The 2018 Grammy winners you need to know

Primary tabs

Leonard Cohen, The National, LCD Soundsystem and Jason Isbell picked up awards.

You probably know, or have at least figured, that Kendrick Lamar cleaned up at the GRAMMYs, which has just wrapped up at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

He won Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Music Video for ‘HUMBLE.’, Best Rap/Sung Performance for ‘LOYALTY.’, and Best Rap Album for DAMN.

Lamar – whose ‘HUMBLE.’ took out the weekend’s Hottest 100 – was outdone only by Bruno Mars, who scored seven awards.

But there were more great artists other than Kendrick who are also taking home some shiny statues.

One of the biggest upsets of the night came courtesy of The War On Drugs, whose brilliant A Deeper Understanding album beat out heavy hitters like Queens of the Stone Age and Metallica to take out Best Rock Album.

Perhaps the best category of the whole awards this year, Best Alternative Album, was taken out by The National for Sleep Well Beast. They beat out Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, Father John Misty and LCD Soundsystem.

LCD Soundsystem walked away with the award for Best Dance Recording, though, beating out an impressive field that also included other Double J favourites Bonobo and Gorillaz.

But LCD look like babies next to the winners of the Best Dance/Electronic Album award, game-changing German geniuses Kraftwerk. Their 3-D The Catalogue release – an almost five hour long live recording which documents their 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 world tour – somehow took out the gong up against great new records from Sylvan Esso and Bonobo.

 

The Best Rock Performance category was a little morbid this year, but it is good to see Leonard Cohen posthumously recognised for his brilliant song ‘You Want It Darker’ from the album of the same name. No mean feat, as he had to beat out Chris Cornell and Foo Fighters.

Foo Fighters, who are currently in Australia, didn’t leave empty-handed though. They took out Best Rock Song for ‘Run’, which is kinda fair enough because it was actually the best song in a tired, boring field. Unsure how they chose the nominees for that one. Clearly not with their ears.

You might not know ‘Feel It Still’ by Portugal The Man by name, but you’ve definitely heard it 30,000 times over the past ten months. It took out Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and, again, was the best of a bad bunch.

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, who’ll be here for Bluesfest soon, were the well-deserved winners of Best American Roots song for the heartbreaking ‘If We Were Vampires’ and Best Americana Album for their brilliant record The Nashville Sound.

The Best Traditional Blues award went to a bunch of white British blokes called The Rolling Stones and Father John Misty is forced to share his Grammy for Best Recording Package with the designers of the artwork for a compilation celebrating the work of Colombian musician Magin Diaz.

JAY-Z was honoured as the Music Industry Icon in a separate ceremony yesterday, but wasn’t able to win a single award at the ceremony proper. This is significant, as he had the most nominations of anyone with eight nods across the night. 

As for the performances on the night, Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a fiery display of some new music, while Kesha arguably stole the show with an immensely powerful performance.

Open