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61st Annual Grammy Awards
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Official poster
Date February 10, 2019 (2019-02-10)
8:00–11:45 p.m. EST
February 11, 2019 (2019-02-11)
2:00–5:45 a.m. CET
Location Staples Center, Los Angeles
Hosted by Alicia Keys
Most awards Childish Gambino & Kacey Musgraves (4 each)
Most nominations Kendrick Lamar & Drake (7 each)
Television/radio coverage
Network CBS

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 10, 2019, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.[1][2] Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys hosted.[3][4]

The ceremony recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018.[5] Nominations were announced on December 7, 2018.

Dolly Parton was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year two days prior to the Grammy Awards on February 8, 2019.[6]

Kendrick Lamar and Drake tied the most nominations category with seven each. Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves tied for the most wins of the night with four each.[7]

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.[2][8]


Artist(s) Song(s)
Camila Cabello
J Balvin
Ricky Martin
Arturo Sandoval
Young Thug
"Mi Gente"
Shawn Mendes
Miley Cyrus
"In My Blood"
Kacey Musgraves "Rainbow"
Janelle Monáe "Make Me Feel"
"Django Jane"
Post Malone
Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Dark Necessities"
Katy Perry
Kacey Musgraves
Dolly Parton
Miley Cyrus
Maren Morris
Little Big Town
Tribute to Dolly Parton
"Here You Come Again"
"After the Gold Rush"
"Red Shoes"
"9 to 5"
H.E.R. "Hard Place"
Cardi B "Money"
Alicia Keys "Maple Leaf Rag"
"Killing Me Softly with His Song"
"Lucid Dreams"
"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
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"
"My Girl"
"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
"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"



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
  • No 'Ane'iKalani Pe'a
  • Kreole Rock and SoulSean Ardoin
  • SpyboyCha Wa
  • Aloha from Na Hoa – Na Hoa
  • Mewasinsational: Cree Round Dance Songs – Young Spirit


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
    • William Ferris, April Ledbetter & Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various artists)
  • Any Other Way
    • Rob Bowman, Douglas McGowan, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton, 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
    • Robert Russ, compilation producer; Andreas K. Meyer & Rebekah Wineman, mastering engineers (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

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;[10]

In Memoriam


On February 7, 2019 American singer Ariana Grande backed out of the Grammys, of which she was supposed to perform, due to producer Ken Ehrlich. Grande alleged that Ehrlich would not let her sing her "7 Rings" and instead Ehrilch forced Grande to sing "God Is A Woman", which was when Grande said "no".[11] She then later went on and alleged that Ehrlich "lied" and she could "pull together a performance over night."[12]

On February 11, 2019 Trinidadian recording artist Nicki Minaj backed up Grande and claimed 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."[13]


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  2. ^ a b Aswad, Jem (July 17, 2018). "Recording Academy Announces Date, Deadlines for 2019 Grammy Awards". Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Brodsky, Rachel (January 15, 2019). "Alicia Keys to Host the 2019 Grammy Awards".
  4. ^ Saad, Nardine (January 15, 2019). "Alicia Keys will host the 2019 Grammy Awards". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Grammy 2019 Submissions Are Officially Open — Here Are the Details,
  6. ^ "Dolly Parton Is MusiCares' 2019 Person Of The Year". September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Grammys 2019: Kacey Musgraves and Childish Gambino win big – as it happened". Guardian. 11 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Grammy nominations 2019: Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the pack". Guardian. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  9. ^ "John Mayer, Meghan Trainor, Nina Dobrev and Leon Bridges are also on the list". Billboard. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "What's New For The 61st GRAMMY Awards?". June 26, 2018. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  11. ^ Nickolai, Nate; Nickolai, Nate (2019-02-11). "Nicki Minaj Joins Ariana Grande in Calling Out Grammys Producer: 'I Was Bullied'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  12. ^ "'7 Rings' Co-Writer Tayla Parx 'Completely Understood' Why Ariana Grande Didn't Attend Grammys". Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  13. ^ "Nicki Minaj Backs Ariana Grande, Calls Out Grammys Producer". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 2019-02-12.

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