Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women and rap triumphed at the Grammys on Sunday as female acts took home top prizes including album of the year and best new artist, and Childish Gambino made history when his hit "This Is America" became the first rap-based track to win record and song of the year.
Pianist, composer Ramsey Lewis honored in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-bass jazz musician Ramsey Lewis was honored with a lifetime achievement award by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
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Nielsen says just under 20 million watched Grammy Awards
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 20 million people watched Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves earn four trophies each at the Grammy Awards, about the same audience as the annual music show had last year.
The Nielsen company on Monday estimated the Grammy audience size at 19.9 million. The 2018 audience of 19.8 million had been the Grammys' smallest audience in a decade.
Alicia Keys hosted the awards show, which last nearly four hours.
Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they both took center stage.
Childish Gambino's disturbing look at race relations, "This is America," won record and song of the year on Sunday's telecast. It was the first time a rap-based song won both of those awards, considered — with album of the year — the recording industry's most prestigious.
Where is Donald Glover?
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Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards
The Latest: Collaborators: No word from Glover on Grammys
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (all times local):
Even Childish Gambino's collaborators say they aren't sure of his whereabouts on Grammy night.
Gambino won four trophies on Sunday, but the rapper whose real name is Donald Glover didn't attend.
"This Is America" won record and song of the year honors, two of the three biggest categories.
Ariana Grande a no-show despite winning first Grammy Award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ariana Grande won her first Grammy Award on Sunday, but the singer didn't collect it after deciding to skip the ceremony following a public dispute with the show's producer.
Grande won the best pop vocal album trophy for "Sweetener," beating Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. Grande was not in attendance at the pre-telecast ceremony, but she wrote on Twitter that her win was "wild and beautiful."
Cardi B beats the boys to win rap album honors at Grammys
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An overwhelmed Cardi B won her first Grammy Award on Sunday night, making history as the first solo woman to win best rap album.
"Invasion of Privacy" beat out albums by the late Mac Miller, Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T and Travis Scott.
"Oh my goodness," she said, struggling to gather herself. "Whoa, child."
Cardi B is just the fifth woman ever nominated in the category, which was created in 1995.
Lauryn Hill was part of the Fugees when the group won in 1997 for "The Score."
List of top winners at the Grammy Awards
A list of top winners at the 61th annual Grammy Awards.
Album of the year: "Golden Hour" by Kacey Musgraves
Record of the year: "This Is America" by Childish Gambino
Song of the year: "This Is America" by Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson
Best rap/sung performance: "This Is America" by Childish Gambino
Best music video: "This Is America" by Childish Gambino
Michelle Obama gets raucous applause at Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance to help open the Grammy Awards with host Alicia Keys.
The former first lady appeared onstage with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and Keys to say how music has impacted their lives.
Obama's initial comments were interrupted by raucous applause and many in the Staples Center crowd stood. She smiled and eventually re-started her comments.
Chris Cornell’s kids accept posthumous ‘bittersweet’ Grammy
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The late Chris Cornell's daughter called her father's posthumous Grammy Award on Sunday a "bittersweet" moment for the family.
Cornell's daughter, Toni, and son, Christopher, accepted their father's trophy for best rock performance for his song "When Bad Does Good." The song was released as part of a posthumous album of unreleased music that Cornell's estate put out last year.
The musician died at the age 52 in 2017. His death was ruled a suicide.
NC teacher’s album about Mississippi voices gets Grammy nod
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is nominated for a Grammy Award for best historical album.
Grammy weekend kicks off with honor for Dolly Parton
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nobody pokes more fun at Dolly Parton — all hair, sequins, nine-inch nails and five-inch stilettos — than the country superstar herself.
Parton was celebrated for her musical achievements and philanthropic work as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night. She's the first country artist to be saluted in the tribute's 29-year history.
Cardi B talks feeling anxiety before Grammys, new commercial
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even though Cardi B has a strong chance of winning her first-ever Grammy, the rapper said she is feeling nervous heading into Sunday's show.
Cardi B said in a recent interview that she's been filled with anxiety about the potential of winning an award and executing her performance at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. She said she is trying to stay on an even keel, preparing for the "best of the worst."
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Grammy week events begin with salute to Willie Nelson
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kacey Musgraves, Dave Matthews and Lukas Nelson saluted the outlaw king of country music Willie Nelson with tributes and performances at a famed Los Angeles studio.
