Female artists – including Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Rosalía and Beyoncé – dominate the list of early winners at the 62nd Grammy Awards, which were handed out Sunday.
Lizzo won her first Grammy for “Jerome,” which was named Best Traditional R&B Performance and her second for Best Urban Contemporary Album, for Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) .
Eilish’s first Grammy came in the form of Best Pop Vocal Album for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? , which also earned an award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Eilish’s brother and collaborator Finneas was named Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. “This award belongs to my sister for her trust, for her vision,” he said.
The award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media went to A Star is Born by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Gaga also shares a Grammy with Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey and Aaron Raitiere for Best Song Written for Visual Media (“I’ll Never Love Again”).
Rosalía, a Grammy show performer, picked up the award for Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for El Mar Querer . Aymée Nuviola’s A Journey Through Cuban Music tied with Marc Anthony’s Opus for Best Tropical Latin Album.
Beyoncé’s Homecoming was named Best Music Film.
Tracy Young, the first female nominee in the 23-year history of the Remix Recording (Non-Classical) category, made history again as the first female winner. “In a male dominated industry, I proudly accept this for all female producers who have been overlooked,” said Young, who won for Madonna’s “I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix).”
Country music icon Tanya Tucker picked up a pair of Grammys for Country Song (“Bring My Flowers Now”) and Country Album ( While I’m Livin’ ).
“After almost 50 years in this business … this is the first win,” said the 61-year-old singer, who has collected 14 nominations during her career. “I can’t believe it.”
Gloria Gaynor, whose “I Will Survive” won the first and only Grammy for Best Disco Recording in 1980, won the Roots Gospel Album award for Testimony.
“I am at last able to balance out my piano,” the 70-year-old joked.
Esperanza Spalding’s 12 Little Spells was named Best Jazz Vocal Album and Angelique Kidjo earned Best World Music Album for Celia.
Last year’s ubiqitous “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus won Grammys for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video.
Other multiple winners in the pre-show included The Chemical Brothers for Best Dance Recording (“Got To Keep On”) and Dance/Eletronica Album ( No Geography ) and Anderson .Paak for R&B Performance (“Come Home” ft. André 3000) and R&B Album ( Ventura ).
Gary Clark Jr. won three for This Land: Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Contemporary Blues Album.
Kirk Franklin won for both Gospel Performance/Song (“Love Theory”) and Gospel Album ( Long Live Love) and Australia’s For King & Country picked up Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (“God Only Knows” with Dolly Parton) and Contemporary Christian Album ( Burn the Ships).
Englishman Jacob Collier won Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella (“Moon River”) and Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals (“All Night Long”). “This is bananas,” the 25-year-old said. “Absolutely bonkers.”
Canada’s Grammy nominees didn’t fare well in the pre-show.
“Gold Roses” by Rick Ross ft. Drake (who shared a nomination as one of the track’s songwriters) lost Best Rap Song to “A Lot” by 21 Savage ft. J. Cole.
Daniel Caesar’s collaboration with Brandy, “Love Again” missed out on Best R&B Performance, which was awarded to “Come Home” by Anderson.Paak ft.
André 2000. Jessie Reyez’s
Being Human in Public lost Best Urban Contemporary Album and Michael Bublé lost in his category, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, to Elvis Costello & The Imposters.
Dan Brodbeck of London, Ont. lost his chance to share the Best Rock Album award when In The End by The Cranberries was passed over for Social Cues by Cage The Elephant.
Alberta’s Northern Cree came up empty for the ninth time. The group, which was nominated for
When It’s Cold – Cree Round Dance Songs , lost Best Regional Roots Album.
One Canadian who did take the stage during the pre-show was Colin Linden, who co-produced the Best Americana Album winner, Oklahoma by Keb’ Mo’.