60th Annual Grammy Awards
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Official poster
DateJanuary 28, 2018 (2018-01-28)
7:30–11:00 p.m. EST
LocationMadison Square Garden
New York City, New York
Hosted byJames Corden
Most awardsBruno Mars (6)
Most nominationsJay-Z (8)
Television/radio coverage
Viewership19.8 million[1]

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 28, 2018. The CBS network broadcast the show live from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show was moved to January to avoid coinciding with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, as was the case in 2010 and 2014.[2] James Corden returned as host.[3]

The ceremony recognizes the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017. The nominations were announced on November 28, 2017. The "pre-telecast" ceremony (officially named The Premiere Ceremony) was held on the same day prior to the main ceremony.[4][5]

Bruno Mars was nominated for six awards and won all six on the night.[6][7]


Premiere ceremony

Artist(s) Song(s)
India Arie "I Am Light"[8]
Stile Antico "Ave Maria"
"Gaudete in Domino"[9]
Jazzmeia Horn Tribute to Jon Hendricks:
Taj Mahal
Keb' Mo'
"Diving Duck Blues"[11]
Body Count "Black Hoodie"[12]

Main ceremony

Artist(s) Song(s)
Kendrick Lamar
Dave Chappelle
"Big Shot"
"New Freezer"
"King's Dead"
Lady Gaga
Mark Ronson
"Million Reasons"
Sam Smith "Pray"
Little Big Town "Better Man"
Jon Batiste
Gary Clark Jr.
Joe Saylor
Tribute to Fats Domino and Chuck Berry:
"Ain't That a Shame"
Luis Fonsi
Daddy Yankee
Zuleyka Rivera
Childish Gambino

JD McCrary[13]

Pink "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken"
Bruno Mars
Cardi B
"Finesse" (with elements of "Gett Off", "Jump Around" and "Bartier Cardi")
"Englishman in New York"
"Don't Make Me Wait"
DJ Khaled
Bryson Tiller
"Wild Thoughts"
Eric Church
Maren Morris
Brothers Osborne
Tribute to the victims of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting
and Manchester Arena bombing:

"Tears in Heaven"
Camila Cabello
Cyndi Lauper
Julia Michaels
Andra Day
Bebe Rexha
U2 "Get Out of Your Own Way"
Elton John
Miley Cyrus
"Tiny Dancer"
Ben Platt Tribute to Leonard Bernstein:
Patti LuPone Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber:
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
SZA "Broken Clocks"
Chris Stapleton
Emmylou Harris
Tribute to Tom Petty:
Alessia Cara
Tribute to Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington:


Nominations and winners

Nominees list adapted from the Recording Academy's website.[15][16]


Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist


Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Vocal Album

Dance/Electronic Music

Best Dance Recording

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Contemporary Instrumental Music

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album


Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album


Best Alternative Music Album


Best R&B Performance

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Best R&B Song

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Best R&B Album


Best Rap Performance
Best Rap/Sung Performance

Best Rap Song

Best Rap Album


Best Country Solo Performance

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Best Country Song

Best Country Album

New Age

Best New Age Album


Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Best Gospel Album

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Best Roots Gospel Album


Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Best Tropical Latin Album

American Roots

Best American Roots Performance
Best American Roots Song
Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Music Album


Best Reggae Album

World Music

Best World Music Album


Best Children's Album

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album (includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling)


Best Comedy Album

Musical Theatre

Best Musical Theater Album

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media


Best Instrumental Composition


Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package


Best Album Notes


Best Historical Album

Engineered Album

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Best Engineered Album, Classical


Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical


Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Surround Sound

Best Surround Sound Album


Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Best Classical Compendium
Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video
Best Music Film

