Simply as the dreaded rainfall began in Los Angeles on Sunday (Feb. 4) — akaevening — issues contained in the Crypto.com Enviornment had been a bit sunnier as artists, composers, producers and extra began to just accept the primary wins of the evening.
And all through the action-packed evening — throughout which Grammy winner Taylor Swift introduced a brand new album whereas accepting her trophy, Miley Cyrus scored her first win (“Flowers” took dwelling finest pop solo efficiency) and extra — Billboard was positioned on the purple carpet, backstage and within the viewers to report on all issues behind the scenes.
Learn on for every little thing you didn’t see on TV. (All occasions in PT.)
1:05: A gentle but communal gasp is heard backstage when Billie Eilish and Finneas settle for their pre-show award for finest track written for visible media with “What Was I Made For?” from Barbie. Equally shocked was Eilish herself, saying: “This was surprising to me… I used to be anticipating to show proper round and go away… I’m in awe, I really feel so grateful each second of my life to do every little thing that I do… Thanks to Greta [Gerwig] for making essentially the most empowering film and Margo for being so superb. Making this track saved me somewhat bit.”
1:20: Lostboy (winner, finest pop dance recording, “Padam Padam”) says the weirdest place he has heard Kylie Minogue’s hit track was at a funeral: “It’s fairly darkish… [It’s the kind of setting where if] you’re not laughing, you’re crying,” he says.
1:28: Brandon Davis and George Drakoulis from Barbie discuss concerning the movie’s success… “I don’t assume you’ll be able to [soak in the success],” says Drakoulis. “It’s change into ubiquitous. I bear in mind I used to be in New York a pair weeks after it opened and children had been going of their pink outfits… We haven’t had a monoculture in a very long time so it’s been nice to have everyone rally round one thing…We made an actual effort to ensure the musical expertise was as thrilling or as heartfelt because the movie.” When requested how the crew scored the superb collaborators on the album – together with Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish and Finneas, Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice and extra – Drakoulis has a easy reply: “No person mentioned, ‘No.’” Davis added the early funding from artists who had been seeing footage early and sitting with Greta, “It was that point spent investing and understanding the film that actually allowed individuals to put in writing the proper songs for the image.”
1:58: Seven-time Grammy nominee Victoria Monét secures her first win of the evening with finest engineered album, non-classical for Jaguar II – and 5 of the six winners come backstage to rejoice. As for the sixth winner, Monét herself, her engineers guarantee the room they FaceTimed her a bit earlier: “She’s tremendous excited… it is a nice begin to the day.”
2:27: Boygenius runs as much as the stage – in matching off-white fits – to just accept their first win of the evening for finest rock efficiency with “Not Sturdy Sufficient.” Member Lucy Dacus says, “We had been all delusional sufficient as children to assume this would possibly occur at some point…” to which member Julien Baker provides: “This band is my household.” Minutes later, the trio (which additionally consists of Phoebe Bridgers) returns to just accept a second win for finest rock track with the identical monitor and shortly after come again to just accept various music album with The Report.
2:33: Jason Isbell enters the press room to rejoice his first two Grammys of the evening (for finest American roots track with “Solid Iron Skillet” and finest Americana album with Weathervanes). When requested about his efficiency this weekend on the MusiCares live performance honoring Bon Jovi – throughout which he lined “Wished Useless Or Alive” alongside Bruce Springsteen” – Isbell known as the track the last word Americana monitor from Bon Jovi’s discography. On the similar time, on the pre-show, Paramore wins its first Grammy for finest various music efficiency with “This Is Why.”
2:48: Theron Thomas, who earlier within the day took dwelling the second-ever award for songwriter of the 12 months (a class that was launched on the 2023 ceremony), speaks concerning the class’s continued historic streak, saying: “I’m the primary Black particular person to win…I simply made historical past and it was essential. My dad informed me after I was 9 I used to be going to do that – they needed to create an award for someone as particular as myself.”
3:02: Killer Mike comes backstage holding his three Grammys – and has a lot to say. “It feels completely grand and I need to encourage individuals on the market to chase their dream…If it feels such as you’re gradual, simply preserve working your race…The one limitation you have got is your creativeness. For 20 years I’ve been saying, ‘I can do it. I can do it. I can do it.’ And in [my] twentieth 12 months of hip-hop, right here I’m doing it…I bear in mind being within the 4th grade, they mentioned it wouldn’t final two years. I bear in mind being in eighth grade and so they mentioned it wasn’t an actual artform. I bear in mind being in twelfth grade and my homeroom trainer telling me it could by no means occur. And right here we’re. The one factor that limits you is you. At 20 years outdated I assumed it was cool to be a drug supplier. At 40 years outdated I began to dwell with regrets. At 45 I began to rap about it, at 48 years outdated I stand right here a person with empathy and sympathy for the issues I’ve finished…and I’m grateful to be holding these [awards] as we speak.”
