and upbeat, roller disco-ready rhythms.

Her latest release is an upbeat nod to classic West Coast funk, produced by Middleton, and follows her February 2022 groovy, collab-filled album, On Repeat.

Shiro Schwarz

Shiro Schwarz is a Mexico City-based duo, consisting of Pammela Rojas and Rafael Marfil, who helped establish a modern funk scene in the richly creative Mexican metropolis. On "Electrify" — originally released in 2016 on Fat Beats Records and reissued in 2021 by MoFunk — Shiro Schwarz's vocals playfully contrast each other, floating over an insistent, upbeat bassline and an '80s throwback electro-funk rhythm with synth flourishes.

Their music manages to be both nostalgic and futuristic — and impossible to sit still to. 2021 single "Be Kind" is sweet, mellow and groovy, perfect chic lounge funk. Shiro Schwarz’s latest track, the joyfully nostalgic "Hey DJ," is a collab with funkstress Saucy Lady and U-Key.

L'Impératrice

L'Impératrice (the empress in French) are a six-piece Parisian group serving an infectiously joyful blend of French pop, nu-disco, funk and psychedelia. Flore Benguigui's vocals are light and dreamy, yet commanding of your attention, while lyrics have a feminist touch.

During their energetic live sets, L'Impératrice members Charles de Boisseguin and Hagni Gwon (keys), David Gaugué (bass), Achille Trocellier (guitar), and Tom Daveau (drums) deliver extended instrumental jam sessions to expand and connect their music. Gaugué emphasizes the thick funky bass, and Benguigui jumps around the stage while sounding like an angel. L’Impératrice’s latest album, 2021’s Tako Tsubo, is a sunny, playful French disco journey.

Franc Moody

Franc Moody's bio fittingly describes their music as "a soul funk and cosmic disco sound." The London outfit was birthed by friends Ned Franc and Jon Moody in the early 2010s, when they were living together and throwing parties in North London's warehouse scene. In 2017, the group grew to six members, including singer and multi-instrumentalist Amber-Simone.

Their music feels at home with other electro-pop bands like fellow Londoners Jungle and Aussie act Parcels. While much of it is upbeat and euphoric, Franc Moody also dips into the more chilled, dreamy realm, such as the vibey, sultry title track from their recently released Into the Ether.

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Living Legends: Billy Idol On Survival, Revival & Breaking Out Of The Cage
Billy Idol

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Living Legends: Billy Idol On Survival, Revival & Breaking Out Of The Cage

"One foot in the past and one foot into the future," Billy Idol says, describing his decade-spanning career in rock. "We’ve got the best of all possible worlds because that has been the modus operandi of Billy Idol."

GRAMMYs/Nov 25, 2022 - 04:19 pm

Living Legends is a series that spotlights icons in music still going strong today. This week, GRAMMY.com spoke with Billy Idol about his latest EP,  Cage, and continuing to rock through decades of changing tastes.

Billy Idol is a true rock 'n' roll survivor who has persevered through cultural shifts and personal struggles. While some may think of Idol solely for "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding," the singer's musical influences span genres and many of his tunes are less turbo-charged than his '80s hits would belie.  

Idol first made a splash in the latter half of the '70s with the British punk band Generation X. In the '80s, he went on to a solo career combining rock, pop, and punk into a distinct sound that transformed him and his musical partner, guitarist Steve Stevens, into icons. They have racked up multiple GRAMMY nominations, in addition to one gold, one double platinum, and four platinum albums thanks to hits like "Cradle Of Love," "Flesh For Fantasy," and "Eyes Without A Face." 

But, unlike many legacy artists, Idol is anything but a relic. Billy continues to produce vital Idol music by collaborating with producers and songwriters — including Miley Cyrus — who share his forward-thinking vision. He will play a five-show Vegas residency in November, and filmmaker Jonas Akerlund is working on a documentary about Idol’s life. 

His latest release is Cage, the second in a trilogy of annual four-song EPs. The title track is a classic Billy Idol banger expressing the desire to free himself from personal constraints and live a better life. Other tracks on Cage incorporate metallic riffing and funky R&B grooves. 

