Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Beyonce sets Grammy record with 32 trophies; Harry Styles, Lizzo key winners

It’s official: Beyonce has the most Grammy wins of all time. On Sunday night, she made history with four wins, bringing her career total to 32, reports ‘Variety’.
Her ‘Renaissance’ win for best dance/electronic album put her in the history books, after also winning best R&B song for ‘Cuff It’, best dance/electronic recording and traditional R&B performance.
Apart from Beyonce’s accomplishment, there were no sweeps that left any other winners guaranteed to make all the headlines.
The top three all-genre categories went to three different winners — none of them the ones that were being widely prognosticated. Harry Styles picked up album of the year, Lizzo won record of the year and Bonnie Raitt got a truly unforeseen win for song of the year.
Besides album of the year, Styles won for pop vocal album; ‘Harry’s House’, which also won for best engineered album, non-classical, although that trophy does not go to Styles.
Other multiple winners included three trophies for Brandi Carlile and three for the music of ‘Encanto’. Raitt ended up with two, having won in an Americana category as well as best song. Other winners included Sam Smith and Kim Petras for pop duo/group performance for the single ‘Unholy’ and Willie Nelson for best country album.

Ricky Kej wins third Grammy Award, dedicates honour to India

Ricky Kej (L) Herbert Waltl and Stewart Copeland with the award for best immersive audio album. (AP/PTI)

Music composer Ricky Kej, based out of Bengaluru, has won his third Grammy Award for the album ‘Divine Tides’ and dedicated the honour to his home country, India. The US-born musician shared the award with Stewart Copeland, the drummer of the iconic British rock band The Police, who collaborated with Kej on the album.
At the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, the duo earned the gramophone trophy in the best immersive audio album winner category. They had won a Grammy in the best new age album category for the same album last year.
“Congrats Best Immersive Audio Album winner – ‘Divine Tides’ Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineer; @copelandmusic, @rickykej & Herbert Waltl, immersive producers (Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej) #GRAMMYs,” announced the Recording Academy, the organisation behind Grammy Awards, on its official Twitter page on Sunday night. Kej took home his first Grammy in the best new age album category for ‘Winds of Samsara’ back in 2015.
As part of his work with The Police, Copeland has won five Grammys. With Kej as collaborator, this is his second award.

List of 65th Grammy Awards winners in top categories

Best R and B Song: “CUFF IT,” Beyonce
Best country album: “A Beautiful Time,” Willie Nelson
Best pop vocal album: “Harry’s House,” Harry Styles.
Best rock album: “Patient Number 9,” Ozzy Osbourne
Best rock performance: “Broken Horses,” Brandi Carlile
Best rock song: “Broken Horses,” Brandi Carlile
Best rap performance: “The Heart Part 5,” Kendrick Lamar
Best rap song: “The Heart Part 5,” Kendrick Lamar
Best melodic rap performance: “WAIT FOR U,” Future featuring Drake and Tems
Best R and B album: “Black Radio III,” Robert Glasper
Best R and B performance: “Hrs and Hrs,” Muni Long
Best traditional R and B performance: “PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA” by Beyoncé
Best progressive R and B album: “Gemini Rights,” Steve Lacy
Best alternative music performance: “Chaise Longue” by Wet Leg
Best alternative music album: “Wet Leg,” Wet Leg
Best audio book, narration and storytelling recording: “Finding Me,” Viola Davis
Best traditional pop vocal album: “Higher,” Michael Bublé
Best solo country solo performance: “Live Forever,” Willie Nelson
Best country duo/group performance: “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
Best country album: “‘Til You Can’t,” Cody Johnson
Best music video: “All Too Well: The Short Film,” Taylor Swift.
Producer of the year, non-classical: Jack Antonoff
Best comedy album: “The Closer,” Dave Chappelle
Best musical theatre album: “Into The Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording)”
Best music film: “Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story”
Best song written for visual media: “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from “Encanto,” Lin-Manuel Miranda
Best jazz vocal album: Samara Joy
Best Americana album: “In These Silent Days,” Brandi Carlile
Best Americana performance: “Made Up Mind,” Bonnie Raitt
Best American roots song: “Just Like That…,” Bonnie Raitt
Best dance/electronic recording: “Break My Soul,” Beyoncé
Best metal performance: “Degradation Rules,” Ozzy Osbourne featuring Tony Iommi
Best engineered, non-classical album: “Harry’s House,” Harry Styles
Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “Encanto”
Best score soundtrack for visual media: “Encanto,” Germaine Franco.

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