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KEVIN COSTNER OPENS UP ABOUT HIS PAST Relationships And How He Met His Soulmate



Kevin Costner, a winner of several awards for acting, is also talented in other departments, namely directing, producing, and of course, women. The Field of Dreams and Dancing with Wolves star was once one of Hollywood’s most sought after men – well, he still might be.

Being one of Hollywood’s most successful, and good-looking not to mention, sure has its perks but it also has its temptations and downfalls. Costner is no stranger to failed relationships and affairs but as you’ll see, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

After having relationships with many women, even having children with some of them, could it be that the Hollywood supposed womanizer eventually found true love? Read on to find out…

The Perfect First Marriage

Kevin Costner met his first wife and love at California State University, Fullerton. She was a homecoming queen nominee, and she played Snow White at Disneyland. The name of this raven-haired beauty was Cindy Silva. They fell in love while studying together at CSUF, and then tied the knot in 1987.


In a 1989 interview, Costner said, “She was beautiful, she was sweet, she was smarter than me.” He added, “She represented everything about women that I like.” The happy couple had three children together; Annie, Lily, and Joe. But the marriage did not stay happy for long.

Costner Wanted Freedom

The public thought that they had a perfect marriage. Kevin and Cindy undoubtedly presented it that way. He and Cindy even owned a racehorse named “Proudtobetogether.” He looked like he was a caring, loving, and honest man. But later interviews showed a tad bit different side of Kevin Costner.


In 1987 he was not subtle when he said, “I have a big thirst. A big taste for things . . . I hate the fact that I’ve lived by somebody else’s rules, and I’ve somehow missed out on something.” The business colleagues were not shocked at all. But fans, fans were outraged. He was a total contradiction of Kevin’s image they loved.

End of the Marriage

They both put a lot of effort into making Costner’s critically acclaimed film Dances With Wolves, the movie that won six Oscars. While Kevin was busy on the film set, Cindy did stage managing and boosted morale during the long South Dakota shoot by hosting film crew parties. All while she had a full-time job – taking care of their kids.


Everything seemed perfect, but not for long. Soon the first rumors of Costner’s infidelity began hitting the tabloids. It became too much for Cindy, and they announced they had reached their end. In a joint divorce statement, they wrote, “After 16 years together, we are ending our marriage. We have amicably resolved all issues regarding our children and financial affairs, and a full marital settlement has been reached.” The divorce was finalized in 1994. But Kevin’s love life was far from over. Bryce Duke Postgame Media AvailabilityPauseNext video0:00 / 0:00Full-screenThe video is not available because it’s restrictedError code 300

Unsurprising News

The news of the divorce wasn’t surprising at all. Costner revealed he knew it was coming in an interview before the official announcement came out. He said, “The temptations are pretty strong—and there’s a hungry world out there waiting for you to fall. So you can’t even dabble without paying a huge price. I try to conduct my life with a certain amount of dignity and discretion—but marriage is a hard, hard gig.”


His friends and close associates described Costner as a man who instinctively came on to any woman he felt attracted to. He even admitted in an interview with People magazine in 1989, “The package isn’t important. I have a real appreciation for women.” And he would prove that he was a man of his word when rumors began swirling about his many, many lovers…

A Messy Affair

Kevin’s affairs brought him something unexpected, besides the divorce – he got a fourth child. But it took a paternity test for Costner to accept Bridget Rooney’s word that she gave birth to their child. His fourth child, Liam Costner, was born in 1996, two years after his divorce.


Costner tried to show the world that he is a good dad. After the paternity test came back positive, his fatherly instincts kicked in, and he immediately opened up a trust fund for the boy. But they are rarely seen hanging out together.

Was It Just One Affair?

But that wasn’t the only affair Kevin had. According to some unconfirmed rumors, Kevin was in an extra-marital affair with Halle Berry in 1989. Those were the darker days of his marriage to Cindy, and Halle Berry was a new rising star.


It was said that they began dating around the time Halle starred in 12 episodes of Living Dolls. On the other side, Costner was working on Field of Dreams. Neither Kevin nor Halle ever confirmed the rumors about the affair, but they still hang out together and are still friends.

Irresistible Michelle

While Kevin was still married, he spent some time wooing Michelle Pfeiffer, despite the risk of more tabloid exposure. Pfeiffer is famous for Scarface, Dangerous Liaisons, and Batman Returns, and many more. To make things more interesting, both Bridget Rooney and Michelle played the feline Batman character; the same one Halle Berry would go on to portray at a later time.


It seems like Costner has a weakness for women who portray Cat Woman, but it is hard to say. However, he wanted to play Michelle Pfeiffer’s love interest in the Italian love story Taming Ben Taylor. But unfortunately, the film never made it out of production.  

The Fire in the Bedroom

Bobbie Jean Brown is famous for a few things. She dated Tommy Lee, she starred in Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” video (a memorable 80s hair metal melody which climaxes with her being sprayed by a firehose) and dating a bunch of men from Hollywood. The last part happened after Tommy Lee left her for Pamela Anderson, and she even released a memoir.


She spared no detail in her salacious tell-all memoir, Dirty Rocker Boys: Love and Lust on the Sunset Strip. Coincidentally, one of those rocker boys who got hot for her was Kevin Costner. At his grand abode, she accidentally derailed a romantic moment by setting fire to his bedroom.

A Womanizer

But that is not the only memoir that mentioned Kevin. TV and movie star Peggy Trentini mentioned Kevin in her steamy 2012 memoir, called Once Upon a Star: Celebrity Kiss and Tell Stories. Peggy and Kevin hooked up while not long after his separation from Cindy in the 1990s. In her memoir, Peggy described Kevin as fun and sexy, but not falling-in-love material.


In her tell-all, she said, “He was so fun and flirty, but I never took him seriously because my friends all told me he was a huge womanizer.” She also said that Costner would have his friends bring lots of women to his house so he could “find a hot girlfriend.”

“Aphrodite” Caught His Eye

In 1995, Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Mighty Aphrodite caught Costner’s attention. What really caught his attention was Mira Sorvino’s award-winning portrayal of a carefree prostitute called Linda Ash. Kevin recognized an up-and-coming Hollywood starlet, so he courted her on her rise to fame.


Kevin and Nora’s affair lit up the tabloids in 1993, a year before his divorce with Cindy went through. They made every tabloid headline. But as quickly as their love sparked, it diminished at the same speed. It looks like it just wasn’t meant to be.

Transforming Effect

Kevin Costner has had an effect on the women he has had affairs with. One example of this is Holly Sampson. This hot and steamy meet-up happened in 1994 while Costner was still married. The actress confessed the story to an internet radio show in May of 2009.


By the time they got together, the actress had already appeared in The Wonder Years, My Two Dads, Matlock, and Beauty and the Beast. In Pretty Cool (2001), she played a mainstream porn role as a teacher in a teen comedy. But then she got more seriously involved in the adult film industry in 1998, under aliases like “Nicolette.”

Dating a Supermodel

Kevin’s divorce in 1994 was a freeing experience for him. As he said, he missed out on a lot while being married. He tried to make the most out of his single life, and he wasn’t exclusively going after actresses. A rumored affair with supermodel Naomi Campbell hit the tabloid pages in the mid-1990s.


