Grammy Awards 2019 Wrap Up, Winners, Controversy & Tributes

The 2019 Grammy’s have officially finished and the music industry is currently partying the night away across various exclusive celebrations across the LA. The event saw landmark victory for stars like Billie Eilish, and special performances from the likes of BTS, Ariana Grande but as always there was more than just music.

The annual celebration’s mood was sober following the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant earlier that day. While the industry had close ties with the star, the event was aired live from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, the home of The Lakers, Bryant’s former team. While an endless list of pop stars lined up along the red carpet, many Basketball fans turned up to the stadium to pay their respects. The Awards also paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle, who passed away last year after the fatal shooting in LA.

The awards also weren’t without controversy, usually, it’s something that happens on the day, this year it began two weeks before. The Recording Academy — under whose control the Grammys are presented — removed its recently appointed CEO and president, Deborah Dugan.

The Academy said she had created a “toxic and intolerable” environment and had exhibited “abusive and bullying”, meanwhile she said her firing was in retaliation for her internal allegations that the Grammys are rampant with corrupt voting practices, financial incentives and other concerning irregularities. After being removed from her position at the academy, she then went public with those allegations and launched a lawsuit against the Academy.

Dugan is also said to have accused the outgoing Grammys’ producer Ken Erhlich of manipulating the performance slots, an accusation that Ehrlich strongly denied. Dugan was said to have then demanded a $22 million pay-off to quietly step down according to the academy.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 26: Host Alicia Keys walks onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

In other controversies, iconic hip-hop star and business mogul Sean “Diddy” Coombs used his acceptance speech for the annual President’s Merit Award to blast the Academy for its lack of respect and representation of Hip-Hop.

“Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys,” said Combs, who drew cheers and applause. “Black music has never been respected by the Grammys to the point that it should be … and that stops right now. I’m officially starting the clock. You’ve got 365 days to get this sh-t together.”

Meanwhile, on the red carpet, things got political with Joy Villa wearing a Trump 2020 outfit that implied the controversial President would be the first to be impeached and then re-elected, Actress and model Megan Pormer walked the red carpet with a “No War … [love] Iran” and Singer Ricky Rebel also paid tribute to the U.S. president, but this time with the words, “Impeach This” on his butt cheeks.

See below for all the winners from the 2019 Grammy Awards.

Album of the Year

I, I
Bon Iver

NORMAN F—ING ROCKWELL!
Lana del Rey

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
Billie Eilish

THANK U, NEXT
Ariana Grande

I USED TO KNOW HER
H.E.R.

7
Lil Nas X

CUZ I LOVE YOU
Lizzo

FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Vampire Weekend


Record of the Year

HEY MA
Bon Iver

BAD GUY
Billie Eilish


7 RINGS
Ariana Grande

HARD PLACE
H.E.R.

TALK
Khalid

OLD TOWN ROAD
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus

TRUTH HURTS
Lizzo

SUNFLOWER
Post Malone


Song of the Year

ALWAYS REMEMBER US THIS WAY
Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

BAD GUY
Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

BRING MY FLOWERS NOW
Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth and Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)

HARD PLACE
Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, D. Arcelious Harris, H.E.R. & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters (H.E.R.)

LOVER
Taylor Swift

NORMAN F***ING ROCKWELL
Jack Antonoff and Lana del Ray, songwriters (Lana del Rey)

SOMEONE YOU LOVED
Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn and Sam Roman, songwriters (Lewis Capaldi)

TRUTH HURTS
Steven Cheung, Eric Frederic, Melissa Jefferson and Jesse Saint John, songwriters (Lizzo)


Best New Artist

BLACK PUMAS
BILLIE EILISH
LIL NAS X
LIZZO
MAGGIE ROGERS
ROSALíA
TANK AND THE BANGAS
YOLA


Best Pop Solo Performance

SPIRIT
Beyoncé

BAD GUY
Billie Eilish

7 RINGS
Ariana Grande

TRUTH HURTS
Lizzo


YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN
Taylor Swift


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

BOYFRIEND
Ariana Grande & Social House

SUCKER
Jonas Brothers

OLD TOWN ROAD
Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus


SUNFLOWER
Post Malone & Swae Lee

SEÑORITA
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello


Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Andrea Bocelli

LOVE (DELUXE EDITION)
Michael Bublé

LOOK NOW
Elvis Costello & The Imposters


A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS
John Legend

WALLS
Barbra Streisand


Best Pop Vocal Album

THE LION KING: THE GIFT
Beyoncé

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
Billie Eilish


THANK U, NEXT
Ariana Grande

NO.6 COLLABORATIONS PROJECT
Ed Sheeran

LOVER
Taylor Swift


Best Dance Recording

LINKED
Bonobo
Simon Green, producer; Simon Green, mixer

GOT TO KEEP ON
The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers, producers; Steve Dub Jones & Tom Rowlands, mixers


