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Grammy Award
63rd Annual Grammy Awards
Presented by The Recording Academy
Country United States
First awarded May 4, 1959; 62 years ago (1959-05-04) (as Gramophone Award)
Television coverage
Network NBC (1959–1970)
ABC (1971–1972)
CBS (1973–present)
Most recent Grammy Award winners
← 2018-19 Best in 2019-20
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Award Album of the Year Record of the Year
Winner Taylor Swift
Billie Eilish
("Everything I Wanted")
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Award Song of the Year Best New Artist
Winner Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas
("I Can't Breathe")
Megan Thee Stallion

Previous Album of the Year

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Album of the Year


A Grammy Award (stylized as GRAMMY, originally called Gramophone Award), or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually (between the American Music Awards in the Fall, and the Billboard Music Awards in the Summer), was held May 1st in 2019.

It is considered one of the four major annual American entertainment awards along with the Academy Awards (film), the Emmy Awards (television), and the Tony Awards (theater and Broadway)

The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4th, 1959, to honor and respect the musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958. Following the 2011 ceremony, the Academy overhauled many Grammy Award categories for 2012.

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on March 14, 2021, in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Gramophone trophy

The gold-plated trophies, each depicting a gilded gramophone, are made and assembled by hand by Billings Artworks in Ridgway, Colorado. In 1990 the original Grammy design was revamped, changing the traditional soft lead for a stronger alloy less prone to damage, making the trophy bigger and grander. Billings developed a zinc alloy named grammium, which is trademarked. The trophies with the recipient's name engraved on them are not available until after the award announcements, so "stunt" trophies are re-used each year for the broadcast.

By February 2009, a total of 7,578 Grammy trophies had been awarded.


The "General Field" are four awards which are not restricted by genre.

  • Album of the Year is awarded to the performer, songwriter(s), and the production team of a full album if other than the performer.
  • Record of the Year is awarded to the performer and the production team of a single song if other than the performer.
  • Song of the Year is awarded to the songwriter(s) of a single song.
  • Best New Artist is awarded to a promising breakthrough performer who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording that establishes the public identity of that artist (which is not necessarily their first proper release).

Of the three artists who won all four awards, two of them won all four at once: Christopher Cross in 1980, and Billie Eilish in 2020 making her the youngest artist to do so at the age of 18. Adele won the Best New Artist award in 2009 and the other three in 2012 and 2017.

Other awards are given for performance and production in specific genres, as well as for other contributions such as artwork and video. Special awards are given for longer-lasting contributions to the music industry.

Because of the large number of award categories (78 in 2012, 81 in 2013 and 82 in 2014), and the desire to feature several performances by various artists, only the ones with the most popular interest - typically about 10 to 12, including the four General Field categories and one or two categories in the most popular music genres (i.e. pop, rock, country, rap) - are presented directly at the televised award ceremony. The many other Grammy trophies are presented in a pre-telecast 'Premiere Ceremony' earlier in the afternoon before the Grammy Awards telecast.

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