BET honored Black excellence in music, television, film, and sports across more than 20 categories at the “BET Awards” 2022. Hosted by Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, writer, director, producer, and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson, the iconic show aired live at 8 pm ET/ PT on BET live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 26, 2022. Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin and Tems take top honors. An array of artists delivered unforgettable and sensational surprise performances, including Latto with Mariah Carey, Jack Harlow with Brandy, and Lil Wayne. Many artists also spoke out about the repeal of Roe v Wade and gun control. The night also included a star-studded tribute to Sean “Diddy” Combs who was honored with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award, making the show once again the #1 trending topic on Twitter.
The “BET Awards” 2022 celebrated the very best in entertainment and culture with performances and appearances by an inspiring lineup of artists, entertainers and cultural icons. The “BET Awards,” which has become synonymous with powerful Black artistry and social commentary, continued to spotlight and celebrate the artists and creators of tomorrow, making the ceremony one of the most news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts year after year.
The “BET AWARDS” 2022 Show Highlights Include:
Lizzo opened the show with a stunning high-energy performance of “About Damn Time” from her forthcoming album Special.
Best New Artist winner Latto delivered show-stopping performances of “It’s Givin” and “Big Energy Remix,” with a dazzling appearance by Mariah Carey singing “Sweet Fantasy.”
Jack Harlow, DJ Drama and Lil Wayne hit the stage to perform their hit “Poison”– and later shocked the crowd with a surprise appearance by Brandy to perform her “First Class” freestyle.
Kirk Franklin and Maverick City Music took the stage for an uplifting gospel performance of “Kingdom” and “Melodies From Heaven.” Later in the evening, Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin won this year’s Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award. During his acceptance speech, Kirk Franklin graced the award and passed the baton to collaborator Maverick City Music as the “next generation of gospel music.”
Billy Porter brought ballroom dance culture to the main stage with a spirited dance performance featuring Dominique Jackson, Shaun Ross, Chacha Balenciaga, Shannon Balenciaga and more.
Chance the Rapper shared the stage with Joey Bada$$ for their debut performance of “The Highs & The Lows.”
Muni Long serenaded the crowd with soulful performances of “Time Machine” and “Hrs & Hrs.”
Doechii delivered a “wig-snatching” performance of her hits “Persuasive” and “Crazy.”
Fireboy DML graced the “BET Awards” stage with the very first live Afrobeats performance of “Peru.”
Ella Mai was joined by Babyface and Roddy Ricch for unforgettable performances of “DMFU,” “Keeps on Fallin,’” and “How.”
Luke Lawal Jr. was honored with the ‘Shine a Light Award’ sponsored by Walmart for his selfless efforts to give back to his community through his many ventures, including HBCU Buzz.
Diddy was honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement BET Award, in recognition of his prolific career over the past three decades, in which he remained one of the most successful entrepreneurs and cultural icons of all time. Following a nostalgia-filled tribute from Jodeci, performing “Come & Talk to Me,” and Mary J. Blige, performing “I’m Going Down” he performed a medley of Bad Boy Records hits with an all-star line-up including Shyne, Lil Kim, Bryson Tiller, Faith Evans and Maverick City Music. After being introduced by Babyface and Kanye West, Diddy received a standing ovation as he accepted the well-deserved award. In his speech, Diddy announced he will be donating $1 million to Howard University, and an additional $1 million to Deion Sanders and Jackson State University.
Marsai Martin was awarded the Youngstar Award, given to those who have made an impact in the world of television, film, music, or sports. This was Martin’s third win in the category.
Chlöe delivered a sultry performance of her hits, including “Surprise,” “Have Mercy” and Treat Me.”
GIVĒON closed out the performances for the night with a crooning of “Heartbreak Anniversary,” “For Tonight” and “Lie Again.”
During the award show’s ‘In Memoriam,’ host Taraji P. Henson and the “BET Awards” took a moment to honor the countless lives lost due to senseless gun violence. The recent overturning of Roe v. Wade was an important topic of conversation throughout the night, with voices like Taraji, Latto and the cast of Tyler Perry’s Sistas encouraging the audience to fight for their freedoms and to get out and vote.
Connie Orlando, BET’s Executive Vice President, Specials, Music Programming, Music Strategy, and News oversaw the annual show, along with Jamal Noisette, VP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, who will serve as Co-Executive Producer for BET. Jesse Collins Entertainment is the production company for the show with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay serving as Executive Producers.
The “BET Awards” 2022 was simulcast live on BET, BET Her, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Pop, TV Land, and VH1. Internationally, the show simulcast on BET Africa, BET France and will be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK, as well as BET Pluto in the UK and Brazil.
Relive the “BET AWARDS” 2022 digital red carpet via the live stream powered by Bulldog DM, available now at https://twitter.com/betawards.
The complete list of nominees and winners for the “BET AWARDS” 2022 are:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
MARY J. BLIGE
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
CHLÖE X HALLE
LIL BABY & LIL DURK
YOUNG DOLPH & KEY GLOCK
ESSENCE WIZKID FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER & TEMS*
EVERY CHANCE I GET DJ KHALED FEAT. LIL BABY & LIL DURK
FAMILY TIES BABY KEEM & KENDRICK LAMAR
KISS ME MORE DOJA CAT FEAT. SZA
WAY 2 SEXY DRAKE FEAT. FUTURE & YOUNG THUG
WHOLE LOTTA MONEY (REMIX) BIA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
MEGAN THEE STALLION*
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
FAMILY TIES BABY KEEM & KENDRICK LAMAR*
HAVE MERCY CHLÖE
KISS ME MORE DOJA CAT FEAT. SZA
PRESSURE ARI LENNOX
SMOKIN OUT THE WINDOW BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC
WAY 2 SEXY DRAKE FEAT. FUTURE & YOUNG THUG
Video Director of the Year
ANDERSON .PAAK A.K.A. DIRECTOR .PAAK*
BEYONCÉ & DIKAYL RIMMASCH
Best New Artist
BENNY THE BUTCHER
Album of the Year
AN EVENING WITH SILK SONIC SILK SONIC*
BACK OF MY MIND H.E.R.
CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST TYLER, THE CREATOR
CERTIFIED LOVER BOY DRAKE
DONDA KANYE WEST
HEAUX TALES, MO’ TALES: THE DELUXE JAZMINE SULLIVAN
PLANET HER DOJA CAT
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
ALL IN YOUR HANDS MARVIN SAPP
COME TO LIFE KANYE WEST
GRACE KELLY PRICE
HALLELUJAH FRED HAMMOND
HOLD US TOGETHER (HOPE MIX) H.E.R. & TAUREN WELLS
JIREH ELEVATION WORSHIP & MAVERICK CITY MUSIC
WE WIN LIL BABY X KIRK FRANKLIN*
BEST OF ME (ORIGINALS) ALICIA KEYS
GOOD MORNING GORGEOUS MARY J. BLIGE*
HAVE MERCY CHLÖE
PRESSURE ARI LENNOX
ROSTER JAZMINE SULLIVAN
UNLOYAL SUMMER WALKER & ARI LENNOX
WOMAN DOJA CAT
Best International Act
FALLY IPUPA (DRC)
FIREBOY DML (NIGERIA)
LITTLE SIMZ (UK)
MAJOR LEAGUE DJZ (SOUTH AFRICA)
SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
SUMMER OF SOUL
THE HARDER THEY FALL
ADRIAN HOLMES BEL AIR
ANTHONY ANDERSON BLACK-ISH
DAMSON IDRIS SNOWFALL
DENZEL WASHINGTON THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
FOREST WHITAKER RESPECT | GODFATHER OF HARLEM
JABARI BANKS BEL AIR
STERLING K. BROWN THIS IS US
WILL SMITH KING RICHARD*
AUNJANUE ELLIS KING RICHARD
COCO JONES BEL AIR
ISSA RAE INSECURE
JENNIFER HUDSON RESPECT
MARY J. BLIGE POWER BOOK II: GHOST
QUEEN LATIFAH THE EQUALIZER
QUINTA BRUNSON ABBOTT ELEMENTARY
REGINA KING THE HARDER THEY FALL
ZENDAYA EUPHORIA | SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME*
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Sportsman of the Year Award
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Jon Batiste, Silk Sonic and Olivia Rodrigo were among the big winners at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, which were presented at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022. Trevor Noah hosted the ceremony, which was televised in the U.S. on CBS, while Paramount+ streamed the event live and on demand. Prior to the telecast, the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony was streamed live on Grammy.com and the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel.
