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Grammy Winners List. Is Anyone Closer to an EGOT?

by Nathaniel R

Lady Gaga won 3 more Grammys tonight (her total is now 9), one of which was shared by Bradley Cooper

In answer to the title question, well yes, technically. After all, any first time Grammy winner is closer to the EGOT now. But let's look at the more visible people in the mix... did anyone take a step closer than they already were? Actor/rapper/writer Donald Glover, BlacKkKlansman composer Terence Blanchard, and actress/singer Lady Gaga all won Grammys tonight but none are closer to the EGOT since they have previous Grammys at home. Glover has two Emmys (for Atlanta) and multiple Grammys (for "This is America" and the previous statue for "Redbone") but he was already halfway to the EGOT before tonight. Blanchard, nominated at the Oscars this year for the first time, now has six Grammys. Lady Gaga now has nine Grammys, but that's the only one of the four major showbiz prizes she's won. We suspect she'll get the Oscar part of the equation in just two weeks time, though.  Gaga's singing and co-starring partner in crime Bradley Cooper also picked up a Grammy, sharing the Pop/Duo prize. Yes, absurdly, he got the Grammy before the Tony (where he's been nominated once) or the Oscar (where he's been nominated 7 times across multiple categories) even though he's an A list actor and only a novice singer but showbiz can be so strange like that. One imagines he'll pick up an Emmy with ease should he ever deign to do TV again but he's steered mostly clear since Nip/Tuck. Once movie stardom hit, he was big-screen only apart from that Wet Hot American Summer sequel series.

But there are four people who did take an actual step closer to EGOT, since they added a Grammy to take another step closer...

Hugh Jackman and David Yazbek are the key EGOT hopefuls taking big steps forward tonight. With The Greatest Showman's Grammy win for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and The Band's Visit's win for Best Musical Theater Album, Hugh Jackman they're both just an Oscar away from that EGOT having already won the Tony and the Emmy. Yazbek had previously been Tony nominated for his scores to Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Dirty Rottern Scoundrels, and he's won twice for The Full Monty and The Band's Visit. But despite those multiple Tony successes The Band's Visit was his first musical to compete for the Grammy for Musical Theater Album and now he's a winner. Now he needs to start composing movie songs to complete that EGOT. 

The other two people to take a step closer were actor/singers Katrina Lenk and Ari'el Stachel who won Tonys this summer for Best Actress and Best Featured Actor for The Band's Visit and with that show's win for Best Musical Theater Album, they are now Grammy winners, too. You'll recall that awards-magnet Tony Shalhoub also won a Tony for The Band's Visit but because he does not really sing in the show -- one of the reasons we objected to his Best Actor in a Musical win -- he's not included in the win since only principal soloists are included with the composers.

Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson at last year's Grammys. They apparently didn't show tonight despite winning two of the four top prizes

And, though he only has one of the prizes, we should all keep our eye on composer/producer Ludwig Goransson. The 34 year-old Swede (who we recently discussed) had previously been nominated for several Grammys, but tonight he took home his very first for composing the score to Black Panther. He could theoretically get halfway to EGOT with just that one score since he's also nominated at the Oscars


Album of the Year "Golden Hour" - Kacey Musgraves
Song of the Year "This is America" - Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
Record of the Year "This is America"  -Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
Best New Artist Dua Lipa


Best Pop Solo Performance
“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” — Lady Gaga
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Shallow" Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Best Pop Vocal Album “Sweetener” — Ariana Grande
Best Rock Performance "When Bad Does Good" - Chris Cornell
Best Alternative Music Album “Colors” — Beck
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album “My Way” — Willie Nelson
Best Dance Recording “Electricity” — Silk City and Dua Lipa featuring Diplo and Mark Ronson
Best Dance/Electronic Album “Woman Worldwide” — Justice
Best Rock Song “Masseduction” — Jack Antonoff and Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
Best Rock Album “From the Fires” — Greta Van Fleet
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Pharrell Williams

Best Song Written for Visual Media “Shallow” — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
Best Music Video “This Is America” — Childish Gambino
Best Musical Theater Album “The Band’s Visit” — Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Katrina Lenk and Ari’el Stachel, principal soloists; Dean Sharenow and David Yazbek, producers; David Yazbek, composer and lyricist
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media “The Greatest Showman” — Hugh Jackman (and Various Artists); Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Greg Wells, compilation producers
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media “Black Panther” — Ludwig Göransson, composer
Best Comedy Album “Equanimity & the Bird Revelation” — Dave Chappelle
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling) “Faith - A Journey for All” — Jimmy Carter
Best Music Film “Quincy” — Quincy Jones; Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones, video directors; Paula Dupré Pesmen, video producer
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling) “Faith - A Journey for All” — Jimmy Carter

