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61st Annual Grammy Awards
Official poster
DateFebruary 10, 2019 (2019-02-10)
8:00–11:45 p.m. EST
Location Staples Center, Los Angeles
Hosted by Alicia Keys
Most awards Childish Gambino
Kacey Musgraves (4 each)
Most nominations Kendrick Lamar (8)
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Television/radio coverage
Network CBS
Viewership19.9 million [1]
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The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. [2] [3] Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys hosted. [4] [5] During her opening monologue, Keys brought out Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, each of whom spoke about the impact that music had on their lives. [6]

The ceremony recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018. [7] Nominations were announced on December 7, 2018.

Dolly Parton was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year two days prior on February 8, 2019. [8]

Kendrick Lamar received the most nominations, with eight. Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves tied for the most wins of the night with four each. [9] Childish Gambino did not attend the ceremony and became the first major award winner to be absent since Amy Winehouse in 2008. [10] " This Is America" producer Ludwig Göransson and recording engineer Riley Mackin accepted the Record of the Year Grammy on Gambino's behalf.

Nominations announcement

Nominations were to be announced on December 5, 2018, but were delayed to Friday, December 7, 2018 following the death and state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. [3] [11]


Artist(s) Song(s)
Camila Cabello
J Balvin
Ricky Martin
Young Thug
Arturo Sandoval
" Havana"
" Pégate"
" Mi Gente"
Shawn Mendes
Miley Cyrus
" In My Blood"
Kacey Musgraves " Rainbow"
Janelle Monáe " Make Me Feel"
" Django Jane"
" Pynk"
Post Malone
Red Hot Chili Peppers
" Stay"
" Rockstar"
" Dark Necessities"
Kacey Musgraves
Katy Perry
Dolly Parton
Miley Cyrus
Maren Morris
Little Big Town
Tribute to Dolly Parton
" Here You Come Again"
" Jolene"
" After the Gold Rush"
"Red Shoes"
" 9 to 5"
H.E.R. " Hard Place"
Cardi B
Chloe Flower
" Money"
Alicia Keys " Maple Leaf Rag"
" Killing Me Softly with His Song"
" Lucid Dreams"
" Unforgettable"
" Clocks"
" Use Somebody"
" Boo'd Up"
" In My Feelings"
" Doo Wop (That Thing)"
" Empire State of Mind"
Dan + Shay " Tequila"
Diana Ross "The Best Years of My Life"
" Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"
Lady Gaga
Mark Ronson
Andrew Wyatt
Anthony Rossomando
" Shallow"
Travis Scott
James Blake
Philip Bailey
" Stop Trying to Be God"
" No Bystanders"
Jennifer Lopez
Smokey Robinson
Alicia Keys
Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration
" Dancing in the Street"
" Please Mr. Postman"
" Money (That's What I Want)"
" Do You Love Me"
" ABC"
" My Girl"
" Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
" War"
" Square Biz"
" Another Star"
Brandi Carlile " The Joke"
Chloe x Halle Tribute to Donny Hathaway
" Where is the Love"
St. Vincent
Dua Lipa
" One Kiss"
Andra Day
Yolanda Adams
Tribute to Aretha Franklin
" (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"


Premiere ceremony

Listed in no particular order. [13]

Nominations and winners

Winners are highlighted in Bold


Record of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

Best New Artist


Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Vocal Album

Dance/Electronic Music

Best Dance Recording
Best Dance/Electronic Album

Contemporary Instrumental Music

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album


Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album


Best Alternative Music Album


Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best R&B Song
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Best R&B Album


Best Rap Performance
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album


Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

New Age

Best New Age Album


Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Best Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Best Roots Gospel Album


Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Best Tropical Latin Album

American Roots Music

Best American Roots Performance
Best American Roots Song
Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Roots Music Album


Best Reggae Album

World Music

Best World Music Album


Best Children's Album

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)


Best Comedy Album

Musical Theater

Best Musical Theater Album

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media


Best Instrumental Composition


Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package


Best Album Notes
  • Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris
  • Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920-1924
  • 4 Banjo Songs, 1891-1897: Foundational Recordings of America's Iconic Instrument
  • The 1960 Time Sessions
  • The Product of Our Souls: The Sound and Sway of James Reese Europe's Society Orchestra
    • David Gilbert, album notes writer (Various artists)
  • Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13/1979-1981 (Deluxe Edition)


Best Historical Album
  • Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris
  • Any Other Way
    • Rob Bowman, Douglas McGowan, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineer ( Jackie Shane)
  • At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight...
    • Martin Hawkins, compilation producer; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various artists)
  • Battleground Korea: Songs and Sounds of America's Forgotten War
    • Hugo Keesing, compilation producer; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various artists)
  • A Rhapsody in Blue: The Extraordinary Life of Oscar Levant

