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The Grammy Awards, which honor the best in music from jazz to pop, are handed out Sunday in New York.

Various trophies were awarded in the afternoon, before the biggest names hit the red carpet for the 60th Grammy Awards. The main show, with host James Corden, starts at 7:30 ET/4:30 PT on CBS.

Come back for updates and see how many prizes are awarded to Jay-Z, who leads this year’s nominations pool with eight nods, including album of the year for 4:44

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At the early awards ceremony:

Paul Shaffer hosted the “premiere” pre-ceremony and served as musical director with his World’s Most Dangerous Band. The premiere Grammy ceremony featured the first awards of the day in over 70 categories.

6:00 Shaffer ends the early show, telling the audience to get over to the main Grammy program starting at Madison Square Garden. “Get a drink, make it a double. We’ll see you over there,” he says.

5:55 Greg Kurstin wins producer of the year for his work, which includes Concrete and Gold (Foo Fighters), Dear Life (Beck) and Wall of Glass (Liam Gallagher). Kurstin won in 2017 for his work on Adele’s 25 album. 

5:53 Ed Sheeran, snubbed from the general field, wins best pop vocal for Divide.

5:50Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 by various artists wins best traditional pop vocal album. Although not technically a winner, Bennett himself takes the stage saying, “I am so thrilled to see my son receive this award. What a beautiful night.” Producer and son Dae Bennett says, “It’s like being in a movie. … That’s all I can remember because he’s standing right here.”

5:46 Chris Stapleton heads back on the stage for best country duo for Broken Halos. “This is unbelievable,” says Stapleton who thanks his frequent recording partner, Mike Henderson.

5:44 Stapleton takes forever to get to the stage to accept his award for best country solo performance for Either Way. “I’m out of breath, I just ran six miles to get up here,” says Stapleton, who had just walked in the door to hear his name called.

5:40 Kendrick Lamar wins two Grammys in a row, for best rap song and best rap performance in Humble. Big night for Lamar and the big show hasn’t even started.

5:39 The Weeknd’s Starboy wins best urban contemporary album. “In all seriousness, The Weeknd lives right around the corner from me. I’ll make sure he gets this,” says presenter Jimmy Jam.

5:35 Bruno Mars is on the Grammy scoreboard for best R&B performance with That’s What I Like, which also wins best R&B song. Jimmy Jam accepts saying, “I’ll pass this off to Bruno on my way home.” Within a minute, it seems, Mars also wins best R&B album for 24K Magic

5:32Foo Fighters win best rock song for Run. The band is not present.

5:28 The late legend Leonard Cohen wins best rock performance for You Want It Darker.

5:25 A black-hooded Ice-T takes the stage with Body Count to pound out Black Hoodie: “People talk about police brutality like it’s something new, I’ve been talking about it for 20 years.” He dedicates the song “to all the people killed by police.”

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5:19 Lisa Loeb is back, this time with a Grammy win for best children’s album Feel What U Feel. “Oh my gosh,” she says, reading a speech scrawled on an envelope from the hotel. “I feel so shaky.”

She thanks many people, including her two young children and her “in-laws and babysitters. Enabling me to go the studios and go on the road.” Not often a shout-out for babysitters.

5:17 The youngest son of Bob Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, takes best reggae album for Stone Hill. While the band plays Give It Up, Marley is not present.

5:13 Aimee Mann wins best folk album for Mental Illness. Mann is not present to accept the award.

5:10 Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ win best contemporary blues album for TajMo. Mahal whoops excitedly into the mike. “We are trying to keep the culture moving forward, keep on greasin’ the wheels,” says Mahal.

5:09 The Rolling Stones win best traditional blues album for Blue & Lonesome. The Stones are not present at the pre-show … obviously.

5:07 A bluegrass tie! Between Laws of Gravity by The Infamous Stringdusters and All the Rage by Rhonda Vincent and The Rage.

4:54 Reba McEntire wins best roots gospel album for Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. McEntire accepts her first Grammy in 24 years, explaining it is an odd to see a country artist up for the gospel award.

“But I have been singing these songs all my life,” she say, “It’s so great to get those songs on the album.”

The album is about healing hearts. “That’s what God put me on this Earth for. Music is so healing. I love my job. I’m so grateful to get to do it,” says McEntire. “I’m going to give this back to God.”

 4:49: CeCe Winans wins again for best gospel album Let Them Fall In Love. Her son, Alvin Love III, accepts again, “Thank you mom, God bless.”

4:44 Gospel legend Winans wins the Grammy for best gospel song for Never Have to Be Alone. Collaborator son Love III accepts, thanking his mother, “for recording the song and giving birth to me as well.”

4:30 Jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn gets the place jumping with her Moanin’ performance. Standing ovation. Breathtaking. Ledisi comes onstage and demands more applause for Horn. “Isn’t she amazing?” Ledisi asks.

4:17 Loeb looks stunning in a resplendent gray-sparkled gown (and the trademark glasses) giving out classical awards, including best orchestral performance for Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber.

4:12 Lin-Manuel Miranda wins best song written for visual media for How Far I’ll Go, sung by Auli’i Cravalho in Moana. Miranda is not present to accept.

4:09 Hurwitz is right back for more, winning best score soundtrack for La La Land. He says, “I’ll guess I’ll thank a few more people. Director Damien Chazell. He touches every single detail of the movie, I owe so much to you.”

4:08La La Land wins best compilation for soundtrack. Composer Justin Hurwitz accepts.

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4:05 Dear Evan Hansen takes best musical theater album, bringing composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to the stage. After winning an Oscar for La La Land, they are one step closer to EGOT, needing an Emmy.

4:04 Carrie Fisher gets a Grammy! The late actress wins the Grammy for best spoken word for her best-selling The Princess Diarist. 

3:57 Shakira wins best Latin pop album for El Dorado. Shakira is not present to accept the award.

3:53 A fully blue-adorned India Arie sings her song I Am Light, asking the rapt audience to listen to the inspirational lyrics. “I’m not the mistakes that I have made/ Or any of the things that caused me pain/ I am not the pieces of the dream I left behind.”

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3:47 Mars’ 24K Magic wins best engineered album.  Engineers Serban Ghenea, John Hanes and Charles Moniz accept the award, dedicating it to master engineer Tom Coyne, who died in April.


3:38 “It’s a tie!” Tyson announces for best recording package. He’s not joking. A Grammy tie between El Orisha De La Rosa and  Pure Comedy (Deuxe Edition). 

3:31 Only Grammy-nominated astrophysicist presenter Neil deGrasse Tyson could point out that not only are the Grammys turning 60, but so is NASA. He gives the Grammy for best instrumental composition to Arturo O’Farrill for Three Revolutions.

3:30 HBO’s The Defiant Ones, about the friendship between music legends Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, wins best music film.

3:37 Lamar’s Humble receives best music video. Lamar’s first Grammy of the night is in the bag. Lamar is not at the premiere event.

3:23 Shaffer gives out the first Grammy for best dance recording for Tonite by LCD Soundsystem. They are not at the ceremony, so Shaffer calls out “darling” to hand the award to a female stage attendant. “When I say ‘darling,’ I mean it with the most ‘Me Too’ kind of respect,” says Shaffer.


3:20 Shaffer points out there are 75 awards going out in the premiere ceremony. So please keep “acceptance speeches short and sweet.” Winners have 45 seconds “and the clock starts ticking as soon as your name is announced.” It’s going to move fast.

3:09 Shaffer kicked off the show with his World’s Most Dangerous Band playing the Rolling Stones classic Bitch. It’s the first time the band has played together since the Late Show with David Letterman went off the air.


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