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'Beauty And The Beast': 3 GRAMMY facts

The soundtrack to the 1991 film earned Celine Dion her first GRAMMY, a historic nomination for Album Of The Year and more

GRAMMYs/May 15, 2017 - 01:36 pm

The new live-action remake of Beauty And The Beast is now in theaters nationwide. The reboot has big shoes to fill as the original 1991 Disney film was an undeniable blockbuster, earning more than $425 million at the box office worldwide. The original film's music, composed by 11-time GRAMMY winner Alan Menken, garnered acclaim and multiple accolades, including GRAMMY and Oscar recognition.

As a new generation is reintroduced to a Disney classic, here are three GRAMMY facts about the 1991 Beauty And The Beast soundtrack:

The Beauty And The Beast soundtrack won four GRAMMYs

The film's 15-song soundtrack garnered an impressive total of seven GRAMMY nominations at the 35th GRAMMY Awards for 1992. It ended up netting four awards: Best Album For Children, Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television for Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion's "Beauty And The Beast" duet, and Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television for the instrumental version of "Beauty And The Beast."

Beauty And The Beast became the first animated film soundtrack to score an Album Of The Year nomination

While soundtracks to films such as Saturday Night Fever (1977), Flashdance (1983) and Purple Rain (1984), among others, had previously earned Album Of The Year GRAMMY nominations, the soundtrack for Beauty And The Beast marked the first time — and only time to date — an animated film soundtrack received a nomination in the category. Which album ended up winning the award for 1992? Eric Clapton's Unplugged.

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The soundtrack's title track earned Celine Dion her first GRAMMY win

Just two years following the release of her first album in English, Dion won her first GRAMMY for 1992 for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for her ironically romantic duet of "Beauty And The Beast" with Bryson. "Perhaps the one duet that gave my career the biggest boost in the early days was singing 'Beauty And The Beast' with Peabo Bryson," said Dion. "While there was a definite contrast between our voices in our solo parts, when we sang together, our voices became one. This is the true magic that comes with singing duets." The golden-voiced Canadian has won five GRAMMYs to date, including Record Of The Year for another film song: "My Heart Will Go On" from 1997's Titanic.

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(L-R) boygenius, Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff at the 2024 GRAMMYs.

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10 Must-See Moments From The 2024 GRAMMYs: Taylor Swift Makes History, Billy Joel & Tracy Chapman Return, Boygenius Manifest Childhood Dreams

The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards wrote another monumental chapter in music history with returns from legends like Celine Dion and wins by a promising new generation of artists like Victoria Monét.

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Just like that, another GRAMMYs has come and gone — but the 2024 telecast brought many moments that will be immortalized in pop culture history.

It was the evening of legends, as Billy Joel and Tracy Chapman returned to the stage for the first time in decades and Joni Mitchell made her debut with a performance of her 1966 classic, "Both Sides, Now." Stevie Wonder and Celine Dion honored greats, both those we've lost and those who are dominating today. And Meryl Streep had two memorable moments at the show, making a fashionably late entrance and getting a hilarious GRAMMY lesson from Mark Ronson.

But it was the younger generation of artists who ultimately dominated the show. Boygenius — the supergroup of Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker — won numerous awards in the Rock, Metal & Alternative Music Field. Billie Eilish and SZA scooped up a couple more golden gramophones, respectively, and Best New Artist winner Victoria Monét celebrated three wins in total, also winning Best R&B Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Taylor Swift built on the momentum of her colossal year with more GRAMMY records and an unexpected announcement of her next studio album.

Check out the full list of winners here, and take a look at our top 10 highlights from another show-stopping installment of the GRAMMYs below.

Boygenius Run To Accept Their First GRAMMY Award

Boygenius won the first trophy of their careers during the Premiere Ceremony, and they were so ecstatic they sprinted through the crowds to get to the stage.

"Oh my God, I want to throw up," Lucy Dacus said as the group accepted their Best Rock Performance trophy for "Not Strong Enough."

Even though the trio was over the moon, they weren't entirely shocked by their win: "We were delusional enough as kids to think this would happen to us one day," she continued. Phoebe Bridgers would sing at a local Guitar Center "in hopes of getting discovered," while Julien Baker dreamed of performing in stadiums as she played in multiple bands, and Dacus has been perfecting her acceptance speech for years.

