Grammys Premiere Ceremony live blog: Maverick City Music wins 4, while Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar also prevail

Sunday, February 5, is Grammys day! But while most of the eyeballs will be on the prime time telecast live tonight on CBS and Paramount+, most of the actual awards are presented in the afternoon during the Premiere Ceremony, which streams live on the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel and on Check out the complete list of Grammy winners here.

Randy Rainbow, a current Grammy nominee for Best Comedy Album, co-hosts the event, which will feature performances from multiple awards contenders representing multiple genres. Blind Boys of Alabama and La Marisoul will perform during the opening number. Also taking the stage will be world music artists Anoushka Shankar and Arooj Aftab, folk singer Madison Cunningham, jazz singer and Best New Artist nominee Samara Joy, and Latin music veteran Carlos Vives. Handing out trophies as presenters will be Babyface, Domi and JD Beck, Myles Frost, Arturo O’Farrill, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and former Recording Academy Board of Trustees Chair Jimmy Jam.

And who will win these awards? Well, the Premiere Ceremony could be historic in a couple of ways. We might learn if Viola Davis EGOTs; she’s already an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony winner, and she’s currently nominated for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling. Meanwhile, nine-time nominee Beyonce is within striking distance of becoming the most awarded artist in Grammy history; she comes into these awards with 28 career trophies, and the all-time record is held by conductor Georg Solti with 31.

We’re also likely to find out the results in categories contested by artists like Taylor Swift, Adele, Brandi Carlile, and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few. Follow along below for all the potential history in the making. Times listed are Eastern.

3:25pm — We’re a few minutes away from the start of the Premiere Ceremony. I often enjoy these awards better than the prime time telecast. They’re looser, scrappier, present a lot more awards, and feature musical performers from genres that usually don’t get a showcase in prime time. They’re great for discovering something new.

3:37pm — Starting off the show with Blind Boys of Alabama, La Marisoul, Bob Mintzer, Shoshana Bean (check out that whistle register!), the legendary Buddy Guy, and gospel performer Maranda Curtis all joining forces on “I Just Want to Celebrate,” a performance more exciting than we’re likely to get from some of the prime time entertainers. The musicianship at the Premiere Ceremony is outstanding.

3:46pm — Host Randy Rainbow announces the rules: “Keep your acceptance speeches nice and tight,” no substitute acceptors may come to the stage, only one person can speak on behalf of a group (“Jeez, this is long,” Rainbow comments). We’ll see how many people actually follow those rules.

3:49pmBest Visual Media Compilation starts off the ceremony. The award goes to “Encanto”! That means another Grammy for Lin-Manuel Miranda, who previously won for “In the Heights,” “Hamilton,” and “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana.”

3:51pmBest Visual Media Score is next, and the award goes to “Encanto” again for Germaine Franco! “The Power of the Dog” and “Succession” had been the front-runners in our odds. This is Franco’s first Grammy of her career.

3:54pmBest Video Game Score, a brand new category, is awarded to “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla”! Stephanie Economou is a first-time nominee and a first-time winner.

3:58pmBeyonce‘s night getting started with Best Dance/Electronic Recording, which she wins for “Break My Soul.” That’s her first nomination and win of the night. She breaks her tie with Quincy Jones as the second most awarded individual in Grammy history. Best Remixed Recording goes to Purple Disco Machine for Lizzo‘s “About Damn Time.” Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical goes to “Harry’s House.” That could be a sign of a good night for Harry Styles to come, though this award doesn’t always correlate to success elsewhere. It’s a good place to start, though.

4:03pmBest Immersive Audio Album goes to “Divine Tides” (Stewart Copeland and Ricky Kej). Best Instrumental Composition follows, and it awarded to Geoffrey Keezer for “Refuge.” This is his first victory after four nominations. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella goes to John Beasley for “Scrapple from the Apple.” This is his second Grammy. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals goes to Vince Mendoza for “Songbird.” It’s his seventh Grammy.

4:11pm — Moving on to Best New Age Album, which is awarded to White Sun for “Mystic Mirror.” This is their second win on their second nomination.

4:14pm — That leads us to the night’s next musical performance, by Best New Artist nominee Samara Joy. What a dynamic, timeless voice. I’m suddenly nervous about my Best New Artist prediction because if she wins there’d be absolutely nothing to complain about. You will not hear a single voice like that in prime time.

4:19pmBest Improvised Jazz Solo goes to “Endangered Species” by Wayne Shorter and Leo Genovese. Best Jazz Vocal Album is awarded to, yep, Samara Joy, who barely had a chance to catch her breath after performing. Suffice it to say this is her first Grammy. Oh, and in her acceptance speech she reveals she’s from the Bronx. Same, girl! Best Jazz Instrumental Album goes to “New Standards Vol. 1” by Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, Nicholas Payton, and Matthew Stevens.

4:25pmBest Large Jazz Ensemble Album goes to “Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra” by Steven Feifke, Bijon Watson, Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra. This is their first nomination and win.

