If you were paying attention to the music world last night, then you would have noticed it was Music’s Biggest Night™. The Grammys went about in their usual overly long way, mashing together artists for awkward performances, pushing some beyond their limits and then trying to overcorrect for their past tendencies of ignoring women and POC. Dance and electronic music had its portion of the night before the main show with the two (err three) important awards given out Justice, Silk City and Mura Masa. Pharrell won producer of the year.
As we predicted, Justice won the album of the year over Jon Hopkins, TOKiMONSTA, SOPHIE and Sofi Tukker. Woman Worldwide was a live album with songs from their album Woman, mashed up with previous works. It continues a trend for live albums winning from influential acts that the Grammys have overlooked. Mark Ronson, Diplo & Dua Lipa won the best song (as predicted) with “Electricity” over Virtual Self, Fisher, Above & Beyond and Disclosure. They just had too much with the star power and crossover appeal.
Mura Masa took home a trophy for his remix of HAIM’s “Walking Away” over some uninspired competition in a category that is often quite boring and hard to predict.
Elsewhere Kacey Musgraves and Childish Gambino dominated, while Cardi B, Drake, Lady Gaga, Greta Van Fleet, Beck and Dua Lipa all took home notable awards. It was a slog to watch, but that is to be expected from Music’s Biggest Night™.