Idol continues to reckon with his demons — they both grappled with addiction during the '80s — and the singer is open about those struggles on the record and the page. (Idol's 2014 memoir Dancing With Myself, details a 1990 motorcycle accident that nearly claimed a leg, and how becoming a father steered him to reject hard drugs. "Bitter Taste," from his last EP, The Roadside, reflects on surviving the accident.)

Although Idol and Stevens split in the late '80s — the skilled guitarist fronted Steve Stevens & The Atomic Playboys, and collaborated with Michael Jackson, Rick Ocasek, Vince Neil, and Harold Faltermeyer (on the GRAMMY-winning "Top Gun Anthem") —  their common history and shared musical bond has been undeniable. The duo reunited in 2001 for an episode of "VH1 Storytellers" and have been back in the saddle for two decades. Their union remains one of the strongest collaborations in rock 'n roll history.

While there is recognizable personnel and a distinguishable sound throughout a lot of his work, Billy Idol has always pushed himself to try different things. Idol discusses his musical journey, his desire to constantly move forward, and the strong connection that he shares with Stevens. 

Steve has said that you like to mix up a variety of styles, yet everyone assumes you're the "Rebel Yell"/"White Wedding" guy. But if they really listen to your catalog, it's vastly different.

Yeah, that's right. With someone like Steve Stevens, and then back in the day Keith Forsey producing... [Before that] Generation X actually did move around inside punk rock. We didn't stay doing just the Ramones two-minute music. We actually did a seven-minute song. [Laughs]. We did always mix things up. 

Then when I got into my solo career, that was the fun of it. With someone like Steve, I knew what he could do. I could see whatever we needed to do, we could nail it. The world was my oyster musically. 

"Cage" is a classic-sounding Billy Idol rocker, then "Running From The Ghost" is almost metal, like what the Devil's Playground album was like back in the mid-2000s. "Miss Nobody" comes out of nowhere with this pop/R&B flavor. What inspired that?

We really hadn't done anything like that since something like "Flesh For Fantasy" [which] had a bit of an R&B thing about it. Back in the early days of Billy Idol, "Hot In The City" and "Mony Mony" had girls [singing] on the backgrounds. 

We always had a bit of R&B really, so it was actually fun to revisit that. We just hadn't done anything really quite like that for a long time. That was one of the reasons to work with someone like Sam Hollander [for the song "Rita Hayworth"] on The Roadside. We knew we could go [with him] into an R&B world, and he's a great songwriter and producer. That's the fun of music really, trying out these things and seeing if you can make them stick. 

I listen to new music by veteran artists and debate that with some people. I'm sure you have those fans that want their nostalgia, and then there are some people who will embrace the newer stuff. Do you find it’s a challenge to reach people with new songs?

Obviously, what we're looking for is, how do we somehow have one foot in the past and one foot into the future? We’ve got the best of all possible worlds because that has been the modus operandi of Billy Idol. 

You want to do things that are true to you, and you don't just want to try and do things that you're seeing there in the charts today. I think that we're achieving it with things like "Running From The Ghost" and "Cage" on this new EP. I think we’re managing to do both in a way. 

Obviously, "Running From The Ghost" is about addiction, all the stuff that you went through, and in "Cage" you’re talking about  freeing yourself from a lot of personal shackles. Was there any one moment in your life that made you really thought I have to not let this weigh me down anymore?

I mean, things like the motorcycle accident I had, that was a bit of a wake up call way back. It was 32 years ago. But there were things like that, years ago, that gradually made me think about what I was doing with my life. I didn't want to ruin it, really. I didn't want to throw it away, and it made [me] be less cavalier. 

I had to say to myself, about the drugs and stuff, that I've been there and I've done it. There’s no point in carrying on doing it. You couldn't get any higher. You didn't want to throw your life away casually, and I was close to doing that. It took me a bit of time, but then gradually I was able to get control of myself to a certain extent [with] drugs and everything. And I think Steve's done the same thing. We're on a similar path really, which has been great because we're in the same boat in terms of lyrics and stuff. 

So a lot of things like that were wake up calls. Even having grandchildren and just watching my daughter enlarging her family and everything; it just makes you really positive about things and want to show a positive side to how you're feeling, about where you're going. We've lived with the demons so long, we've found a way to live with them. We found a way to be at peace with our demons, in a way. Maybe not completely, but certainly to where we’re enjoying what we do and excited about it.

