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GREIN ON GRAMMYS: HISTORY-MAKERS AND RECORD-SETTERS

History was made at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. Take a look.

Record and Song of the Year: Childish Gambino's "This Is America." This is the first hip-hop track ever to win for Record or Song of the Year. It also won for Best Music Video. It's only the third work to win for Record and/or Song of the Year and Best Music Video. It follows USA for Africa's "We Are the World" and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," both of which likewise won both of the top-line awards.

"This Is America" won Song of the Year even though it was passed over for a nom in its genre category, Best Rap Song. It's the first song that was passed over for a nom in its genre category to wind up winning Song of the Year since Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice" 12 years ago. Both songs deal with hot-button issues—racial unrest and gun violence in the case of "This Is America" and the Iraq war in the case of "Not Ready to Make Nice."

Album of the Year: Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour. This is the fourth country album to win in this category, following Glen Campbell's By the Time I Get to Phoenix (1968), Dixie Chicks' Taking the Long Way (2006) and Taylor Swift's Fearless (2009). (I'm classifying the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack as Contemporary Folk/America.) Golden Hour also won as Best Country album. Musgraves is the first female solo artist to win twice in this category. She first won in this category five years ago for Same Trailer Different Park.

Best New Artist: Dua Lipa. Lipa is the first female artist from England to win in this category since Adele 10 years ago. Lipa won a second award for Best Dance Recording, which she shared with Silk City (Diplo and Mark Ronson).

Best Music Film: Quincy Jones' Quincy.  By winning, Q set two records. This is his 28th Grammy, which is more than any other living person. And this is the sixth consecutive decade in which he has won a Grammy in competition.

Best Rap Album: Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy. Cardi B is just the second woman to win in this category—solo or as a member of a group. Lauryn Hill won the 1996 award as a member of Fugees.

Best Alternative Music Album: Beck's Colors. This is Beck's third win in this category, which puts him in a tie with Radiohead and The White Stripes for the most wins in the category's history.

Best Rock Album: Greta Van Fleet's From the Fires. This double EP is the first EP to win in this category.

Best R&B Album: H.E.R.'s H.E.R. This compilation album is the first album by a new artist to win in this category since Jennifer Hudson's debut, Jennifer Hudson, 10 years ago.

Best Rock Performance: Chris Cornell's "When Bad Does Good." This is the third year in a row that this award was presented posthumously. David Bowie's "Rockstar" and Leonard Cohen's "You Want It Darker" were the last two winners. R.I.P.

Best Urban Contemporary Album: The Carters' Everything Is Love. This is Beyoncé's second win in this category, which puts her in a tie with The Weeknd for most wins in this category. For his part, Jay-Z becomes the first artist to win, over the course of his career, both Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Rap Album. He took the latter award 20 years ago for Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life. This is Beyoncé's 23rd Grammy overall; Jay Z's 22nd. That is one crowded trophy case.

Best American Roots Performance: Brandi Carlile's "The Joke." This is the fifth straight year that a female solo artist or female-led group has won in this category.

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell Williams. The producer won for the third time in this category. He previously won five years ago, and, with Chad Hugo, 16 years ago as one-half of The Neptunes. Williams is the only producer to win three times in this century in this category.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Willie Nelson's My Way. Nelson won in this category for the second time in the past three years. My Way is the second tribute album to Frank Sinatra to win in this category. Tony Bennett's Perfectly Frank won 26 years ago. (The man himself won the 1995 award for Duets II).

Best Traditional R&B Performance: PJ Morton featuring Yebba's "How Deep Is Your Love." Forty-one years after the Bee Gees won Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus for their original version of this gem from Saturday Night Fever, this collaboration took this award (in a tie with Leon Bridges' "Bet Ain't Worth the Hand)."

Best Reggae Album: Sting and Shaggy's 44/876. This is Shaggy's second win in this category. He won 24 years ago for Boombastic. For his part, Sting is the first artist to win, over the course of his career, both Best Reggae Album and Best Pop Album. He took the later award 19 years ago for Brand New Day.

Best Comedy Album: Dave Chappelle's Equanimity & the Bird Revelation. Chappelle is the first comedian to win two years running in this category since the late, great George Carlin in 2000-01. Chappelle won last year for The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas.

Best Immersive Audio Album: The Alan Parsons Project's Eye in the Sky—35tb Anniversary Edition. This is Parsons' first Grammy win, following 13 nominations that stretch back to 1973 (when he was nominated for engineering Pink Floyd's landmark album, The Dark Side of the Moon).

Best Spoken Word Album: Jimmy Carter's Faith—a Journey for All. This is the former President's third win in this category. That puts him in a tie with Orson Welles and Maya Angelou for the most wins by anyone in the category's history. That's almost as good as winning a second term, isn't it?

 

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