ASCAP Members Take 40 Categories at 2019 Grammys

February 11, 2019

The global ASCAP family cleaned up at the 61st annual Grammys on February 10, taking 40 categories in total for their exceptional work from 2018. 

Leading the ASCAP pack: Americana heroine Brandi Carlile swept the American roots categories, earning three trophies for her album By the Way, I Forgive You and its masterful lead single "The Joke;" jazz composer, musician and bandleader John Daversa also earned three Grammys for his work on American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom, a big band album performed by over 50 "dreamers," brought into America by undocumented immigrant parents when they were children. 

Dua Lipa won the coveted Best New Artist Grammy, in addition to her Best Dance Recording trophy for "Electricity" (which she shared with ASCAPer Diplo, half of Silk City). Beck and Tori Kelly also took home two, and we were thrilled to see breakout R&B star H.E.R. earn two Grammys well - less than two years after she gave her debut live performance at the 2017 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

ASCAP members made history, too. Cardi B became the first solo female to win Best Rap Album, and after winning his 28th trophy for the Netflix documentary Quincy, ASCAP legend Quincy Jones now has the most Grammys of any living artist.

Aside from the awards themselves, ASCAP music was all over this year's Grammys. We witnessed brilliant performances from ASCAP talent Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Arturo Sandoval. "Shallow" co-writer Anthony Rossomando played guitar alongside Lady Gaga on his way to winning a Grammy for the song. Katy Perry showcased her powerful pipes on a tribute to Dolly Parton, and Ne-Yo was elegant as ever while singing and playing piano on Stevie Wonder's "Another Star" during the celebration of Motown. And in one of the nights many highlights, St. Vincent and Dua Lipa turned in an electrifying duo performance of St. Vincent's "MASSEDUCTION" (a Grammy winner for Best Rock Song) and Lipa's "One Kiss."

Finally, a special shout-out to ASCAP member Alicia Keys, as charismatic, gracious and talented a presence as the Grammys have ever brought on to host the ceremony. 

Congratulations to all of our Grammy winners for another terrific year!

Best New Artist

Dua Lipa

Best Pop Vocal Album
Ariana Grande

Best Dance Recording

Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring
Silk City, producers

Best Metal Performance

"Electric Messiah"
High On Fire

Best Rock Song
Annie Clark, songwriter (St. Vincent)

Best Alternative Music Album


Best R&B Performance

"Best Part"

Best Traditional R&B Performance

"How Deep Is Your Love"
Featuring Yebba

Best R&B Song

"Boo'd Up"
Joelle James, songwriter (Ella Mai) 

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Everything Is Love
The Carters 

Best R&B Album


Best Rap Performance

"King's Dead"
Kendrick Lamar & James Blake (PRS)

Best Rap Song

"God's Plan"
Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib (SOCAN), songwriters (Drake)

Best Rap Album

Invasion Of Privacy
Cardi B

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Dan + Shay

Best New Age Album
Opium Moon
Opium Moon

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

"Don't Fence Me In"
John Daversa, soloist 

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music of Freedom
John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists

Best Gospel Performance/Song
"Never Alone"
Tori Kelly; Victoria Kelly, songwriter  

Best Gospel Album

Hiding Place
Tori Kelly

Best Latin Pop Album

Claudia Brant
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Zoé (SACM)

Best American Roots Performance

"The Joke"
Brandi Carlile

Best American Roots Song

"The Joke"
Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

Best Americana Album

By The Way, I Forgive You
Brandi Carlile

Best Bluegrass Album
The Travelin' McCourys
The Travelin' McCourys 

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Please Don't Be Dead
Fantastic Negrito

Best Folk Album
All Ashore
Punch Brothers

Best Regional Roots Music Album
No 'Ane'i
Kalani Pe'a 

Best Children's Album

All The Sounds
Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats  

Best Comedy Album

Equanimity & The Bird Revelation
Dave Chappelle
Best Musical Theater Album

The Band's Visit
Katrina Lenk, principal soloist; Dean Sharenow, producer

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

The Greatest Showman
Benj Pasek, Justin Paul & Greg Wells, compilation producers

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Anthony Rossomando, songwriter (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)  

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
"Stars And Stripes Forever"
John Daversa, arranger

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Julian Burg, David “Elevator” Greenbaum, Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin, Alex Pasco & Jesse Shatkin, engineers (Beck) 

Best Remixed Recording

"Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix)"
Alex Crossan (PRS), remixer (Haim)

Best Immersive Audio Album

Eye In The Sky - 35th Anniversary Edition
PJ Olsson, surround mastering engineer (The Alan Parsons Project)

Best Music Video

"This Is America"
Fam Rothstein, video producer

Best Music Film

Quincy Jones
Rashida Jones, video director

Lifetime Achievement Award

Black Sabbath

Donny Hathaway

Julio Iglesias (SGAE)

Trustees Award

Ashford & Simpson

Johnny Mandel


Click here for the entire list of 2019 ASCAP Grammy nominees.