60th Grammy Awards: The Winners & My Favorite Moments

For the first time in 15 years, music’s biggest night headed to New York City. The 60th Grammy Awards took place at Madison Square Garden Sunday night and put on a solid show.

Before the main event, Jay-Z lead the pack with eight nominations. Unfortunately for him, Mr. Carter walked home empty-handed. That wasn’t the case for Bruno Mars. The 24K Magic hitmaker won in every category he was nominated- a total of seven awards. Among those were the big three awards, Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

Kendrick Lamar and Chris Stapleton were also multiple winners with five and three respectively. Other notable winners include Best New Artist Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, Rihanna and Carrie Fisher who won posthumously for Best Spoken Word Album. Sadly, my girl SZA was shut out like Jzy-Z despite earning five nods.

In terms of performances, hands down the moment of the night belonged to Kesha. She performed her Grammy-nominated track “Praying” and she wasn’t alone. Cyndi Lauper, Audra Day, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello and Julia Michaels joined Kesha on stage for moral and vocal support. There wasn’t a dry tear in the house. Bruno Mars also impressed with his lively recreation of his “Finesse” music video with Cardi B. Man, can that boy dance.

Check out all my favorite performances below, along with the complete winners list. I also included a couple of non-musical memorable moments. Watching Blue Ivy telling her parents to calm down during Camila Cabello’s speech was hilarious. Equally epic was Hilary Clinton reading an excerpt from Fire & Fury.

Weigh in afterward on your favorite moments from the telecast and which wins, if any, surprised you.

60th Grammy Awards: Kesha ‘Praying’

60th Grammy Awards: DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller ‘Wild Thoughts’

60th Grammy Awards: Bruno Mars & Cardi B ‘Finesse’

60th Grammy Awards: Patti Lupone ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’

60th Grammy Awards: Elton John & Miley Cyrus ‘Tiny Dancer’

60th Grammy Awards: Childish Gambino Duets With His ‘Lion King’ Co-Star

60th Grammy Awards: Las Vegas Shooting Tribute

Hillary Clinton, Cardi B & More Audition for “Fire & Fury”

Blue Ivy Tells Beyonce & Jay-Z To Calm Down

60th Grammy Awards Winners


Album of the Year
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Record of the Year
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Song of the Year
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara


Best Pop Solo Performance
“The Shape Of You,” Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” Various Artists

Best Pop Vocal Album
“Divide,” Ed Sheeran


Best Dance Recording
“Tonite,” LCD Soundsystem

Best Dance/Electronic Album
“3-D The Catalogue,” Kraftwerk


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
“Prototype,” Jeff Lorber Fusion


Best Rock Performance
“You Want It Darker,” Leonard Cohen

Best Metal Performance
“Sultan’s Curse,” Mastodon

Best Rock Song
“Run,” Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album
“A Deeper Understanding,” The War On Drugs


Best Alternative Music Album
“Sleep Well Beast,” The National


Best R&B Performance
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Redbone,” Childish Gambino

Best R&B Song
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Best Urban Contemporary Album
“Starboy,” The Weeknd

Best R&B Album
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars


Best Rap Performance
“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Performance
“Loyalty,” Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song
“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album
“Damn,” Kendrick Lamar


Best Country Solo Performance
“Either Way,” Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Better Man,” Little Big Town

Best Country Song
“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton

Best Country Album
“From A Room, Vol. 1,” Chris Stapleton


Best New Age Album
“Dancing On Water,” Peter Kater


Best Improvised Jazz Solo
“Miles Beyond,” John McLaughlin

Best Jazz Vocal Album
“Dreams And Daggers,” Cecile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
“Rebirth,” Billy Childs

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
“Bringin’ It,” Christian McBride Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album
“Jazz Tango,” Pablo Ziegler Trio


Best Gospel Performance/Song
“Never Have To Be Alone,” CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
“What A Beautiful Name,” Hillsong Worship

Best Gospel Album
“Let Them Fall In Love,” CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
“Chain Breaker,” Zach Williams

Best Roots Gospel Album
“Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope,” Reba McEntire


Best Latin Pop Album
“El Dorado,” Shakira

Best Latin Rock Urban or Alternative Album
“Residente,” Residente

Best Regional Mexican Music Album
“Arriero Somos Versiones Acusticas,” Aida Cuevas

Best Tropical Latin Album
“Salsa Big Band,” Ruben Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta


Best American Roots Performance
“Killer Diller Blues,” Alabama Shakes

Best American Roots Song
“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Best Americana Album
“The Nashville Sound,” Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Best Bluegrass Album
“Laws Of Gravity,” The Infamous Stringdusters AND “All The Rage: In Concert Volume One [Live],” Rhonda Vincent And The Rage

Best Traditional Blues Album
“Blue & Lonesome,” The Rolling Stones

Best Contemporary Blues Album
“TajMo,” Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’

Best Folk Album
“Mental Illness,” Aimee Mann

Best Regional Music Album
“Kalenda,” Lost Bayou Ramblers


Best Reggae Album
“Stony Hill,” Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley


Best World Music Album
“Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo


Best Children’s Album
“Feel What U Feel,” Lisa Loeb


Best Spoken Word Album
“The Princess Diarist,” Carrie Fisher


Best Comedy Album
“The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Dave Chappelle


Best Musical Theater Album
“Dear Evan Hansen”


Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
“La La Land”

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
“La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“How Far I’ll Go,” Lin-Manuel Miranda


Best Instrumental Composition
“Three Revolutions,” Arturo O’Farrill

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
“Escapades For Alto Saxophone And Orchestra From Catch Me If You Can,” John Williams

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
“Putin,” Randy Newman


Best Recording Package
“Pure Comedy,” Father John Misty AND “El Orisha De La Rosa,” Magin Díaz

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
“The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition,” Various Artists


Best Album Notes
“Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings,” Lynell George


Best Historical Album
“Leonard Bernstein – The Composer,” Robert Russ


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Best Engineered Album, Classical
“Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio”


Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Greg Kurstin

Producer of the Year, Classical
David Frost


Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
“Move (Latroit Remix),” Depeche Mode


Best Surround Sound Album
“Early Americans”


Best Orchestral Performance
“Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio”

Best Opera Recording
“Berg: Wozzeck”

Best Choral Performance
“Bryars: The Fifth Century”

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
“Death & The Maiden”

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
“Crazy Girl Crazy”

Best Classical Compendium
“Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto”

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
“Viola Concerto”


Best Music Video
“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

Best Music Film
“The Defiant Ones”