The supermodel had begun her career as a 15-year-old and shot to fame as a household name. As one of the biggest names in modeling, her dating partners did not go unnoticed. She was engaged to U2 bassist Adam Clayton, as well as Formula One racer Flavio Briatore.

Even More Rumors

The rumors just kept on coming. This time it was Karin Reznack. She is known for starring in Her Alibi (1989) and Clara’s Heart (1988). She’s also a screenwriter and production assistant who worked as Martin Efland’s assistant during the production of Clara’s Heart.


She married well-known film director John Bryum in the late 1990s. According to these pieces of information,  Costner and Reznack probably got together in the early 90s, likely while he was still married and more careful with publicity.

Loyal Ex-Girlfriend

Here is another example of Kevin’s significant influence on the women he dated. In the late 1990s, Brigit Cunningham dated Kevin Costner for three years. The relationship ended up with her going into recovery. She also had a lot of personal issues, so not long after the breakup, she checked herself into rehabilitation—reason, alcohol abuse.


Despite the events, she stayed loyal to Kevin. She showed that in 2006. At that time, Costner was in the middle of the lewd behavior scandal stemming from a massage that he received at a five-star hotel in 2004. Brigit stated, “Kevin is very romantic and tender, he would never do anything so vulgar. He is Mr. Perfect, squeaky clean if a little naïve when it comes to realizing the effect he has on girls.”

Romance and Rumors

Angie Everhart – the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model who made her Hollywood debut with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Last Action Hero. She even ranked 98th most sexy woman in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2003 issue. As far as her love life goes, this gorgeous redhead was engaged to both Sylvester Stallone and Joe Pesci.


According to some rumors, she also spent some time with Kevin. The paparazzi even spotted the pair having a dinner date in 1995, and the news instantly hit the tabloids. But this fling didn’t last long. Not much later, she married comedian and singer-songwriter, Ashley Hamilton.

Another Brief Fling

Back in 1995, the Friends star, Courtney Cox, briefly dated Kevin Costner. There is not much information about this relationship because the couple kept everything secret. It seemed like it was becoming serious, but this fling also ended abruptly.


But fate connected them once again in 2001. This time they shared the big screen in the action-adventure crime movie, 3000 Miles to Graceland. But by then, she had moved on, because she got married. Cox and David Arquette, who also starred in 3000 Miles to Graceland, tied the knot in 1999.

Year of Affairs

Kevin was on a streak in 1995. This time, his girlfriend was Cheryl Tiegs. She was the American supermodel, and her success was the reason they put “super” in front of the “model.” She graced the covers of Time magazine and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Also, she launched a signature brand sportswear line.


Costner found her irresistible, and during the hot August nights of 1995, he made room for romantic rendezvous with the fashion beauty who seemed to find the Field of Dreams star stunning.

The Fight Night

Cal Ripken, the famous baseball player, was on an incredible game-playing streak. In the span of five years, he was always in a starting lineup. But he allegedly broke down in 1997, and he was about to miss a start. Luckily the lightning malfunction occurred, and the game was canceled.


​According to rumors, Kevin was the cause of his breakdown. Cal returned to his house after he left for a game because he had forgotten something. When he arrived at his home, he caught Kevin Costner in his bed with his wife, Kelly. According to some versions, a fight ensued between the two of them.

Good Morning America

Costner was restless in his search for love. This time, he courted Joan Lunden. Joan was a host of ABC’s popular Good Morning America until 1997. His new love tangle coincided with the Waterworld promotion and quickly became a hot story in media circles. Unfortunately, a lightning storm of tabloid and media attention was so intense it severed the couple’s relationship.


As Lunden recalls, “He got this yacht, and we sailed around New York Harbor and had dinner. It was quite romantic and quite beautiful.” She also said, “I think Kevin and I would have dated longer had it not been for the unbelievable press focus on us.”

A Live-in Girlfriend

When 1996 came, Costner decided to put his life as a bachelor behind. He started dating the Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson. He was absolutely charmed by the fantastic celeb model, actress, businesswoman, and TV host, and their relationship quickly progressed into a “serious” one.


Costner said, “I feel I have met my equal with this beautiful, talented, funny, and lovely person.” Within months the couple moved in together. Costner substituted the singles lifestyle for domestic stability, but unfortunately, it was short-lived. The relationship was over by the end of the year.

Yet Another Affair

Costner was in a serious relationship, and it seemed that he was ready to tie the knot again with beauty Elle Macpherson. But he slipped into another affair and then back into bachelorhood. The single life called him, and he answered the call.


In the meantime, he seduced Italian-French Supermodel and pop singer Carla Bruni. Bruni was one of the world’s first supermodels, and she was also known as France’s First Lady. She earned that nickname after dating French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Bruni also dated Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.

A Good Year

Costner received many accolades for his two very successful films in 1997. The nomination for a Golden Globe Award came for his outstanding performance in Tin Cup (1996). He was also honored with a nomination for a Saturn Award for his film The Postman (1997).


The year started great, and it even got better. Costner met news anchor and the Miss America pageant winner, Tawny Little. They secretly dated in 1997 and 1998. Besides Costner, Tawny had relationships with Ron Silver and Burt Reynolds, as well.

A Steamy Rumor

During the filming of For the Love of the Game, Costner enraged another friend. This time it wasn’t a professional baseball player, but a colleague, actor John Travolta. Costner and his co-star Kelly Preston became the focus of a brief tabloid spark. At the time, Preston was married to John Travolta. Naturally, the rumors of his wife hooking up with someone are guaranteed to cause a man to lose his mind.


The tabloids constantly wrote about a possible romance between Costner and Preston. They believed that passion transferred from the storyline and the set into more intimate, offscreen places. Neither Costner nor Preston addressed the press allegations.

True Love?

Costner’s search to find true love and the perfect wife lead him into the hands of beautiful Christine Baumgartner. Christine is a model and fashion handbag designer. Costner wooed her for some time, and she fell in love with the double-Oscar winning Dances With Wolves actor. Coincidentally, Baumgartner’s alma mater is California State University Fullerton, too.


The first time they met was in the late 1980s. Costner was practicing golf for his role in Tin Cup, but at the time, he was married. But when they ran into each other again in 1998, things ended up differently. He said, “When I met Christine, I wasn’t prepared to be in love again. It took me a long time before I said, ‘I love you’ to her, a long time.”

End of Bachelorhood

Costner led a pretty much wild and crazy life as a single man. He admitted it himself, saying, “When I wanted some company in my life, I was like the classic single guy—who do I love this week, who next week? I wouldn’t even use the word ‘love’ with someone, because that makes things trickier.”


But with Christine in his arms, things began to change. They started dating in 1998 when she was 33, and he was 53. But by 2002, they hit a rough patch and separated. Christine wanted family and children, but Costner wasn’t ready for that.

Cold Feet

Costner wasn’t prepared to start a new family and have more children. Christine told him that she could wait for him to change his mind, but not for long. But somehow, he pulled it together in time and saved their relationship. “Fear kept me from marrying Christine,” Costner said. Adding, “[She] wanted a child, but I was afraid I couldn’t be an effective father.”


They dated for four years, and when it ended, he realized, “‘Am I going to lose a beautiful woman who is willing to be with me to my very last breath because I am afraid to say yes to a child?’ Looks like being single again was the wake-up call Costner needed.

