60th Annual Grammy Awards

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60th Annual Grammy Awards
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DateJanuary 28, 2018 (2018-01-28)
7:30–11:00 p.m. EST
January 29, 2018 (2018-01-29)
1:30–5:00 a.m. CET
Location Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
Hosted by James Corden
Most awards Bruno Mars (6)
Most nominations Jay-Z (8)
Television/radio coverage
Network CBS
Viewership19.8 million [1]

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 28, 2018. The CBS network broadcast the show live from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show was moved to January to avoid coinciding with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, as was the case in 2010 and 2014. [2] James Corden returned as host. [3]

CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network that is a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles.

Madison Square Garden Multi-purpose indoor arena in New York City, New York, United States

Madison Square Garden, colloquially known as The Garden or in initials as MSG, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in New York City. Located in Midtown Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it is situated atop Pennsylvania Station. It is the fourth venue to bear the name "Madison Square Garden"; the first two were located on Madison Square, on East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, with the third Madison Square Garden (1925) further uptown at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street.

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Contents

The ceremony recognizes the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. The nominations were announced on November 28, 2017. The "pre-telecast" ceremony (officially named The Premiere Ceremony) was held on the same day prior to the main ceremony. [4] [5]

Bruno Mars was nominated for six awards and won all six on the night. [6] [7]

Bruno Mars American singer-songwriter

Peter Gene Hernandez, known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and dancer. He is known for his stage performances, retro showmanship and for performing in a wide range of musical styles, including R&B, funk, pop, soul, reggae, hip hop, and rock. Mars is accompanied by his band, The Hooligans, who play a variety of instruments, such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums and horns, and also serve as backup singers and dancers.

Performers

Premiere ceremony

Artist(s)Song(s)
India Arie "I Am Light" [8]
Stile Antico "Ave Maria"
"Gaudete in Domino" [9]
Jazzmeia Horn Tribute to Jon Hendricks
"Moanin'" [10]
Taj Mahal
Keb' Mo'
"Diving Duck Blues" [11]
Body Count "Black Hoodie" [12]

Main ceremony

Artist(s)Song(s)
Kendrick Lamar
U2
Dave Chappelle
"XXX"
"DNA"
"Big Shot"
"New Freezer"
"King's Dead"
Lady Gaga
Mark Ronson
"Joanne"
"Million Reasons"
Sam Smith "Pray"
Little Big Town "Better Man"
Jon Batiste
Gary Clark Jr.
Joe Saylor
Tribute to Fats Domino and Chuck Berry
"Ain't That a Shame"
"Maybellene"
Luis Fonsi
Daddy Yankee
Zuleyka Rivera
"Despacito"
Childish Gambino "Terrified"
Bruno Mars "Perm"
"Chunky"
"24K Magic"
Pink "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken"
Bruno Mars
Cardi B
"Finesse" (with elements of "Gett Off", "Jump Around" and "Bartier Cardi")
Sting
Shaggy
"Englishman in New York"
"Don't Make Me Wait"
DJ Khaled
Rihanna
Bryson Tiller
"Wild Thoughts"
Eric Church
Maren Morris
Brothers Osborne
Tribute to the victims of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting and Manchester Arena bombing
"Tears in Heaven"
Kesha
Camila Cabello
Cyndi Lauper
Julia Michaels
Andra Day
Bebe Rexha
"Praying"
U2 "Get Out of Your Own Way"
Elton John
Miley Cyrus
"Tiny Dancer"
Ben Platt Tribute to Leonard Bernstein
"Somewhere"
Patti LuPone Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
SZA "Broken Clocks"
Chris Stapleton
Emmylou Harris
Tribute to Tom Petty
"Wildflowers"
Logic
Alessia Cara
Khalid
Tribute to Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington
"1-800-273-8255"

Presenters

John Legend American singer, songwriter, pianist and record producer from Ohio

John Roger Stephens, known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, actor and philanthropist. Prior to the release of Legend's debut album, Get Lifted, (2004) he had collaborated with already established artists and signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music. Legend has sung on Jay-Z's "Encore", Alicia Keys's "You Don't Know My Name", Dilated Peoples' "This Way", Slum Village's "Selfish", Fort Minor's "High Road", and played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything". Legend's single "All of Me" from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013) was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit.