[When writing] "Running From The Ghost" it was easy to go, what was the ghost for us? At one point, we were very drug addicted in the '80s. And Steve in particular is super sober [now]. I mean, I still vape pot and stuff. I don’t know how he’s doing it, but it’s incredible. All I want to be able to do is have a couple of glasses of wine at a restaurant or something. I can do that now.

I think working with people that are super talented, you just feel confident. That is a big reason why you open up and express yourself more because you feel comfortable with what's around you.

Did you watch Danny Boyle's recent Sex Pistols mini-series?

I did, yes.

You had a couple of cameos; well, an actor who portrayed you did. How did you react to it? How accurate do you think it was in portraying that particular time period?

I love Jonesy’s book, I thought his book was incredible. It's probably one of the best bio books really. It was incredible and so open. I was looking forward to that a lot.

It was as if [the show] kind of stayed with Steve [Jones’ memoir] about halfway through, and then departed from it. [John] Lydon, for instance, was never someone I ever saw acting out; he's more like that today. I never saw him do something like jump up in the room and run around going crazy. The only time I saw him ever do that was when they signed the recording deal with Virgin in front of Buckingham Palace. Whereas Sid Vicious was always acting out; he was always doing something in a horrible way or shouting at someone. I don't remember John being like that. I remember him being much more introverted.

But then I watched interviews with some of the actors about coming to grips with the parts they were playing. And they were saying, we knew punk rock happened but just didn't know any of the details. So I thought well, there you go. If ["Pistol" is]  informing a lot of people who wouldn't know anything about punk rock, maybe that's what's good about it.

Maybe down the road John Lydon will get the chance to do John's version of the Pistols story. Maybe someone will go a lot deeper into it and it won't be so surface. But maybe you needed this just to get people back in the flow.

We had punk and metal over here in the States, but it feels like England it was legitimately more dangerous. British society was much more rigid.

It never went [as] mega in America. It went big in England. It exploded when the Pistols did that interview with [TV host Bill] Grundy, that lorry truck driver put his boot through his own TV, and all the national papers had "the filth and the fury" [headlines].

We went from being unknown to being known overnight. We waited a year, Generation X. We even told them [record labels] no for nine months to a year. Every record company wanted their own punk rock group. So it went really mega in England, and it affected the whole country – the style, the fashions, everything. I mean, the Ramones were massive in England. Devo had a No. 1 song [in England] with "Satisfaction" in '77. Actually, Devo was as big as or bigger than the Pistols.

You were ahead of the pop-punk thing that happened in the late '90s, and a lot of it became tongue-in-cheek by then. It didn't have the same sense of rebelliousness as the original movement. It was more pop.

It had become a style. There was a famous book in England called Revolt Into Style — and that's what had happened, a revolt that turned into style which then they were able to duplicate in their own way. Even recently, Billie Joe [Armstrong] did his own version of "Gimme Some Truth," the Lennon song we covered way back in 1977.

When we initially were making [punk] music, it hadn't become accepted yet. It was still dangerous and turned into a style that people were used to. We were still breaking barriers.

You have a band called Generation Sex with Steve Jones and Paul Cook. I assume you all have an easier time playing Pistols and Gen X songs together now and not worrying about getting spit on like back in the '70s?

Yeah, definitely. When I got to America I told the group I was putting it together, "No one spits at the audience."

We had five years of being spat on [in the UK], and it was revolting. And they spat at you if they liked you. If they didn't like it they smashed your gear up. One night, I remember I saw blood on my T-shirt, and I think Joe Strummer got meningitis when spit went in his mouth.

You had to go through a lot to become successful, it wasn't like you just kind of got up there and did a couple of gigs. I don't think some young rock bands really get that today.

With punk going so mega in England, we definitely got a leg up. We still had a lot of work to get where we got to, and rightly so because you find out that you need to do that. A lot of groups in the old days would be together three to five years before they ever made a record, and that time is really important. In a way, what was great about punk rock for me was it was very much a learning period. I really learned a lot [about] recording music and being in a group and even writing songs.

Then when I came to America, it was a flow, really. I also really started to know what I wanted Billy Idol to be. It took me a little bit, but I kind of knew what I wanted Billy Idol to be. And even that took a while to let it marinate.