Tying the Knot

Costner and Baumgartner were back together, and by 2003 they were engaged. They tied the knot at Costner’s sweeping 165-acre Colorado estate just outside of Aspen, on September 25, 2004. The wedding was unusual, at least. It was like a scene from the movie. He arrived in a covered wagon, and she came in a vintage, restored green pickup truck.


It was first “I do,” for Christine, and for Costner, it was second and hopefully last time. And this time, he stayed faithful. Costner’s friend David Giammarco knew it was going to work out, because he told, “Kevin and Christine are like kids together, really in love.”

A Family Man

The happy couple welcomed their first son, Cayden, after three years of marriage. This time Costner showed a genuine commitment as he took some time off acting to spend time helping out at home. His work shifted from time-demanding film projects to follow-up, side projects like investing in a centrifuge machine.


He also toured with his country-rock band Modern West, but it looked like he had dropped out of the scene altogether. He had certainly left his tabloid-attracting lifestyle behind. His new role as a father was once again his main focus.

Seven Kids

In 2009, the new Costner family welcomed their second son, Hayes. Year after, in 2010, came their third child, a daughter Grace. With his first three from his marriage with Cindy, and adding his son Liam with Bridget Rooney, Costner was now the father of seven children.


In 2011, Costner shared his perspective about his family saying, “They’re outstanding children, and I see them making steps every day, and the one thing I pray for in life is not success but being able to raise my children and that nothing happens to me in the next 20 years.”

Old Dad

“It’s complicated being an older dad. When your kids are born, and you are already in your 60s, it’s something to consider. I want it to be me who tells them about the secrets, the beauty, the betrayal, and everything that is in life. I don’t want them to learn from someone else,” Costner commented.


His sentiments reveal his commitment to family and, for Baumgartner, a real sign that he has wholly reformed from his swinging singles days. Those days were over, and he was ready to give his life for his kids and family.

A Recovered Swinger

Costner came a long way from boasting about how good is his singles lifestyle. Nowadays, the only thing he boasts about is his kids’ accomplishments and gifts. He revealed this side of himself in a 2007 interview with Good Housekeeping.


He said he doesn’t pick favorites, but he revealed, “[I’ve] always been really close to my girls, but all of my kids are showered with love.” Being a father looks natural for Costner, just like success and acting.

Losing Another Love in 2012

2012 was a difficult year for Costner. He lost a person who was very dear to him – Whitney Houston. In his own words, “She was my one true love.” The two stars formed a strong bond when they acted alongside each other in the 1992 film, The Bodyguard.


After Houston passed away at the age of 48, Costner gave an emotional speech at her funeral. He even blamed himself for her death, saying, “I let her down, I should have been there and I wasn’t and now for the rest of my life I will have to live with that pain. I saved her then, I should have saved her now.” As tough as this period was, Costner needed to carry on.

Hollywood Calls Back

Family life was a massive commitment for Costner, and he took a break from acting. But as the kids grew up, he started to get back to his old work. In 2013, Costner took the role of Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel. But that wasn’t an easy decision for him.


He talked about making the film saying, “I won’t make a movie unless I have the ability to do it the way I want, so I hold my breath for a very long time. At this point in my life, I don’t want to make a movie I don’t want to make or one that somehow gets manipulated in a way I don’t feel comfortable with.”ADVERTISEMENT

A Fulfilling Life

Making movies has been very fulfilling for Costner, but nothing can compare to fatherhood. In his words, “Movies are magic, and they’ve always been magic to me. You get to play heroes in the movies, but there’s a moment in time where you’re just a father, and you get to go home.”ADVERTISEMENT


He added, “I have played two roles in my life, one I get paid to do, which is the movies, and the other one is being a father, for which I’ll be rewarded my whole life.”ADVERTISEMENT

A Happy Ending

On one occasion, Costner said, “I have never wanted to be afraid in my life, but after my divorce, I was. The pain of that experience had been so strong that I never wanted to go through it ever again.” But the tumultuous marriage and bumpy midlife experience taught him a huge life lesson.ADVERTISEMENT


“Sometimes, you learn the thing you’re most afraid of will save your life,” Costner said. And with almost two decades together and three beautiful children alongside his drop-dead gorgeous wife, things are good. You could almost say that Christine saved his life, and she deserves to have such a loving and committed husband.ADVERTISEMENT

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Veteran actor, Chidi Mokeme

In this interview with NAOMI CHIMA, veteran actor, Chidi Mokeme, gives an insight into his travails battling with Bell’s palsy, a condition that paralysed half of his face; and the sacrifices he made towards fitting into the character, Scar, in the action-packed drama series, Shanty Town

How challenging was it battling with Bell’s palsy?

It was quite challenging. This happened while we were in the middle of promotional tours for the movie, 76. I couldn’t be part of the tours; you know how it is when you have done the work or be part of a job that is as beautiful as 76, part of the joy of it is to join to show it around to people, be there, live and see their reactions and receive criticisms, good or bad.

And to go from there and know that I won’t be able to work for some time until my face is sorted out, was a challenging time.

When did you experience this ailment and what were the symptoms?

It happened in 2016. I woke up and felt that one part of my body and my face wasn’t feeling alright. By the time I managed to get up, conversations became difficult because I was no longer in control of half of my face. So, the first impression was that it was a stroke because it had the same symptoms as a stroke. But at the hospital, they said it was Bell’s palsy.

You made a heroic return to acting with your role in Shanty Town after experiencing such a medical condition, how did that make you feel?

I did what I would do with other roles in Shanty Town. As an actor, I gave it my shot. That’s the mindset that I approach every character with. With the advent of social media and the likes, we were able to get so much love. It feels good to have great reviews though.

How challenging was it to work on you becoming Scar?

It was quite challenging because Scar was a deep character. It was an embodiment of a lot of issues, both mental and psychological. The character himself was dealing with a lot and all of that was moulding the way that he was responding to society. To be able to embody all of that and project it in such a way that you can see through it in every scene, it was difficult, trying to embody the character and keep it consistent. But I guess we tried our best and the reviews have been very nice.

What motivated you to take up the villain role in Shanty Town?

I think for every actor, the basic motivation first and foremost is always the script. So you see a good script and you like it, you feel drawn to it and then you want to do it. So, it was the same thing with Shanty Town. I saw it and I was immediately drawn to it.

You had to take packets of cigarettes per day just for the role, why? Did you consider the health implications?

(Laughs!) Sometimes as creative people, we put ourselves in a sort of arms way. We do stunts and so many dangerous things to make the story as believable as possible. For most of the guys on the street, smokers are addicted to forms of stuff and the effects of years and years of consistent smoking have these telltale signs on the eyes, lips and voice. So, what I sort of tried to do for Scar was to give him a crash course, and put him in a comfortable place around all that smoking, all that cigarettes, and just make it look like it was second nature.

Will there be more of you playing the role of an antagonist in other movies?

Everybody knows that I love to play the villain. I am comfortable being an antagonist. The bad guy has a kind of swag and personality; we have different shades of the bad guy across both sides. Scar was just one. There would be a lot of bad guys, each of them coming with their own personality. I love the bad guy roles, you just need good morals to be a good guy, but I always liked a dirty, bad guy because it takes a lot more from you.