Tony Bennett American singer

Anthony Dominick Benedetto, known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York.

The Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality songs on which rappers and singers collaborate. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

Nominations and winners

Nominees list adapted from the Recording Academy's website. [14] [15]

The Recording Academy U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals

The Recording Academy is an American learned academy of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other musical professionals. It is famous for its Grammy Awards, which recognize achievements in the music industry.

General

Record of the Year
24K Magic (song) 2016 single by Bruno Mars

"24K Magic" is a song by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars from his third studio album of the same name (2016). Atlantic Records released it as the album's lead single on October 7, 2016, for digital download and streaming. Atlantic provided it as an instant grat track for those who pre-ordered the album. Mars, Philip Lawrence and Christopher Brody Brown wrote the single. Calling themselves Shampoo Press & Curl the three of them handled production, with additional production by The Stereotypes. The song has been described as a funk, disco and contemporary R&B track, heavily influenced by hip hop. The A.V. Club noticed the synthesizer riff and backbeat resembled the one in "The Message" (1982) by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The song's lyrics address extravagances, glamour, and the party lifestyle.

Charles Moniz is a Canadian recording engineer who worked on Bruno Mars's studio albums Unorthodox Jukebox and 24k Magic. Alternativelly, he recorded "All I Ask" for Adele's 2015 studio album 25. For his recordings with Mars and Adele, Moniz has won multiple Grammy Awards. Out of his five Grammys, Moniz is a two-time winner of the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Outside of engineering, Moniz played for the Canadian hardcore band Grade and was the bass guitarist for Avril Lavigne from 2002 to 2007.

Tom Coyne (music engineer) American mastering engineer

Thomas J. Coyne was an American mastering engineer.

Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist

Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Vocal Album

Dance/Electronic Music

Best Dance Recording

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Contemporary Instrumental Music

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Rock

Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album

R&B

Best R&B Performance

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Best R&B Song

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Best R&B Album

Rap

Best Rap Performance
Best Rap/Sung Performance

Best Rap Song

Best Rap Album

Country

Best Country Solo Performance

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Best Country Song

Best Country Album

New Age

Best New Age Album

Jazz

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Best Gospel Album

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Best Roots Gospel Album

Latin

Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Best Tropical Latin Album

American Roots

Best American Roots Performance
Best American Roots Song
Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Music Album

Reggae

Best Reggae Album

World Music

Best World Music Album

Children

Best Children's Album

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album (includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling)

Comedy

Best Comedy Album

Musical Theatre

Best Musical Theater Album

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media

Composing

Best Instrumental Composition

Arranging

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Packaging

Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Notes

Best Album Notes

Historical

Best Historical Album

Engineered Album

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Best Engineered Album, Classical

Producer

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical

Remixer

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Surround Sound

Best Surround Sound Album

Classical

Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Best Classical Compendium
Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video
Best Music Film

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Trustees Award

Technical Grammy Award

Music Educator Award

Grammy Hall of Fame inductions

TitleArtistRecord LabelYear of ReleaseGenreFormat
Band of Gypsys Jimi Hendrix Capitol 1970RockAlbum
"Bring It on Home to Me" Sam Cooke RCA Victor 1962SoulSingle
The Chronic Dr. Dre Death Row Records 1992 Rap Album
"Dream On" Aerosmith Columbia 1973RockSingle
"Fight the Power" Public Enemy Motown 1989 Hip Hop Single
"Flash Light" Parliament Casablanca 1978 Funk Single
"Grazing in the Grass" Hugh Masekela Uni 1968JazzSingle
Heart Like a Wheel Linda Ronstadt Capitol 1974 Country Rock Album
"I Can't Help Myself" Four Tops Motown 1965SoulSingle
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Gladys Knight & the Pips Motown 1967R&BSingle
"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" The King Cole Trio Capitol Records 1946JazzSingle
"I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston Arista 1992PopSingle
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison Johnny Cash Columbia 1968CountryAlbum
"Mary Had a Little Lamb" Thomas Alva Edison N/A1878ExperimentalSingle
"Me and Mrs. Jones" Billy Paul Philadelphia International 1972SoulSingle
"Moon River" Andy Williams Columbia 1962Traditional PopTrack from Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes
"My Man" Billie Holiday Brunswick 1937JazzSingle
Nevermind Nirvana DGC 1991 Grunge Album
A Night at the Opera Queen Elektra 1975 Progressive Rock Album
"Paint It, Black" The Rolling Stones London 1966 Psychedelic Rock Single
"Savoy Blues" Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five Okeh 1927JazzSingle
"A Song for You" Leon Russell Shelter 1970PopSingle
"Space Oddity" David Bowie Mercury 1969Art RockTrack from Space Oddity
"That's All Right" Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup RCA Victor 1949BluesSingle
Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield Virgin 1973Progressive RockAlbum