Batiste won five Grammys, including Album of the Year for “We Are.” Batiste’s Grammy haul at the ceremony also included Best American Roots Performance (for “Cry”); Best American Roots Song (for “Cry”); Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (for “Soul”); and Best Music Video (for “Freedom”).
Silk Sonic (the superstar duo consisting of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak) won three Grammys for the hit “Leave the Door Open”: Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best R&B Performance. Rodrigo also won three Grammys: Best New Artist; Best Pop Vocal Album (for “Sour”); and Best Pop Vocal Performance (for “Driver’s License”).
Going into this Grammy ceremony, Batiste received the most nominations (11), followed by Doja Cat, H.E.R. and Justin Bieber, with eight each. All of them except for Bieber won Grammys at the ceremony. Doja Cat featuring SZA’s “Kiss Me More” won the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. H.E.R.’s “Fight for You” was named Best Traditional R&B Performance. Eligible recordings were those released from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021. Members of the Recording Academy vote for the nominations and winners.
Performers at the 2022 Grammy Awards were Batiste, Brothers Osborne, BTS, Brandi Carlile, Billie Eilish, Cynthia Erivo, H.E.R., Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Leslie Odom Jr., Nas, Ben Platt, Rodrigo, Chris Stapleton, Rachel Zegler, J Balvin with Maria Becerra, John Legend, Silk Sonic, Carrie Underwood. Maverick City Music, Aymée Nuviola and Billy Strings performed in special segments that showcased Las Vegas and genres not historically represented on the Grammy Awards.
Presenters at the show were Megan Thee Stallion, Joni Mitchell, Questlove, Lenny Kravitz, Dua Lipa, Ludacris, Billy Porter, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Anthony Mackie, Avril Lavigne, Jared Leto and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez.
Here is the complete list of nominees and winners of the 2022 Grammy Awards:
1. Record Of The Year Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.
I Still Have Faith In You ABBA Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, producers; Benny Andersson & Bernard Löhr, engineers/mixers; Björn Engelmann, mastering engineer
I Get A Kick Out Of You Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Dae Bennett, producer; Dae Bennett & Josh Coleman, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers
Peaches Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon Josh Gudwin, HARV, Shndo & Andrew Watt, producers; Josh Gudwin & Andrew Watt, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
Right On Time Brandi Carlile Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Brandon Bell & Tom Elmhirst, engineers/mixers; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer
Kiss Me More Doja Cat Featuring SZA Rogét Chahayed, tizhimself & Yeti Beats, producers; Rob Bisel, Serban Ghenea, Rian Lewis & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
Happier Than Ever Billie Eilish FINNEAS, producer; Billie Eilish, FINNEAS & Rob Kinelski, engineers/mixers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
Montero (Call Me By Your Name) Lil Nas X Omer Fedi, Roy Lenzo & Take A Daytrip, producers; Denzel Baptiste, Serban Ghenea & Roy Lenzo, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
drivers license Olivia Rodrigo Daniel Nigro, producer; Mitch McCarthy & Daniel Nigro, engineers/mixers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer
Leave The Door Open* Silk Sonic Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II & Bruno Mars, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers/mixers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer
2. Album Of The Year Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s).
We Are* Jon Batiste Craig Adams, David Gauthier, Braedon Gautier, Brennon Gautier, Gospel Soul Children Choir, Hot 8 Brass Band, PJ Morton, Autumn Rowe, Zadie Smith, St. Augustine High School Marching 100 & Trombone Shorty, featured artists; Jon Batiste, Mickey Freedom Hart, King Garbage, Kizzo, Sunny Levine, Nate Mercereau, David Pimentel, Ricky Reed, Autumn Rowe, Jahaan Sweet & Nick Waterhouse, producers; Jon Batiste, Russ Elevado, Mischa Kachkachishvili, Kizzo, Joseph Lorge, Manny Marroquin, David Pimentel, Ricky Reed, Jaclyn Sanchez, Matt Vertere, Marc Whitmore & Alex Williams, engineers/mixers; Andrae Alexander, Troy Andrews, Jon Batiste, Zach Cooper, Vic Dimotsis, Eric Frederic, Kizzo, Sunny Levine, Steve McEwan, PJ Morton, Autumn Rowe & Mavis Staples, songwriters; Michelle Mancini, mastering engineer
Love For Sale Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Dae Bennett, producer; Dae Bennett, Josh Coleman & Billy Cumella, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers
Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) Justin Bieber BEAM, benny blanco, Burna Boy, Daniel Caesar, Chance The Rapper, DaBaby, Dominic Fike, Giveon, Jaden, Tori Kelly, Khalid, The Kid LAROI, Lil Uzi Vert & Quavo, featured artists; Amy Allen, Louis Bell, Jon Bellion, Justin Bieber, benny blanco, BMW Kenny, Capi, Dreamlab, Dvlp, Jason Evigan, FINNEAS, The Futuristics, German, Josh Gudwin, Jimmie Gutch, HARV, Marvin “Tony” Hemmings, Ilya, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Stefan Johnson, KCdaproducer, Denis Kosiak, The Monsters & Strangerz, Jorgen Odegard, Michael Pollack, Poo Bear, Shndo, Skrillex, Jake Torrey, Trackz, Andrew Watt & Ido Zmishlany, producers; Cory Bice, benny blanco, Kevin “Capi” Carbo, Edwin Diaz, DJ Durel, Dreamlab, FINNEAS, Josh Gudwin, Sam Holland, Daniel James, Antonio Kearney, Denis Kosiak, Paul LaMalfa, Jeremy Lertola, Devin Nakao, Chris “TEK” O’Ryan, Andres Osorio, Micah Pettit & Benjamin Thomas, engineers/mixers; Amy Allen, Delacey (Brittany Amaradio), Louis Bell, Jonathan Bellion, Chancelor Johnathon Bennett, Justin Bieber, David Bowden, Jason Boyd, Scott Braun, Tommy Lee Brown, Valentin Brunn, Kevin Carbo, Kenneth Coby, Kevin Coby, Raul Cubina, Jordan Douglas, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Jason Evigan, Dominic David Fike, Kameron Glasper, Jacob Greenspan, Josh Gudwin, James Gutch, Scott Harris, Bernard Harvey, Leah Haywood, Gregory Aldae Hein, Marvin Hemmings, Jeffrey Howard, Alexander Izquierdo, Daniel James, Jace Logan Jennings, Rodney Jerkins, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Anthony M. Jones, Antonio Kearney, Charlton Kenneth, Joe Khajadourian, Felisha “Fury” King, Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Matthew Sean Leon, Benjamin Levin, Marcus Lomax, Quavious Keyate Marshall, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Sonny Moore, Finneas O’Connell, Jorgen Odegard, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, Tayla Parx, Oliver Peterhof, Whitney Phillips, Michael Pollack, Khalid Donnel Robinson, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Alex Schwartz, Tia Scola, Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Gian Stone, Ali Tamposi, Ryan Tedder, Tyshane Thompson, Jake Torrey, Billy Walsh, Freddy Wexler, Symere Woods, Andrew Wotman, Rami Yacoub, Keavan Yazdani, Bigram Zayas & Ido Zmishlany, songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
Planet Her (Deluxe) Doja Cat Eve, Ariana Grande, Gunna, JID, SZA, The Weeknd & Young Thug, featured artists; Aaron Bow, Rogét Chahayed, Crate Classics, Digi, Dr. Luke, f a l l e n, Mayer Hawthorne, Mike Hector, Linden Jay, Aynzli Jones, Kurtis McKenzie, Jason Quenneville, Reef, Khaled Rohaim, Al Shux, Sully, tizhimself, Yeti Beats & Y2K, producers; Rob Bisel, Jesse Ray Ernster, Serban Ghenea, Clint Gibbs, Rian Lewis, NealHPogue, Tyler Sheppard, Kalani Thompson, Joe Visciano & Jeff Ellis Worldwide, engineers/mixers; Ilana Armida, Aaron Bow, Rogét Chahayed, Jamil Chammas, Sheldon Yu-Ting Cheung, Antwoine Collins, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Ariana Grande, Mayer Hawthorne, Mike Hector, Aaron Horn, Taneisha Damielle Jackson, Linden Jay, Eve Jihan Jeffers, Aynzli Jones, Sergio Kitchens, Carter Lang, Siddharth Mallick, Maciej Margol-Gromada, Kurtis McKenzie, Jidenna Mobisson, Gerard A. Powell II, Geordan Reid-Campbell, Khaled Rohaim, Destin Route, Solána Rowe, Laura Roy, Al Shuckburgh, David Sprecher, Ari Starace, Lee Stashenko, Abel Tesfaye, Rob Tewlow & Jeffery Lamar Williams, songwriters; Dale Becker & Mike Bozzi, mastering engineers