Their hard work was manifested three times over, as the trio also won Best Rock Song for "Not Strong Enough" and Best Alternative Music Album for the record.

Killer Mike Makes A Clean Sweep

Killer Mike had the largest GRAMMY night of his career, winning all three of the Rap Categories for which he was nominated: Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS," and Best Rap Album for MICHAEL.

"I'm from the Southeast, like DJ Paul, and I'm a Black man in America. As a kid, I had a dream to become a part of music, and that 9-year-old is very excited right now," he cheered. "I want to thank everyone who dares to believe art can change the world."

Minutes after his sweep, the LAPD detained the Run the Jewels rapper. However, he was released and still able to celebrate his achievements, Killer Mike's lawyer told Variety.

Miley Cyrus Finally Receives Her "Flowers"

Miley Cyrus entered the GRAMMYs with six nominations for her eighth studio album, Endless Summer Vacation. After she won Best Pop Solo Performance for "Flowers," she delivered a jubilant performance in celebration. "Started to cry, but then remembered, I just won my first GRAMMY!" she exclaimed at the song's bridge, throwing her hands in the air and joyfully jumping around the stage.

Cyrus' excitement brought a tangible energy to the performance, making for one of the night's most dynamic — and apparently one of Oprah Winfrey's favorites, as the camera caught the mogul dancing and singing along.

"Flowers" earned Cyrus a second GRAMMY later in the night, when the No. 1 hit was awarded Record Of The Year. 

Tracy Chapman Makes A Rare Appearance

Luke Combs breathed a second life into Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" when he released a cover of the track in April 2023. He quickly climbed to the top of the Billboard charts and received a nomination for Best Country Solo Performance at this year's show. Of course, it called for a special celebration — one that was meaningful for both Combs and GRAMMYs viewers.

Chapman joined the country star on stage for her first televised performance since 2015, trading off verses with Combs as he adoringly mouthed the words. The duet also marked Chapman's first appearance on the GRAMMY stage in 20 years, as she last performed "Give Me One Reason" at the 2004 GRAMMYs. (It also marked her second time singing "Fast Car" on the GRAMMYs stage; she performed it in 1989, the same year the song won Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and Chapman took home three awards total, including Best New Artist.)

Naturally, Chapman's return earned a standing ovation from the crowd. As Combs fittingly put it in an Instagram post thanking the Recording Academy for the opportunity, it was a "truly remarkable moment."

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Joni Mitchell Takes The GRAMMY Stage For The First Time At 80

In one of the most emotional parts of the night, Joni Mitchell performed on the GRAMMYs stage for the first time in her nearly 60-year career.

Accompanied by Brandi Carlile — who referred to Mitchell as "the matriarch of imagination" before the performance — Lucius, SistaStrings, Allison Russell, Blake Mills, and Jacob Collier, Mitchell sang a touching rendition of "Both Sides Now."

"Joni is one of the most influential and emotionally generous creators in human history," Carlile  added in her introduction. "Joni just turned 80, my friends, but we all know she's timeless!"

Mitchell also won her 10th golden gramophone at the 2024 GRAMMYs, as her live album Joni Mitchell at Newport was awarded Best Folk Album at the Premiere Ceremony.

Stevie Wonder Salutes The Late Tony Bennett, Duetted By His Hologram

Another heartfelt moment came during this year's In Memoriam segment, when Stevie Wonder memorialized his friend, Tony Bennett, who passed away from Alzheimer's disease in 2023.

"Tony, I'm going to miss you forever. I love you always, and God bless that He allowed us to have you in this time and space in our lives," Wonder proclaimed. Thanks to a hologram of Bennett, the two singers could duet "For Once in My Life" one last time.

This year's tribute also saw Annie Lennox covering Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U," Jon Batiste's medley of Bill Withers' hits, and Fantasia's reimagining of Tina Turner's "Proud Mary."

