The 66th annual Grammy Awards Ceremony has taken place in Los Angeles.
For 2024, the Recording Academy has added three categories – African Music Performance, Alternative Jazz Album and Pop Dance Recording – to an already voluminous list. This year, 94 categories were judged.
The Grammy for Contemporary Classical Composition was awarded to composer-violist Jessie Montgomery for Rounds, in a category that also featured recorded work by Thomas Adès, Andy Akiho, William Brittelle and Missy Mazzoli.
The award for the year’s outstanding Classical Solo Vocal Album went to Julia Bullock for Walking in the Dark. The Grammy for Classical Instrumental Solo was presented to pianist Yuja Wang for The American Project. The award for Classical Compendium went to Passion for Bach and Coltrane, performed by Alex Brown, Harlem Quartet, Imani Winds, Edward Perez, Neal Smith and A.B. Spellman.
The Grammy for Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance was awarded to the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth for Rough Magic. The award for Choral Performance went to Finland’s Uusinta Ensemble and Helsinki Chamber Choir for Saariaho: Reconnaissance (read Limelight’s review).
The Grammy for Score Soundtrack for Visual Media was won by composer Ludwig Göransson for his work on Oppenheimer. Barbie the Album was judged Best Compilation soundtrack for Visual Media (Billie Eilish and Finneas’ song What Was I Made For? was also awarded Best Song Written for Visual Media). Veteran composer John Williams collected his 26th Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for Helena’s Theme (from the film Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny).
Composers Stephen Barton and Gordy Haab took home a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media (for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor).
In the Jazz categories, the Instrumental Album Grammy was presented to composer-pianist Billy Childs for The Winds of Change. Samara Joy was judged Best Performance for Tight.
The Grammy for Alternative Jazz Album went to Meshell Ndegeocello for The Omnichord Real Book. Best Latin Jazz Album was awarded to Miguel Zenón and Luis Perdomo for El Arte del Bolero Vol. 2. The award for Large Jazz Ensemble Album went to The Count Basie Orchestra (directed by Scotty Barnhart) for Basie Swings the Blues.
Musical Theatre Album was awarded to the original Broadway cast album Some Like It Hot (Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman).
In the pop and rock categories, the alt-rock supergroup boygenius (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus) collected Grammys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song (for Not Strong Enough), from the band’s eponymous debut album, which was also judged Best Alternative Music Album. Australia’s Kylie Minogue collected her first Grammy in 19 years for Padam Padam. The Grammy for Best Rock Album went to Tennessee band Paramore for This Is Why. Taylor Swift won her fourth Grammy for album of the year.