Happier Than Ever Billie Eilish FINNEAS, producer; Billie Eilish, FINNEAS & Rob Kinelski, engineers/mixers; Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters; John Greenham & Dave Kutch, mastering engineers
Back Of My Mind H.E.R. Chris Brown, Cordae, DJ Khaled, Lil Baby, Thundercat, Bryson Tiller, Ty Dolla $ign, YG & Yung Bleu, featured artists; Tarik Azzouz, Bordeaux, Nelson Bridges, DJ Camper, Cardiak, Cardo, Chi Chi, Steven J. Collins, Flip, Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman, GRADES, H.E.R., Hit-Boy, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Walter Jones, KAYTRANADA, DJ Khaled, Mario Luciano, Mike Will Made-It, NonNative, NOVA WAV, Scribz Riley, Jeff Robinson, STREETRUNNER, Hue Strother, Asa Taccone, Thundercat, Thurdi & Wu10, producers; Rafael Fai Bautista, Luis Bordeaux, Dee Brown, Anthony Cruz, Ayanna Depas, Morning Estrada, Chris Galland, H.E.R., Jaycen Joshua, KAYTRANADA, Derek Keota, Omar Loya, Manny Marroquin, Tim McClain, Juan “AyoJuan” Peña, Micah Petit, Patrizio Pigliapoco, Alex Pyle, Jaclyn Sanchez, Miki Tsutsumi & Tito “Earcandy” Vasquez, engineers/mixers; Denisia “Blu June” Andrews, Nasri Atweh, Tarik Azzouz, Stacy Barthe, Jeremy Biddle, Nelson “Keyz” Bridges, Chris Brown, Stephen Bruner, Darhyl Camper Jr., Luis Campozano, Louis Kevin Celestin, Anthony Clemons Jr., Steven J. Collins, Ronald “Flip” Colson, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Elijah Dias, Cordae Dunston, Jeff Gitelman, Tyrone Griffin Jr., Priscilla “Priscilla Renea” Hamilton, H.E.R., Charles A. Hinshaw, Chauncey Hollis, Latisha Twana Hyman, Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Dominique Jones, Khaled Khaled, Ron Latour, Gamal “Lunchmoney” Lewis, Mario Luciano, Carl McCormick, Leon McQuay III, Julia Michaels, Maxx Moore, Vurdell “V. Script” Muller, Chidi Osondu, Karriem Riggins, Mike “Scribz” Riley, Seandrea Sledge, Hue Strother, Asa Taccone, Tiara Thomas, Bryson Tiller, Daniel James Traynor, Brendan Walsh, Nicholas Warwar, Jabrile Hashim Willliams, Michael L. Williams II, Robert Williams & Kelvin Wooten, songwriters; Dave Kutch & Colin Leonard, mastering engineers
Montero Lil Nas X Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Elton John & Megan Thee Stallion, featured artists; Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, John Cunningham, Omer Fedi, Kuk Harrell, Jasper Harris, KBeaZy, Carter Lang, Nick Lee, Roy Lenzo, Tom Levesque, Jasper Sheff, Blake Slatkin, Drew Sliger, Take A Daytrip, Ryan Tedder & Kanye West, producers; Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Jon Castelli, John Cunningham, Jelli Dorman, Tom Elmhirst, Serban Ghenea, Kuk Harrell, Roy Lenzo, Manny Marroquin, Nickie Jon Pabon, Patrizio ‘Teezio’ Pigliapoco, Blake Slatkin, Drew Sliger, Ryan Tedder & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Keegan Bach, Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, John Cunningham, Miley Ray Cyrus, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Omer Fedi, Vincent Goodyer, Jack Harlow, Jasper Harris, Montero Hill, Isley Juber, Carter Lang, Nick Lee, Roy Lenzo, Thomas James Levesque, Andrew Luce, Michael Olmo, Jasper Sheff, Blake Slatkin, Ryan Tedder, William K. Ward & Kanye West, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, Eric Lagg & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers
Sour Olivia Rodrigo Alexander 23, Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, producers; Ryan Linvill, Mitch McCarthy & Daniel Nigro, engineers/mixers; Jack Antonoff, Annie Clark, Daniel Nigro, Olivia Rodrigo, Casey Smith & Taylor Swift, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer
Evermore Taylor Swift Bon Iver, Haim & The National, featured artists; Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner & Taylor Swift, producers; Thomas Bartlett, JT Bates, Robin Baynton, Stuart Bogie, Gabriel Cabezas, CJ Camerieri, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Scott Devendorf, Matt DiMona, Jon Gautier, Trevor Hagen, Mikey Freedom Hart, Sean Hutchinson, Josh Kaufman, Benjamin Lanz, Nick Lloyd, Jonathan Low, James McAlister, Dave Nelson, Sean O’Brien, Ryan Olson, Ariel Rechtshaid, Kyle Resnick, Laura Sisk, Evan Smith, Alex Sopp & Justin Vernon, engineers/mixers; Jack Antonoff, William Bowery, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Taylor Swift & Justin Vernon, songwriters; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers
Donda Kanye West Baby Keem, Chris Brown, Conway The Machine, DaBaby, Jay Electronica, Fivio Foreign, Westside Gunn, JAY-Z, Syleena Johnson, Kid Cudi, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Lil Yachty, The LOX, Marilyn Manson, Playboi Carti, Pop Smoke, Roddy Ricch, Rooga, Travis Scott, Shenseea, Swizz Beatz, Young Thug, Don Toliver, Ty Dolla $ign, Vory, The Weeknd, Westside Gunn & Lil Yachty, featured artists; Allday, Audi, AyoAA, Roark Bailey, Louis Bell, Jeff Bhasker, Boi-1Da, BoogzDaBeast, Warryn Campbell, Cubeatz, David & Eli, Mike Dean, Dem Jointz, Digital Nas, DJ Khalil, DRTWRK, 88-Keys, E.Vax, FNZ, Gesaffelstein, Nikki Grier, Cory Henry, Ronny J, DJ Khalil, Wallis Lane, Digital Nas, Nascent, Ojivolta, Shuko, Sloane, Sean Solymar, Sucuki, Arron “Arrow” Sunday, Swizz Beatz, Zen Tachi, 30 Roc, Bastian Völkel, Mia Wallis, Kanye West, Wheezy & Jason White, producers; Josh Berg, Todd Bergman, Rashade Benani Bevel Sr., Will Chason, Dem Jointz, IRKO, Jess Jackson, Nagaris Johnson, Shin Kamiyama, Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, James Kelso, Scott McDowell, Kalam Ali Muttalib, Jonathan Pfarr, Jonathan Pfzar, Drrique Rendeer, Alejandro Rodriguez-Dawson, Mikalai Skrobat, Devon Wilson & Lorenzo Wolff, engineers/mixers; Dwayne Abernathy Jr., Elpadaro F. Electronica Allah, Aswad Asif, Roark Bailey, Durk Banks, Sam Barsh, Christoph Bauss, Louis Bell, Jeff Bhasker, Isaac De Boni, Christopher Brown, Jahshua Brown, Tahrence Brown, Aaron Butts, Warryn Campbell, Hykeem Carter Jr., Jordan Terrell Carter, Shawn Carter, Denzel Charles, Raul Cubina, Isaac De Boni, Kasseem Dean, Michael Dean, Tim Friedrich, Wesley Glass, Samuel Gloade, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Tyrone Griffin Jr., Jahmal Gwin, Cory Henry, Tavoris Javon Hollins Jr., Larry Hoover Jr., Bashar Jackson, Sean Jacob, Nima Jahanbin, Paimon Jahanbin, Syleena Johnson, Dominique Armani Jones, Eli Klughammer, Chinsea Lee, Mike Lévy, Evan Mast, Mark Mbogo, Miles McCollum, Josh Mease, Scott Medcudi, Brian Miller, Rodrick Wayne Moore Jr., Michael Mulé, Mark Myrie, Charles M. Njapa, Nasir Pemberton, Carlos St. John Phillips, Jason Phillips, Khalil Abdul Rahman, Laraya Ashlee Robinson, Christopher Ruelas, David Ruoff, Maxie Lee Ryles III, Matthew Samuels, Daniel Seeff, Eric Sloan Jr., Sean Solymar, Ronald O’Neill Spence Jr., David Styles, Michael Suski, Aqeel Tate, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, Caleb Zackery Toliver, Bastian Völkel, Brian Hugh Warner, Jacques Webster II, Kanye West, Orlando Wilder, Jeffery Williams & Mark Williams, songwriters; Irko, mastering engineer
3. Song Of The Year A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
Bad Habits Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
A Beautiful Noise Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile)
drivers license Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)
Fight For You Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
Kiss Me More Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat Featuring SZA)
Leave The Door Open* Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
Montero (Call Me By Your Name) Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X)
Peaches Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
Right On Time Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
4. Best New Artist This category recognizes an artist whose eligibility-year release(s) achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.
