The Renaissance was in full effect, with Mrs. Carter picking up four Grammys off the strength of her latest album -- Best Dance/Electronic Recording, Best Dance/Electronic Album, Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. Even Lizzo used some of her time on stage accepting the Record of the Year Grammy to show love to Queen Bey. But when it came to the biggest categories of the evening, she was largely shut out -- leading some fans to declare that she was robbed.
Kendrick Lamar was the second biggest winner of the night, taking home three Grammys.
One of the other biggest moments of the evening included the Hip-Hop 50 tribute, curated by Questlove. The medley performance included a retrospective of 50 years of hip-hop, featuring Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, LL Cool J, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Salt-N-Pepa, Rakim, Public Enemy, De La Soul, Ice T, Queen Latifah, Method Man, Big Boi, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Nelly, Too $hort, The Lox, GloRilla and Lil Uzi Vert.
Other highlights included:
- The closing performance featured DJ Khaled's "God Did" with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend and Jay-Z.
- The evening’s performers included: Bad Bunny, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Quavo and Mary J. Blige.
- Quavo performed “Without You” with Maverick City Music as part of the In Memoriam segment.
- Mary J. Blige performed “Good Morning Gorgeous”
- Dr. Dre was presented with the new Global Impact Award, which will be named after him going forward.
- Viola Davis became the 18th ever EGOT (that's Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner, as she collected a trophy for Best Audio Book, Narration & Storytelling.
Abbreviated List of Winners in Relevant Categories
Record of the Year: Lizzo - "About Damn Time"
Album of the Year: Harry Styles - Harry’s House
Song of the Year: Bonnie Raitt - "Just Like That"
Best New Artist: Samara Joy
Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele - "Easy on Me"
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Sam Smith & Kim Petras - "Unholy"
Best R&B Performance: Muni Long - "Hrs & Hrs"
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Beyoncé - "Plastic Off the Sofa"
Best R&B Song: Beyoncé - "Cuff It"
Best Progressive R&B Album: Steve Lacy - Gemini Rights
Best R&B Album: Robert Glasper - Black Radio III
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar - "The Heart Part 5"
Best Melodic Rap Performance: Future Featuring Drake & Tems - "Wait for U"
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Part 5 (writers Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar & Matt Schaeffer)
Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
Best Gospel Performance/Song: Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin - "Kingdom"
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin - "Fear Is Not My Future"
Best Gospel Album: Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin - Kingdom Book One (Deluxe)
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin - Breathe
Best Música Urbana Album: Bad Bunny - Un Verano Sin Ti
Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording: Viola Davis - Finding Me
Best Spoken Word Poetry Album: J. Ivy - The Poet Who Sat by the Door
Best Comedy Album: Dave Chappelle - The Closer
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Harry Styles - Harry’s House
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Jack Antonoff
Best Remixed Recording: Lizzo - About Damn Time (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
Best Music Video: Taylor Swift - All Too Well: The Short Film