Best Country Solo Performance “Butterflies” — Kacey Musgraves
Best Country Album “Golden Hour” — Kacey Musgraves

Best Americana Album "By the Way, I Forgive You" - Brandi Carlile
Best American Roots Performance “The Joke” — Brandi Carlile
Best American Roots Song “The Joke” — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth, songwriters
Best Bluegrass Album “The Travelin’ Mccourys” — The Travelin’ Mccourys
Best Folk Album “All Ashore” — Punch Brothers
Best Country Duo/Group Performance “Tequila” — Dan + Shay
Best Country Song “Space Cowboy” — Luke Laird, Shane Mcanally and Kacey Musgraves, songwriters
Best Regional Roots Music Album “No ‘Ane’i” — Kalani Pe’a

Best Traditional R&B Performance “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” — Leon Bridges and “How Deep Is Your Love” — PJ Morton featuring Yebba
Best R&B Song “Boo’d Up” — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai and Dijon Mcfarlane, songwriters
Best R&B Performance “Best Part” — H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar
Best R&B Album “H.E.R.” — H.E.R.
Best Urban Contemporary Album “Everything Is Love” — The Carters
Best Rap Performance “King’s Dead” — Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake and “Bubblin” — Anderson .Paak
Best Rap Song “God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
Best Rap/Sung Performance “This Is America” — Childish Gambino

Best Latin Pop Album 
“Sincera” — Claudia Brant
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album “Aztlán” — Zoé
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) “¡México Por Siempre!” — Luis Miguel
Best Tropical Latin Album “Anniversary” — Spanish Harlem Orchestra
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 and Victoria Kelly, songwriters
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song “You Say” — Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury, songwriters
Best Gospel Album “Hiding Place” — Tori Kelly
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album “Look Up Child” — Lauren Daigle
Best Roots Gospel Album “Unexpected” — Jason Crabb
Best Traditional Blues Album “The Blues Is Alive and Well” — Buddy Guy
Best Contemporary Blues Album “Please Don’t Be Dead” — Fantastic Negrito

Best Improvised Jazz Solo “Don’t Fence Me In” — John Daversa, soloist. Track from: “American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom”
Best Jazz Vocal Album “The Window” — Cécile Mclorin Salvant
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album “American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom” — John Daversa Big Band featuring DACA Artists
Best Jazz Instrumental Album “Emanon” — The Wayne Shorter Quartet


Producer of the Year, Classical Blanton Alspaugh
Best Instrumental Composition “Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil)” — Terence Blanchard
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella “Stars and Stripes Forever” — John Daversa
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals “Spiderman Theme” — Mark Kibble, Randy Waldman and Justin Wilson, arrangers

Best Recording Package “Masseduction” — Willo Perron, art director
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package “Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic” — Meghan Foley, Annie Stoll and Al Yankovic, art directors
Best Album Notes “Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris” — David Evans, album notes writer
Best Historical Album “Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris” — William Ferris, April Ledbetter and Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical “Colors” — Julian Burg, Serban Ghenea, David “Elevator” Greenbaum, John Hanes, Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin, Florian Lagatta, Cole M.G.N., Alex Pasco, Jesse Shatkin, Darrell Thorp and Cassidy Turbin, engineers; Chris Bellman, Tom Coyne, Emily Lazar and Randy Merrill, mastering engineers
Best Remixed Recording “Walking Away (Mura Masa remix)” — Alex Crossan, remixer
Best Immersive Audio Album “Eye in the Sky - 35th Anniversary Edition” — Alan Parsons, surround mix engineer; Dave Donnelly, P.J. Olsson and Alan Parsons, surround mastering engineers; Alan Parsons, surround producer
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album “Steve Gadd Band” — Steve Gadd
Best World Music Album “Freedom” — Soweto Gospel Choir
Best New Age Album “Opium Moon” — Opium Moon

Best Engineered Album, Classical “Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11” — Shawn Murphy and Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer
Producer of the Year, Classical Blanton Alspaugh
Best Orchestral Performance “Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11” — Andris Nelsons, conductor
Best Opera Recording “Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” — Michael Christie, conductor; Sasha Cooke, Jessica E. Jones, Edward Parks, Garrett Sorenson and Wei Wu; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer
Best Choral Performance “Mcloskey: Zealot Canticles” — Donald Nally, conductor
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance “Anderson, Laurie: Landfall” — Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet
Best Children’s Album “All the Sounds” — Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats
Best Reggae Album “44/876” — Sting and Shaggy
Best Classical Instrumental Solo “Kernis: Violin Concerto” — James Ehnes; Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album “Songs of Orpheus - Monteverdi, Caccini, D’india & Landi” — Karim Sulayman; Jeannette Sorrell, conductor; Apollo’s Fire, ensembles
Best Classical Compendium “Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘spiritualist’; Poems of Life; Glacier; Rush” — Joann Falletta, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
Best Contemporary Classical Composition “Kernis: Violin Concerto” — Aaron Jay Kernis, composer