The Kid LAROI
5. Best Pop Solo Performance For new vocal or instrumental pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.
Anyone Justin Bieber
Right On Time Brandi Carlile
Happier Than Ever Billie Eilish
Positions Ariana Grande
Drivers License* Olivia Rodrigo
6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.
I Get A Kick Out Of You Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Lonely Justin Bieber & benny blanco
Higher Power Coldplay
Kiss Me More* Doja Cat Featuring SZA
7. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new traditional pop recordings.
Love For Sale* Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Til We Meet Again (Live) Norah Jones
A Tori Kelly Christmas Tori Kelly
Ledisi Sings Nina Ledisi
That’s Life Willie Nelson
A Holly Dolly Christmas Dolly Parton
8. Best Pop Vocal Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new pop vocal recordings.
Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) Justin Bieber
Planet Her (Deluxe) Doja Cat
Happier Than Ever Billie Eilish
Positions Ariana Grande
Sour* Olivia Rodrigo
9. Best Dance/Electronic Recording For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.
Hero Afrojack & David Guetta Afrojack, David Guetta, Kuk Harrell & Stargate, producers; Elio Debets, mixer
Loom Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo Ólafur Arnalds & Simon Green, producers; Ólafur Arnalds, mixer
Before James Blake James Blake & Dom Maker, producers; James Blake, mixer
Heartbreak Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Simon Green & Orlando Higginbottom, producers; Simon Green & Orlando Higginbottom, mixers
You Can Do It Caribou Dan Snaith, producer; David Wrench, mixer
Alive* Rüfüs Du Sol Jason Evigan & Rüfüs Du Sol, producers; Cassian Stewart-Kasimba, mixer
The Business Tiësto Hightower, Julia Karlsson & Tiësto, producers; Tiësto, mixer
10. Best Dance/Electronic Music Album For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.
Subconsciously* Black Coffee
Fallen Embers ILLENIUM
Music Is The Weapon (Reloaded) Major Lazer
Free Love Sylvan Esso
Judgement Ten City
CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
11. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album For albums containing approximately 51% or more playing time of instrumental material. For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.\
Double Dealin’ Randy Brecker & Eric Marienthal
The Garden Rachel Eckroth
Tree Falls* Taylor Eigsti
At Blue Note Tokyo Steve Gadd Band
Deep: The Baritone Sessions, Vol. 2 Mark Lettieri
12. Best Rock Performance For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings.
Shot In The Dark AC/DC
Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A) Black Pumas
Nothing Compares 2 U Chris Cornell
Making A Fire* Foo Fighters
13. Best Metal Performance For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings.
The Alien* Dream Theater
Pushing The Tides Mastodon
The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition) Rob Zombie
14. Best Rock Song A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
All My Favorite Songs Rivers Cuomo, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson & Ilsey Juber, songwriters (Weezer)
The Bandit Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
Distance Wolfgang Van Halen, songwriter (Mammoth WVH)
Find My Way Paul McCartney, songwriter (Paul McCartney)
Waiting On A War* Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett & Pat Smear, songwriters (Foo Fighters)
15. Best Rock Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings.
Power Up AC/DC
Capitol Cuts – Live From Studio A Black Pumas
No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1 Chris Cornell
Medicine At Midnight* Foo Fighters
McCartney III Paul McCartney
16. Best Alternative Music Album Vocal or Instrumental.
Shore Fleet Foxes
If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power Halsey
Jubilee Japanese Breakfast
Collapsed In Sunbeams Arlo Parks
Daddy’s Home* St. Vincent
17. Best R&B Performance For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.
Lost You Snoh Aalegra
Peaches Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon
Leave The Door Open* (tie) Silk Sonic
Pick Up Your Feelings* (tie) Jazmine Sullivan
18. Best Traditional R&B Performance For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.
I Need You Jon Batiste
Bring It On Home To Me BJ The Chicago Kid, PJ Morton & Kenyon Dixon Featuring Charlie Bereal
Born Again Leon Bridges Featuring Robert Glasper
Fight For You* H.E.R.
How Much Can A Heart Take Lucky Daye Featuring Yebba
19. Best R&B Song A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
Damage Anthony Clemons Jr., Jeff Gitelman, H.E.R., Carl McCormick & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
Good Days Jacob Collier, Carter Lang, Carlos Munoz, Solána Rowe & Christopher Ruelas, songwriters (SZA)
Leave The Door Open* Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
Pick Up Your Feelings Denisia “Blue June” Andrews, Audra Mae Butts, Kyle Coleman, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Michael Holmes & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)
20. Best Progressive R&B Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded progressive vocal tracks derivative of R&B.
New Light Eric Bellinger
Something To Say Cory Henry
Mood Valiant Hiatus Kaiyote
Table For Two* Lucky Daye
Dinner Party: Dessert Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder & Kamasi Washington
Studying Abroad: Extended Stay Masego
21. Best R&B Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.
Temporary Highs In The Violet Skies Snoh Aalegra
We Are Jon Batiste
Gold-Diggers Sound Leon Bridges
Back Of My Mind H.E.R.
Heaux Tales* Jazmine Sullivan
22. Best Rap Performance For a Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.
Family Ties* Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar
Up Cardi B
M Y . L I F E J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray
Way 2 Sexy Drake Featuring Future & Young Thug
Thot S*** Megan Thee Stallion
23. Best Melodic Rap Performance For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.
P R I D E . I S . T H E . D E V I L J. Cole Featuring Lil Baby
Need To Know Doja Cat
Industry Baby Lil Nas X Featuring Jack Harlow
Wusyaname Tyler, The Creator Featuring Youngboy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $ign
Hurricane* Kanye West Featuring The Weeknd & Lil Baby
24. Best Rap Song A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
Bath Salts Shawn Carter, Kasseem Dean, Michael Forno, Nasir Jones & Earl Simmons, songwriters (DMX Featuring Jay-Z & Nas)
Best Friend Amala Zandelie Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Randall Avery Hammers, Diamonté Harper, Asia Smith, Theron Thomas & Rocco Valdes, songwriters (Saweetie Featuring Doja Cat)
Family Ties Roshwita Larisha Bacha, Hykeem Carter, Tobias Dekker, Colin Franken, Jasper Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Ronald Latour & Dominik Patrzek, songwriters (Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar)
Jail* Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Shawn Carter, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Brian Hugh Warner, Kanye West & Mark Williams, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Jay-Z)
M Y . L I F E Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph & Jermaine Cole, songwriters (J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray)
25. Best Rap Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rap recordings.
The Off-Season J. Cole
Certified Lover Boy Drake
King’s Disease II Nas
Call Me If You Get Lost* Tyler, The Creator
Donda Kanye West
26. Best Country Solo Performance For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings.
Forever After All Luke Combs
Remember Her Name Mickey Guyton
All I Do Is Drive Jason Isbell
camera roll Kacey Musgraves
You Should Probably Leave* Chris Stapleton
27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative country recordings.
If I Didn’t Love You Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood
Younger Me* Brothers Osborne
Glad You Exist Dan + Shay
Chasing After You Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris
Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home) Elle King & Miranda Lambert
28. Best Country Song A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
Better Than We Found It Jessie Jo Dillon, Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
camera roll Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
Cold* Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
Country Again Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley & Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
Remember Her Name Mickey Guyton, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram & Parker Welling, songwriters (Mickey Guyton)
29. Best Country Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new country recordings.
Skeletons Brothers Osborne
Remember Her Name Mickey Guyton
The Marfa Tapes Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall & Jack Ingram
The Ballad Of Dood & Juanita Sturgill Simpson
Starting Over* Chris Stapleton
30. Best New Age Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental new age recordings.
Brothers Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster & Tom Eaton
Divine Tides* Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej
Pangaea Wouter Kellerman & David Arkenstone
Night + Day Opium Moon
Pieces Of Forever Laura Sullivan
31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter’s name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.