4:27pm — Big change of pace, moving from jazz to Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, which goes to “Higher” by Michael Buble. This is his fifth Grammy, but sadly it denies Diana Ross what would have been her first ever Grammy. Best Children’s Music Album goes to “The Movement”  by Alphabet Rockers. This is their first Grammy.

4:31pmBest Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling goes to Viola Davis for “Finding Me”! And she acknowledged on stage that she achieved EGOT. More on that here.

4:35pmBest R&B Performance goes to Muni Long for “Hrs and Hrs,” denying Beyonce an award. She’s also a nominee for Best New Artist tonight. Best Traditional R&B Performance, though, does go to Beyonce for “Plastic Off the Sofa.” That’s her 30th Grammy. She’s now one away from Georg Solti’s record. Best Progressive R&B Album goes to “Gemini Rights” by Steve Lacy, who is saving my predictions right now. I’ve been getting smoked out here. But congrats to all the winners, thus far. Best R&B Album goes to Robert Glasper for “Black Radio III,” upsetting Mary J. Blige‘s “Good Morning Gorgeous” despite the fact that “Gorgeous” is up for Album of the Year.

4:40pmBest Rap Performance awarded to Kendrick Lamar for “The Heart Part 5” as widely predicted. This is his 15th Grammy. Best Melodic Rap Performance then goes to Future featuring Drake and Tems for “Wait for U.” This is the second win for Future, the fifth win for Drake, and the first win for Tems. Best Rap Song goes to Lamar again for “The Heart Part 5,” giving him his second win of the night and his 16th victory overall.

4:45pmBest Rock Performance goes to Brandi Carlile for “Broken Horses,” starting her night off right. This is her first win for rock but her seventh Grammy overall. She’s up for several more awards this year including Album of the Year for “In These Silent Days.” Best Metal Performance goes to Ozzy Osbourne for “Degradation Rules.” It’s only the fourth victory of his career. Best Rock Song brings it back to Brandi Carlile, who prevailas again for “Broken Horses.” It’s her eighth total victory and she’s got five more chances today. And wrapping up the rock categories, Best Rock Album goes to Ozzy Osbourne for “Patient Number 9,” a bi of a surprise against Black Keys’ “Dropout Boogie.” Osbourne is now a five-time Grammy winner.

4:53pmBest Alternative Music Performance, a new category, goes to Wet Leg for “Chaise Longue,” which puts yet another Best New Artist nominee on the board. Wet Leg, Muni Long, and Samara Joy will go into the Best New Artist race having already won at least one award already. Best Alternative Music Album was then presented to Wet Leg for their self-titled album. Sadly, this denies Bjork a win yet again. Poor Bjork has now lost 16 times without ever winning.

4:58pmAnoushka Shankar and Arooj Aftab perform. Aftab was a surprise Best New Artist nominee in 2022, and she won Best Global Music Performance. She and Shankar are nominated together in that category this year. A haunting and lush performance.

5:02pmBest Reggae Album goes to “The Kalling” by Kabaka Pyramid, a first-time nominee and winner at these awards. Best Global Music Performance honors go to “Bayethe” by Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikode. Best Global Music Album is awarded to “Sakura” by Masa Takumi. Anoushka Shankar’s two losses tonight now make her zero-for-nine at the Grammys.

5:10pmBest Latin Pop Album goes to Ruben Blades and Boca Livre for “Pasieros.” Blades is now an 11-time Grammy winner, while Boca Livre win for the first time. Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album goes to “Motomami” by Rosalia. This is her second win. Best Regional Mexican Music Album goes to Natalia Lafourcade for “Un Canto Por Mexico – El Musical.” This is her third win.

5:15pmTamsui-Kavalan Chinese Orchestra‘s “Beginningless Beginning” wins Best Recording Package. The Grateful Dead‘s “In And Out Of The Garden: Madison Square Garden ’81 ’82 ’83” wins Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package. Bob Mehr wins Best Album Notes for Wilco‘s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)”; this is his second win in the category on his second nomination. And Best Historical Album also goes to “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”; Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy is one of the winning producers.

5:23pmBest Country Solo Performance goes to Willie Nelson for “Live Forever.” This is the 11th Grammy of his career, and he’s got a couple more chances tonight. Best Country Duo/Group Performance goes to Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde for “Never Wanted to Be That Girl.” This is the first Grammy for both women; Pearce was nominated for the very first time, but McBryde has a half-dozen nominations. Best Country Song goes to Cody Johnson‘s “Til You Can’t,” which was written by Matt Rogers and Ben Stennis.

5:29pmBest Bluegrass Album goes to Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway for “Crooked Tree.” Tuttle is the fourth Best New Artist nominee to win a Grammy today. Best Traditional Blues Album awarded to “Get on Board” by Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. Taj Mahal won for the fourth time, and Cooder won for the seventh time. Best Contemporary Blues Album was next up, going to Edgar Winter for “Brother Johnny.” This was Winter’s first Grammy win.