Meryl Streep Gets Educated On Album Vs. Record And Single

Meryl Streep joined Mark Ronson — who happens to be her son-in-law — to announce the Record Of The Year winner, which sparked a funny interaction between the two when Streep thought she was announcing Album Of The Year.

"A record is an album!" Streep confidently declared, only for Ronson to give a quick 101 on the difference between Record, Song, and Album Of The Year.

"It's a really important award, and it's an award that recognizes everything that goes into making a great record — the producers, the recording engineer, and the artist, and all their contributions," Ronson explained of Record Of The Year.

"It's the Everything Award! It's the best," Streep smiled.

Celine Dion Surprises The World With A Special Cameo

Before the GRAMMYs commenced, producer Ben Winston told viewers they would be in for a treat because of a surprise presenter for the final award of the night, Album Of The Year. "They are an absolute global icon. I think jaws will drop to the floor. People will be on their feet," he shared.

It was none other than Celine Dion, who has largely been out of the limelight after her stiff person syndrome diagnosis.

"When I say that I'm happy to be here, I really mean it with my heart," Dion said. "It gives me great joy to present a GRAMMY award that two legends, Diana Ross and Sting, presented to me 27 years ago."

Dion is referring to her Album Of The Year win at the 39th GRAMMY Awards in 1997, when her smash LP Falling Into You won the honor. 

Taylor Swift Breaks The Record For Most AOTY Wins

It was a historic night for Taylor Swift in more ways than one.

She began the evening by winning her 13th GRAMMY for Best Pop Vocal Album for Midnights. To commemorate the milestone (13 is her lucky number), Swift announced her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, arriving on April 19.

She ended the evening with a coveted fourth Album Of The Year win, which made Swift the artist with the most AOTY nods in GRAMMY history.

"I would love to tell you this is the best moment of my life, but I feel this happy when I finish a song or crack the code to a bridge that I love or when I'm shot listing a music video or when I'm rehearsing with my dancers or my band or getting ready to go to Tokyo to play a show," she said. "The award is the work. All I want to do is keep being able to do this."

Billy Joel Serves Double GRAMMY Duty

After Swift's momentous win, Billy Joel ended the ceremony with a feel-good performance of his 1980 single, "You May Be Right." Along with being a rousing show closer, it was also his second performance of the night; Joel performed his newest offering, "Turn the Lights Back On," before Album Of The Year was announced.

Joel's performances included three firsts: It was the debut live rendition of "Turn the Lights Back On," his first release since 2007, and the performances marked his first time playing on the GRAMMYs stage in more than two decades. It was a fitting finale for a history-making show, one that beautifully celebrated icons of the past, present and future.

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Celine Dion performs in London's Hyde Park in July 2019.

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Celine Dion's Biggest Songs: 15 Tracks That Showcase Her Unforgettably Powerful Voice

As Celine Dion's breakthrough album 'The Colour of My Love' turns 30, listen to 15 of the Canadian icon's most stunning performances, from "The Power of Love" to "Taking Chances."

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When Rolling Stone published their 200 Best Singers of All Time list at the top of the year, one thing became abundantly clear straight away: Celine Dion was robbed.

"Leaving her off ... has to be an honest and regrettable mistake… because doing it intentionally would be criminal," one fan wrote on Twitter. Another called the omission "borderline treasonous"; the decision even led to a small group of fans picketing the magazine's office.

While Rolling Stone had their reasons for the decision, there's no denying that Dion is one of music's all-time greats. Alongside fellow divas Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, she essentially shaped a generation of performers with her octave-spanning technique.

The Queen of Adult Contemporary (21 Top 10 hits and 11 No.1s on Billboard's AC chart) has also won everything from the Eurovision Song Contest to the Album of the Year GRAMMY during her decades-spanning career. Then there's the multiple blockbuster themes (she even recently appeared on the big screen herself), diamond certifications, and record-breaking Vegas residencies. And let's not forget the fact she's enjoyed unprecedented success with material in both English and her native French.

Dion has sadly been absent from the music scene since being diagnosed with the neurological disease known as stiff-person syndrome in 2022. But as her international breakthrough album, The Colour of My Love, turns 30 on Nov. 9, what better time to remind everyone of her remarkable back catalog?