Sackodougou Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, soloist Track from: The Hands Of Time (Weedie Braimah)
Kick Those Feet Kenny Barron, soloist Track from:Songs From My Father (Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trios)
Bigger Than Us Jon Batiste, soloist Track from: Soul (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Various Artists)
Absence Terence Blanchard, soloist Track from: Absence (Terence Blanchard Featuring The E Collective And The Turtle Island Quartet)
Humpty Dumpty (Set 2)* Chick Corea, soloist Track from: Akoustic Band Live (Chick Corea, John Patitucci & Dave Weckl)
32. Best Jazz Vocal Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings.
Generations The Baylor Project
SuperBlue Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter
Time Traveler Nnenna Freelon
Flor Gretchen Parlato
Songwrights Apothecary Lab* Esperanza Spalding
33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new instrumental jazz recordings.
Jazz Selections: Music From And Inspired By Soul Jon Batiste
Absence Terence Blanchard Featuring The E Collective And The Turtle Island Quartet
Skyline* Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Akoustic Band LIVE Chick Corea, John Patitucci & Dave Weckl
Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV) Pat Metheny
34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.
Live At Birdland! The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart
Dear Love Jazzmeia Horn And Her Noble Force
For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver* Christian McBride Big Band
Swirling Sun Ra Arkestra
Jackets XL Yellowjackets + WDR Big Band
35. Best Latin Jazz Album For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.
Mirror Mirror* Eliane Elias With Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés
The South Bronx Story Carlos Henriquez
Virtual Birdland Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Transparency Dafnis Prieto Sextet
El Arte Del Bolero Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo
GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC
36. Best Gospel Performance/Song This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best traditional Christian, roots gospel or contemporary gospel single or track.
Voice Of God Dante Bowe Featuring Steffany Gretzinger & Chandler Moore; Dante Bowe, Tywan Mack, Jeff Schneeweis & Mitch Wong, songwriters
Joyful Dante Bowe; Dante Bowe & Ben Schofield, songwriters
Help Anthony Brown & Group Therapy; Anthony Brown & Darryl Woodson, songwriters
Never Lost* CeCe Winans
Wait On You Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music; Dante Bowe, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Tiffany Hudson, Brandon Lake & Chandler Moore, songwriters
37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian music single or track, (including pop, rap/hip-hop, Latin, or rock.)
We Win Kirk Franklin & Lil Baby; Kirk Franklin, Dominique Jones, Cynthia Nunn & Justin Smith, songwriters
Hold Us Together (Hope Mix) H.E.R. & Tauren Wells; Josiah Bassey, Dernst Emile & H.E.R., songwriters
Man Of Your Word Chandler Moore & KJ Scriven; Jonathan Jay, Nathan Jess & Chandler Moore, songwriters
Believe For It* CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans & Mitch Wong, songwriters
Jireh Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music Featuring Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine; Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine, songwriters
38. Best Gospel Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional or contemporary/R&B gospel music recordings.
Changing Your Story Jekalyn Carr
Royalty: Live At The Ryman Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition Maverick City Music
Jonny X Mali: Live In LA Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music
Believe For It* CeCe Winans
39. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, contemporary Christian music, including pop, rap/hip hop, Latin, or rock recordings.
No Stranger Natalie Grant
Feels Like Home Vol. 2 Israel & New Breed
The Blessing (Live) Kari Jobe
Citizen Of Heaven (Live) Tauren Wells
Old Church Basement* Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music
40. Best Roots Gospel Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings.
Alone With My Faith Harry Connick, Jr.
That’s Gospel, Brother Gaither Vocal Band
Keeping On Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Songs For The Times The Isaacs
My Savior* Carrie Underwood
41. Best Latin Pop Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin pop recordings.
Vértigo Pablo Alborán
Mis Amores Paula Arenas
Hecho A La Antigua Ricardo Arjona
Mis Manos Camilo
Mendó* Alex Cuba
Revelación Selena Gomez
42. Best Música Urbana Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Música Urbana recordings.
Afrodisíaco Rauw Alejandro
El Último Tour Del Mundo* Bad Bunny
Jose J Balvin
KG0516 KAROL G
Sin Miedo (Del Amor Y Otros Demonios) 8 Kali Uchis
43. Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin rock or alternative recordings.
Deja Bomba Estéreo
Mira Lo Que Me Hiciste Hacer (Deluxe Edition) Diamante Eléctrico
Calambre Nathy Peluso
El Madrileño C. Tangana
Sonidos De Karmática Resonancia Zoé
44. Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new regional Mexican (banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, ranchera and Tejano) recordings.
Antología De La Musica Ranchera, Vol. 2 Aida Cuevas
A Mis 80’s* Vicente Fernández
Seis Mon Laferte
Un Canto Por México, Vol. II Natalia Lafourcade
Ayayay! (Súper Deluxe) Christian Nodal
45. Best Tropical Latin Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new tropical Latin recordings.
Salswing!* Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
En Cuarentena El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico
Sin Salsa No Hay Paraíso Aymée Nuviola
Colegas Gilberto Santa Rosa
Live In Peru Tony Succar
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC
46. Best American Roots Performance For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).
Cry* Jon Batiste
Love And Regret Billy Strings
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Béla Fleck
Same Devil Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile
Nightflyer Allison Russell
47. Best American Roots Song A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
Avalon Rhiannon Giddens, Justin Robinson & Francesco Turrisi, songwriters (Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi)
Call Me A Fool Valerie June, songwriter (Valerie June Featuring Carla Thomas)
Cry* Jon Batiste & Steve McEwan, songwriters (Jon Batiste)
Diamond Studded Shoes Dan Auerbach, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Lee Tasjan & Yola, songwriters (Yola)
Nightflyer Jeremy Lindsay & Allison Russell, songwriters (Allison Russell)
48. Best Americana Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.
Downhill From Everywhere Jackson Browne
Leftover Feelings John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band
Native Sons* Los Lobos
Outside Child Allison Russell
Stand For Myself Yola
49. Best Bluegrass Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.
Renewal Billy Strings
My Bluegrass Heart* Béla Fleck
A Tribute To Bill Monroe The Infamous Stringdusters
50. Best Traditional Blues Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental traditional blues recordings.
100 Years Of Blues Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite
Traveler’s Blues Blues Traveler
I Be Trying* Cedric Burnside
Be Ready When I Call You Guy Davis
Take Me Back Kim Wilson
51. Best Contemporary Blues Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental contemporary blues recordings.
Delta Kream The Black Keys Featuring Eric Deaton & Kenny Brown
Royal Tea Joe Bonamassa
Uncivil War Shemekia Copeland
Fire It Up Steve Cropper
662* Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
52. Best Folk Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental folk recordings.
One Night Lonely [Live] Mary Chapin Carpenter
Long Violent History Tyler Childers
Wednesday (Extended Edition) Madison Cunningham
They’re Calling Me Home* Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi
Blue Heron Suite Sarah Jarosz
53. Best Regional Roots Music Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental regional roots music recordings.
Live In New Orleans! Sean Ardoin And Kreole Rock And Soul
Bloodstains & Teardrops Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
My People Cha Wa
Corey Ledet Zydeco Corey Ledet Zydeco
Kau Ka Pe’a* Kalani Pe’a
54. Best Reggae Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new reggae recordings.
Positive Vibration Gramps Morgan
Live N Livin Sean Paul
Royal Jesse Royal
Beauty In The Silence* Soja
55. Best Global Music Performance For new vocal or instrumental Global music recordings.
Mohabbat* Arooj Aftab
Do Yourself Angelique Kidjo & Burna Boy
Pà Pá Pà Femi Kuti
Blewu Yo-Yo Ma & Angelique Kidjo
Essence WizKid Featuring Tems
56. Best Global Music Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Global Music recordings.
Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1 Rocky Dawuni
East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho & Friends Live In Concert Daniel Ho & Friends
Mother Nature* Angelique Kidjo
Legacy + Femi Kuti And Made Kuti
Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition WizKid
57. Best Children’s Music Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new musical or spoken word recordings that are created and intended specifically for children.