3:09: Laufey comes backstage after acting on – and successful an award – through the preshow. And whereas she’s thrilled about current occasions, she’s most pleased with what her music has impressed: “I grew up singing jazz requirements and loving jazz music and I felt somewhat bit alone in it, however I seen that nobody actually hated it both, so I made it a objective to create a group of an viewers that likes this sort of music and I feel that’s been the most important reward on this course of, discovering like-minded individuals.” Of all of these individuals, she was requested who is perhaps essentially the most shocking particular person to have reached out to date, to which she was fast to answer: “Jack Harlow.”
3:13: Quickly after successful the primary award for finest African music efficiency (for her hit “Water”), Tyla comes backstage to rejoice the historic second. “All the things that’s been taking place has shocked me, truthfully,” she says. “I really feel like God known as me to do that, in order that peace is in me, however the truth that that is taking place…Grammy nomination, Billboard Scorching 100, it simply retains piling on and I’m simply excited.” She then teased that the most effective might be but to return: “My debut album drops in March,” she says. “I’ve been engaged on it for over two years now. My album is an introduction of myself and my sound and there’s a number of bangers on there, identical to “Water,” and even higher ones.”
3:39: Successful finest album notes (for Written in Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos) was a very proud second for Deanie Parker. “I began working at Stax as a junior in highschool,” she shares, “and I assumed that I knew all of it. However this venture has been extraordinarily revealing.”
3:53: Brandy Clark wins her long-awaited first Grammy for finest Americana efficiency with “Expensive Insecurity,” which options Brandi Carlile. However, as she shares backstage, Carlile wasn’t initially supposed to be on the monitor: “Once we had been within the studio she was the one who urged we flip it right into a duet and I liked that concept, and he or she mentioned, ‘I feel we must always get somebody like Lucinda Williams to sing it with you, I’ll sing the [demo].’ Brandi began singing it and once we got here in collectively on that refrain, it actually felt like magic to me. So then I had the duty of speaking Brandi into it as a result of she had been actually adamant that she not be the characteristic, however she felt that very same magic.”
4:05: Jack Antonoff wins producer of the 12 months, non-classical, for the third 12 months – and brings engineers Laura Sisk and Oli Jacobs onstage with him (together with a beige tote bag he clutches quite tightly). About 40 minutes later, he’s backstage – and affirming that successful on this class won’t ever get outdated. “I’m increasingly more shocked. You recognize, it’s not like an enormous determination since you make [something] after which individuals you’re employed with say, ‘Do you need to throw this into the pool’ and also you’re pleased with it and also you say yeah after which whenever you see your identify come up…Anybody who tells you they’re used to it, I feel [they’re] fully stuffed with it. Laura, Oli, the Bleachers guys, the people who find themselves within the studio day-after-day…We’re so targeted on the longer term. We’re so targeted on what we’re doing. We don’t sit round after which discuss concerning the previous. You simply don’t, as a result of we’re mixing one thing to sound a sure approach. We’re writing one thing. We’re touring, actually, like, transferring ahead. The bus doesn’t go in reverse usually. And so in my life, there’s little or no trying again. And so forth days like as we speak, I really feel like I’m hit by a sentimental boulder.” Antonoff was additionally requested about his emotions about Common Music Group eradicating its roster’s music from TikTok, to which he replied: “I’d prefer it to return up… You’ve acquired an entire business like, ‘You’ve acquired to do every little thing’ after which at some point it’s like, ‘Poof.’ As an artist, you’ll be able to’t get used to getting paid much less, which they attempt to get you used to. However I feel it’s ass backwards. Is that the one which’s going to make the information?”
5:51: Lil Durk speaks about representing Chicago together with his first Grammy win, saying “I’m positively shocked, however respect it each step of the way in which, too…It was a objective for me, so it means loads. My largest factor is to maintain coming yearly, hopefully.”
5:56: Karol G celebrates her first Grammy win because the sound from the dwell debut of Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” bleeds into backstage. “I’ve finished a number of issues in my life that I by no means thought had been going to occur to me,” says Karol. “So my thoughts continues to be getting new concepts, new visions, it’s open to extra, extra, extra. I simply need to preserve working tremendous onerous, and I’m going to have God shock me…Many occasions earlier than, I might watch all of this on the opposite facet of the TV and I might ask myself the way it may ever be doable for me to be there at some point and for them to acknowledge my identify and my music and promote tickets all over the world. I discovered a method to do what I wished to do. I really feel very proud to be right here, to acknowledge that the bounds are solely in our head, to symbolize my Latin group everywhere in the world, ladies and my nation Colombia, it’s a very powerful factor for me, for them to really feel pleased with me.” Karol G additionally shared this piece of recommendation for anybody else hoping to chop via: “Social media teaches you on a regular basis to be much like everyone: how it’s important to look, how it’s important to communicate, what it’s important to put on, what it’s important to do. Simply imagine in your self. All people has their very own reward. So symbolize yours, embrace it and exit and be your self. You’re going to have extra consideration should you’re completely different than in case you are the identical as the remainder of the individuals.”