From titanic ballads to Gallic rockers, here's a look at 15 songs that best encapsulate her talents.

"Where Does My Heart Beat Now?" Unison (1990)

Though Dion had enjoyed success in her Canadian homeland from the age of just 13, she had to wait until her early twenties to break stateside. The third single from her English-language debut Unison, "Where Does My Heart Beat Now?" became Dion's first U.S. Top 10 hit in the spring of 1991 and essentially set the template for her international chart career.

The track has all the makings of a Celine classic: Soft rock-tinged production, melodramatic lyrics, and the kind of powerhouse vocals that could shatter an entire mirror showroom. First performed during her victory lap at the Eurovision Song Contest, "Where Does My Heart Beat Now?" served as the perfect introduction to her talents on a global scale.

"The Power of Love," The Colour of My Love (1993)

"The Power of Love" had already charted three times over in the mid-1980s, with covers by Air Supply and Laura Branigan alongside Jennifer Rush's original all enjoying middling Billboard Hot 100 success. It was Dion's faithful 1994 rendition, however, that truly put the karaoke favorite into the American consciousness.

The GRAMMY-nominated single became the first of her four U.S. No. 1s and ultimately powered parent album The Colour of My Love to blockbuster sales of over 20 million copies, firmly establishing Dion as a global power ballad icon.

"Think Twice," The Colour of My Love (1994)

"Think Twice" barely made a ripple in the States (No. 97), but remains one of Dion's signature hits across the other side of the Atlantic. The song reigned for seven weeks on the Top 40 singles chart CHART, becoming one of the U.K.'s biggest-selling solo female songs of all time.

Co-written by Peter Sinfield, the founder of prog rock pioneers King Crimson, The Colour of My Love cut is something of a slow burner. But its lovelorn first third — with ghostly synths, occasional twangy guitars, and unusually restrained vocals — gradually builds up to a steamrolling finale, where Dion essentially battles with a soft rock wall of sound. It's all enjoyably overblown, with her speaker-blasting "NO NO NO NO" a particularly impressive feat in vocal histrionics.

"To Love You More," The Colour of My Love (1995)

"To Love You More" could be described as something of a nomad. It first appeared on the Japanese reissue of The Colour of My Love, then the Asian release of Falling Into You, and then finally the Stateside version of Let's Talk About Love.

The Colour of My Love can perhaps lay claim to being its true home — Dion specifically recorded the track for Japanese drama Koibito yo in 1995, while the synths and sweeping strings are provided by Tokyo-based outfit Kryzler and Kompany. But whichever album you hear "To Love You More" on, the soaring power ballad is sure to be a highlight, as it's arguably one of the most impassioned vocal performances of her career.

"Pour que tu m'aimes encore," D'eux (1995)

Dion had become such a sensation by the mid-1990s that even her French-sung material started to make waves in countries typically averse to the true language of love. Penned by one of Paris' most celebrated troubadours, Jean-Jacques Goldman, "Pour que tu m'aimes" remains the crowning glory in her native tongue.

Lifted from the record-breaking D'eux, the 1995 single allows Dion to show her more sensual side with an opening verse that harks back to the chansons of yesteryear. But even when the beats kick in, the star keeps things relatively calm and collected. "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" was given the English treatment on 1996's Falling Into You, but it's undeniably the original that remains the most magnifique.

"Because You Loved Me," Falling Into You (1996)

With two power-ballad titans at the helm — producer David Foster and songwriter Diane Warren — "Because You Loved Me" was perhaps always destined to become Dion's second U.S. chart-topper. Even more so considering it also served as the theme to Up, Close and Personal at a time when an intergenerational romantic drama could make $100 million at the box office.

Like most of Dion's biggest hits, this emotional tour-de-force starts small before reaching the kind of vocal crescendo you could imagine breaking the cinema speakers. Though "Because You Loved Me" didn't win any of the three awards for which it was nominated at the 1997 GRAMMYs, The song was undoubtedly instrumental in parent LP Falling Into You's wins for the Best Pop Album and the coveted Album Of The Year.