Actívate 123 Andrés
All One Tribe 1 Tribe Collective
Black To The Future Pierce Freelon
A Colorful World* Falu
Crayon Kids Lucky Diaz And The Family Jam Band
58. Best Spoken Word Album Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling
Aftermath LeVar Burton
Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis* Don Cheadle
Catching Dreams: Live At Fort Knox Chicago J. Ivy
8:46 Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman
A Promised Land Barack Obama
59. Best Comedy Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.
The Comedy Vaccine Lavell Crawford
Evolution Chelsea Handler
Sincerely Louis CK* Louis C.K.
Thanks For Risking Your Life Lewis Black
The Greatest Average American Nate Bargatze
Zero F***s Given Kevin Hart
60. Best Musical Theater Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nick Lloyd Webber & Greg Wells, producers; Andrew Lloyd Webber & David Zippel, composers/lyricists (Original Album Cast)
Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers Burt Bacharach, Michael Croiter, Ben Hartman & Steven Sater, producers; Burt Bacharach, composer; Steven Sater, lyricist (World Premiere Cast)
Girl From The North Country Simon Hale, Conor McPherson & Dean Sharenow, producers (Bob Dylan, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
Les Misérables: The Staged Concert (The Sensational 2020 Live Recording) Cameron Mackintosh, Lee McCutcheon & Stephen Metcalfe, producers (Claude-Michel Schönberg, composer; Alain Boublil, John Caird, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel & Trevor Nunn, lyricists) (The 2020 Les Misérables Staged Concert Company)
Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots Daniel C. Levine, Michael J Moritz Jr, Bryan Perri & Stephen Schwartz, producers (Stephen Schwartz, composer & lyricist) (World Premiere Cast)
61. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in studio’ producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album. In the absence of both, award to the one or two individuals proactively responsible for the concept and musical direction of the album and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable. Award also goes to appropriately credited music supervisor(s).
Cruella (Various Artists)
Dear Evan Hansen (Various Artists)
In The Heights (Various Artists)
One Night In Miami… (Various Artists)
Respect Jennifer Hudson
Schmigadoon! Episode 1 (Various Artists)
The United States Vs. Billie Holiday* Andra Day
62. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.
Bridgerton Kris Bowers, composer
Dune Hans Zimmer, composer
The Mandalorian: Season 2 – Vol. 2 (Chapters 13-16) Ludwig Göransson, composer
The Queen’s Gambit* (tie) Carlos Rafael Rivera, composer
Soul* (tie) Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers
63. Best Song Written For Visual Media A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television, video games or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
Agatha All Along [From WandaVision: Episode 7] Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Featuring Kathryn Hahn, Eric Bradley, Greg Whipple, Jasper Randall & Gerald White)
All Eyes On Me [From Inside]* Bo Burnham, songwriter (Bo Burnham)
All I Know So Far [From P!NK: All I Know So Far] Alecia Moore, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (P!nk)
Fight For You [From Judas And The Black Messiah] Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
Here I Am (Singing My Way Home) [From Respect] Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson & Carole King, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)
Speak Now [From One Night In Miami…] Sam Ashworth & Leslie Odom, Jr., songwriters (Leslie Odom, Jr.)
64. Best Instrumental Composition
A Composer’s Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.
Beautiful Is Black Brandee Younger, composer (Brandee Younger)
Cat And Mouse Tom Nazziola, composer (Tom Nazziola)
Concerto For Orchestra: Finale Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza & Czech National Symphony Orchestra Featuring Antonio Sánchez & Derrick Hodge)
Dreaming In Lions: Dreaming In Lions Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble)
Eberhard* Lyle Mays, composer (Lyle Mays)
65. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
Chopsticks Bill O’Connell, arranger (Richard Baratta)
For The Love Of A Princess (From “Braveheart”) Robin Smith, arranger (HAUSER, London Symphony Orchestra & Robin Smith)
Infinite Love Emile Mosseri, arranger (Emile Mosseri)
Meta Knight’s Revenge (From “Kirby Superstar”)* Charlie Rosen & Jake Silverman, arrangers (The 8-Bit Big Band Featuring Button Masher)
The Struggle Within Gabriela Quintero & Rodrigo Sanchez, arrangers (Rodrigo y Gabriela)
66. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
The Bottom Line Ólafur Arnalds, arranger (Ólafur Arnalds & Josin)
A Change Is Gonna Come Tehillah Alphonso, arranger (Tonality & Alexander Lloyd Blake)
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
Eleanor Rigby Cody Fry, arranger (Cody Fry)
To The Edge Of Longing (Edit Version)* Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza, Czech National Symphony Orchestra & Julia Bullock)
PACKAGE, NOTES, AND HISTORICAL
67. Best Recording Package
American Jackpot / American Girls Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
Nick Cave & Tom Hingston, art directors (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis)
Pakelang* Li Jheng Han & Yu, Wei, art directors (2nd Generation Falangao Singing Group & The Chairman Crossover Big Band)
Serpentine Prison Dayle Doyle, art director (Matt Berninger)
Zeta Xiao Qing Yang, art director (Soul Of Ears)
68. Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
All Things Must Pass: 50th Anniversary Edition* Darren Evans, Dhani Harrison & Olivia Harrison, art directors (George Harrison)
Color Theory Lordess Foudre & Christopher Leckie, art directors (Soccer Mommy)
The Future Bites (Limited Edition Box Set) Simon Moore, art director (Steven Wilson)
77-81 Dan Calderwood & Jon King, art directors (Gang Of Four)
Swimming In Circles Ramón Coronado & Marshall Rake, art directors (Mac Miller)
69. Best Album Notes
Beethoven: The Last Three Sonatas Ann-Katrin Zimmermann, album notes writer (Sunwook Kim)
The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia And RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966* Ricky Riccardi, album notes writer (Louis Armstrong)
Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology Kevin Howes, album notes writer (Willie Dunn)
Etching The Voice: Emile Berliner And The First Commercial Gramophone Discs, 1889-1895 David Giovannoni, Richard Martin & Stephan Puille, album notes writers (Various Artists)
The King Of Gospel Music: The Life And Music Of Reverend James Cleveland Robert Marovich, album notes writer (Various Artists)
70. Best Historical Album
Beyond The Music: Her Complete RCA Victor Recordings Robert Russ, compilation producer; Nancy Conforti, Andreas K. Meyer & Jennifer Nulsen, mastering engineers (Marian Anderson)
Etching The Voice: Emile Berliner And The First Commercial Gramophone Discs, 1889-1895 Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History Of The World’s Music April Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jonathan Ward, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)* Patrick Milligan & Joni Mitchell, compilation producers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Joni Mitchell)
Sign O’ The Times (Super Deluxe Edition) Trevor Guy, Michael Howe & Kirk Johnson, compilation producers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Prince)
71. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical An Engineer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.)
Cinema Josh Conway, Marvin Figueroa, Josh Gudwin, Neal H Pogue & Ethan Shumaker, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (The Marías)
Dawn Thomas Brenneck, Zach Brown, Elton “L10MixedIt” Chueng, Riccardo Damian, Tom Elmhirst, Jens Jungkurth, Todd Monfalcone, John Rooney & Smino, engineers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer (Yebba)
Hey What BJ Burton, engineer; BJ Burton, mastering engineer (Low)
Love For Sale* Dae Bennett, Josh Coleman & Billy Cumella, engineers; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers (Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga)
Notes With Attachments Joseph Lorge & Blake Mills, engineers; Greg Koller, mastering engineer (Pino Palladino & Blake Mills)
72. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical A Producer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.)
