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    How AllMusic Reviewed the 2020 Grammy Winners

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    The Grammys came and went again last night, held under the twin dark clouds of the death of Kobe Bryant and the behind the scenes controversy plaguing the Recording Academy. But awards must be and were handed out, with Billie Eilish sweeping the top categories, and artists like Lizzo, Tanya Tucker, Gary Clark Jr., Tool, and Tyler the Creator also picking up trophies. Our editors spent 2019 reviewing and contextualizing the albums featured on last night’s ceremony, so we’ve collected their reviews of the winners in one handy list.

    RECORD OF THE YEAR — “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR — When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish

    BEST NEW ARTIST — Billie Eilish

    BEST RAP/SUNG PERFORMANCE — “Higher,” DJ Khaled Featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

    SONG OF THE YEAR — “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish

    BEST RAP ALBUM — Igor, Tyler, The Creator

    BEST COMEDY ALBUM — Sticks & Stones, Dave Chappelle

    BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE — “Speechless,” Dan + Shay

    BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE — “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo

    PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL — Finneas

    BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM — When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish

    BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM — Look Now, Elvis Costello & The Imposters

    BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE — “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

    BEST AMERICANA ALBUM — Oklahoma, Keb’ Mo’

    BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG — “Call My Name,” I’m With Her

    BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE — “Saint Honesty,” Sara Bareilles

    BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM — Celia, Angelique Kidjo

    BEST R&B ALBUM — Ventura, Anderson .Paak

    BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM — Cuz I Love You (Deluxe), Lizzo

    BEST R&B SONG — “Say So,” PJ Morton Featuring JoJo

    BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE — “Jerome,” Lizzo

    BEST R&B PERFORMANCE — “Come Home,” Anderson .Paak Featuring André 3000

    BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM — Father Of The Bride, Vampire Weekend

    BEST ROCK ALBUM — Social Cues, Cage The Elephant

    BEST ROCK SONG — “This Land,” Gary Clark Jr.

    BEST METAL PERFORMANCE — “7empest,” Tool

    BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE — “This Land,” Gary Clark Jr.

    BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM — Hadestown, Original Broadway Cast

    BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION — Higdon: Harp Concerto, Yolanda Kondonassis, Ward Stare & The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

    BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM — The Poetry Of Places, Nadia Shpachenko

    BEST CLASSICAL SOLO VOCAL ALBUM — Songplay, Joyce DiDonato

    BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO — Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite, Nicola Benedetti

    BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE — Shaw: Orange, Attacca Quartet

    BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE — Duruflé: Complete Choral Works, Robert Simpson

    BEST OPERA RECORDING — Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Gil Rose, John Brancy, Krista River, Andrew Craig Brown, Edwin Vega & Gabriel Preisser

    BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE — Norman: Sustain, Gustavo Dudamel

    PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL — Blanton Alspaugh

    BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL — Riley: Sun Rings, Kronos Quartet

    BEST RAP SONG — “A Lot,” 21 Savage Featuring J. Cole

    BEST RAP PERFORMANCE — “Racks In The Middle,” Nipsey Hussle Featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy

    BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM (tie) — Opus, Marc Anthony
    and
    A Journey Through Cuban Music, Aymée Nuviola

    BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC ALBUM — De Ayer Para Siempre, Mariachi Los Camperos

    BEST LATIN ROCK, URBAN OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM — El Mal Querer, ROSALÍA

    BEST LATIN POP ALBUM — #Eldisco, Alejandro Sanz

    BEST ROOTS GOSPEL ALBUM — Testimony, Gloria Gaynor

    BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM — Burn The Ships, for KING & COUNTRY

    BEST GOSPEL ALBUM — Long Live Love, Kirk Franklin

    BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE/SONG — “God Only Knows,” for KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton

    BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE/SONG — “Love Theory,” Kirk Franklin

    BEST COUNTRY ALBUM — While I’m Livin’, Tanya Tucker

    BEST COUNTRY SONG — “Bring My Flowers Now,” Tanya Tucker

    BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE — “Ride Me Back Home,” Willie Nelson

    BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM — Antidote, Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band

    BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM — The Omni-American Book Club, Brian Lynch Big Band

    BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM — Finding Gabriel, Brad Mehldau

    BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM — 12 Little Spells, Esperanza Spalding

    BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO — “Sozinho,” Randy Brecker

    BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS — “All Night Long,” Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest

    BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL OR A CAPPELLA — “Moon River,” Jacob Collier

    BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION — “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite,” John Williams

    BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM — Mettavolution, Rodrigo y Gabriela

    BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM — No Geography, The Chemical Brothers

    BEST DANCE RECORDING — “Got To Keep On,” The Chemical Brothers

    BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM — Becoming, Michelle Obama

    BEST CHILDREN’S MUSIC ALBUM — Ageless Songs for the Child Archetype, Jon Samson

    BEST REGGAE ALBUM — Rapture, Koffee

    BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM — Good Time, Ranky Tanky

    BEST FOLK ALBUM — Patty Griffin, Patty Griffin

    BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM — This Land, Gary Clark Jr.

    BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM — Tall, Dark & Handsome, Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men + Dana

    BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM — Tall Fiddler, Michael Cleveland

    BEST NEW AGE ALBUM — Wings, Peter Kater

    BEST MUSIC FILM — Homecoming, Beyoncé

    BEST MUSIC VIDEO — “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus

    BEST IMMERSIVE AUDIO ALBUM — LUX, Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor

    BEST REMIXED RECORDING — “I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix),” Madonna

    BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL — When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish

    BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM — Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, Pete Seeger

    BEST ALBUM NOTES — Stax ’68: A Memphis Story, Various Artists

    BEST BOXED OR SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE — Woodstock: Back To The Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive, Various Artists

    BEST RECORDING PACKAGE — Chris Cornell, Chris Cornell

    BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA — “I’ll Never Love Again,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

    BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA — Chernobyl, Hildur Guðnadóttir

    BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA — A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper



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