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Trustees Award

Technical Grammy Award

Music Educator Award

Grammy Hall of Fame inductions

Main article: Grammy Hall of Fame

Title Artist Record Label Year of Release Genre Format
Band of Gypsys Jimi Hendrix Capitol 1970 Rock Album
"Bring It On Home to Me" Sam Cooke RCA Victor 1962 Soul Single
The Chronic Dr. Dre Death Row Records 1992 Rap Album
"Dream On" Aerosmith Columbia 1973 Rock Single
"Fight the Power" Public Enemy Motown 1989 Hip Hop Single
"Flash Light" Parliament Casablanca 1978 Funk Single
"Grazing in the Grass" Hugh Masekela Uni 1968 Jazz Single
Heart Like a Wheel Linda Ronstadt Capitol 1974 Country Rock Album
"I Can't Help Myself" Four Tops Motown 1965 Soul Single
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Gladys Knight & the Pips Motown 1967 R&B Single
"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" The King Cole Trio Capitol Records 1946 Jazz Single
"I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston Arista 1992 Pop Single
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison Johnny Cash Columbia 1968 Country Album
"Mary Had a Little Lamb" Thomas Alva Edison N/A 1878 Experimental Single
"Me and Mrs. Jones" Billy Paul Philadelphia International 1972 Soul Single
"Moon River" Andy Williams Columbia 1962 Traditional Pop Track from Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes
"My Man" Billie Holiday Brunswick 1937 Jazz Single
Nevermind Nirvana DGC 1991 Grunge Album
A Night at the Opera Queen Elektra 1975 Progressive Rock Album
"Paint It, Black" The Rolling Stones London 1966 Psychedelic Rock Single
"Savoy Blues" Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five Okeh 1927 Jazz Single
"A Song for You" Leon Russell Shelter 1970 Pop Single
"Space Oddity" David Bowie Mercury 1969 Art Rock Track from Space Oddity
"That's All Right" Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup RCA Victor 1949 Blues Single
Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield Virgin 1973 Progressive Rock Album

In Memoriam

Multiple nominations and awards

The following received multiple nominations:


The following received multiple awards:


In June 2017, the Grammy organization announced a few minor changes to the voting and awarding process.[18]

New York as a host city

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards marked the first time since 2003 that the ceremony was held in New York City. The Staples Center in Los Angeles had been the home of the Grammys since 2000. The 2003 ceremony was also held at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The fifteen-year gap between the 2003 and 2018 Grammys in New York marked the longest period of time New York went without hosting the awards.

With the main telecast being held at Madison Square Garden, the premiere ceremony (also known as the Pre-Telecast) was held at the Hulu Theater.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is typically held at the Los Angeles Convention Center two days prior to the Grammys, but since the 2018 Grammy Awards were held in New York, the MusiCares tribute was held at Radio City Music Hall.

Controversy and cost overruns

Hosting the Grammy Awards in New York City resulted in the Grammy Awards costing more to organize, as the costs associated with hosting it in Los Angeles are significantly less. The awards cost $8 million more to host in New York City. The host committee that the city assembled failed to raise the money that they had initially promised. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, which the Barclays Center (operated by AEG) was hoping to host, ended up being held at Radio City Music Hall, which is owned by The Madison Square Garden Company. MusiCares funds, which were intended for charitable purposes, were instead used to pay for the $8 million cost overruns associated with hosting the Grammys in New York City.[19][20]

Dana Tomarken, the former executive VP of MusiCares, claims that Recording Academy president Neil Portnow directed these funds away from MusiCares to pay for the cost overruns. Dana Tomarken had been negotiating a deal to have the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Fleetwood Mac to be held at the Barclays Center, but Portnow decided to have it at Radio City Music Hall, without consulting Tomarken. Irving Azoff who heads Azoff MSG Entertainment (which is affiliated with The Madison Square Garden Company), informed her of this change rather than Portnow consulting her first. Tomarken has since made a claim of wrongful termination.[21][22] On June 5, 2018, an independent investigation was launched to examine the claims made by Dana Tomarken. The investigation also examined the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute as well as sexual harassment allegations.[23] In May 2019, Tomarken claimed she was fired because she pushed back against the academy's "boys club". The academy allegedly tried to keep Tomarken's allegations from being fully made public. She also claimed that she struggled to find a suitable venue in New York for the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Fleetwood Mac. The Barclays Center offered up an acceptable deal, but Irving Azoff of the Madison Square Garden Company prevented the event from being held there. By having it at Radio City instead, the event was not a traditional VIP dinner, nor did it have a silent auction. This then prevented the event from turning a profit.[24]

On June 4, 2018, the mayor's office weighed in on the controversy, saying their position was always to be "venue neutral" and denied any involvement in the venue controversy. The Barclays Center notified City Hall of their interest in being involved with Grammy week, and Julie Menin (the New York City Commissioner for the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment) passed that information along to Grammy organizers.[25]


The show was moved to January to avoid competing with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, as was the case in 2010 and 2014. Viewership for the ceremony dropped 24% compared to the previous year, obtaining the smallest audience in the show's history in the key demographic.[citation needed]


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