You are a multilinguist, how has that influenced your career?

It is an added advantage; it is something every Nigerian aspires to do. That’s the spirit of one Nigeria. I was fortunate to have been able to live in different parts of the country by design; I had my primary school in Lagos State, secondary school in Niger State and then went on to the east to continue my higher education. It’s an advantage because movies are ‘boundary-less.’ Ability to tell stories in whatever type of language as we already see in a multicultural society like Nigeria with different ethnic groups is a gift.

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Temilade Openiyi, known better as Tems

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), on Monday, hailed singer Temilade Openiyi, known better as Tems, for his creative prowess that led to his Grammy Award.

The President joined fans and lovers of Nigerian music all over the world in celebrating new heights of recognition of the Afrobeat crooner after she won the “Best Melodic Rap Performance” category at the Grammy Awards.

In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Monday, Buhari extolled Tems “for showcasing her talent to the world, with dedication and hard work, which, again, has placed Nigeria in the spotlight for excellence.

“The President lauds all Nigerian nominees for this year’s Grammy, including Burna Boy, for pursuing their passion with vigour and continuously reinventing global entertainment, with creativity.

“President Buhari thanks the creative industry, particularly managers, producers and directors, for encouraging talents, like Tems, who have taken Nigeria’s culture and tourism to the world, further displaying the resourcefulness and potential of a great nation.”

The President wishes Tems, her partners, colleagues and well-wishers more years of glory.

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Tems becomes the first female Nigerian artiste to win a Grammy award as she wins the ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ category on Sunday night for her role in ‘Wait for U’, the 2022 hit song by Future featuring Drake.

Here is the full list of nominees and winners for the 2023 Grammys — with winners on top of each category and in bold:

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Jack Antonoff | WINNER

Dan Auerbach



Dernst “D’mile” Emile II

Songwriter of the year, non-classical

Tobias Jesso Jr. | WINNER

Amy Allen

Nija Charles


Laura Veltz

Music film

“Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story” — (Various Artists); Frank Marshall & Ryan Suffern, video directors; Frank Marshall, Sean Stuart & Ryan Suffern, video producers | WINNER

“Adele One Night Only” — Adele; Paul Dugdale, video director; Raj Kapoor & Ben Winston, video producers

“Our World” — Justin Bieber; Michael D. Ratner, video director; Kfir Goldberg, Andy Mininger & Scott Ratner, video producers

“Billie Eilish Live At The O2” — Billie Eilish; Sam Wrench, video director; Michelle An, Tom Colbourne, Chelsea Dodson & Billie Eilish, video producers

“Motomami (Rosalía Tiktok Live Performance)” — Rosalía; Ferrán Echegaray, Rosalía Vila Tobella & Stillz, video directors

“A Band A Brotherhood A Barn” — Neil Young & Crazy Horse; Dhlovelife, video director; Gary Ward, video producer

Music video

“All Too Well: The Short Film” — Taylor Swift; Taylor Swift, video director; Saul Germaine, video producer | WINNER

“Easy On Me” — Adele; Xavier Dolan, video director; Xavier Dolan & Nancy Grant, video producers

“Yet To Come” — BTS; Yong Seok Choi, video director; Tiffany Suh, video producer

“Woman” — Doja Cat; Child., video director; Missy Galanida, Sam Houston, Michelle Larkin & Isaac Rice, video producers

“The Heart Part 5” — Kendrick Lamar; Dave Free & Kendrick Lamar, video directors; Jason Baum & Jamie Rabineau, video producers

“As It Was” — Harry Styles; Tanu Muino, video director; Frank Borin, Ivanna Borin, Fred Bonham Carter & Alexa Haywood, video producers

Song written for visual media

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” [From “Encanto”] — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Carolina Gaitán – La Gaita, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & “Encanto” Cast) | WINNER

“Be Alive” [From “King Richard”] — Beyoncé & Darius Scott Dixson, songwriters (Beyoncé)

“Carolina” [From “Where The Crawdads Sing”] — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)

“Hold My Hand” [From “Top Gun: Maverick”] — Bloodpop® & Stefani Germanotta, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

“Keep Rising (The Woman King)” [From “The Woman King”] — Angelique Kidjo, Jeremy Lutito & Jessy Wilson, songwriters (Jessy Wilson Featuring Angelique Kidjo)

“Nobody Like U” [From “Turning Red”] — Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (4*Town, Jordan Fisher, Finneas O’Connell, Josh Levi, Topher Ngo, Grayson Villanueva)

Musical theater album

“Into The Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording)” — Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Patina Miller & Phillipa Soo, principal vocalists; Rob Berman & Sean Patrick Flahaven, producers (Stephen Sondheim, composer & lyricist) (2022 Broadway Cast) | WINNER

“Caroline, Or Change” — John Cariani, Sharon D Clarke, Caissie Levy & Samantha Williams, principal vocalists; Van Dean, Nigel Lilley, Lawrence Manchester, Elliot Scheiner & Jeanine Tesori, producers; Jeanine Tesori, composer; Tony Kushner, lyricist (New Broadway Cast)

“MJ The Musical” — Myles Frost & Tavon Olds-Sample, principal vocalists; David Holcenberg, Derik Lee & Jason Michael Webb, producers (Original Broadway Cast)

“Mr. Saturday Night” — Shoshana Bean, Billy Crystal, Randy Graff & David Paymer, principal vocalists; Jason Robert Brown, Sean Patrick Flahaven & Jeffrey Lesser, producers; Jason Robert Brown, composer; Amanda Green, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

“Six: Live On Opening Night” — Joe Beighton, Tom Curran, Sam Featherstone, Paul Gatehouse, Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss, producers; Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast)

”A Strange Loop” — Jaquel Spivey, principal vocalist; Michael Croiter, Michael R. Jackson, Charlie Rosen & Rona Siddiqui, producers; Michael R. Jackson, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

Comedy album

“The Closer” — Dave Chappelle | WINNER

“Comedy Monster” — Jim Gaffigan

“A Little Brains, A Little Talent” — Randy Rainbow

“Sorry” — Louis CK

“We All Scream” — Patton Oswalt

Folk album

“Revealer” — Madison Cunningham | WINNER

“Spellbound” — Judy Collins

“The Light At The End Of The Line” — Janis Ian

“Age Of Apathy” — Aoife O’Donovan

“Hell On Church Street” — Punch Brothers

Spoken word poetry album

“The Poet Who Sat By The Door” — J. Ivy | WINNER

“Black Men Are Precious” — Ethelbert Miller

“Call Us What We Carry: Poems” — Amanda Gorman

“Hiding In Plain View” — Malcolm-Jamal Warner

“You Will Be Someone’s Ancestor. Act Accordingly.” — Amir Sulaiman

Americana album

“In These Silent Days” — Brandi Carlile | WINNER

“Things Happen That Way” — Dr. John

“Good To Be…” — Keb’ Mo’

“Raise The Roof” — Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

“Just Like That…” — Bonnie Raitt

American roots song

“Just Like That” — Bonnie Raitt, songwriter (Bonnie Raitt) | WINNER

“Bright Star” — Anaïs Mitchell, songwriter (Anaïs Mitchell)

