Grammys 2017: Highlights and winners

Night of tributes


By Su Fen Tan

Grammys 2017: Highlights and winners

Adele was hands down the biggest winner of the night, scoring five out of her five nominations, including the Song of the Year award for ‘Hello’ and Album of the Year, where she went up against Beyoncé’s Lemonade. In a scene reminiscent of Mean Girls, the soulful singer broke her Grammy for Album of the Year in half to share it with Queen Bey. “I can’t possibly accept this award. The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing… we appreciate that. All of us artists here adore you. You are our light,” said Adele during her acceptance speech.

Earlier in the evening, Adele stopped the show – literally – during her performance. In a tribute to George Michael, she halted mid-song (“I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him”, swore, and restarted her rendition of ‘Fastlove, pt. 1’. The performance was stunning and emotional, a truly beautiful tribute to the late icon.


Beyoncé, who took home awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video, proved that not even pregnancy is going to stop her from slaying the stage. After an introduction by her own mother, Tina Knowles, she appeared as a crowned fertility goddess in a glittering gold ensemble, and delivered an empowering performance celebrating motherhood.

Another tribute of the night saw Bruno Mars channeling Prince as he honoured the late icon in an electrifying (as always) performance. Donning a purple sequinned blazer, he took the stage with Morris Day and The Time for the last number in the tribute, ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, and got the crowd up and grooving with him. 


It was also a big night for Chance the Rapper, as he picked up the Best New Artist and Best Rap Album Awards. “I claim this victory in the name of the lord. I thank God for my mother and my father who have supported me since I was young… and for all of Chicago,” said Chance while accepting his first award of the night.


See the full list of winners below:


Record of the Year

‘Hello’ – Adele

Album of the Year

25 – Adele 

Song of the Year

‘Hello’ – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

New Artist

Chance the Rapper 

Pop Solo Performance

‘Hello’ – Adele

Pop Duo/Group Performance

‘Stressed Out’ – Twenty One Pilots

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin – Willie Nelson

Pop Vocal Album

25 – Adele

Dance Recording

‘Don’t Let Me Down’ – The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya

Dance/Electronic Album

Skin – Flume

Contemporary Instrumental Album

Culcha Vulcha – Snarky Puppy

Rock Performance

‘Blackstar’ – David Bowie

Metal Performance

‘Dystopia’ – Megadeth

Rock Song

‘Blackstar’ – David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)

Rock Album

Tell Me I’m Pretty – Cage the Elephant

Alternative Music Album

Blackstar – David Bowie

R&B Performance

‘Cranes in the Sky’ – Solange

Traditional R&B Performance

‘Angel’ – Lalah Hathaway

R&B Song

‘Lake By the Ocean’ – Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) 

Urban Contemporary Album

Lemonade – Beyoncé

R&B Album

Lalah Hathaway Live – Lalah Hathaway

Rap Performance

‘No Problem’ – Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Rap/Sung Performance

‘Hotline Bling’ – Drake

Rap Song

‘Hotline Bling’ – Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

Rap Album

Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper

Country Solo Performance

‘My Church’ – Maren Morris

Country Duo/Group Performance

‘Jolene’ – Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton

Country Song

‘Humble and Kind’ – Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Country Album

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson 

New Age Album

White Sun II – White Sun

Improvised Jazz Solo

‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ – John Scofield, soloist

Jazz Vocal Album

Take Me to the Alley – Gregory Porter

Jazz Instrumental Album

Country for Old Men – John Scofield

Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom – Ted Nash Big Band

Latin Jazz Album

Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac – Chucho Valdés

Gospel Performance/Song

‘God Provides’ – Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

‘Thy Will’ – Hillary Scott & the Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters

Gospel Album

Losing My Religion – Kirk Franklin 

Contemporary Christian Music Album

Love Remains – Hillary Scott & the Scott Family

Roots Gospel Album

Hymns – Joey + Rory

Latin Pop Album

Un Besito Mas – Jesse & Joy

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

iLevitable – iLe

Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) – Vicente Fernández

Tropical Latin Album

Donde Están? – Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

American Roots Performance

‘House of Mercy’ – Sarah Jarosz

American Roots Song

‘Kid Sister’ – Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)

Americana Album

This Is Where I Live – William Bell

Bluegrass Album

Coming Home – O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Traditional Blues Album

Porcupine Meat – Bobby Rush

Contemporary Blues Album

The Last Days of Oakland – Fantastic Negrito

Folk Album

Undercurrent – Sarah Jarosz

Regional Roots Music Album

E Walea – Kalani Pe’a

Reggae Album

Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley

World Music Album

Sing Me Home – Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

Children’s Album

Infinity Plus One – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Spoken Word Album

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox – Carol Burnett

Comedy Album

Talking for Clapping – Patton Oswalt

Musical Theater Album

The Color Purple

Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Miles Ahead (Miles Davis & Various Artists)

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams, composer

Song Written for Visual Media

‘Can’t Stop The Feeling!’ – Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: “Trolls”

Instrumental Composition

‘Spoken at Midnight’ – Ted Nash, composer

Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

‘You And I’ – Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

‘Flintstones’ – Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Recording Package

Blackstar – Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Edith Piaf 1915-2015 – Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)

Album Notes

Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along – Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)

Historical Album

The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Collector’s Edition), Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)

Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Blackstar – David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (David Bowie)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Greg Kurstin

Remixed Recording

‘Tearing Me Up’ (RAC Remix) – André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)

Surround Sound Album

Dutilleux: Sur Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement – Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Engineered Album, Classical

Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles – Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical

David Frost

Orchestral Performance

‘Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9’ – Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Opera Recording

‘Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles’ – James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus)

Choral Performance

‘Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1’ – Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

‘Steve Reich’ – Third Coast Percussion

Classical Instrumental Solo

‘Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway’ – Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)

Classical Solo Vocal Album

TIE: Schumann & Berg – Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist;

and Shakespeare Songs – Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)

Classical Compendium

‘Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle’ – Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Contemporary Classical Composition

‘Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway’ – Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

Music Video

‘Formation’ – Beyoncé

Music Film

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week the Touring Years – Ron Howard, video director; Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Scott Pascucci & Nigel Sinclair, video producers


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