The Biggest Night in Music Belonged to ASCAP
Sunday night at The Grammys, ASCAP members dominated the stage, both as winners and performers. We are thrilled to announce that ASCAP members won Grammys in a total of 38 categories, including a sweep of the three major categories of the night: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. ASCAP members also showed their creative strength across the musical spectrum, not only in the pop and urban categories, but also in dance, jazz, bluegrass, classical, contemporary Christian, and Latin music categories.
One of the big winners of the night was songwriter-producer Greg Kurstin, whose collaboration with Adele earned him Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the Year (both for "Hello") as well as Album of the Year for Adele's 25. Kurstin also took home a Grammy for Producer of the Year. In fact, it was some of ASCAP top songwriter/producers who helped Adele win the top Album prize. In addition to Kurstin, those who had a hand in crafting the songs on 25 included Max Martin, Danger Mouse, Samuel Dixon, Paul Epworth, Ariel Rechtshaid, Shellback, Tom Elmhirst, Alex Pasco, Michael Ilbert and Mike Piersante.
ASCAP members also illuminated the stage with performances that were by turns passionate, political and powerful. Among the highlights: An epic nine-minute performance by Beyoncé singing two of her songs, "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles," turned into a celebration of motherhood and pride for "every child of every race;" Katy Perry debuted a provocative and politically-pointed new song, "Chained to the Rhythm," (which topped the Billboard/Twitter "Trending 140" chart on Friday and broke Spotify records over the weekend) with Skip Marley; and The Weeknd performed his most recent Top 20 single, "I Feel it Coming" with Daft Punk.
Below is a small sampling of ASCAP's Grammy winners. View the full list here.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
25 by Adele
Max Martin, Danger Mouse, Samuel Dixon, Paul Epworth, Greg Kurstin, Ariel Rechtshaid, Shellback, producers; Samuel Dixon, Tom Elmhirst, Michael Ilbert, Greg Kurstin, Mike Piersante, Ariel Rechtshaid, engineers/mixers
SONG OF THE YEAR
"Hello" by Adele
Greg Kurstin, songwriter
RECORD OF THE YEAR
"Hello" by Adele
Greg Kurstin, producer
Tom Elmhirst, Greg Kurstin and Alex Pasco, engineers/mixers
BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
"Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls
Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback, songwriters
BEST DANCE RECORDING
"Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers, feat. Daya
Drew Taggart, producer; Jordan Young, mixer
BEST RAP SONG
"Hotline Bling" by Drake
Paul Jefferies, songwriter
BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
"Cranes In The Sky"
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
"Cheap Thrills" (Sia feat. Sean Paul) • "Hello" (Adele) • "Love You To Death" (Tegan and Sara) • "Million Years Ago" (Adele) • "Something In The Way You Move" (Ellie Goulding) • "Water Under The Bridge" (Adele)