You and Miley Cyrus have developed a good working relationship in the last several years. How do you think her fans have responded to you, and your fans have responded to her?

I think they're into it. It's more the record company that she had didn't really get "Night Crawling"— it was one of the best songs on Plastic Hearts, and I don't think they understood that. They wanted to go with Dua Lipa, they wanted to go with the modern, young acts, and I don't think they realized that that song was resonating with her fans. Which is a shame really because, with Andrew Watt producing, it's a hit song.

But at the same time, I enjoyed doing it. It came out really good and it's very Billy Idol. In fact, I think it’s more Billy Idol than Miley Cyrus. I think it shows you where Andrew Watt was. He was excited about doing a Billy Idol track. She's fun to work with. She’s a really great person and she works at her singing — I watched her rehearsing for the Super Bowl performance she gave. She rehearsed all Saturday morning, all Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning and it was that afternoon. I have to admire her fortitude. She really cares.

I remember when you went on "Viva La Bamback in 2005 and decided to give Bam Margera’s Lamborghini a new sunroof by taking a power saw to it. Did he own that car? Was that a rental?

I think it was his car.

Did he get over it later on?

He loved it. [Laughs] He’s got a wacky sense of humor. He’s fantastic, actually. I’m really sorry to see what he's been going through just lately. He's going through a lot, and I wish him the best. He's a fantastic person, and it's a shame that he's struggling so much with his addictions. I know what it's like. It's not easy.

Musically, what is the synergy like with you guys during the past 10 years, doing Kings and Queens of the Underground and this new stuff? What is your working relationship like now in this more sober, older, mature version of you two as opposed to what it was like back in the '80s?

In lots of ways it’s not so different because we always wrote the songs together, we always talked about what we're going to do together. It was just that we were getting high at the same time.We're just not getting [that way now] but we're doing all the same things.

We're still talking about things, still [planning] things:What are we going to do next? How are we going to find new people to work with? We want to find new producers. Let's be a little bit more timely about putting stuff out.That part of our relationship is the same, you know what I mean? That never got affected. We just happened to be overloading in the '80s.

The relationship’s… matured and it's carrying on being fruitful, and I think that's pretty amazing. Really, most people don't get to this place. Usually, they hate each other by now. [Laughs] We also give each other space. We're not stopping each other doing things outside of what we’re working on together. All of that enables us to carry on working together. I love and admire him. I respect him. He's been fantastic. I mean, just standing there on stage with him is always a treat. And he’s got an immensely great sense of humor. I think that's another reason why we can hang together after all this time because we've got the sense of humor to enable us to go forward.

There's a lot of fan reaction videos online, and I noticed a lot of younger women like "Rebel Yell" because, unlike a lot of other '80s alpha male rock tunes, you're talking about satisfying your lover.

It was about my girlfriend at the time, Perri Lister. It was about how great I thought she was, how much I was in love with her, and how great women are, how powerful they are.

It was a bit of a feminist anthem in a weird way. It was all about how relationships can free you and add a lot to your life. It was a cry of love, nothing to do with the Civil War or anything like that. Perri was a big part of my life, a big part of being Billy Idol. I wanted to write about it. I'm glad that's the effect.

Is there something you hope people get out of the songs you've been doing over the last 10 years? Do you find yourself putting out a message that keeps repeating?

Well, I suppose, if anything, is that you can come to terms with your life, you can keep a hold of it. You can work your dreams into reality in a way and, look, a million years later, still be enjoying it.

The only reason I'm singing about getting out of the cage is because I kicked out of the cage years ago. I joined Generation X when I said to my parents, "I'm leaving university, and I'm joining a punk rock group." And they didn't even know what a punk rock group was. Years ago, I’d write things for myself that put me on this path, so that maybe in 2022 I could sing something like "Cage" and be owning this territory and really having a good time. This is the life I wanted.

The original UK punk movement challenged societal norms. Despite all the craziness going on throughout the world, it seems like a lot of modern rock bands are afraid to do what you guys were doing. Do you think we'll see a shift in that?