“Forever” — Sheryl Crow & Jeff Trott, songwriters (Sheryl Crow)

“High And Lonesome” — T Bone Burnett & Robert Plant, songwriters (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss)

“Prodigal Daughter” — Tim O’Brien & Aoife O’Donovan, songwriters (Aoife O’Donovan & Allison Russell)

“You And Me On The Rock” — Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius)

Americana performance

“Made Up Mind” — Bonnie Raitt | WINNER

“Silver Moon [A Tribute To Michael Nesmith]” — Eric Alexandrakis

“There You Go Again” — Asleep At The Wheel Featuring Lyle Lovett

“The Message” — Blind Boys Of Alabama Featuring Black Violin

“You And Me On The Rock” — Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius

American roots performance

“Stompin’ Ground” — Aaron Neville With The Dirty Dozen Brass Band | WINNER

“Someday It’ll All Make Sense (Bluegrass Version)” — Bill Anderson Featuring Dolly Parton

“Life According To Raechel” — Madison Cunningham

“Oh Betty” — Fantastic Negrito

“Prodigal Daughter” — Aoife O’Donovan & Allison Russell

Tropical Latin album

“Pa’lla Voy” — Marc Anthony | WINNER

”Quiero Verte Feliz” — a Santa Cecilia

“Lado A Lado B” — Víctor Manuelle

“Legendario” — Tito Nieves

” Imágenes Latinas” — Spanish Harlem Orchestra

“Cumbiana II” — Carlos Vives

Latin jazz album

“Fandango At The Wall In New York” — Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Featuring The Congra Patria Son Jarocho Collective | WINNER

“Crisálida” — Danilo Pérez Featuring The Global Messengers

“If You Will” — Flora Purim

“Rhythm & Soul” — Arturo Sandoval

“Música De Las Américas” — Miguel Zenón

Contemporary Instrumental Album

“Empire Central” — Snarky Puppy | WINNER

“Between Dreaming And Joy” — Jeff Coffin

“Not Tight” — DOMi & JD Beck

“Blooz” — Grant Geissman

“Jacob’s Ladder” — Brad Mehldau

Producer of the Year, Classical

Judith Sherman | WINNER

Jonathan Allen

Christoph Franke

James Ginsburg

Elaine Martone

Engineered Album, Classical

“Bates: Philharmonia Fantastique – The Making Of The Orchestra” — Shawn Murphy, Charlie Post & Gary Rydstrom, engineers; Michael Romanowski, mastering engineer (Edwin Outwater & Chicago Symphony Orchestra) | WINNER

“Beethoven: Symphony No. 6; Stucky: Silent Spring” — Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

“Perspectives” — Jonathan Lackey, Bill Maylone & Dan Nichols, engineers; Joe Lambert, mastering engineer (Third Coast Percussion)

“Tuvayhun – Beatitudes For A Wounded World” — Morten Lindberg, engineer; Morten Lindberg, mastering engineer (Anita Brevik, Nidarosdomens Jentekor & Trondheimsolistene)

“Williams: Violin Concerto No. 2 & Selected Film Themes” — Bernhard Güttler, Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Christoph Stickel, mastering engineer (Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams & Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Contemporary classical composition

“Puts: Contact” — Kevin Puts, composer (Xian Zhang, Time for Three & The Philadelphia Orchestra) | WINNER

“Akiho: Ligneous Suite” — Andy Akiho, composer (Ian Rosenbaum & Dover Quartet)

“Bermel: Intonations” — Derek Bermel, composer (Jack Quartet)

“Gubaidulina: The Wrath Of God” — Sofia Gubaidulina, composer (Andris Nelsons & Gewandhausorchester)

“Simon: Requiem For The Enslaved” — Carlos Simon, composer (Carlos Simon, MK Zulu, Marco Pavé & Hub New Music)

Classical compendium

“An Adoption Story” — Starr Parodi & Kitt Wakeley; Jeff Fair, Starr Parodi & Kitt Wakeley, producers | WINNER

“Aspire” — JP Jofre & Seunghee Lee; Enrico Fagone, conductor; Jonathan Allen, producer

“A Concert For Ukraine” — Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; David Frost, producer

“The Lost Birds” — Voces8; Barnaby Smith & Christopher Tin, conductors; Sean Patrick Flahaven & Christopher Tin, producers

Classical Solo Vocal Album

“Voice Of Nature – The Anthropocene” — Renée Fleming, soloist; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist | WINNER

“Eden” — Joyce DiDonato, soloist; Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor (Il Pomo D’Oro)

“How Do I Find You” — Sasha Cooke, soloist; Kirill Kuzmin, pianist

“Okpebholo: Lord, How Come Me Here?” — Will Liverman, soloist; Paul Sánchez, pianist (J’Nai Bridges & Caen Thomason-Redus)

“Stranger – Works For Tenor By Nico Muhly” — Nicholas Phan, soloist (Eric Jacobson; Brooklyn Rider & The Knights; Reginald Mobley)

Classical instrumental solo

“Letters For The Future” — Time For Three; Xian Zhang, conductor (The Philadelphia Orchestra) | WINNER

“Abels: Isolation Variation” — Hilary Hahn

“Bach: The Art Of Life” — Daniil Trifonov

“Beethoven: Diabelli Variations” — Mitsuko Uchida

“A Night In Upper Town – The Music Of Zoran Krajacic” — Mak Grgić

Chamber music/small ensemble performance

“Shaw: Evergreen” — Attacca Quartet | WINNER

“Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Volume 2 – The Middle Quartets” — Dover Quartet

“Musical Remembrances” — Neave Trio

“Perspectives” — Third Coast Percussion

“What Is American” — PUBLIQuartet

Choral performance

“Born” — Donald Nally, conductor (Dominic German, Maren Montalbano, Rebecca Myers & James Reese; The Crossing) | WINNER

“Bach: St. John Passion” — John Eliot Gardiner, conductor (English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir)

“Verdi: Requiem – The Met Remembers 9/11” — Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Donald Palumbo, chorus master (Michelle DeYoung, Eric Owens, Ailyn Pérez & Matthew Polenzani; The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

Opera recording

“Blanchard: Fire Shut Up In My Bones” — Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Angel Blue, Will Liverman, Latonia Moore & Walter Russell III; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus) | WINNER

“Aucoin: Eurydice” — Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Barry Banks, Nathan Berg, Joshua Hopkins, Erin Morley & Jakub Józef Orliński; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

“Davis: X – The Life And Times Of Malcolm X” — Gil Rose, conductor; Ronnita Miller, Whitney Morrison, Victor Robertson & Davóne Tines; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Odyssey Opera Chorus)

Orchestral performance

“Works By Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman” — Michael Repper, conductor (New York Youth Symphony) | WINNER

“Adams, John Luther: Sila – The Breath Of The World” — Doug Perkins, conductor (Musicians Of The University Of Michigan Department Of Chamber Music & University Of Michigan Percussion Ensemble)

“Dvořák: Symphonies Nos. 7-9” — Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

“Eastman: Stay On It” — Christopher Rountree, conductor (Wild Up)

“John Williams – The Berlin Concert” — John Williams, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker)

