Grammys 2017: MikeyMix Lowdown

Good afternoon readers: welcome to MikeyMix! Last night in Los Angeles the greatest music stars in the world gathered for arguably the biggest night in the music calendar: ‘The Grammy Awards’!

I’m expecting this post to be quite a long one so I will include a “read more” link below:

The Red Carpet

As an avid music fan I look forward to ‘The Grammy’s’ as it’s great to see all of my favourite artists under one roof, however the show wouldn’t be what it is today without the prestigious red carpet.

This year I must admit that some of the looks weren’t up to the standard that we have grown to expect from ‘The Grammy’s’: in all honesty it seems that the stars were more focused on trying to outdo each other than actually looking presentable.

Below is a list of some of the looks that stood out to me the most:

The Performances

Some of the performances of this year were excellent and they definitely reflected 2016 as I believe 2016 was a great year for music: especially for female pop singers such as Britney SpearsBeyoncé and Lady Gaga who all released albums, much to the joy of their devote fanbases.

I believe the best performers of last night were (in no particular order): BeyoncéLady Gaga and MetallicaKaty PerryBruno Mars and Adele.

It’ll be no surprise to my readers that my favourite performer of the night was definitely Lady Gaga and Metallica. Although they never performed a Gaga song it was great to see Gaga showcasing another layer of her artistry and proving once again that she is the artist of this generation.

The Winners

The winners of last night are listed below:

  • Record of The Year – “Hello” by Adele
  • Album of The Year – “25” by Adele
  • Song of The Year – “Hello” by Adele
  • New Artists – Chance the Rapper
  • Pop Solo Performance – “Hello” by Adele
  • Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots
  • Traditional Pop Vocal Album – “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” – Willie Nelson
  • Pop Vocal Album – “25” – Adele
  • Dance Recording – “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers ft Daya
  • Dance/Electronic Album – “Skin” – Flume
  • Contemporary Instrumental Album – “Kulcha Vulcha” – Snarky Puppy
  • Rock Performance – “Blackstar” – David Bowie
  • Metal Performance – “Dystopia” – Megadeth
  • Rock Song – “Blackstar” – David Bowie
  • Rock Album – “Tell Me I’m Pretty” – Cage the Elephant
  • Alternative Music Album – “Blackstar”- David Bowie
  • R&B Performance – “Cranes in the Sky” – Solange
  • Traditional R&B Performance – “Angel” – Lalah Hathaway
  • R&B Song – “Lake By the Ocean” – Hod David & Musze
  • Urban Contemporary Album – “Lemonade” – Beyoncé
  • R&B Album – “Lalah Hathaway Live” – Lalah Hathaway
  • Rap Performance – “No Problem” – Chance the Rapper ft Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
  • Rap/Sung Performance – “Hotline Bling” – Drake
  • Rap Song – “Hotline Bling” – Drake
  • Rap Album  “Coloring Book” – Chance the Rapper
  • Country Solo Performance – “My Church” – Maren Morris
  • Country Duo/Group Performance – “Jolene” – Pentatonix ft Dolly Parton
  • Country Song – “Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw
  • Country Album – “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” – Sturgill Simpson
  • New Age Album – “White Sun II” – White Sun
  • Improvised Jazz Solo – “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” – John Scofield
  • Jazz Vocal Album – –  “Take Me to the Alley” – Gregory Porter
  • Jazz Instrumental Album – “Country for Old Men” – John Scofield
  • Large Jazz Ensemble Album – “Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom” – Ted Nash Big Band
  • Latin Jazz Album – “Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac” – Chucho Valdés
  • Gospel Performance/Song – “God Provides” – Tamela Mann
  • Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song – “Thy Will” – Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
  • Gospel Album – “Losing my Religion” – Kirk Franklin
  • Contemporary Christian Music Album – “Love Remains” – Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
  • Roots Gospel Album – “Hymns” – Joey + Rory
  • Latin Pop Album – “Un Besito Mas” – Jesse & Joy
  • Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album – “iLevitable” – iLe
  • Regional Mexican Music Album – “Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo)” – Vincente Fernández
  •  Tropical Latin Album – “Donde Estan?” – Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo
  • American Roots Performance – “House of Mercy” – Sarah Jarosz
  • American Roots Song – “Kid Sister” – The Time Jumpers
  • Americana Album – “This Is Where I Live” – William Bell
  • Traditional Blues Album – “Porcupine Meat” – Bobby Rush
  • Contemporary Blues Album – “The Last Days of Oakland” – Fantastic Negrito
  • Folk Album – “Undercurrent” – Sarah Jarosz
  • Regional Roots Music Album – “E Walea” – Kalani Pe’a
  • Reggae Album – “Ziggy Marley” – Ziggy Marley
  • World Music Album – “Sing Me Home” – Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
  • Children’s Album – “Infinity Plus One” – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
  • Spoken Word Album – “In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox” – Carol Burnett
  • Comedy Album – “Talking for Clapping” – Patton Oswalt
  • Musical Theater Album – “The Color Purple”
  • Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media – “Miles Ahead” – Miles Davis and Various Arists
  • Score Soundtrack for Visual Media – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – John Williams
  • Song Written for Visual Media – “Can’t Stop The Feeling”
  • Instrumental Composition – “Spoken at Midnight” – Ted Nash
  • Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella – “You And I” – Jacob Collier
  • Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals – “Flintstones” – Jacob Collier
  • Recording Package – “Blackstar” – David Bowie
  • Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package – “Edith Piaf 1915 – 2015” Gérard Lo Monaco (art director)  –
  • Album Notes – “Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along” – Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle
  • Historical Album – “The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12” – Bob Dylan
  • Engineered Album, Non-Classical – “Blackstar” – David Bowie
  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical – Greg Kurstin
  • Remixed Recording – “Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)” – Bob Moses (Remixed by André Allen Anjos)
  • Surround Sound Album – “Sutilleux: Sue Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement” – Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony
  • Engineered Album, Classical – “Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles”
  • Producer of the Year, Classical – David Frost
  • Orchestral Performance – “Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9” – Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Opera Recording – “Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles”
  • Choral Performance – “Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1”
  • Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance – “Steve Reich” – Third Coast Percussion
  • Classical Instrumental Solo – “Daughtery: Tales of Hemingway” – Nashville Symphony
  • Classical Solo Vocal Album – [A TIE BETWEEN] “Schumann & Berg” – Dorothea Röschmann & “Shakespeare Songs” – Ian Bostridge
  • Classic Compendium -“Daughtery: Tales of Hemingway” – Nashville Symphony
  • Contemporary Classical Composition -“Daughtery: Tales of Hemingway” – Nashville Symphony
  • Music Video – “Formation” – Beyoncé
  • Music Film – “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week the Touring Years”

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I also think its worth giving Adele a shoutout as I really admired her shoutout to Beyoncé when her album ’25’ was given the award of best album, it’s lovely to see female unity exist in an industry that often spends too much time putting women against each other.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!!

-Mikey

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