|60th Annual Grammy Awards|
|Date||January 28, 2018|
7:30–11:00 p.m. EST
January 29, 2018
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)|
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.James Corden returned as host.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Bruno Mars was nominated for six awards and won all six on the night.
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.
|India Arie||"I Am Light"|
|Stile Antico||"Ave Maria"|
"Gaudete in Domino"
|Jazzmeia Horn||Tribute to Jon Hendricks |
| Taj Mahal |
|"Diving Duck Blues"|
|Body Count||"Black Hoodie"|
| Kendrick Lamar |
| Lady Gaga |
|Little Big Town||"Better Man"|
| Jon Batiste |
Gary Clark Jr.
|Tribute to Fats Domino and Chuck Berry |
"Ain't That a Shame"
| Luis Fonsi |
|Pink||"Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken"|
| Bruno Mars |
|"Finesse" (with elements of "Gett Off", "Jump Around" and "Bartier Cardi")|
| Sting |
|"Englishman in New York"|
"Don't Make Me Wait"
| DJ Khaled |
| Eric Church |
|Tribute to the victims of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting and Manchester Arena bombing |
"Tears in Heaven"
| Kesha |
|U2||"Get Out of Your Own Way"|
| Elton John |
|Ben Platt||Tribute to Leonard Bernstein |
|Patti LuPone||Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber |
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
| Chris Stapleton |
|Tribute to Tom Petty |
| Logic |
|Tribute to Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington |
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.
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".
Nominees list adapted from the Recording Academy's website.
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.
"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.
Thomas J. Coyne was an American mastering engineer.
Best Dance Recording
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Best Alternative Music Album
Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best R&B Song
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Best R&B Album
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album
Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album
Best New Age Album
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album
Best Gospel Performance/Song
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Best Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Best Roots Gospel Album
Best Instrumental Composition
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
Best Album Notes
Best Historical Album
|Title||Artist||Record Label||Year of Release||Genre||Format|
|Band of Gypsys||Jimi Hendrix||Capitol||1970||Rock||Album|
|"Bring It on Home to Me"||Sam Cooke||RCA Victor||1962||Soul||Single|
|The Chronic||Dr. Dre||Death Row Records||1992||Rap||Album|
|"Fight the Power"||Public Enemy||Motown||1989||Hip Hop||Single|
|"Grazing in the Grass"||Hugh Masekela||Uni||1968||Jazz||Single|
|Heart Like a Wheel||Linda Ronstadt||Capitol||1974||Country Rock||Album|
|"I Can't Help Myself"||Four Tops||Motown||1965||Soul||Single|
|"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"||Gladys Knight & the Pips||Motown||1967||R&B||Single|
|"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"||The King Cole Trio||Capitol Records||1946||Jazz||Single|
|"I Will Always Love You"||Whitney Houston||Arista||1992||Pop||Single|
|Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison||Johnny Cash||Columbia||1968||Country||Album|
|"Mary Had a Little Lamb"||Thomas Alva Edison||N/A||1878||Experimental||Single|
|"Me and Mrs. Jones"||Billy Paul||Philadelphia International||1972||Soul||Single|
|"Moon River"||Andy Williams||Columbia||1962||Traditional Pop||Track from Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes|
|"My Man"||Billie Holiday||Brunswick||1937||Jazz||Single|
|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||1927||Jazz||Single|
|"A Song for You"||Leon Russell||Shelter||1970||Pop||Single|
|"Space Oddity"||David Bowie||Mercury||1969||Art Rock||Track from Space Oddity|
|"That's All Right"||Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup||RCA Victor||1949||Blues||Single|
|Tubular Bells||Mike Oldfield||Virgin||1973||Progressive Rock||Album|
The following received multiple nominations:
The following received multiple awards:
In June 2017, the Grammy organization announced a few minor changes to the voting and awarding process.
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.
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.
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.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. 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.
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.
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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The 41st Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 24, 1999, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1998. Lauryn Hill was the main recipient, winning a total of 5 awards including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Her album was the first hip hop act ever to win the coveted award. The ceremony was known as the "Grammy Year of Women", because every artist nominated for Album of the Year was female. Madonna won four awards and opened the show with her performance of "Nothing Really Matters" while musicians the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Alanis Morissette and Shania Twain won two apiece. Celine Dion also received two awards both for "My Heart Will Go On", which received a total of four awards. It is widely remembered for Ricky Martin's performance of "La Copa De La Vida"/ "The Cup of Life".
The 24th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 24, 1982, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and were broadcast live on American television. The event recognized the accomplishments of musicians during the year 1981. Quincy Jones was the major recipient of awards with a total of five Grammys.
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 28, 1984, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, and were broadcast live on American television. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1983. Michael Jackson who had been recovering from scalp burns sustained due to an accident which occurred during filming of a Pepsi commercial, won a record eight awards during the show. It is notable for garnering the largest Grammy Award television audience ever.
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 22, 1989, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year.
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The 47th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 13, 2005 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. They were hosted by Queen Latifah, and televised in the United States by CBS. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. Ray Charles, whom the event was dedicated in memory of, posthumously won five Grammy Awards while his album, Genius Loves Company, won a total of eight. Kanye West received the most nominations with ten, winning three. Usher received eight nominations and won three including Best Contemporary R&B Album for his diamond selling album Confessions. Britney Spears received her first Grammy of Best Dance Recording for her 2004 smash hit "Toxic".
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on February 10, 2008. It honored musical achievement of 2007 in which albums were released between October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007. The primary ceremonies were televised in the US on CBS; however, as has become the custom, most of the awards were handed out during a pre-telecast portion of the show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and broadcast on XM Satellite Radio. Two nights prior to the show Aretha Franklin was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year.
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The 54th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles being broadcast on CBS. LL Cool J hosted the show. It was the first time in seven years that the event had an official host. Nominations were announced on November 30, 2011 on prime-time television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music's Biggest Night", a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. Kanye West received the most nominations with seven. Adele, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars each received six nominations. Lil Wayne, Skrillex, and Radiohead all earned five nominations. The nominations were criticised by many music journalists as Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy missed out on a nomination for Album of the Year despite being highly critically acclaimed and topping many end of year charts. West's album went on to win Best Rap Album.
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