"It's All Coming Back To Me Now," Falling Into You (1996)

"Heathcliff digging up Cathy's corpse and dancing with it in the cold moonlight." That's how songwriter Jim Steinman vividly described the Wuthering Heights-inspired mini-rock opera that is "It's All Coming Back To Me Now." And its backstory is almost as dramatic.

Indeed, Steinman had to go to court to prevent the track falling into the hands of Meat Loaf, his regular collaborator who'd wanted it to be the centerpiece of Bat Out of Hell III. And it was offered to Bonnie Tyler, and then recorded by short-lived girl group Pandora's Box, before finally making its way to Dion in time for 1996's Falling Into You. As you'd expect, the Quebecer instantly puts her own stamp on the seven-minute Wagnerian epic Andrew Lloyd Webber hailed as the "greatest love song ever written."

"Tell Him," Let's Talk About Love (1997)

Having previously shared the mic with Billy Newton-Davis, Peabo Bryson, and Clive Griffin, Dion hit the duet jackpot in 1997 when she entered the studio with her musical idol. The French-Canadian had been a last-minute fill-in for the inimitable Barbra Streisand earlier that year at the Academy Awards, and her performance of The Mirror Has Two Faces' "I Finally Found Someone" was so impressive that Babs insisted on a collaboration. Dion certainly doesn't sound fazed, going toe to toe against the Broadway legend on a GRAMMY-nominated piece of romantic advice which, for fans of theatrical pop, is the diva dream.

"My Heart Will Go On," Let's Talk About Love (1997)

"My Heart Will Go On" is arguably just as pivotal to Titanic's monumental success (and endurance) as Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's tear-jerking performances, the breathtaking special effects, and that age-old question, "Couldn't Jack just fit on the door?"

But like many of Dion's biggest hits, it had a tricky inception. James Cameron initially wanted the theme to be entirely instrumental. Norwegian soprano Sissel had been the first choice to lay the vocals once the director relented. And concerned at the number of soundtracks she'd previously graced, Dion needed some persuading to put herself in the frame.

Luckily, her trust in composer James Horner paid off. "My Heart Will Go On" not only won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, it picked up both Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record Of The Year at the GRAMMYs. And with nearly 500 million streams, it's by far her most-played track on Spotify, too.

"That's The Way It Is," All the Way… A Decade of Song (1999)

What's this? Celine Dion, the queen of uber-dramatic power ballads, taking on a breezy dance-pop anthem produced by the man who guided Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and *NSYNC to teenybopper dominance? The singer had occasionally flirted with the uptempo: see "Misled," "Treat Her Like A Lady," but "That's The Way It Is" was the first time she appeared to aim for the TRL crowd.

It's to her and producer Max Martin's credit that the lead single from retrospective All the Way is far from the bandwagon-jumping embarrassment you might expect. In fact, Dion sounds so at ease with such carefree, if still resolutely tasteful, material that you wish the pair had worked together more often.

"A New Day Has Come," A New Day Has Come (2002)

After a two-year break to welcome her first child with husband René Angélil, Dion returned in graceful style with a song dedicated to their son ("Where there was weakness I've found my strength/ All in the eyes of a boy"). The fact the star was now singing about maternal, instead of romantic, love is also reflected in how she keeps her usual vocal acrobatics at bay. The title track from 2002's A New Day Has Come isn't quite a lullaby, but its dreamy melodies, shuffling beats, and gentle acoustics provide the kind of calming backdrop that could sing anyone to sleep.

"Ne Bouge Pas," 1 Fille & 4 Types (2003)

Dion surprised everyone in 2003 when she joined forces with four veteran French singer/songwriters — including regular cohort Jean-Jacques Goldman — to form a short-lived supergroup that specialized in good, old-fashioned Gallic rock and roll. Fully committing herself to the project, the diva even rocked a spiky bleached blonde hairdo and sporty T-shirt for their album's front cover.

1 Fille & 4 Types (which translates as 1 girl & 4 guys) is packed with guitar-led ditties worlds away from Dion's usual polished sheen. But it's the stomping saloon sing-along of "Ne Bouge Pas" (which translates as "Don't Change") that best fits the back-to-basics brief.