5:34pmBest Regional Roots Music Album goes to Ranky Tanky for “Live At The 2022 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.” This is the second nomination and second win for Ranky Tanky, who previously took home this award three years ago.

5:37pmBest Gospel Performance/Song goes to “Kingdom” by Maverick City Music and Kirk Franklin. This is the second win for Maverick City Music and the 17th Grammy for the legendary Franklin. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song goes to “Fear is Not My Future,” which brings Maverick City Music their third Grammy and Kirk Franklin his 18th. Best Gospel Album up next, and the winner is, yep, Macerick City Music and Kirk Franklin yet again for “One Deluxe.” Maverick City is now up to four wins, and Franklin is up to 19. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album goes to “Breathe” by, you guessed it, Maverick City Music. They’ve quickly shot up to become the most awarded artist of the day so far. And Best Roots Gospel Album, where Maverick City Music isn’t nominated, is won by Tennessee State University Marching Band for “The Urban Hymnal.”

5:50pm — This joyous Carlos Vives performance is giving me life. If I were dead, this would resuscitate me.

5:55pmBest Orchestral Performance goes to “Works By Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman,” conducted by Michael Repper, a first-time Grammy nominee and winner. In accepting the award, Repper points out that this is the first time a youth orchestra has won this award.

5:57pmBest Opera Recording goes to “Blanchard: Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Best Choral Performance goes to conductor Donald Nally for “Born.” Nally is now a three-time Grammy winner. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance is awarded to “Shaw: Evergreen” by Attacca Quartet. This is their second nomination and second win in this category. Best Contemporary Classical Composition goes to “Puts: Contact” by composer Kevin Puts, and first-time nominee and winner. The Best Engineered Album, Classical is “Bates: Philharmonia Fantastique – The Making Of The Orchestra,” engineered by Shawn Murphy, Charlie Post, Gary Rydstrom, and Michael Romanowski. Producer of the Year, Classical goes to Judith Sherman. This is remarkably Sherman’s 14th Grammy.

6:16pm — I’m a sucker for folk and acoustic singer-songwriter music, so Madison Cunningham is going right to the top of my playlist after this delicate, soothing performance.

6:20pmBest Contemporary Instrumental Album goes to Snarky Puppy for “Empire Central.” This is the fifth win and fifth nomination for Snarky Puppy, who has never lost. He keeps Domi and JD Beck from becoming the fifth Best New Artist nominee to collect a Grammy. Best Latin Jazz Album goes to “Fandango At The Wall In New York” by Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Featuring The Congra Patria Son Jarocho Collective. Best Tropical Latin Album is awarded to Marc Anthony for “Pa’lla Voy.” Anthony has now won five times in his career.

6:27pmAaron Neville with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band win Best American Roots Performance for “Stompin’ Ground.” Neville has now won five Grammys. Bonnie Raitt wins Best American Performance for “Made Up Mind,” defeating Record of the Year nominee “You and Me on the Rock” by Brandi Carlile. Never underestimate Raitt, who has now won 11 times in her career … Make that 12: Best American Roots Song goes to Raitt for “Just Like That,” which is nominated for Song of the Year. But Carlile comes roaring back with a win for Best Americana Album for “In These Silent Days.” That’s Carlile’s third win today so far.

6:36pmBest Spoken Word Poetry Album goes to “The Poet Who Sat by the Door” by J. Ivy. This is the second nomination and first win for J. Ivy. This is the first year for a category exclusively dedicated to poetry.

6:40pm — Madison Cunningham’s “Revealer” wins Best Folk Album. This is her first win after four nominations. Next up is Best Comedy Album, which goes to Dave Chappelle for “The Closer.” I mean, at least it wasn’t Louis CK again, but I doubt the trans community feels very welcomed by the academy right now.

6:43pmBest Musical Theater Album goes to “Into the Woods” over reigning Tony winners “MJ the Musical” and “A Strange Loop.” Voters may have partly been inspired to pay tribute to the late Stephen Sondheim. Best Visual Media Song goes to “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” which is yet another victory for Lin-Manuel Miranda. And “Encanto” is three-for-three tonight. Best Music Video goes, as expected, to Taylor Swift‘s “All Too Well” short film. Best Music Film goes to “Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story,” which beat Adele, Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, Rosalia, and Neil Young. Wow!

6:50pm — Another new category, Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical, goes to Tobias Jesso Jr., who wrote this past year for Harry Styles, Adele, Orville Peck, and Omar Apollo, to name a few. Producer of the Year, Non-Classical goes to Jack Antonoff, who now has won eight Grammys, including this award twice in a row.

6:58pm — That’s a wrap for the Premiere Ceremony. I’m not gonna lie, I got a lot of predictions wrong this afternoon. I’m bracing myself for a predictions bloodbath this evening. Will we get a surprise as big as Jon Batiste winning Album of the Year last year?

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