The Recording Academy's Producers and Engineers Wing honored Nelson on Wednesday night ahead of Sunday's Grammy Awards.
Grammy nominees Dan + Shay feel at home in pop world
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a week before the Grammy Awards, country duo Dan + Shay seem pretty relaxed ahead of the biggest performance of their career coming up at Sunday's awards show. Until they start talking about it.
"I should probably stop talking because I am psyching myself out now," said the mop-headed Dan Smyers as he sits next to Shay Mooney in the Warner Music Nashville office. "Like, oh my gosh, there's going to be a lot of people watching."
Country duo Dan + Shay prep for Grammys
Some call Greta Van Fleet the saviors of rock. But not them.
NEW YORK (AP) — When the members of the rock band Greta Van Fleet put their last touches on their first full-length album, they didn't celebrate with a round of beers or a fancy dinner. They immediately started working on new songs.
"Once we finished 'Anthem of the Peaceful Army' — the very day that we'd OK'd all the mixing — we started writing the next album," said Jake Kiszka, the band's guitarist. "If we're stagnant, it becomes boring."
Grammys performers: Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae
NEW YORK (AP) — Album of the year nominees Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae and Post Malone will perform at next month's Grammy Awards.
The Recording Academy announced Thursday that Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Dan + Shay will also hit the stage at the Feb. 10 event. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Q&A: Maroon 5′s PJ Morton on Super Bowl and Grammy noms
NEW YORK (AP) — PJ Morton is prepping for the biggest week of his life: He's set to perform at next month's Super Bowl halftime show as a member of Maroon 5, and seven days later, he'll attend the Grammy Awards, where he's nominated for four honors — including three for his work as a R&B singer.
"You work hard and you hope for the best. But none of this is promised or guaranteed, so I just celebrate every victory," he said. "I'm just super-grateful."
Maren Morris starts 2nd album with uplifting “GIRL” single
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maren Morris knew the importance of selecting the first single she released from her much-anticipated second record, but as soon as she heard the demo of "GIRL," she knew this was the song she wanted to lead off the album.
"It felt like such a timely song for now," said the 28-year-old Morris of the song she's releasing Thursday that touches on overcoming self-doubt and the pressure of comparison in a world of impossible standards.
Alicia Keys to host Grammy Awards next month
NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys usually attends the Grammys, but this year she'll be there as a host.
The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the R&B star will host the Feb. 10 show for the first time. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Tia Fuller, fierce woman in jazz, takes shot at 1st Grammy
NEW YORK (AP) — Saxophonist Tia Fuller was crying in bed. And praising God.
She'd just received the news that she was nominated for her first-ever Grammy Award — but it's not just any nomination: Her inclusion in the best jazz instrumental album category is a historic moment for women because they have rarely been nominated for the coveted award throughout the Grammys' 61-year history.
And if Fuller wins, she becomes just the second women to take home the prize.
Ohio band leader among finalists for Grammy educator award
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — As a Grammy nominee, Jeremy Bradstreet is stopped and greeted with congratulations most everywhere he goes.
But if the Dublin resident takes home the award in early February, it won't be for producing a radio hit or top-selling album. The award will recognize his lasting impact as Dublin Coffman High School's band director for the past 14 years.
He's one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Grammy Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum.
New Jersey songwriter lands hits with Beyoncé, Cardi B
UNION, N.J. (AP) — Just a few years ago, Nija Charles was a student at Union High School, posting songs on Instagram.
Well before she turned 21 this fall, she was being flown out to recording sessions with high-profile producers and artists. Now, Charles is an in-demand songwriter making her mark on the music industry in Los Angeles.
H.E.R., Ella Mai, Mendes and more react to the Grammy noms
LOS ANGELES (AP) — How some of the nominees reacted when they heard they were up for Grammy Awards, which will be handed out Feb. 10 in Los Angeles:
Judge: Cardi B must not contact strip club melee victims
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B must not contact, in person or through social media, the victims of a melee she was involved in at a New York strip club, a judge ordered Friday.
The platinum rapper appeared in court in New York City after a summons was issued Oct. 1 for misdemeanor reckless endangerment and assault.
Thank U, Next: Grammy snubs and other interesting facts
NEW YORK (AP) — Fourteen things worth noting about Friday's nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards, from snubs to first-time nominees:
THANK U, NEXT
It's another year at the Grammys, and another snub for Ed Sheeran.
Though the singer won two pop honors at this year's show, he was cut out of the top three categories. This time, he's nowhere to be found.