PIECE OF YOUR HEART
Meduza Featuring Goodboys
Simone Giani, Luca De Gregorio & Mattia Vitale, producers; Simone Giani, Luca De Gregorio & Mattia Vitale, mixers

UNDERWATER
RÜFÜS DU SOL
Jason Evigan & RÜFÜS DU SOL, producers; Cassian Stewart-Kasimba, mixer

MIDNIGHT HOUR
Skrillex & Boys Noize Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Boys Noize & Skrillex, producers; Skrillex, mixer


Best Dance/Electronic Album

LP5
Apparat

NO GEOGRAPHY
The Chemical Brothers


HI THIS IS FLUME (MIXTAPE)
Flume

SOLACE
RÜFÜS DU SOL

WEATHER
Tycho


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

ANCESTRAL RECALL
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

STAR PEOPLE NATION
Theo Croker

BEAT MUSIC! BEAT MUSIC! BEAT MUSIC!
Mark Guiliana

ELEVATE
Lettuce

METTAVOLUTION
Rodrigo y Gabriela


Best Rock Performance

PRETTY WASTE
Bones UK

THIS LAND
Gary Clark Jr.

HISTORY REPEATS
Brittany Howard

WOMAN
Karen O & Danger Mouse

TOO BAD
Rival Sons


Best Metal Performance

ASTOROLUS – THE GREAT OCTOPUS
Candlemass Featuring Tony Iommi

HUMANICIDE
Death Angel

BOW DOWN
I Prevail

UNLEASHED
Killswitch Engage

7EMPEST
Tool


Best Rock Song

FEAR INOCULUM
Tool, songwriters (Tool)

GIVE YOURSELF A TRY
George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy & Ross MacDonald, songwriters (The 1975)

HARMONY HALL
Ezra Koenig, songwriter (Vampire Weekend)

HISTORY REPEATS
Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard)

THIS LAND
Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)


Best Rock Album

AMO
Bring Me The Horizon

SOCIAL CUES
Cage The Elephant

IN THE END
The Cranberries

TRAUMA
I Prevail

FERAL ROOTS
Rival Sons


Best Alternative Music Album

U.F.O.F.
Big Thief

ASSUME FORM
James Blake

I,I
Bon Iver

FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Vampire Weekend

ANIMA
Thom Yorke


Best R&B Performance

LOVE AGAIN
Daniel Caesar and Brandy

COULD’VE BEEN
H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller

EXACTLY HOW I FEEL
Lizzo ft. Gucci Mane

ROLL SOME MO
Lucky Daye

COME HOME
Anderson .Paak ft. André 3000


Best Traditional R&B Performance

TIME TODAY
BJ The Chicago Kid

STEADY LOVE
India.Arie

JEROME
Lizzo

REAL GAMES
Lucky Daye

BUILT FOR LOVE
PJ Morton Featuring Jazmine Sullivan


Best R&B Song

COULD’VE BEEN
Dernst Emile II, David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris, H.E.R. & Hue “Soundzfire” Strother, songwriters (H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller)

LOOK AT ME NOW
Emily King & Jeremy Most, songwriters (Emily King)

NO GUIDANCE
Chris Brown, Tyler James Bryant, Nija Charles, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Michee Patrick Lebrun, Joshua Lewis, Noah Shebib & Teddy Walton, songwriters (Chris Brown Featuring Drake)

ROLL SOME MO
David Brown, Dernst Emile II & Peter Lee Johnson, songwriters (Lucky Daye)

SAY SO
PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring JoJo)


Best Urban Contemporary Album

APOLLO XXI
Steve Lacy

CUZ I LOVE YOU (DELUXE)
Lizzo

OVERLOAD
Georgia Anne Muldrow

SATURN
NAO

BEING HUMAN IN PUBLIC
Jessie Reyez


Best R&B Album

1123
BJ The Chicago Kid

PAINTED
Lucky Daye

ELLA MAI
Ella Mai

PAUL
PJ Morton

VENTURA
Anderson .Paak


Best Rap Performance

MIDDLE CHILD
J. Cole

SUGE
DaBaby

DOWN BAD
Dreamville Featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG & Young Nudy

RACKS IN THE MIDDLE
Nipsey Hussle Featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy

CLOUT
Offset Featuring Cardi B


Best Rap/Sung Performance

HIGHER
DJ Khaled Featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

DRIP TOO HARD
Lil Baby & Gunna

PANINI
Lil Nas X

BALLIN
Mustard Featuring Roddy Ricch

THE LONDON
Young Thug Featuring J. Cole & Travis Scott


Best Rap Song

BAD IDEA
Chancelor Bennett, Cordae Dunston, Uforo Ebong & Daniel Hackett, songwriters (YBN Cordae Featuring Chance The Rapper)