Roots gospel album

“The Urban Hymnal” — Tennessee State University Marching Band | WINNER

“Let’s Just Praise The Lord” — Gaither Vocal Band

“Confessio – Irish American Roots” — Keith & Kristyn Getty

“The Willie Nelson Family” — Willie Nelson

“2:22” — Karen Peck & New River

Contemporary Christian music album

“Breathe” — Maverick City Music | WINNER

“Lion” — Elevation Worship

“Life After Death” — TobyMac

“Always” — Chris Tomlin

“My Jesus” — Anne Wilson

Gospel album

“Kingdom Book One Deluxe” — Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin | WINNER

“Die To Live” — Maranda Curtis

“Breakthrough: The Exodus (Live)” — Ricky Dillard

“Clarity” — DOE

“All Things New” — Tye Tribbett

Contemporary Christian music performance/song

“Fear Is Not My Future” — Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Nicole Hannel, Jonathan Jay, Brandon Lake & Hannah Shackelford, songwriters | WINNER

“God Really Loves Us (Radio Version)” — Crowder Featuring Dante Bowe and Maverick City Music; Dante Bowe, David Crowder, Ben Glover & Jeff Sojka, songwriters

“So Good” — DOE; Chuck Butler, Dominique Jones & Ethan Hulse, songwriters

“For God Is With Us” — for KING & COUNTRY & Hillary Scott; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone, songwriters

“Holy Forever” — Chris Tomlin; Jason Ingram, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Chris Tomlin & Phil Wickham, songwriters

“Hymn Of Heaven (Radio Version)” — Phil Wickham; Chris Davenport, Bill Johnson, Brian Johnson & Phil Wickham, songwriters

Gospel performance/song

“Kingdom” — Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Jonathan Jay, Chandler Moore & Jacob Poole, songwriters | WINNER

“Positive” — Erica Campbell; Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell & Juan Winans, songwriters

“When I Pray” — DOE; Dominique Jones & Dewitt Jones, songwriters

“The Better Benediction” — PJ Morton Featuring Zacardi Cortez, Gene Moore, Samoht, Tim Rogers & Darrel Walls; PJ Morton, songwriter

“Get Up” — Tye Tribbett; Brandon Jones, Christopher Michael Stevens, Thaddaeus Tribbett & Tye Tribbett, songwriters

Regional roots music album

“Live At The 2022 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival” — Ranky Tanky | WINNER

“Full Circle” — Sean Ardoin And Kreole Rock And Soul Featuring LSU Golden Band From Tigerland

“Natalie Noelani” — Natalie Ai Kamauu

“Halau Hula Keali’i O Nalani – Live At The Getty Center” — Halau Hula Keali’i O Nalani

“Lucky Man” — Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas

Contemporary blues album

“Brother Johnny” — Edgar Winter | WINNER

“Done Come Too Far” — Shemekia Copeland

“Crown” — Eric Gales

“Bloodline Maintenance” — Ben Harper

“Set Sail” — North Mississippi Allstars

Traditional blues album

“Get On Board” — Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder | WINNER

“Heavy Load Blues” — Gov’t Mule

“The Blues Don’t Lie” — Buddy Guy

“The Sun Is Shining Down” — John Mayall

“Mississippi Son” — Charlie Musselwhite

Bluegrass album

“Crooked Tree” — Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway | WINNER

“Toward The Fray” — The Infamous Stringdusters

“Almost Proud” — The Del McCoury Band

“Calling You From My Mountain” — Peter Rowan

“Get Yourself Outside” — Yonder Mountain String Band

Country song

“‘Til You Can’t” — Matt Rogers & Ben Stennis, songwriters (Cody Johnson) | WINNER

“Circles Around This Town” — Ryan Hurd, Julia Michaels, Maren Morris & Jimmy Robbins, songwriters (Maren Morris)

“Doin’ This” — Luke Combs, Drew Parker & Robert Williford, songwriters (Luke Combs)

” I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” — Lori McKenna & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

“If I Was A Cowboy” — Jesse Frasure & Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

“I’ll Love You Till The Day I Die” — Rodney Crowell & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Willie Nelson)

Country duo/group performance

“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde | WINNER

“Wishful Drinking” — Ingrid Andress & Sam Hunt

“Midnight Rider’s Prayer” — Brothers Osborne

“Outrunnin’ Your Memory” — Luke Combs & Miranda Lambert

“Does He Love You – Revisited” — Reba McEntire & Dolly Parton

“Going Where The Lonely Go” — Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Country solo performance

“Live Forever” — Willie Nelson | WINNER

“Heartfirst” — Kelsea Ballerini

“Something In The Orange” — Zach Bryan

“In His Arms” — Miranda Lambert

“Circles Around This Town” — Maren Morris

Historical album

“Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)” — Cheryl Pawelski & Jeff Tweedy, compilation producers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Wilco) | WINNER

“Against The Odds: 1974-1982” — Tommy Manzi, Steve Rosenthal & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer; Tom Camuso, restoration engineer (Blondie)

“The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased 1981 Studio Sessions” — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Martin Kistner, mastering engineer (Glenn Gould)

“Life’s Work: A Retrospective” — Scott Billington, Ted Olson & Mason Williams, compilation producers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Doc Watson)

“To Whom It May Concern…” — Jonathan Sklute, compilation producer; Kevin Marques Moo, mastering engineer (Freestyle Fellowship)

Album notes

“Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)” — Bob Mehr, album notes writer (Wilco) | WINNER

“The American Clavé Recordings” — Fernando González, album notes writer (Astor Piazzolla)

“Andy Irvine & Paul Brady” — Gareth Murphy, album notes writer (Andy Irvine & Paul Brady)

“Harry Partch, 1942” — John Schneider, album notes writer (Harry Partch)

“Life’s Work: A Retrospective” — Ted Olson, album notes writer (Doc Watson)

Boxed or special limited edition package

“In And Out Of The Garden: Madison Square Garden ’81 ’82 ’83” — Lisa Glines, Doran Tyson & Dave Van Patten, art directors (The Grateful Dead) | WINNER

“Artists Inspired By Music: Interscope Reimagined” — Josh Abraham, Steve Berman, Jimmy Iovine, John Janick & Jason Sangerman, art directors (VariousArtists)

“Big Mess” — Berit Gwendolyn Gilma, art director (Danny Elfman)

“Black Pumas (Collector’s Edition Box Set)” — Jenna Krackenberger, Anna McCaleb & Preacher, art directors (Black Pumas)

“Book” — Paul Sahre, art director (They Might Be Giants)

Recording package

“Beginningless Beginning” — Chun-Tien Hsia & Qing-Yang Xiao, art directors (Tamsui-Kavalan Chinese Orchestra) | WINNER

“Divers” — William Stichter, art director (Soporus)

“Everything Was Beautiful” — Mark Farrow, art director (Spiritualized)

“Telos” — Ming Liu, art director (Fann)

“Voyeurist” — Tnsn Dvsn, art director (Underoath)

Regional Mexican music album (including Tejano)

