On January 26, 2020 the 62nd edition of the Annual Grammy Awards 2019 was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles city of California in the United States(US). The awards were given in recognition for the best recordings, compositions, and artists covering the period from October 1, 2018 till August 31, 2019. The event was hosted by American musician, singer and composer Alicia Keys (original name Alicia Augello-Cook). The awards were presented in 84 categories. The key highlights of the awards are as follows:
62nd Annual Grammy Awards:
i.Michelle Obama: Former United States(US) first lady Michelle Obama was honoured with the best spoken word album of the year award at the Grammy awards for the book “Becoming”. Her husband and Former US President Barack Obama earlier has won two Grammy awards in the same category for his memoirs Dreams from My Father (2006) and The Audacity of Hope (2008).
- Michelle is also the 2nd first lady (wife of a president) to have won a Grammy.
- Former President Bill Clinton’s wife Hillary Clinton was the 1st second lady to win a grammy in the same category for her book “It Takes a Village” in 1997.
ii.Billie Eilish: American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell became the 1st artist to win the Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist in the same year itself since American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross in 1981. She also became the youngest person to win all four top Grammys on the same night. Eilish and her brother Finneas Baird O’Connell received the most awards, with five wins each.
iii.Singer Lizzo wins 3 grammy awards and dedicated to Basketball star Kobe Bryant who along with his daughter, was killed in a helicopter crash.
iv.The Recording Academy’s 2020 Special Merit Awards recipients include Lifetime Achievement Award honorees, who are Chicago, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Public Enemy, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Ken Ehrlich, Philip Glass and Frank Walker will receive Trustees Award honors, and George Augspurger is being recognized with the Technical GRAMMY Award recipient. A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held on April 18, 2020, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, California, US.
|Best Spoken Word Album||“Becoming” by Michelle Obama|
|Album of the Year||“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish|
|Record of the Year||“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish|
|Best New Artist||Billie Eilish|
|Best Rap Album||Igor by Tyler, The Creator|
|Best R&B Performance||“Come Home” by Anderson.Paak, featuring Andrş 3000|
|Best R&B song||“Say So” by PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton featuring JoJo)|
|Best Rap Song||“A Lot” 21 Savage Featuring J. Cole|
|Best Country Album||“While I’m Livin” by Tanya Tucker|
|Song of the Year||“Bad Guy” Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)|
|Best Rock Album||“Social Cues” by rock band Cage The Elephant|
|Best Rock Song||“This Land,” Gary Clark Jr., songwriter|
|Dance/Electronic Album||No Geography by The Chemical Brothers|
|Best Music Video||“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus|
|Best Country Song||“Bring My Flowers Now” by Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)|
|Best Folk Song||Patty Griffin by Patty Griffin|
|Best Comedy Album||Sticks & Stones by Dave Chappelle|
|Best Rap/Sung Performance||“Higher”, DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend|
|Best World Music Album||“Celia” by Angelique Kidjo.|
|Best Urban Contemporary Album||“Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) by Lizzo.|
|Best Alternative Music Album||“Father of the Bride” by Vampire Weekend.|
|Best Music Film||“Homecoming” by Beyonce.|
|Best pop solo Performance||“Truth Hurts” by Lizzo.|
|Best Pop/Duo Performance||“Old Town Road”by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.|
|Best Pop Vocal Album||“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish|
About Grammy Award:
Fact- A Grammy Award or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry.
First awarded- May 4, 1959 (as Gramophone Award).