GOLD ROSES
Noel Cadastre, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Khristopher Riddick-Tynes, William Leonard Roberts II, Joshua Quinton Scruggs, Leon Thomas III & Ozan Yildirim, songwriters (Rick Ross Featuring Drake)

A LOT
Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage Featuring J. Cole)

RACKS IN THE MIDDLE
Ermias Asghedom, Dustin James Corbett, Greg Allen Davis, Chauncey Hollis, Jr. & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Nipsey Hussle Featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)

SUGE
DaBaby, Jetsonmade & Pooh Beatz, songwriters (DaBaby)


Best Rap Album

REVENGE OF THE DREAMERS III
Dreamville

CHAMPIONSHIPS
Meek Mill

I AM > I WAS
21 Savage

IGOR
Tyler, The Creator

THE LOST BOY
YBN Cordae


Best Country Solo Performance

ALL YOUR’N
Tyler Childers

GIRL GOIN’ NOWHERE
Ashley McBryde

RIDE ME BACK HOME
Willie Nelson

GOD’S COUNTRY
Blake Shelton

BRING MY FLOWERS NOW
Tanya Tucker


Best Country Duo/Group Performance

BRAND NEW MAN
Brooks & Dunn With Luke Combs

I DON’T REMEMBER ME (BEFORE YOU)
Brothers Osborne

SPEECHLESS
Dan + Shay

THE DAUGHTERS
Little Big Town

COMMON
Maren Morris Featuring Brandi Carlile


Best Country Song

BRING MY FLOWERS NOW
Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)

GIRL GOIN’ NOWHERE
Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde, songwriters (Ashley McBryde)

IT ALL COMES OUT IN THE WASH
Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

SOME OF IT
Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson, songwriters (Eric Church)

SPEECHLESS
Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Dan + Shay)


Best Latin Pop Album

VIDA
Luis Fonsi

11:11
Maluma

MONTANER
Ricardo Montaner

#ELDISCO
Alejandro Sanz

FANTASIA
Sebastian Yatra


Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

X 100PRE
Bad Bunny

OASIS
J Balvin & Bad Bunny

INDESTRUCTIBLE
Flor De Toloache

ALMADURA
iLe

EL MAL QUERER
ROSALÍA


Best Comedy Album

QUALITY TIME
Jim Gaffigan

RELATABLE
Ellen DeGeneres

RIGHT NOW
Aziz Ansari

SON OF PATRICIA
Trevor Noah

STICKS & STONES
Dave Chappelle


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

ALL THESE THINGS
Tchad Blake, Adam Greenspan & Rodney Shearer, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Thomas Dybdahl)

ELLA MAI
Chris “Shaggy” Ascher, Jaycen Joshua & David Pizzimenti, engineers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer (Ella Mai)

RUN HOME SLOW
Paul Butler & Sam Teskey, engineers; Joe Carra, mastering engineer (The Teskey Brothers)

SCENERY
Tom Elmhirst, Ben Kane & Jeremy Most, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Emily King)

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers; John Greenham, mastering engineer (Billie Eilish)


Best Remixed Recording

I RISE (TRACY YOUNG’S PRIDE INTRO RADIO REMIX)
Tracy Young, remixer (Madonna)

MOTHER’S DAUGHTER (WUKI REMIX)
Wuki, remixer (Miley Cyrus)

THE ONE (HIGH CONTRAST REMIX)
Lincoln Barrett, remixer (Jorja Smith)

SWIM (FORD. REMIX)
Luc Bradford, remixer (Mild Minds)

WORK IT (SOULWAX REMIX)
David Gerard C Dewaele & Stephen Antoine C Dewaele, remixers (Marie Davidson)


Best Music Video

WE’VE GOT TO TRY
The Chemical Brothers
Ellie Fry, video director; Ninian Doff, video producer

THIS LAND
Gary Clark Jr.
Savanah Leaf, video director; Jason Cole, Danielle Hinde & Alicia Martinez, video producers

CELLOPHANE
FKA twigs
Andrew Thomas Huang, video director; Alex Chamberlain, video producer

OLD TOWN ROAD (OFFICIAL MOVIE)
Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
Calmatic, video director; Candice Dragonas, Melissa Larsen & Saul Levitz, video producers

GLAD HE’S GONE
Tove Lo
Vania Heymann & Gal Muggia, video directors; Nathan Schottenfels, video producer


Best Music Film

HOMECOMING
Beyoncé
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Ed Burke, video directors; Dora Melissa Vargas, video producer

REMEMBER MY NAME
David Crosby
A.J. Eaton, video director; Cameron Crowe, Michele Farinola & Greg Mariotti, video producers

BIRTH OF THE COOL
(Miles Davis)
Stanley Nelson, video director; Nicole London, video producer

SHANGRI-LA
(Various Artists)
Morgan Neville, video director; Emma Baiada, video producer

ANIMA
Thom Yorke
Paul Thomas Anderson, video director; Paul Thomas Anderson, Erica Frauman & Sara Murphy, video producers


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