Chemtrails Over The Country Club (Lana Del Rey) (A)
Daddy’s Home (St. Vincent) (A)
Gold Rush (Taylor Swift) (T)
Sling (Clairo) (A)
Solar Power (Lorde) (A)
Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night (Bleachers) (A)
//aguardiente Y Limón %ᵕ‿‿ᵕ% (Kali Uchis) (T)
Ain’t S*** (Doja Cat) (T)
Beautiful (Shelley FKA DRAM) (T)
Blueberry Eyes (MAX Featuring SUGA of BTS) (S)
Fire In The Sky (Anderson .Paak) (T)
Kiss Me More (Doja Cat Featuring SZA) (S)
Lazy Susan (21 Savage With Rich Brian Featuring Warren Hue & Masimwei) (S)
NITROUS (Joji) (T)
Vibez (ZAYN) (S)
Glow On (Turnstile) (A)
Good Day (Twenty One Pilots) (T)
Life By Misadventure (Rag’n’Bone Man) (A)
Mercy (Jonas Brothers) (T)
Mulberry Street (Twenty One Pilots) (T)
Obviously (Lake Street Dive) (A)
Repeat (Grace Vanderwaal) (S)
Taking The Heat (Joy Oladokun) (T)
Judas And The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album (Various Artists) (A)
King’s Disease II (Nas) (A)
//aguardiente y limón%ᵕ‿‿ᵕ% (Kali Uchis) (T)Can’t Let You Go (Terrace Martin Featuring Nick Grant) (S)
Damn Bean (John-Robert) (T)
Don’t Go Yet (Camila Cabello) (S)
Gold-Diggers Sound (Leon Bridges) (A)
Piece Of You (Shawn Mendes) (T)
Pushing Away (Junior Mesa) (T)
Rumors (Lizzo Featuring Cardi B) (S)
Sing (Jon Batiste) (T)
73. Best Remixed Recording A Remixer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.
Back To Life (Booker T Kings Of Soul Satta Dub) Booker T, remixer (Soul II Soul)
Born For Greatness (Cymek Remix) Spencer Bastin, remixer (Papa Roach)
Constant Craving (Fashionably Late Remix) Tracy Young, remixer (K.D. Lang)
Met Him Last Night (Dave Audé Remix) Dave Audé, remixer (Demi Lovato & Ariana Grande)
Passenger (Mike Shinoda Remix)* Mike Shinoda, remixer (Deftones)
Talks (Mura Masa Remix)\ Alexander Crossan, remixer (PVA)
74. Best Immersive Audio Album This category recognizes excellence in multichannel immersive audio recordings. Eligible recordings must be commercially released for sale or streaming on a consumer format/configuration (DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-Ray, Atmos, Auro-3D, immersive download, etc.) that provides an original immersive mix (not electronically re-purposed) of four or more channels.
Alicia* George Massenburg & Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Ann Mincieli, immersive producer (Alicia Keys)
Clique Jim Anderson & Ulrike Schwarz, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Jim Anderson, immersive producer (Patricia Barber)
Fine Line Greg Penny, immersive mix engineer; Greg Penny, immersive mastering engineer; Greg Penny, immersive producer (Harry Styles)
The Future Bites Jake Fields & Steven Wilson, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, immersive producer (Steven Wilson)
Stille Grender Morten Lindberg, immersive mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive producer (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask & Det Norske Jentekor)
75. Best Engineered Album, Classical An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)
Archetypes Jonathan Lackey, Bill Maylone & Dan Nichols, engineers; Bill Maylone, mastering engineer (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion)
Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears Richard King, engineer (Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck, Mendelssohn Choir Of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Chanticleer Sings Christmas* Leslie Ann Jones, engineer (Chanticleer)
Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand’ Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, engineers; Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, mastering engineers (Gustavo Dudamel, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Luke McEndarfer, Robert Istad, Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus, Pacific Chorale & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
76. Producer Of The Year, Classical A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)
Appear And Inspire (James Franklin & The East Carolina University Chamber Singers) (A)
Howells: Requiem (Brian Schmidt & Baylor University A Cappella Choir) (A)
Hymns Of Kassianí (Alexander Lingas & Cappella Romana) (A)
Kyr: In Praise Of Music (Joshua Copeland & Antioch Chamber Ensemble) (A)
More Honourable Than The Cherubim (Vladimir Gorbik & PaTRAM Institute Male Choir) (A)
O’Regan: The Phoenix (Patrick Summers, Thomas Hampson, Chad Shelton, Rihab Chaieb, Lauren Snouffer, Houston Grand Opera & Houston Grand Opera Orchestra) (A)
Sheehan: Liturgy Of Saint John Chrysostom (Benedict Sheehan & The Saint Tikhon Choir) (A)
Bach And Brahms Re-Imagined (Jens Lindemann, James Ehnes & Jon Kimura Parker) (A)
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Scriabin: The Poem Of Ecstasy Thomas Dausgaard, conductor (Seattle Symphony Orchestra)
78. Best Opera Recording Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.
Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Mika Kares & Szilvia Vörös; Robert Suff, producer (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
Glass: Akhnaten* Karen Kamensek, conductor; J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Zachary James & Dísella Lárusdóttir; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Janáček: Cunning Little Vixen Simon Rattle, conductor; Sophia Burgos, Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley, Peter Hoare, Anna Lapkovskaja, Paulina Malefane, Jan Martinik & Hanno Müller-Brachmann; Andrew Cornall, producer (London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus & LSO Discovery Voices)
Little: Soldier Songs Corrado Rovaris, conductor; Johnathan McCullough; James Darrah & John Toia, producers (The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra)
Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Karen Cargill, Isabel Leonard, Karita Mattila, Erin Morley & Adrianne Pieczonka; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
79. Best Choral Performance
Award to the Conductor, and to the Choral Director and/or Chorus Master where applicable and to the Choral Organization/Ensemble.
It’s A Long Way Matthew Guard, conductor (Jonas Budris, Carrie Cheron, Fiona Gillespie, Nathan Hodgson, Helen Karloski, Enrico Lagasca, Megan Roth, Alissa Ruth Suver & Dana Whiteside; Skylark Vocal Ensemble)
Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand’* Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Grant Gershon, Robert Istad, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz & Luke McEndarfer, chorus masters (Leah Crocetto, Mihoko Fujimura, Ryan McKinny, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Simon O’Neill, Morris Robinson & Tamara Wilson; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus & Pacific Chorale)
Rising w/The Crossing Donald Nally, conductor (International Contemporary Ensemble & Quicksilver; The Crossing)
Schnittke: Choir Concerto; Three Sacred Hymns; Pärt: Seven Magnificat-Antiphons Kaspars Putniņš, conductor; Heli Jürgenson, chorus master (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir)
Sheehan: Liturgy Of Saint John Chrysostom Benedict Sheehan, conductor (Michael Hawes, Timothy Parsons & Jason Thoms; The Saint Tikhon Choir)
The Singing Guitar Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Estelí Gomez; Austin Guitar Quartet, Douglas Harvey, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet & Texas Guitar Quartet; Conspirare)
80. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
For new recordings of works with chamber or small ensemble (twenty-four or fewer members, not including the conductor). One Award to the ensemble and one Award to the conductor, if applicable.
Adams, John Luther: Lines Made By Walking JACK Quartet
Akiho: Seven Pillars Sandbox Percussion
Archetypes Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion
81. Best Classical Instrumental Solo Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor when applicable.
Alone Together* Jennifer Koh
An American Mosaic Simone Dinnerstein
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Augustin Hadelich
Beethoven & Brahms: Violin Concertos Gil Shaham; Eric Jacobsen, conductor (The Knights)
Mak Bach Mak Grgić
Of Power Curtis Stewart
82. Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Award to: Vocalist(s), Collaborative Artist(s) (Ex: pianists, conductors, chamber groups) Producer(s), Recording Engineers/Mixers with 51% or more playing time of new material.
Confessions Laura Strickling; Joy Schreier, pianist
Dreams Of A New Day – Songs By Black Composers Will Liverman; Paul Sánchez, pianist
Mythologies* Sangeeta Kaur & Hila Plitmann (Virginie D’Avezac De Castera, Lili Haydn, Wouter Kellerman, Nadeem Majdalany, Eru Matsumoto & Emilio D. Miler)
83. Best Classical Compendium Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) and Engineer(s) of over 51% playing time of the album, if other than the artist.
American Originals – A New World, A New Canon AGAVE & Reginald L. Mobley; Geoffrey Silver, producer
Berg: Violin Concerto; Seven Early Songs & Three Pieces For Orchestra Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jack Vad, producer
Cerrone: The Arching Path Timo Andres & Ian Rosenbaum; Mike Tierney, producer
Plays Chick Corea; Chick Corea & Birnie Kirsh, producers
Women Warriors – The Voices Of Change* Amy Andersson, conductor; Amy Andersson, Mark Mattson & Lolita Ritmanis, producers
84. Best Contemporary Classical Composition
A Composer’s Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.