“Un Canto por México – El Musical” — Natalia Lafourcade | WINNER

“Abeja Reina” — Chiquis

“La Reunión (Deluxe)” — Los Tigres Del Norte

“EP #1 Forajido” — Christian Nodal

“Qué Ganas de Verte (Deluxe)” — Marco Antonio Solís

Latin rock or alternative album


“El Alimento” — Cimafunk

“Tinta y Tiempo” — Jorge Drexler

“1940 Carmen” — Mon Laferte

“Alegoría” — Gaby Moreno

“Los Años Salvajes” — Fito Paez

Latin pop album

“Pasieros” — Rubén Blades & Boca Livre | WINNER

“AGUILERA” — Christina Aguilera

“De Adentro Pa Afuera” — Camilo

“VIAJANTE” — Fonseca

“Dharma +” — Sebastián Yatra

Global music album

“Sakura” — Masa Takumi | WINNER

“Shuruaat” — Berklee Indian Ensemble

“Love, Damini” — Burna Boy

“Queen Of Sheba” — Angélique Kidjo & Ibrahim Maalouf

“Between Us… (Live)” — Anoushka Shankar, Metropole Orkest & Jules Buckley Featuring Manu Delago

Global music performance

“Bayethe” — Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode | WINNER

“Udhero Na” — Arooj Aftab & Anoushka Shankar

“Gimme Love” — Matt B & Eddy Kenzo

“Last Last” — Burna Boy

“Neva Bow Down” — Rocky Dawuni Featuring Blvk H3ro

Reggae album

“The Kalling” — Kabaka Pyramid | WINNER

“Gifted” — Koffee

“Scorcha” — Sean Paul

“Third Time’s The Charm” — Protoje

“Com Fly Wid Mi” — Shaggy

Alternative music album

“Wet Leg” — Wet Leg | WINNER

“WE” — Arcade Fire

“Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You” — Big Thief

“Fossora” — Björk

“Cool It Down” — Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Alternative music performance

“Chaise Longue” — Wet Leg | WINNER

“There’d Better Be A Mirrorball” — Arctic Monkeys

“Certainty” — Big Thief

“King” — Florence + The Machine

“Spitting Off The Edge Of The World” — Yeah Yeah Yeahs Featuring Perfume Genius

Rock album

“Patient Number 9” — Ozzy Osbourne | WINNER

“Dropout Boogie” — The Black Keys

“The Boy Named If” — Elvis Costello & The Imposters

“Crawler” — Idles

“Mainstream Sellout” — Machine Gun Kelly

“Lucifer On The Sofa” — Spoon

Rock song

“Broken Horses” — Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile) | WINNER

“Black Summer” — Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis & Chad Smith, songwriters (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

“Blackout” — Brady Ebert, Daniel Fang, Franz Lyons, Pat McCrory & Brendan Yates, songwriters (Turnstile)

“Harmonia’s Dream” — Robbie Bennett & Adam Granduciel, songwriters (The War On Drugs)

“Patient Number 9” — John Osbourne, Chad Smith, Ali Tamposi, Robert Trujillo & Andrew Wotman, songwriters (Ozzy Osbourne featuring Jeff Beck)

Metal performance

“Degradation Rules” — Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Tony Iommi | WINNER

“Call Me Little Sunshine” — Ghost

“We’ll Be Back” — Megadeth

“Kill Or Be Killed” — Muse

“Blackout” — Turnstile

Rock performance

“Broken Horses” — Brandi Carlile | WINNER

“So Happy It Hurts” — Bryan Adams

“Old Man” — Beck

“Wild Child” — The Black Keys

“Crawl!” — Idles

“Patient Number 9” — Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck

“Holiday” — Turnstile

Rap song

“The Heart Part 5” — Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar & Matt Schaeffer, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar) | WINNER

“Churchill Downs” — Ace G, BEDRM, Matthew Samuels, Tahrence Brown, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Jack Harlow & Jose Velazquez, songwriters (Jack Harlow featuring Drake)

“GOD DID” — Tarik Azzouz, E. Blackmon, Khaled Khaled, F. LeBlanc, Shawn Carter, John Stephens, Dwayne Carter, William Roberts & Nicholas Warwar, songwriters (DJ Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend & Fridayy)

“pushin P” — Lucas Depante, Nayvadius Wilburn, Sergio Kitchens, Wesley Tyler Glass & Jeffery Lamar Williams, songwriters (Gunna & Future Featuring Young Thug)

“WAIT FOR U” — Tejiri Akpoghene, Floyd E. Bentley III, Jacob Canady, Isaac De Boni, Aubrey Graham, Israel Ayomide Fowobaje, Nayvadius Wilburn, Michael Mule, Oluwatoroti Oke & Temilade Openiyi, songwriters (Future Featuring Drake & Tems)

Melodic rap performance

“WAIT FOR U” — Future Featuring Drake & Tems | WINNER

“BEAUTIFUL” — DJ Khaled Featuring Future & SZA

“First Class” — Jack Harlow

“Die Hard” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Blxst & Amanda Reifer

“Big Energy (Live)” — Latto

Rap performance

“The Heart Part 5” — Kendrick Lamar | WINNER

“GOD DID” — DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend & Fridayy

“Vegas” — Doja Cat

“pushin P” — Gunna & Future Featuring Young Thug

“F.N.F. (Let’s Go)” — Hitkidd & GloRilla

Progressive r&b album

“Gemini Rights” — Steve Lacy | WINNER

“Operation Funk” — Cory Henry

“Drones” — Terrace Martin

“Starfruit” — Moonchild

“Red Balloon” — Tank And The Bangas

R&B album

“Black Radio III” — Robert Glasper | WINNER

“Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe)” — Mary J. Blige

“Breezy (Deluxe)” — Chris Brown

“Candydrip” — Lucky Daye

“Watch The Sun” — PJ Morton

Traditional r&b performance


“Do 4 Love” — Snoh Aalegra

“Keeps On Fallin’” — Babyface Featuring Ella Mai

“‘Round Midnight” — Adam Blackstone Featuring Jazmine Sullivan

“Good Morning Gorgeous” — Mary J. Blige

R&B performance

“Hrs & Hrs” — Muni Long | WINNER

“VIRGO’S GROOVE” — Beyoncé

“Here With Me” — Mary J. Blige Featuring Anderson .Paak

“Over” — Lucky Daye

“Hurt Me So Good” — Jazmine Sullivan

Audio book, narration, and storytelling recording

“Finding Me” — Viola Davis | WINNER

“Act Like You Got Some Sense” — Jamie Foxx

“All About Me!: My Remarkable Life In Show Business by Mel Brooks” — Mel Brooks

“Aristotle And Dante Dive Into The Waters Of The World” — Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Music Is History” — Questlove

Children’s music album

“The Movement” — Alphabet Rockers | WINNER

“Into The Little Blue House” — Wendy And DB

“Los Fabulosos” — Lucky Diaz And The Family Jam Band

“Ready Set Go!” — Divinity Roxx

“Space Cadet” — Justin Roberts

Traditional pop vocal album

“Higher” — Michael Bublé | WINNER

“When Christmas Comes Around…” — Kelly Clarkson

“I Dream Of Christmas (Extended)” — Norah Jones

“Evergreen” — Pentatonix

“Thank You” — Diana Ross

Large jazz ensemble album

“Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra” — Steven Feifke, Bijon Watson, Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra | WINNER

“Bird Lives” — John Beasley, Magnus Lindgren & SWR Big Band

“Remembering Bob Freedman” — Ron Carter & The Jazzaar Festival Big Band Directed by Christian Jacob

“Center Stage” — Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez, Ronnie Cuber & WDR Big Band Conducted By Michael Abene

