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Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons receives Grammy

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Monday, Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons received a Grammy award for the recording made by the Boston Symphonic orchestra under his leadership, according to information from the official website.

Deutsche Grammophon’s released ‘Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No.10’ performed by the Boston Symphonic orchestra and Nelsons received a Grammy award in the Best Orchestral Performance category.

‘Thinking Out Loud’ by songwriter Ed Sheeran and singer Amy Wadge was awarded a Grammy in the Best Song category. Ed Sheeran also received a Grammy in the Best Pop Solo Performance.

‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson was awarded a Grammy in the Record of the Year category.

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album was recognized as the album of the year and received a Grammy in the Best Pop Vocal Album category.

Kendrick Lamar received five Grammy awards – Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for his ‘Alright’ song, Best Rap Album for his ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his ‘These Walls’ song.

Lady Gaga’s performance during the award ceremony was dedicated to British legend David Bowie, who passed away earlier this year. Lady Gaga performed fragments from ten of Bowie’s songs, including ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Heroes’. Although she was criticized for paying more attention to the visuals of the performance rather than music, Lady Gaga nonetheless received thunderous applause at the end of her performance.

22-year-old Megan Trainor received her Grammy in the Best New Artist category.

Alabama Snakes received a Grammy in the Best Rock Song for their ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’ song. Their ‘Sound & Color’ album received an award as the Best Alternative Music Album.

‘The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern’ album by Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap received a Grammy in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.

Skrillex and Diplo duo received a Grammy in the Best Dance/Electronica Album for their ‘Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack U’.

The award for Best Dance Music category went to ‘Where Are U Now’ performed by Skrillex and Diplo with vocals from Justin Bieber.

‘Drones’ album by Muse received a Grammy as the Best Rock Album.

The Best Metal Performance award was given to Ghost for their ‘Cirice’ song.

Grammy in the Best Urban Contemporary Music Album was awarded to Canadian band The Weeknd for ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ album. The band’s song ‘Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)’ was awarded in the Best R&B Performance category.

D’Angelo and the Vanguard won the Best R&B Song category with ‘Really Love’ and the Best R&B Album with their ‘Black Messiah’ album.

Chris Stapleton’s ‘Traveller’ won the Best Country Solo category and the Best Country Album category.

Little Big Town band’s ‘Girl Crush’ won the Best Country Song Duo/Group Performance.

Lionel Richie was chosen as the MusiCares person of the year. Richie is four-year Grammy honoree. John Legend, Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Bryan all performed in his honour.

Unfortunately, the performance of Adele was somewhat soured by technical difficulties: her microphone broke in the middle of her performance of ‘All I Ask’ ballad.


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