On Sunday, Feb. 4, the 66th annual Grammy Awards were broadcast live on CBS from Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena. For the fourth consecutive year, comedian Trevor Noah added commentary between musical categories–which established this year’s top players, according to the Voting Members. Notably, beyond last night’s slate of winners, which received televised attention, many were awarded at the pre-show premiere ceremony.
Taking top honors during the 2024 event were three artists to grace the cover of Relix this year, including boygenius, who took home three awards, including Best Alternative Music Album for the record, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for “Not Strong Enough.” Jason Isbell, who appeared on Relix’s June cover, collected the high distinction for Weathervanes, which took received Best Americana Album–cut off the LP, “Cast Iron Skillet” earned him Best American Roots Song. September cover artist Allison Russell accepted Best American Roots Performance for “Eve Was Black” from her 2023 LP The Returner.
Also added to the pool of victors was Shakti, who took home Best Global Music Album for This Moment. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway were awarded Best Bluegrass Album for City Of Gold, while Larkin Poe took the top slot for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Blood Harmony. Interestingly, a tie for Best Regional Roots Music Album positioned Lost Bayou Ramblers & Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (Live: Orpheum Theater Nola) and Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. & The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band (New Beginnings) beside each other as winners. Jack Antonoff won Producer of the Year for the third year in a row.
Best Roots Gospel Album secured the Blind Boys of Alabama a Grammy for Echoes Of The South. Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain, Featuring Rakesh Chaurasia, obtained Best Global Music Performance for Pashto. A particularly happy moment came when Joni Mitchell was awarded Best Folk Album for Joni Mitchell At Newport [Live]. The beloved 80-year-old folk troubadour also tapped fellow artists to participate in a live performance of her 1969 song “Both Sides Now” during the broadcast, including Brandi Carlile, Blake Mills, Russell, Jacob Collier, and Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig for a replication of the Joni Jam experience.
Also taking the stage during the night was Jon Batiste, who led the night’s In Memoriam segment, honoring a distinguished list of artists who passed away, including Tony Bennett, Sinead O’Connor and more. Tracy Chapman performed live for the first time in nine years, joining Luke Combs for “Fast Car.” The latter was nominated for Country Solo Performance for his cover of the 1988 fan favorite.
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