What We Didn’t See During the Grammys

This year, over 90 Grammy Awards were handed out, but only a small portion of them were actually televised for all to see. So, while we saw “history being made” with Beyoncé winning her 32nd Grammy (marking the most wins of all time), a huge hip hop celebration of 50 years, Adele winning her fourth Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance and Ben Affleck not trying very hard to hide his boredom with the whole thing, there is a lot that we didn’t get to see. Some of these moments could have been comical to have witnessed. Others were just a crying shame. Here is what we all missed:

Viola Davis Talked Her Way into a Grammy

While at first glance winning a Grammy for Best Audiobook, Narration & Storytelling doesn’t sound all that important, for Viola Davis, it gave her an even higher honor. Winning the award for her memoir, Finding Me, Davis became the next person to become an EGOT. (An EGOT winner is someone who has won all four major American entertainment: Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy). Only 17 other people have completed that feat including Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Alan Menken. Meanwhile on the BBC, the network promoted Beyoncé’s big night with an image of Davis. Oops.

No Love for ABBA

The Swedish quartet known as ABBA already had an achievement with a comeback album 40 years after their last one, The Visitors, which was released in 1981. Despite ABBA’s popularity, the group had never been nominated for a Grammy before. This year they were nominated for four (Best Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Voyage and Best Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the song “Don’t Shut Me Down.”) While it did seem like a stretch that they would we walking away with their first Grammy, it is shame that CBS didn’t make a bigger deal about this other than one “superfan” gushing over their love for the group.

Special Merit Awards Not Worth Mentioning?

A separate Special Merit Awards ceremony was held that gave Lifetime Achievement Awards to Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson (Heart), The Supremes, Nirvana, Bobby McFerrin, Slick Rick and Nile Rodgers. It’s too bad that they couldn’t come up with a special tribute. One highlight shown in the video below is Dr. Andy Hilebrand, creator of auto-tune who said that he didn’t realize that his new technology “would corrupt music for the rest of my life.”

Maverick City Music Took Over

Usually, different Christian music artist win the different Grammy categories for Christian music. This year, Maverick City swept them all. Maverick City Music won for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (for Breathe) and with the help of Kirk Franklin, won three more for Best Gospel Album (Kingdom Book One Deluxe), Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (“Fear is Not My Future”) and Best Gospel Performance/Song (“Kingdom”)

Still Talking About Bruno

Disney’s film Encanto took three awards away from others including Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Includes Film and Television), Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Song Written for Visual Media (“We Don’t Talk About Bruno”).

Sorry We Missed These Award Speeches

When was the last time you remember a marching band receiving a Grammy? Well, this year the Tennessee State University Marching Band won a Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album titled The Urban Hymnal.

There were some unique contenders for the arranger’s award, Best Arrangement, Instrumental of A Cappella including “Main Titles” from the film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, “How Deep is Your Love” (a rendition of the Bee Gee’s tune) by Kings Return and “As Days Go By” (an arrangement of the Family Matters TV show’s theme song) but the winner was “Scrapple from the Apple” by SWR Big Band.

What’s in a Name?

Other awards we missed:

  • Best Children’s Music Album: The Movement by Alphabet Rockers
  • Best Reggae Album: The Kalling by Kabaka Pyramid
  • Best Bluegrass Album: Crooked Tree by Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
  • Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Empire Central by Snarky Puppy

(Main image: CBS/Grammy.com)

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