Brandi Carlile Goes Three for Three in Grammy Pre-Telecast; Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgaves, Childish Gambino Get Two

One of this year’s most nominated artists at the Grammys, Brandi Carlile, won all three of the awards she was up for in the pre-telecast ceremony Sunday afternoon. She was one of two performers to sweep three categories in the run-up to the prime-time telecast, the other being jazz musician John Daversa.

Among those winning two in the early proceedings: Kacey Musgraves, Lady Gaga, Childish Gambino, soulful Christian singer Lauren Daigle and pop-turned-gospel artist Tori Kelley.

Albums by Beck and St. Vincent also picked up two awards apiece, although the performers themselves only won one, since those projects’ other awards went for engineering and packaging, respectively.

How this augurs for the handful of trophies left to be given out on the CBS broadcast is hard to read. Carlile, Musgraves, Gaga and Gambino are all nominated in key categories yet to be awarded — and so far they’ve all won everything they were up for, something that won’t repeat when they face one another in categories like album, record and song of the year.

Greta Van Fleet, a rock band that’s up for best new artist later in the evening, got a good omen for their chances there when they were awarded best rock album. But the same could be said for fellow new artist nominee H.E.R., who won for best R&B performance, and Duo Lipa, who shared the award for best dance performance.

There were few major surprises in the pre-telecast. Carlile had been widely expected to win in the three pre-telecast categories — best Americana album (“By the Way, I Forgive You”) and best American roots performance and best American roots song (both for “The Joke”). The same goes for Musgraves’ twin wins for best country song (“Space Cowboy”) and best country solo performance (“Butterflies”) and Gambino’s for best music video and best rap/sung performance (both for “This is America”).

There was a bit more suspense for best pop vocal album, which Ariana Grande won (for “Sweetener”) over Taylor Swift, Pink, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Kelly Clarkson. Best pop solo performance was also a toss-up going into the Grammys; there, Grande lost to Lady Gaga (for “Joanne”), as did Cabello, Post Malone and Beck.

 

 

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