|Elton John and Miley Cyrus at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)|
Since 2004, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California has been the home of the Grammy Awards with The Grammy Museum built right across the street. However, in honor of the award’s show’s 60th anniversary, tonight’s presentation was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City where James Corden served as host.
As with other years, the night presented some great performances by some iconic music artists, unusual pairings of others, questionable song choices and a lot of political banter. Oftentimes the first act of the night is amazing, but Kendrick Lamar’s medley of songs from his latest album was full of political commentary and disturbing images of violence. The set has been praised by many and left others scratching their heads. This was followed by Tony Bennett co-presenting the Best Rap/Sung Performance award with John Legend, but Bennett didn’t seem to know where to go after Lamar came up for his acceptance speech. Another odd pairing was a performance featuring Elton John singing “Tiny Dancer” with Miley Cyrus.
|Lady Gaga (CBS)|
Of course, with the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” women movements still very much on people’s minds, many attendees wore white rose corsages and boutineers as a way of making a statement. Kesha presented a performance of “Praying,” her first single after her legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke. So then it was strange seeing women in skimpy outfits dancing seductively nearby Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee during their “Despacito” music number. The women in question were flaunting themselves at the singers, which seemed strange for the night's messages of women empowerment.
|Patti LuPone (CBS)|
Ever the self-indulgent one, Corden presented a special "Subway Car-pool Karaoke" with Sting and Shaggy only to get booed off the train.
The biggest winners of the night was R and B star Bruno Mars (winning awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year, 24K Magic) and Kendrick Lamar won five (including one for his rap album, DAMN). Not surprisingly, faith-based music was barely mentioned (if at all) but, Zach Williams did win for best Contemporary Christian album, Chain Breaker and CeCe Winans won for her Gospel album, Let Them Fall in Love. So that is something.
Major Winners of the Night:
|Bruno Mars (CBS)|
Record of the year: "24K Magic," Bruno Mars
Song of the year: "That's What I Like," Bruno Mars
Country album: "From a Room, Vol. 1," Chris Stapleton
New artist: Alessia Cara
Comedy album: "The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas," Dave Chappelle
Rap album: "DAMN.," Kendrick Lamar
New artist: Alessia Cara
Rap/sung performance: "Loyalty," Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna
Pop solo performance: "Shape of You," Ed Sheeran
Pop vocal album: "÷," Ed Sheeran
Traditional pop vocal album: "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90," various artists
Pop duo/group performance: "Feel It Still," Portugal. The Man
Country song: "Broken Halos," Chris Stapleton
Country solo performance: "Either Way," Chris Stapleton
Country duo/group performance: "Better Man," Little Big Town
Rap song: "HUMBLE.," Kendrick Lamar
Rap performance (single or track): "HUMBLE.," Kendrick Lamar
R and B album: "24K Magic," Bruno Mars
Urban contemporary album: "Starboy," The Weeknd
R and B song: "That's What I Like," Bruno Mars
Traditional R and B performance: "Redbone," Childish Gambino
R and B performance: "That's What I Like," Bruno Mars
Alternative music album: "Sleep Well Beast," The National
Rock album: "A Deeper Understanding," The War on Drugs
Rock song: "Run," Foo Fighters
Metal performance: "Sultan's Curse," Mastodon
Rock performance (single or track): "You Want It Darker," Leonard Cohen
American roots song: "If We Were Vampires," Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
American roots performance: "Killer Diller Blues," Alabama Shakes
Contemporary Christian album: "Chain Breaker," Zach Williams
Gospel album: "Let Them Fall in Love," CeCe Winans
Jazz instrumental album: "Rebirth," Billy Childs
New age album: "Dancing on Water," Peter Kater
Song written for visual media: "How Far I'll Go (Moana)," Lin-Manuel Miranda
Score soundtrack for visual media: "La La Land"
Compilation soundtrack for visual media: "La La Land"
Musical theater album: "Dear Evan Hansen"
Spoken word album: "The Princess Diarist," Carrie Fisher
Latin pop album: "El Dorado," Shakira
Music film: "The Defiant Ones," various artists
Music video: "HUMBLE.," Kendrick Lamar
Contemporary instrumental album: "Prototype," Jeff Lorber Fusion
Dance/electronic album: "3-D The Catalogue," Kraftwerk
Dance recording: "Tonite," LCD Soundsystem
For a complete list of winners in all categories, visit Grammy.com.