BMI Congratulates Its 2019 GRAMMY Winners

  • Full list of winners, categories•

Music’s biggest night returned to Los Angeles’ Staple Center, last night, for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, and true to form, a robust showing of BMI affiliates went home with the gold.

Childish Gambino’s incendiary single “This is America” made history by being the first rap song to win both the Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

The song also earned GRAMMYs for Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Performance. Kacey Musgraves also took home four awards, claiming Best Country Solo Performance for “Butterflies,” Best Country Song for “Space Cowboy” and both Best Country Album and Album of the Year for Golden Hour.

Lady Gaga made multiple trips to the stage as well to collect the awards for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” and both Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Shallow.”

Composer Ludwig Göransson graced the stage not only for his contribution as producer of Childish Gambino’s “This is America” earning Song of the Year, but also to collect the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media award for Black Panther.

In addition to the well-deserved accolades, the evening was punctuated by several unforgettable performances. Among the highlights, Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, Young Thug and J Balvin kicked off proceedings with an explosive performance of “Havana,” augmented by legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

Lady Gaga brought the house down with an emphatic performance of “Shallow,” flanked by Mark Ronson on guitar. Shawn Mendes delivered a stirring performance of “In My Blood” as a duet with Miley Cyrus.

Cyrus also joined in for an all-star tribute to Dolly Parton with Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Parton herself reprising favorites like “Here You Come Again,” “Jolene,” “Red Shoes” and more.

Dan + Shay dazzled with a rendition of “Tequila” that found Shay sustaining a single note that got the room on its feet. Kacey Musgraves delivered and soulfully elegant rendition of “Rainbow,” and after medley of “Stay” and “Rockstar,” Post Malone teamed up with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a performance of their song “Dark Necessities.”

Jennifer Lopez performed a homage to Motown Records, Travis Scott brought a rambunctious crowd of hip-hop fans onstage for a vigorous airing of “Can’t Say” and the legendary Diana Ross rang in her 75th birthday with a rapturous performance of “The Best Years of My Life” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).”

Congratulations to all the BMI winners! Below is the complete list.

Record Of The Year

“This is America”

Childish Gambino

Donald Glover & Ludwig Göransson, producers; Riley Mackin, engineer/mixer

Album Of The Year

Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves

Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, producers; Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters

Song Of The Year

“This is America”

Donald Glover & Ludwig Göransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”

Lady Gaga

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance


Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

My Way

Willie Nelson

Best Dance Recording


Silk City & Dua Lipa* Featuring Diplo* & Mark Ronson

Silk City, producers; Josh Gudwin, mixer

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Woman Worldwide

Justice (SACEM)

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Steve Gadd Band

Steve Gadd Band

Best Rock Song


Jack Antonoff, songwriter (St. Vincent)

Best Rock Album

From the Fires

Greta Van Fleet

Best R&B Performance

“Best Part”

H.E.R.* Featuring Daniel Caesar (SOCAN)

Best R&B Song

“Boo’d Up”

Larrance Dopson, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

Best Rap Performance

“King’s Dead”

Jay Rock & Future



Best Rap/Sung Performance

“This Is America”

Childish Gambino

Best Rap Song

“God’s Plan”

Daveon Jackson & Brock Korsan, songwriters (Drake)

Best Country Solo Performance


Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Duo/Group Performance


Dan + Shay

Best Country Song

“Space Cowboy”

Kacey Musgraves, songwriter (Kacey Musgraves)

Best Country Album

Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves

Best New Age Album

Opium Moon

Opium Moon

Best Jazz Vocal Album

The Window

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album


The Wayne Shorter Quartet

Best Latin Jazz Album

Back to the Sunset

Dafnis Prieto Big Band

Best Gospel Performance/Song

“Never Alone”

Tori Kelly* featuring Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Best Roots Gospel Album


Jason Crabb

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

¡México Por Siempre!

Luis Miguel

Best American Roots Song

“The Joke”

Dave Cobb, songwriter (Brandi Carlile)

Best Bluegrass Album

The Travelin’ McCourys

The Travelin’ McCourys

Best Traditional Blues Album

The Blues is Alive and Well

Buddy Guy

Best Folk Album

All Ashore

Punch Brothers

Best Reggae Album


Sting (PRS) & Shaggy

Best Musical Theater Album

The Band’s Visit

David Yazbek, producer; David Yazbek, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

The Greatest Showman

(Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Black Panther

Ludwig Göransson, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media


Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)

Track from: A Star Is Born

Best Instrumental Composition

“Blut Und Boden (Blood And Soil)”

Terence Blanchard, composer (Terence Blanchard)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

“Spiderman Theme”

Randy Waldman, arranger (Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic

Al Yankovic, art director (“Weird Al” Yankovic)

Best Album Notes

Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris

David Evans, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical


Cassidy Turbin, engineer (Beck)

Best Immersive Audio Album

Eye in the Sky – 35th Anniversary Edition

Alan Parsons, surrounds mix engineer; Alan Parsons, surround-mastering engineer; Alan Parsons, surround producer (The Alan Parsons Project)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Anderson, Laurie: Landfall

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Kernis: Violin Concerto

Aaron Jay Kernis, composer (James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Best Music Video

“This is America”

Childish Gambino

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