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Reader Comments (13)

Hillary Clinton won a Grammy before becoming President. It's awkward as you said.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterReginald

Correction: David Yazbek did not win the Tony for his Full Monty score. The Producers was that year, so Full Monty sadly won nothing.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

Nice to see HAIM sorta get an award for Best Remixed Recording although I believe it just goes to Mura Masa. Also, that Best Music Video category was TOUGH. Loved all the nominees, and while Tierra Whack was my pick, “This is America” is still such a perfect winner. A lot of my favorite nominees this year (like Toni Braxton, Charlie Puth, Bjork, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson) lost their respective categories, I’m still very happy they were able to get a nomination since a lot of their albums were severely overlooked last year. Especially with Toni’s “Sex & Cigarettes” it was nice to see them broadcast 1/3 of her categories (Best R&B Album) since I’m pretty sure some people literally learned tonight that she actually has a new album out (plus it was fun to see her singing along to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”). My favorite performances of the night had to have been Janelle Monae (so smooth and fun to watch), Jennifer Lopez (odd choice for Motown, but those classic Motown dance steps merged with some new school and JLo’s vocals fitting nicely with those song medley choices!) and Brandi Carlile (stunning). Overall, it was better show for me than in past years (mainly due to the visibility of Toni). Plus, good for Alicia for hosting, but some of that editing between commercial breaks/song performances/awards was very choppy.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge P.

Gaga just won a BAFTA and 3 Grammys in a single night !

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDg

Five things about the Grammys:

1. Michelle Obama guest appearance
2. Dolly Parton and Diana Ross, tied for the best in self-promotion and I loved it.
3. Brandi Carlisle's performance and wins
4. WTF JLo doing Motown?

And 5. Childish Gambino not showing up, pure shade...but ok. Deserved win.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Richard -- thanks. I misread the chart i was looking at. He won the Drama Desk, not the Tony

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Let's be honest: none of this is silly or unusual because there's about a million Grammy categories, and almost as many Emmys, so they're easier to get than Oscars. (Not easy, of course; just easier.) Just consider: everyone got in such an uproar when the Oscars wanted to have two Best Picture awards (call the "Popular Film" category whatever you want), while the Grammys have always given three top awards and the Emmys have a category for every type of TV show imaginable.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGuestguestguest


February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

Hiro Murai won for the This Is America video, so he at least has the G for his EGOT... he should already have an Emmy for directing Atlanta, but maybe that'll come soon since the Emmys always seem to be a couple steps behind.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBilly

The Grammys snubbed Vinnie Paul Abbott of Pantera in the memoriam segment. Typical. I haven't watched the Grammys in 5 years after what they did to Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham at the end of the show as they cut their performance to a commercial sponsorship. I will never forgive them for that.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

So ... the Grammys are typically a mess and have a VERY spotty track record. That said, last night's show had a lot of wonderful highlights and was extremely entertaining. Frankly, the Oscars should take note.

First off ... Alicia Keys was, surprisingly, a great host. She was warm, articulate, and communicated genuine enthusiasm for the event. If the Oscars are going to have a host again at some point, it's worth considering taking another stab at having someone other than a comedian try. Yes, Hathaway and Franco were terrible, but that doesn't mean EVERY "serious" actor would be. Maybe just find actors that don't register as checked out and insincere?

Also, there were some interesting and deserving winners ... Childish Gambino for Record and Song of the Year, Kacey Musgrave's beautiful Gold Hour for Album of the Year, St. Vincent for Rock Song ... all solid choices. The Grammys have a million categories, so of course there were some groaners.

I also loved have many out queer women performed! I love St. Vincent, and she was awesome. Janelle Monae killed it. And Brandi Carlile? Seriously, if the Grammys had as much pull as they used to, that would be a star-making performance and her album would be in the top 10 next week. I didn't love everything: J Lo's Motown tribute felt weird and frantic, Gaga's performance of "Shallow" made me miss its original incarnation, and there were a few other underwhelming moments. But all in all ... REALLY good show.

Lastly, I also think it's pretty cool that Bradley Cooper's Grammy win is for actually SINGING on a record. None of this audio-book nonsense. Who'd have thought?

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGuest

Oops ... not sure why it had me posting as "Guest." That last post was from me!

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJJM

Annoying to bring it up I know, but Bradley Cooper was also in the tv version of Limitless.

February 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBD (the real one)

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