6:35: After successful her first Grammy, Lainey Wilson shares that she FaceTimed her total household backstage. “I’m on Cloud 9,” she says. “And although I’ve been at this a very long time, I’ve been in Nashville for 13 years, for some loopy cause, it nonetheless looks like tonight is the start. ”As somewhat woman, you sit in entrance of the TV And also you watch the Grammys and you consider being part of one thing like this. And you consider, ‘Man, how cool would it not be to be buddies with the individuals within the crowd and to have some mentors within the crowd of individuals which you can go to. As a result of this enterprise is loopy. And I did go searching tonight, and I discovered lots of people, not simply in nation music, who I can go to and I can ask questions. Tonight I really feel the love. I really feel the help from everyone. And like I’ve mentioned earlier than, I don’t know if each artist will get to really feel this real help, however I really feel it to my core.”
7:31: Ludwig Goransson, who was competing towards himself within the class of finest rating soundtrack for visible media (consists of movie and tv) for Black Panther: Wakanda Without end and Oppenheimer ended up successful for the latter. “At this Grammy Awards being nominated with Christopher Nolan and likewise Ryan Coogler for Black Panther and “Elevate me Up,” it’s simply such an unbelievable time for me as a result of I like writing music with movie, and I like writing music with artists. And it’s such an amazing feeling to have the ability to rejoice each of these worlds that I’m working in on the similar occasion…Music has at all times been a spot the place you’ll be able to create your personal world or go to completely different worlds or dream away from the place you might be for the time being, and that’s very near cinema…And what I like is to mix each of these artwork types…that’s that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing. That’s why I’m right here.”
7:57: Because the bass from Burna Boy’s historic Grammys efficiency vibrates all through backstage, songwriter Khris Riddick-Tynes was celebrating his win for finest R&B track with SZA’s “Snooze.” He calls SZA “an incredible reality teller. She has the flexibility to inform the reality in a approach that simply hits everyone’s coronary heart and, you realize, she’s the juice and we’re simply there to help that.”
8:04 :Backstage erupts in applause as Victoria Monet wins finest new artist.
8:31: Sluggish claps could be heard backstage as Trevor Noah proclaims that Taylor Swift – having simply received album of the 12 months for Midnights – turns into the primary artist to ever win the class 4 occasions.
8:36: After the ceremony wraps, Coco Jones is the primary artist to return backstage to rejoice her win for finest R&B efficiency with “ICU,” saying this win is correct on time. “The entire uncertainty could be answered by God’s timing for you,” she says. “I’ve been pursuing this since I used to be 9 and to reap the advantages at the moment makes far more sense than I may have ever imagined…I’m very clear about my journey… I’ve to be the inspiration for the subsequent younger Black woman as a result of that’s what I used to be in search of…I’ll do my finest to open extra doorways for ladies like me.”
8:54: Billie Eilish and Finneas took dwelling track of the 12 months for the second time, with their Barbie hit “What Was I Made For?” The famous person siblings have began to tease a brand new album, and backstage reveal that this track particularly is what helped to get them again on monitor: “We had actually been writing completely nothing earlier than we had that chance to put in writing for Barbie,” says Eilish. “We had been working three days per week and never developing with stuff. And even when we had been developing with stuff, it simply didn’t really feel proper. Didn’t really feel good. Didn’t really feel actual. And I acquired actually anxious. I acquired nervous. I felt prefer it was gonna be over, somewhat bit. I used to be in a very darkish place and it’s form of onerous to assume again to it, however Greta got here to us and he or she provided us this life altering factor that we didn’t actually understand was gonna be life altering like that. And we wrote that track 24 hours after we noticed the film, and we wrote it in below two hours, if not one hour. And truthfully, from then on, we had been simply inventive once more. It woke us up and acquired us again on our factor.”
9:07: After successful three Grammys tonight, boygenius spoke on the recently-announced hiatus whereas backstage, saying this looks like a becoming finish level. “I assume we simply didn’t inform anyone, however we informed one another in the beginning of this venture that it could have a finite date, like a finite period of time dedicated to it. And we accomplished that point, and now we stroll into the sundown,” says member Phoebe Bridgers. Julien Baker provides, “It feels good to have a cap on what we’ve finished.”
9:44: Victoria Monet closes out the night, coming backstage to rejoice her finest new artist win. She mirrored on what she mentioned in her acceptance speech, about this win being a “15-year pursuit,” including backstage: “ I feel the one factor which you can maintain on to when pursuing one thing for this lengthy is the truth that you really actually like to do it,” she says. “I genuinely love making music and doing it with the those who I do it with. In order that’s been my figuring out issue on whether or not I ought to cease or preserve going and due to the individuals round me and the camaraderie inside us and the creativity we really feel collectively, I really feel so honored to be on this journey with everybody who is part of my music so I’ve so many thank yous to present out. I don’t know what the heck I mentioned throughout my speech, however I’ve so many extra thank yous to present.”