Production, Non-Classical

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Remixed Recording

Production, Immersive Audio

Best Immersive Audio Album
  • Eye in the Sky: 35th Anniversary Edition
  • Folketoner
    • Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask & Det Norske Jentekor)
  • Seven Words from the Cross
    • Daniel Shores, surround mix engineer; Daniel Shores, surround mastering engineer; Dan Merceruio, surround producer (Matthew Guard & Skylark)
  • Sommerro: Ujamaa & the Iceberg
    • Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Ingar Heine Bergby, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Choir)
  • Symbol
    • Prashant Mistry & Ronald Prent, surround mix engineers; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Prashant Mistry & Ronald Prent, surround producers (Engine-Earz Experiment)

Production, Classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
  • Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11
  • Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1
  • John Williams at the Movies
  • Liquid Melancholy: Clarinet Music of James M. Stephenson
    • Bill Maylone & Mary Mazurek, engineers; Bill Maylone, mastering engineer ( John Bruce Yeh)
  • Visions and Variations
    • Tom Caulfield, engineer; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer ( A Far Cry)
Producer of the Year, Classical


Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
  • McLoskey: Zealot Canticles
    • Donald Nally, conductor (Doris Hall-Gulati, Rebecca Harris, Arlen Hlusko, Lorenzo Raval & Mandy Wolman; The Crossing)
  • Chesnokov: Teach Me Thy Statutes
    • Vladimir Gorbik, conductor (Mikhail Davydov & Vladimir Krasov; PaTRAM Institute Male Choir)
  • Kastalsky: Memory Eternal
  • Rachmaninov: The Bells
  • Seven Words from the Cross
    • Matthew Guard, conductor (Skylark)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Best Classical Compendium
  • Fuchs: Piano Concerto 'Spiritualist'; Poems of Life; Glacier; Rush
  • Gold
  • The John Adams Edition
  • John Williams at the Movies
  • Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Serenade to Music; Flos Campi
Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video
Best Music Film

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Trustees Award

Technical Grammy Award

  • Saul Walker

Music Educator Award

Grammy Hall of Fame inductions

Title Artist Record Label Year of Release Genre Format
Bernstein: Mass – A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers Leonard Bernstein Columbia Masterworks 1971 Musical theatre Album
" Coat of Many Colors" Dolly Parton RCA Victor 1971 Country Single
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book Ella Fitzgerald Verve 1959 Soul Album
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim Reprise Records 1967 Swing Album
Full Moon Fever Tom Petty MCA 1989 Rock Music Album
" Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen Columbia 1984 Rock Single
" Harper Valley P.T.A." Jeannie C. Riley Plantation 1968 Soul Single
" I'm Walkin'" Fats Domino Imperial Records 1957 R&B/Soul Single
Jackson Browne Jackson Browne Asylum 1972 Folk rock Album
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius Epic 1976 Jazz fusion Album
" Ko-Ko" Charlie Parker's Ri Bop Boys Savoy 1945 Jazz Single
" La Bamba" El Jarocho Victor 1939 Folk Single
" Move On Up" Curtis Mayfield Curtom Records 1972 Progressive soul Single
" Pata Pata" Miriam Makeba Reprise 1967 R&B Single
" Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" Brenda Lee Decca 1958 Christmas Single
'Round About Midnight Miles Davis Columbia 1957 Jazz Album
" Rumble" Link Wray & His Ray Men Cadence 1958 Surf Rock Single
" Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" The Platters Mercury 1958 Doo-wop Single
" St. Louis Bell" W.C. Handy Columbia 1914 Jazz Single
" Take Me Out to the Ball Game" Edward Meeker with the Edison Orchestra Edison 1908 Tin Pan Alley Single
" Tenderly" Sarah Vaughan Mercury 1947 Jazz Single
" Tenor Madness" Sonny Rollins Quartet featuring John Coltrane Prestige 1956 Jazz Single
" To Be Young, Gifted and Black" Nina Simone RCA Victor 1969 Blues Single
" Walk This Way" Aerosmith Columbia 1975 Rock Single
" Wild Thing" The Troggs Fontana/Atco 1966 Garage rock Single

In Memoriam

Multiple nominations and awards

The following received multiple nominations:


The following received multiple awards:

Category changes

For the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, multiple category changes are being made; [14]


On February 4, 2019, reports surfaced that American singer-songwriter Ariana Grande would not be performing at or attending the Grammys, due to a dispute with producer Ken Ehrlich. On February 7, 2019, Grande made a public statement on the matter, alleging that Ehrlich stifled her creativity and tried to stipulate what song she could perform. [15] She then later went on and alleged that Ehrlich "lied" and she could "pull together a performance over night." [16]

On February 11, 2019, Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj backed up Grande and alleged Ehrilch "bullied" her. Minaj later said in a statement on Twitter: "I was bullied into staying quiet for 7 years out of fear. But I'll tell my fans the REAL on the next episode of #QueenRadio they deserve the truth." [17]


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