Lamar leads Grammy noms, where women make a comeback
NEW YORK (AP) — The music of "Black Panther," with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards, where women are heavily represented in the major four categories following a year where their presence was barely felt.
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2019 Grammy Awards: List of nominees in top categories
A list of nominees in the top categories at the 61th annual Grammy Awards, announced Friday by The Recording Academy.
— Album of the year: "Invasion of Privacy," Cardi B; "By the Way, I Forgive You," Brandi Carlile; "Scorpion," Drake; "H.E.R.,"H.E.R.; "Beerbongs & Bentleys," Post Malone; "Dirty Computer," Janelle Monae; "Golden Hour," Kacey Musgraves; "Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By," Kendrick Lamar.
The Latest: Kendrick Lamar leads all Grammy nominees with 8
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of nominees for the 61st annual Grammy Awards (all times local):
Kendrick Lamar is the king of the Grammys: He's the lead nominee with eight.
Thanks to curating the soundtrack to "Black Panther," Lamar earned nominations that include album, song and record of the year.
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61st annual Grammy Awards nominations to be announced Friday
NEW YORK (AP) — Nominations for the 61st annual Grammy Awards will be announced Friday morning.
Grammy noms to be released Friday instead of Wednesday
NEW YORK (AP) — The nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards, originally planned for Wednesday, will now be announced Friday.
The Recording Academy said Monday that because of former President George H.W. Bush's funeral and public viewing this week, it will push back the release of its nominations.
It's a busy week for the entertainment world: Nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes come out Thursday.
Nelson, Henley to honor Parton at Grammy MusiCares concert
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Don Henley and Mavis Staples will perform in tribute to Dolly Parton when she's honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.
The academy announced the latest additions to the lineup Thursday for the tribute concert and gala to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, two days before the Grammy Awards.
Ludwig Goransson is having the best year ever. Period.
NEW YORK (AP) — He's had his hand in two of the year's biggest pop culture moments — with the film "Black Panther" and the song "This Is America" — but unlike Michael B. Jordan or Childish Gambino, Ludwig Goransson can easily walk down the street like a regular dude.
Recording Academy to honor Willie Nelson
NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing will honor Willie Nelson days before the 2019 Grammy Awards.
The academy announced Tuesday that Nelson's career and achievements will be celebrated on Feb. 6, 2019, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles.
Neil Portnow, the academy's president and CEO, says in a statement that "Willie Nelson has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music community."
AP: Cardi B, Post Malone won’t compete for new artist Grammy
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B and Post Malone marked major breakthroughs in the last year, but the rap stars won't compete for best new artist at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
NEW YORK (AP) — The 61st annual Grammy Awards will return to Los Angeles and air on CBS on Feb. 10, 2019.
The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the show will take place at the Staples Center.
Nominations for the 84 categories will be announced on Dec. 5. Songs and albums eligible must be released between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards are extending the number of nominees in its top categories from five to eight.
The Recording Academy told its members in a letter released Tuesday that the nominee increase "will better reflect the large number of entries in these categories and allow voters greater flexibility when selecting this year's best recordings."
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago bluesman Eddy Clearwater, lauded for his guitar playing and flamboyant showmanship, has died of heart failure.
Alligator Records announced Clearwater, 83, died Friday in Skokie, Illinois.
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Portnow will step down as president and CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Awards next year.
The organization announced Thursday that Portnow chose not to "seek an extension on his current contract," which ends next year.
He has led the academy since 2002.
Portnow was criticized at the Grammys this year when he said women need to "step up" when asked about the lack of female winners backstage. Only two female performers won awards during the live telecast.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jason Isbell leads the nominees for the Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards with nominations in four categories, thanks to his critically acclaimed album "The Nashville Sound," which earned him two Grammy Awards earlier this year.
Also among the nominations announced Tuesday are country singer Margo Price and folk singer Brandi Carlile, who each got nods for artist, song and album of the year.
A look back at country music history >>>
1959 - George Jones went to number one for the first time with "White Lightning"
1963 - Bill Anderson hit the top of the country chart with his biggest hit, "Still"
1965 - Roger Miller won five trophies at the seventh annual Grammy Awards on the strength of his big hit "Dang Me"
1970 - Merle Haggard won five trophies at the Academy of Country & Western Music awards in Hollywood, including Single, Song and Album of the Year for Okie from Muskogee