In Memoriam

Multiple nominations and awards

The following received multiple nominations:

Two:

The following received multiple awards:

Changes

In June 2017, the Grammy organization announced a few minor changes to the voting and awarding process. [17]

New York as a Host City

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards marked the first time since 2003 that the ceremony was held in New York City. The Staples Center in Los Angeles had been the home of the Grammys since 2000. The 2003 ceremony was also held at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The fifteen-year gap between the 2003 and 2018 Grammys in New York marked the longest period of time New York went without hosting the awards.

With the main telecast being held at Madison Square Garden, the premiere ceremony (also known as the Pre-Telecast) was held at the Hulu Theater.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is typically held at the Los Angeles Convention Center two days prior to the Grammys, but since the 2018 Grammy Awards were held in New York, the MusiCares tribute was held at Radio City Music Hall.

Controversy and cost overruns

Hosting the Grammy Awards in New York City resulted in the Grammy Awards costing more to organize as costs associated with hosting it in Los Angeles are significantly less. The awards cost $8 million more to host in New York City. The host committee that the city assembled failed to raise the money that they had initially promised. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute which the Barclays Center (which is operated by AEG) was hoping to host ended up being held at Radio City Music Hall, which is owned by The Madison Square Garden Company. MusiCares funds which were intended for charitable purposes were instead used to pay for the $8 million cost overruns associated with hosting the Grammys in New York City. [18] [19]

Dana Tomarken, the former Executive VP of MusiCares claims that Recording Academy President Neil Portnow directed these funds away from MusiCares to pay for the cost-overruns. In May 2018, Portnow announced that he would not seek an extension of his contract as President of the Recording Academy and will step down in the summer of 2019. Portnow will be replaced by Deborah Dugan as President. Dana Tomarken had been negotiating a deal to have the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Fleetwood Mac to be held at the Barclays Center, but Portnow decided to have it at Radio City Music Hall, without consulting Tomarken. Irving Azoff who heads Azoff MSG Entertainment (which is affiliated with The Madison Square Garden Company) informed her of this change rather than Portnow consulting her first. Tomarken has since made a claim of wrongful termination. [20] [21] On June 5, 2018, an independent investigation was launched to examine the claims made by Dana Tomarken. The investigation will examine the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute as well as sexual harassment allegations. [22] In May 2019, Tomarken claimed she was fired because she pushed back against the academy's "boys club". The academy allegedly tried to keep Tomarken's allegations from being fully made public. She also claimed that she struggled to find a suitable venue in New York for the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Fleetwood Mac. The Barclays Center offered up an acceptable deal, but Irving Azoff of the Madison Square Garden Company prevented the event from being held there. By having it at Radio City instead, the event was not a traditional VIP dinner, nor did it have a silent auction. This then prevented the event from turning a profit. [23]

On June 4, 2018, the mayor's office weighed in on the controversy, saying their position was always to be "venue neutral" and denied any involvement in the venue controversy. The Barclays Center notified City Hall of their interest in being involved with Grammy week and Julie Menin (the New York City Commissioner for the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment) passed that information along to Grammy organizers. [24]

Ratings

The show was moved to January to avoid competing with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, as was the case in 2010 and 2014. Viewership for the ceremony dropped 24% compared to the previous year, obtaining the smallest audience in the show's history in the key demographic.[ citation needed ]

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