“Architecture Of Storms” — Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly Of Shadows

Jazz instrumental album

“New Standards Vol. 1” — Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, Nicholas Payton & Matthew Stevens | WINNER

“Live In Italy” — Peter Erskine Trio

“LongGone” — Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade

“Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival” — Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese & esperanza spalding

“Parallel Motion” — Yellowjackets

Jazz vocal album

“Linger Awhile” — Samara Joy | WINNER

“The Evening : Live At APPARATUS” — The Baylor Project

“Fade To Black” — Carmen Lundy

“Fifty” — The Manhattan Transfer With The WDR Funkhausorchester

“Ghost Song” — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Improvised jazz solo

“Endangered Species” — Wayne Shorter & Leo Genovese, soloist; Track from: Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival (Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese & esperanza spalding | WINNER

“Rounds (Live)” — Ambrose Akinmusire, soloist; Track from: New Standards Vol. 1 (Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, Nicholas Payton & Matthew Stevens)

“Keep Holding On” — Gerald Albright, soloist

“Falling” — Melissa Aldana, soloist; Track from: 12 Stars

“Call Of The Drum” — Marcus Baylor, soloist

“Cherokee/Koko” — John Beasley, soloist; Track from: Bird Lives (John Beasley, Magnus Lindgren & SWR Big Band)

Best new age, ambient or chant album

“Mystic Mirror” — White Sun | WINNER

“Positano Songs” — Will Ackerman

“Joy” — Paul Avgerinos

“Mantra Americana” — Madi Das & Dave Stringer With Bhakti Without Borders

“The Passenger” — Cheryl B. Engelhardt

Arrangement, instruments and vocals

“Songbird (Orchestral Version)” — Vince Mendoza, arranger (Christine McVie) | WINNER

“Let It Happen” — Louis Cole, arranger (Louis Cole)

“Never Gonna Be Alone” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Lizzy McAlpine & John Mayer)

“Optimistic Voices / No Love Dying” — Cécile McLorin Salvant, arranger (Cécile McLorin Salvant)

“2 + 2 = 5 (Arr. Nathan Schram)” — Nathan Schram & Becca Stevens, arrangers (Becca Stevens & Attacca Quartet)

Arrangement, instrumental or a cappella

“Scrapple From The Apple” — John Beasley, arranger (Magnus Lindgren, John Beasley & The SWR Big Band Featuring Martin Aeur) | WINNER

“As Days Go By” (an arrangement of “The Family Matters” theme song)” — Armand Hutton, arranger (Armand Hutton Featuring Terrell Hunt & Just 6)

“How Deep Is Your Love” — Matt Cusson, arranger (Kings Return)

“Main Titles (Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness)” — Danny Elfman, arranger (Danny Elfman)

“Minnesota, WI” — Remy Le Boeuf, arranger (Remy Le Boeuf)

Instrumental composition

” Refuge” — Geoffrey Keezer, composer (Geoffrey Keezer) | WINNER

“African Tales” — Paquito D’Rivera, composer (Tasha Warren & Dave Eggar)

“El País Invisible” — Miguel Zenón, composer (Miguel Zenón, José Antonio Zayas Cabán, Ryan Smith & Casey Rafn)

“Fronteras (Borders) Suite: Al-Musafir Blues” — Danilo Pérez, composer (Danilo Pérez Featuring The Global Messengers)

“Snapshots” — Pascal Le Boeuf, composer (Tasha Warren & Dave Eggar)

Immersive audio album

“Divine Tides” — Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineer; Stewart Copeland, Ricky Kej & Herbert Waltl, immersive producers (Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej) | WINNER

“AGUILERA” — Jaycen Joshua, immersive mix engineer; Jaycen Joshua, immersive mastering engineer (Christina Aguilera)

“Memories…Do Not Open” — Mike Piacentini, immersive mix engineer; Mike Piacentini, immersive mastering engineer; Adam Alpert, Alex Pall, Jordan Stilwell & Andrew Taggart, immersive producers (The Chainsmokers)

“Picturing The Invisible – Focus 1” — Jim Anderson, immersive mix engineer; Morten Lindberg & Ulrike Schwarz, immersive mastering engineers; Jane Ira Bloom & Ulrike Schwarz, immersive producers (Jane Ira Bloom)

“Tuvayhun — Beatitudes For A Wounded World” — Morten Lindberg, immersive mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive producer (Nidarosdomens Jentekor & Trondheimsolistene)

Engineered album, non-classical

“Harry’s House” — Jeremy Hatcher, Oli Jacobs, Nick Lobel, Mark “Spike” Stent & Sammy Witte, engineers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer (Harry Styles) | WINNER

“Adolescence” — George Nicholas & Ryan Schwabe, engineers; Ryan Schwabe, mastering engineer (Baynk)

“Black Radio III” — Daniel Farris, Tiffany Gouché, Keith Lewis, Musiq Soulchild, Reginald Nicholas, Q-Tip, Amir Sulaiman, Michael Law Thomas & Jon Zacks, engineers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer (Robert Glasper)

“Chloë and the Next 20th Century” — Dave Cerminara & Jonathan Wilson, engineers; Adam Ayan, mastering engineer (Father John Misty)

“Wet Leg” — Jon McMullen, Joshua Mobaraki, Alan Moulder & Alexis Smith, engineers; Matt Colton, mastering engineer (Wet Leg)

Remixed recording

“About Damn Time (Purple Disco Machine Remix)”” — Purple Disco Machine, remixer (Lizzo) | WINNER

“BREAK MY SOUL (Terry Hunter Remix)”” — Terry Hunter, remixer (Beyoncé)

“Easy Lover (Four Tet Remix)” — Four Tet, remixer (Ellie Goulding)

“Slow Song (Paul Woolford Remix)” — Paul Woolford, remixer (The Knocks & Dragonette)

“Too Late Now (Soulwax Remix)” — Soulwax, remixers (Wet Leg)

Dance/Electronic recording


“Rosewood” — Bonobo

“Don’t Forget My Love” — Diplo & Miguel

“I’m Good (Blue)” — David Guetta & Bebe Rexha

“Intimidated” — KAYTRANADA Featuring H.E.R.

“On My Knees” — RÜFÜS DU SOL

Score soundtrack for video games and other interactive media

“Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn Of Ragnarok” — Stephanie Economou, composer | WINNER

“Aliens: Fireteam Elite” — Austin Wintory, composer

“Call Of Duty®: Vanguard” — Bear McCreary, composer

“Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy” — Richard Jacques, composer

“Old World” — Christopher Tin, composer

Score soundtrack for visual media (includes film and television)

“Encanto” — Germaine Franco, composer | WINNER

“The Batman” — Michael Giacchino, composer

“No Time To Die” — Hans Zimmer, composer

“The Power Of The Dog” — Jonny Greenwood, composer

“Succession: Season 3” — Nicholas Britell, composer

Compilation soundtrack for visual media

“Encanto” — (Various Artists) | WINNER

“ELVIS” — (Various Artists)

“Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4 (Vol 2)” — (Various Artists)

“Top Gun: Maverick” — Harold Faltermeyer, Lady Gaga, Hans Zimmer & Lorne Balfe

“West Side Story”” — (Various Artists)

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