Akiho: Seven Pillars Andy Akiho, composer (Sandbox Percussion)
Andriessen: The Only One Louis Andriessen, composer (Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nora Fischer & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Assad, Clarice & Sérgio, Connors, Dillon, Martin & Skidmore: Archetypes Clarice Assad, Sérgio Assad, Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin & David Skidmore, composers (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion)
Batiste: Movement 11′ Jon Batiste, composer (Jon Batiste)
With three prizes each, BTS, Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion were the top winners at the 2021 American Music Awards, which were presented November 21 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Cardi B was the host of the ceremony. ABC had the U.S. telecast of the show. The American Music Awards are voted for online by fans.
BTS won the American Music Awards for Artist of the Year; Favorite Pop Song (for “Butter”); and Favorite Pop Duo or Group. Doja Cat received the prizes for Collaboration of the Year (for her “Kiss Me More” duet with SZA); Favorite R&B Album (for “Planet Her”); and Favorite Female R&B Artist. Megan Thee Stallion won the awards for Favorite Trending Song (“for Body”); Favorite Hip-Hop Album (for “Good News”); and Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist.
Several artists won two awards each, such as Olivio Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny, Cardi B, Carrie Underwood and Gabby Barrett. (See the complete list of winners at the end of the article.) Rodrigo went into the ceremony with the most nomnations (seven), followed by The Weeknd with six nods. The Weeknd ended up winning the award for Favorite Male R&B Artist. New categories this year were Favorite Trending Song (with nominees from TikTok on the year’s most viral songs); Favorite Gospel Artist; and Favorite Latin Duo or Group.
According to a press release from ABC: “Nominees are based on key fan interactions—as reflected on the Billboard charts—including streaming, album sales, song sales and radio airplay. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partner MRC Data, and cover the time period September 25, 2020, through September 23, 2021.” The 2021 American Music Awards ceremony was produced by MRC Live & Alternative and Jesse Collins Entertainment.
The following is from an ABC press release:
Show performance highlights included:
Multiple Grammy Award winners Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak, who just dropped their debut album as Silk Sonic, kicked off the night with an energetic opening performance of their recently released hit “Smokin Out The Window.”
It was a night of AMA debut performances, with Olivia Rodrigo taking the stage for a powerful performance of “Traitor,” the fourth single from her record-smashing album, “Sour.”
Pop megastars BTS joined legendary British band Coldplay for the world television premiere performance of “My Universe.”
Tyler, The Creator performed “Massa” off his sixth studio album, “Call Me If You Get Lost.”
This year’s new “My Hometown” segments included spectacular performances byCarrie Underwood and Jason Aldean and an epic “Battle of Boston” as iconic boy bands New Edition and New Kids On The Block shared the stage together for the very first time and had everyone on their feet.
Italian rock band and first-time AMA nominee Måneskin made their U.S. awards show debut when they performed their global No. 1 hit “Beggin.’”
Three-time AMA winner Jennifer Lopez delivered a magical performance of her newly released song “On My Way” from the soundtrack of her upcoming film “Marry Me.”
Country music star Mickey Guyton wowed audiences with her performance of her newest single “All American.”
Chlöemade her AMA performance debut from the Xfinity Stage with her debut single, “Have Mercy.”
Walker Hayes marked his AMAs debut with a fun performance of his viral song “Fancy Like.”
This year’s “AMA Song of the Soul” segment honored German singer/songwriter Zoe Wees for her powerhouse performance of “Girls Like Us.”
Five-time AMA winner Kane Brown performed his hit “One Mississippi” at Tennessee State University (TSU), a notable HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Brown also gave fans a look into his Tennessee and Georgia roots leading into his performance.
Diplo took on a special role and served as the first-ever AMAs musical curator, DJing his iconic tunes throughout the night.
Winner Highlights of the “2020 American Music Awards”:
Tonight, BTS made history at the AMAs as the first Asian group to win in the Artist of the Year category and won Favorite Pop Duo or Group and Favorite Pop Song for their record-breaking hit “Butter.” The group now has nine AMAs.
Now 34-time AMA winner Taylor Swift took home the awards for Favorite Female Pop Artist and Favorite Pop Album for her No. 1 album “Evermore.”
Following her breathtaking debut performance on the AMAs stage, Olivia Rodrigo won her first-ever AMA with New Artist of the Year.
Bad Bunnywas named Favorite Male Latin Artist at this year’s AMAs and won Favorite Latin Album for “EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO.”
Kali Uchis, now first-time AMA winner, won Favorite Latin Song with her hit single “telepatía.”
Presenters included Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Anthony Ramos, Billy Porter, Brandy, JB Smoove, JoJo Siwa, Liza Koshy, Machine Gun Kelly, Marsai Martin, Madelyn Cline and Winnie Harlow.
The following is the complete list of winners and nominees for the 2021 American Music Awards:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR Ariana Grande BTS* Drake Olivia Rodrigo Taylor Swift The Weeknd
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR 24kGoldn Giveon Masked Wolf Olivia Rodrigo* The Kid LAROI
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR 24kGoldn ft. iann dior “Mood” Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “DÁKITI” Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy” Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”* Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches”
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open” Cardi B “Up” Lil Nas X “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”* Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license” The Weeknd “Save Your Tears”
FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST Drake Ed Sheeran* Justin Bieber Lil Nas X The Weeknd
FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST Ariana Grande Doja Cat Dua Lipa Olivia Rodrigo Taylor Swift*
FAVORITE POP DUO OR GROUP AJR BTS* Glass Animals Maroon 5 Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)
FAVORITE POP ALBUM Ariana Grande “Positions” Dua Lipa “Future Nostalgia” Olivia Rodrigo “SOUR” Taylor Swift “evermore”* The Kid LAROI “F*CK LOVE”
FAVORITE POP SONG BTS “Butter”* Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More” Dua Lipa “Levitating” Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license” The Weeknd & Ariana Grande “Save Your Tears (Remix)”
FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST Chris Stapleton Jason Aldean Luke Bryan* Luke Combs Morgan Wallen
FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST Carrie Underwood* Gabby Barrett Kacey Musgraves Maren Morris Miranda Lambert
FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP Dan + Shay* Florida Georgia Line Lady A Old Dominion Zac Brown Band
FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM Chris Stapleton “Starting Over” Gabby Barrett “Goldmine”* Lee Brice “Hey World” Luke Bryan “Born Here Live Here Die Here” Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”
FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG Chris Stapleton “Starting Over” Chris Young & Kane Brown “Famous Friends” Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones”* Luke Combs “Forever After All” Walker Hayes “Fancy Like”
FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST Drake* Lil Baby Moneybagg Yo Polo G Pop Smoke
FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST Cardi B Coi Leray Erica Banks Megan Thee Stallion* Saweetie
FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM Drake “Certified Lover Boy” Juice WRLD “Legends Never Die” Megan Thee Stallion “Good News”* Pop Smoke “Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon” Rod Wave “SoulFly”
FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG Cardi B “Up”* Internet Money ft. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV “Lemonade” Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK “Calling My Phone” Polo G “RAPSTAR” Pop Smoke “What You Know Bout Love”
FAVORITE MALE R&B ARTIST Chris Brown Giveon Tank The Weeknd* Usher
FAVORITE R&B ALBUM Doja Cat “Planet Her”* Giveon “When It’s All Said And Done… Take Time” H.E.R. “Back of My Mind” Jazmine Sullivan “Heaux Tales” Queen Naija “missunderstood”
FAVORITE R&B SONG Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open”* Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy” Giveon “Heartbreak Anniversary” H.E.R. “Damage” Jazmine Sullivan “Pick Up Your Feelings”
FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST Bad Bunny* J Balvin Maluma Ozuna Rauw Alejandro
FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST Becky G* Kali Uchis KAROL G Natti Natasha ROSALÍA
FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga* Calibre 50 Eslabon Armado La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho Los Dos Carnales
FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM Bad Bunny “EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO”* Kali Uchis “Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)” KAROL G “KG0516” Maluma “PAPI JUANCHO” Rauw Alejandro “Afrodisíaco”
FAVORITE LATIN SONG Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “DÁKITI” Bad Bunny x ROSALÍA “LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE” Farruko “Pepas” Kali Uchis “telepatía”* Maluma & The Weeknd “Hawái (Remix)”
FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST AJR All Time Low Foo Fighters Glass Animals Machine Gun Kelly*
FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST CAIN Carrie Underwood* Elevation Worship Lauren Daigle Zach Williams
FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST Kanye West* Kirk Franklin Koryn Hawthorne Maverick City Music Tasha Cobbs Leonard
FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST David Guetta ILLENIUM Marshmello* Regard Tiësto