Setting the tone, host and songwriter Justin Tranter presented SZA and Phoebe Bridgers with the first prize of the day under the category; Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, for their song “Ghost in the Machine.”
Although Bridgers was not on stage for that, she walked away from the stage with her band Boygenius, which includes her, Lucy Dacus, and Julian Baker. All three of them were wearing matching white suits, and they had won their first Grammy together for best rock performance with the song “Not Strong Enough.”
Dacus remarked, “Oh my God, I want to throw up,” while taking the award. “Music was my lifeline,” Baker exclaimed. “Anybody can form a band.” They returned to the stage for the Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album a short while later. Bridgers has four Grammys today thus far, leading the field.
Shortly after, Kylie Minogue won her first prize in eighteen years for “Padam,” for the category; “Best Pop Dance Recording”, in the first of three new categories for 2024.
Peso Pluma, a regional Mexican musician, won his first Grammy for his first and only nomination for best música Mexicana album for his album “Genesis.” Approximately 80 Grammys will be given out prior to the broadcast.
Barbie won two Grammys early in the afternoon: one for Best Song Created for Visual Media and the other for Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Early in the afternoon, Billie Eilish and Finneas showed up to pick up the song written for the visual media medal for their “Barbie” ballad, “What Was I Made For.” “I find this shocking,” Eilish remarked. She continued, “I had anticipated turning around and walking away.”
With her song “Dear Insecurity,” Brandy Clark, who has been nominated for 17 Grammy awards in her career (six of which she won this year), won her first Grammy for best Americana performance. Killer Mike Featuring André 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane’s performance of “Scientists & Engineers” won best rap performance.