KENDRICK LAMAR AND CHRIS STAPLETON LEAD UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP’S FAMILY OF LABELS AT THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS CEREMONY
Childish Gambino, Hillsong Worship, Little Big Town, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Reba McEntire The Rolling Stones and The Weeknd Among Night’s Winners
Alessia Cara Takes Home the Grammy for Best New Artist
NEW YORK, January 29, 2018 — Kendrick Lamar and Chris Stapleton led Universal Music Group’s family of labels at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony, with Kendrick Lamar winning Best Rap Album for DAMN. and Best Rap Song for “HUMBLE.,” and Chris Stapleton taking home Best Country Album for From a Room: Volume 1 and Best Country Song for “Broken Halos.”
Alessia Cara (Def Jam) won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and performed with Logic (Def Jam) the hit song “1-800-273-8255,” the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, during the awards ceremony.
In all, Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) won five Grammys including Best Rap Performance for “HUMBLE.,” Best Rap/Sung Performance for “LOYALTY.,” featuring Rihanna, and Best Music Video for “HUMBLE.” Meanwhile, Chris Stapleton (Mercury Nashville) also won the Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance for “Either Way,” and Little Big Town (Capitol Records Nashville) won Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Better Man.” Childish Gambino (Glassnote) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Redbone.”
Universal Music Publishing Group’s James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, and Ray Charles McCullough II, among the songwriters of “That’s What I Like,” from Bruno Mars’ album 24K Magic, won Grammys for Song of the Year and Best R&B Song.
Across several genres, Universal Music artists won Grammys for best album. The Weeknd (Republic) won Best Urban Contemporary Album for Starboy, The Rolling Stones (Interscope) won Best Traditional Blues Album for Blue & Lonesome, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley (Tuff Gong) won Best Reggae Album for Stony Hill and Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ (Concord) won Best Contemporary Blues Album for TajMo.
In the Christian and Gospel categories, Reba McEntire (Big Machine Label Group) won Best Roots Gospel Album for Sing it Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, while Hillsong Worship (Hillsong/Capitol Christian/Sparrow) won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “What a Beautiful Name.”
In classical music, “Bryars: The Fifth Century,” by The Crossing & Donald Nally & Prism Quartet (ECM), won Best Choral Performance and Daniil Trifonov (Deutsche Grammophon) won Best Classical Instrumental Solo for Transcendental. And in the music for visual media categories, the soundtrack for La La Land (Interscope) won Grammys for Best Score Soundtrack for Justin Hurwitz and Best Compilation Soundtrack.
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