Yeah.  Art usually reacts to things, so I would think eventually there will be a massive reaction to the pop music that’s taken over — the middle of the road music, and then this kind of right wing politics. There will be a massive reaction if there's not already one. I don’t know where it will come from exactly. You never know who's gonna do [it].

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Hear All Of The Best Country Solo Performance Nominees For The 2023 GRAMMY Awards
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Hear All Of The Best Country Solo Performance Nominees For The 2023 GRAMMY Awards

The 2023 GRAMMY Award nominees for Best Country Solo Performance highlight country music's newcomers and veterans, featuring hits from Kelsea Ballerini, Zach Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Willie Nelson.

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Country music's evolution is well represented in the 2023 GRAMMY nominees for Best Country Solo Performance. From crossover pop hooks to red-dirt outlaw roots, the genre's most celebrated elements are on full display — thanks to rising stars, leading ladies and country icons.

Longtime hitmaker Miranda Lambert delivered a soulful performance on the rootsy ballad "In His Arms," an arrangement as sparing as the windswept west Texas highlands where she co-wrote the song. Viral newcomer Zach Bryan dug into similar organic territory on the Oklahoma side of the Red River for "Something in the Orange," his voice accompanied with little more than an acoustic guitar.

Two of country's 2010s breakout stars are clearly still shining, too, as Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini both received Best Country Solo Performance GRAMMY nods. Morris channeled the determination that drove her leap-of-faith move from Texas to Nashville for the playful clap-along "Circles Around This Town," while Ballerini brought poppy hooks with a country edge on the infectiously upbeat "HEARTFIRST."

Rounding out the category is the one and only Willie Nelson, who paid tribute to his late friend Billy Joe Shaver with a cover of "Live Forever" — a fitting sentiment for the 89-year-old legend, who is approaching his eighth decade in the business. 

As the excitement builds for the 2023 GRAMMYs on Feb. 5, 2023, let's take a closer look at this year's nominees for Best Country Solo Performance.

Kelsea Ballerini — "HEARTFIRST"

In the tradition of Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini represents Nashville's sunnier side — and her single "HEARTFIRST" is a slice of bright, uptempo, confectionary country-pop for the ages.

Ballerini sings about leaning into a carefree crush with her heart on her sleeve, pushing aside her reservations and taking a risk on love at first sight. The scene plays out in a bar room and a back seat, as she sweeps nimbly through the verses and into a shimmering chorus, when the narrator decides she's ready to "wake up in your T-shirt." 

There are enough steel guitar licks to let you know you're listening to a country song, but the story and melody are universal. "HEARTFIRST" is Ballerini's third GRAMMY nod, but first in the Best Country Solo Performance category.

Zach Bryan — "Something In The Orange"

Zach Bryan blew into Music City seemingly from nowhere in 2017, when his original song "Heading South" — recorded on an iPhone — went viral. Then an active officer in the U.S. Navy, the Oklahoma native chased his muse through music during his downtime, striking a chord with country music fans on stark songs led by his acoustic guitar and affecting vocals.

After his honorable discharge in 2021, Bryan began his music career in earnest, and in 2022 released "Something in the Orange," a haunting ballad that stakes a convincing claim to the territory between Tyler Childers and Jason Isbell in both sonics and songwriting. Slashing slide guitar drives home the song's heartbreak, as Bryan pines for a lover whose tail lights have long since vanished over the horizon. 

"Something In The Orange" marks Bryan's first-ever GRAMMY nomination.

Miranda Lambert — "In His Arms"

Miranda Lambert is the rare, chart-topping contemporary country artist who does more than pay lip service to the genre's rural American roots. "In His Arms" originally surfaced on 2021's The Marfa Tapes, a casual recording Lambert made with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall in Marfa, Texas — a tiny arts enclave in the middle of the west Texas high desert.

In this proper studio version — recorded for her 2022 album, Palomino — Lambert retains the structure and organic feel of the mostly acoustic song; light percussion and soothing atmospherics keep her emotive vocals front and center. A native Texan herself, Lambert sounds fully at home on "In His Arms."

Lambert is the only Best Country Solo Performance nominee who is nominated in all four Country Field categories in 2023. To date, Miranda Lambert has won 3 GRAMMYs and received 27 nominations overall. 

