61st Annual Grammy Awards

61st Annual Grammy Awards
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DateFebruary 10, 2019 (2019-02-10)
8:00–11:45 p.m. EST
February 11, 2019 (2019-02-11)
2:00–5:45 a.m. CET
LocationStaples Center, Los Angeles
Hosted byAlicia Keys
Most awardsChildish Gambino & Kacey Musgraves (4 each)
Most nominationshttp://www.grammy.com/ Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS
Viewership19.9 million[1]

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 10, 2019, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.[2][3] Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys hosted.[4][5] During her opening monologue Keys brought out Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, each of whom spoke about impact that music had on their lives.[6]

The ceremony recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018.[7] Nominations were announced on December 7, 2018.

Dolly Parton was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year two days prior to the Grammy Awards on February 8, 2019.[8]

Kendrick Lamar received the most nominations, with eight. Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves tied for the most wins of the night with four each.[9] Childish Gambino did not attend the Grammys and became the first major award winner to be absent from the ceremony since Amy Winehouse in 2008.[10] "This Is America " producer Ludwig Göransson and recording engineer Riley Mackin accepted the Record of the Year Grammy on behalf of Childish Gambino.

Nominations announcement

Nominations were to be announced on December 5, 2018, but were delayed to Friday, December 7, 2018 following the death and state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.[3][11]

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