"Taking Chances," Taking Chances (2007)

Following various French-language efforts, hits collections, and concept albums dedicated to the joys of babies, Dion rediscovered her adult contemporary pop mojo for 2007's Taking Chances. The title track — written by Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart and prolific hitmaker Kara DioGuardi for their meta side project Platinum Weird — is an uplifting soft rocker that eventually found its way to the French-Canadian who tackled it with her signature gusto.

"Taking Chances" the song is, remarkably, the last time Dion graced the Hot 100 (No. 54) on her own (2008's "The Prayer" was a duet with Josh Groban). But it proved she still had relevance nearly three decades into her international career.

"Loved Me Back to Life," Loved Me Back to Life (2013)

Dion proved that she still had one finger on the pop pulse in 2013 when she bagged a song from the era's most potent hitmaker. Arriving around the same time as Rihanna's "Diamonds," Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)," and Beyoncé's "Pretty Hurts," "Loved Me Back to Life" was another example of how Sia's songwriting talents were as striking as her lampshade-styled hair.

While the song — the title track to Dion's 11th English-language studio effort — may have been in her power ballad wheelhouse, its flashes of dubstep and stuttering vocal hooks brought the superstar further to the cutting edge than ever before.

"Imperfections," Courage (2019)

The lead single from Dion's 27th studio effort, Courage, scored the icon her first Top 15 hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in over a decade. But far from the traditional skyscraping ballads of her previous entries, "Imperfections" is a sleek, slickly-produced mid-tempo which showed that the French-Canadian didn't always need to belt things out to be emotionally affecting.

Beyond its chart and critical success, the tale of self-reflection ("I try to give all of myself to you/ But before I can get there/ I've got parts of me I'm trying to lose") was co-written by contemporary pop hitmakers Lauv, Michael Polachek and DallasK — proving that Dion’s voice is truly timeless.

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GRAMMY Rewind: Kendrick Lamar Honors Hip-Hop's Greats While Accepting Best Rap Album GRAMMY For 'To Pimp a Butterfly' In 2016

Upon winning the GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for 'To Pimp a Butterfly,' Kendrick Lamar thanked those that helped him get to the stage, and the artists that blazed the trail for him.

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Updated Friday Oct. 13, 2023 to include info about Kendrick Lamar's most recent GRAMMY wins, as of the 2023 GRAMMYs.

A GRAMMY veteran these days, Kendrick Lamar has won 17 GRAMMYs and has received 47 GRAMMY nominations overall. A sizable chunk of his trophies came from the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards in 2016, when he walked away with five — including his first-ever win in the Best Rap Album category.

This installment of GRAMMY Rewind turns back the clock to 2016, revisiting Lamar's acceptance speech upon winning Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly. Though Lamar was alone on stage, he made it clear that he wouldn't be at the top of his game without the help of a broad support system. 

"First off, all glory to God, that's for sure," he said, kicking off a speech that went on to thank his parents, who he described as his "those who gave me the responsibility of knowing, of accepting the good with the bad."

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He also extended his love and gratitude to his fiancée, Whitney Alford, and shouted out his Top Dawg Entertainment labelmates. Lamar specifically praised Top Dawg's CEO, Anthony Tiffith, for finding and developing raw talent that might not otherwise get the chance to pursue their musical dreams.

"We'd never forget that: Taking these kids out of the projects, out of Compton, and putting them right here on this stage, to be the best that they can be," Lamar — a Compton native himself — continued, leading into an impassioned conclusion spotlighting some of the cornerstone rap albums that came before To Pimp a Butterfly.

"Hip-hop. Ice Cube. This is for hip-hop," he said. "This is for Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle. This is for Illmatic, this is for Nas. We will live forever. Believe that."

To Pimp a Butterfly singles "Alright" and "These Walls" earned Lamar three more GRAMMYs that night, the former winning Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and the latter taking Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (the song features Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat). He also won Best Music Video for the remix of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." 

Lamar has since won Best Rap Album two more times, taking home the golden gramophone in 2018 for his blockbuster LP DAMN., and in 2023 for his bold fifth album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.

Watch Lamar's full acceptance speech above, and check back at every Friday for more GRAMMY Rewind episodes. 

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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.

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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'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'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 (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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