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Published: 1/29/2018

  SESAC Celebrates GRAMMY® Recipients

SESAC congratulates affiliated artists, composers and songwriters honored at the 60th Annual GRAMMY® Awards last night, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. Composer Randy Newman took home a trophy in the Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals category for his satirical love song “Putin.” In addition, SESAC artist Neil Diamond was the recipient of the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Among the nominees, SESAC’s Latina singer-songwriter Erika Ender was in attendance while Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, co-writers of "Despacito," had a standout performance of the global hit. While "Despacito" didn’t take home a Grammy, it's one of the biggest hits in history, tying the record for longest run at No. 1 on the Hot 100, with 16 weeks. The original Spanish-language version of the song also holds YouTube's all-time record for views at 4.7 billion.
SESAC’s Kesha had one of the most talked-about and emotional performances of the evening while bringing the #MeToo movement to the awards show. Her performance of “Praying” included songstresses Cindi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Bebe Rexha, new artist nominee Julia Michaels and members of the Resistance Revival Chorus.

Music’s biggest night, which honored more than 70 categories, also featured memorable performances by Bruno Mars, Elton John with Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Pink and more. The evening also included moving “In Memorian” tributes to Tom Petty, with a performance of “Wildflowers” sung by Emmylou Harris and Chris Stapleton, along with country stars Brothers Osborne, Eric Church and Maren Morris dedicating their performance of “Tears in Heaven” to the victims of the Las Vegas and Manchester terrorist attacks.  

The SESAC family is proud of all the affiliate nominees for their individual contributions and outstanding achievements during the past year. Affiliates were represented in nominations for a dynamic range of genres including Pop, Country, Latin, Contemporary Christian, and R&B among others. 

For a full list of the Grammy winners, visit grammy.com

Congratulations to all SESAC affiliates who contributed to GRAMMY-winning projects:

Best Rap Album
DJ Dahi
For his contribution to
DAMN. recorded by Kendrick Lamar

Best Latin Pop Album
Nicky Jam, Saga Whiteblack, Rayito
For their contributions to
El Dorado recorded by Shakira

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Rafa Arcaute and Jeff Trooko
For their contributions to
Residente recorded by Residente