Maren Morris — "Circles Around This Town"

When Maren Morris found herself uninspired and dealing with writer's block, she went back to what inspired her to move to Nashville nearly a decade ago — and out came "Circles Around This Town," the lead single from her 2022 album Humble Quest.

Written in one of her first in-person songwriting sessions since the pandemic, Morris has called "Circles Around This Town" her "most autobiographical song" to date; she even recreated her own teenage bedroom for the song's video. As she looks back to her Texas beginnings and the life she left for Nashville, Morris' voice soars over anthemic, yet easygoing production. 

Morris last won a GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance in 2017, when her song "My Church" earned the singer her first GRAMMY. To date, Maren Morris has won one GRAMMY and received 17 nominations overall.

Willie Nelson — "Live Forever"

Country music icon Willie Nelson is no stranger to the GRAMMYs, and this year he aims to add to his collection of 10 gramophones. He earned another three nominations for 2023 — bringing his career total to 56 — including a Best Country Solo Performance nod for "Live Forever."

Nelson's performance of "Live Forever," the lead track of the 2022 tribute album Live Forever: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver, is a faithful rendition of Shaver's signature song. Still, Nelson puts his own twist on the tune, recruiting Lucinda Williams for backing vocals and echoing the melody with the inimitable tone of his nylon-string Martin guitar. 

Shaver, an outlaw country pioneer who passed in 2020 at 81 years old, never had any hits of his own during his lifetime. But plenty of his songs were still heard, thanks to stars like Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Nelson was a longtime friend and frequent collaborator of Shaver's — and now has a GRAMMY nom to show for it.

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Listen: All Of The Latin Music 2023 GRAMMY Nominees In One Playlist
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Listen: All Of The Latin Music 2023 GRAMMY Nominees In One Playlist

Ahead of Music's Biggest Night on Feb. 5, 2023, celebrate with this immersive playlist of every Latin Field nominee at the 2023 GRAMMYs.

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The Latin GRAMMYs may have just honored the genre's trailblazers in Las Vegas on Nov. 17, but the celebration will continue at the upcoming 65th GRAMMY Awards ceremony in February. There are five categories in the Latin Field of the 2023 GRAMMY nominations — and you can hear all of the nominees in one playlist.

In the Best Latin Pop Album category, are Christina Aguilera's Latin GRAMMY-winning AGUILERA will compete with Rubén Blades & Boca Livre's Pasieros, Camilo's De Adendro Pa Afuera, Fonseca's VIAJANTE, and Sebastián Yatra's Dharma+. Channeling their lively Latin roots while traversing pop landscapes, these albums all magnetically merge tradition and modernity.

Reggaeton, dancehall, hip hop, and funk coalesce in the nominated works for Best Música Urbana Album: Rauw Alejandro's Trap Cake, Vol. 2, Bad Bunny's Un Verano Sin Ti, Daddy Yankee's LEGENDADDY, Farruko's La 167, and Maluma's The Love & Sex Tape.

The genre-blending jubilation continues with the Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album category. This year's nominees are Cimafunk's El Alimento, Jorge Drexler's Tinta y Tiempo, Mon Laferte's 1940 Carmen, Gaby Moreno's Alegoría, Fito Paez's Los Años Salvajes, and Rosalía's MOTOMAMI.

For Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano), 2021 winner Natalia Lafourcade's Un Canto por México - El Musical is up against Chiquis' Abeja Reina, Los Tigres Del Norte's La Reunión (Deluxe), Christian Nodal's EP #1 Forajido, and Marco Antonio Solís' ​​Qué Ganas de Verte (Deluxe)

As for Best Tropical Latin Album, Marc Anthony — a two-time winner in the category — returns as a nominee with Pa'lla Voy, alongside pioneers Tito Nieves (nominated for Legendario), La Santa Cecilia (Quiero Verte Feliz), Víctor Manuelle (Lado A Lado B), Spanish Harlem Orchestra (Imágenes Latinas), and Carlos Vives (Cumbiana II).

Listen to all of the above albums in this comprehensive, 338-song playlist of the Latin music GRAMMY nominees at the 2023 GRAMMYs.

​​Check it out on Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music — and we'll see you at Music's Biggest Night on Sunday, Feb. 5!

2023 GRAMMY Nominations: See The Complete Nominees List