Asides from the suspense swelled up in fans in anticipation of the award winners, the ceremony was also packed with beautiful performances from diverse artists including Afrobeats Burna Boy whose “Twice As Tall” won the award for Best Global Album.
The premiere ceremony kicked off with a tribute performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye‘s classic track “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)“.
Watch the performances below:
Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Alexander Desplat, Anoushka Shankar, Bebel Gilberto, Camilo, Gustavo Santaolalla, Grace Potter, Gregory Porter, John Beasley, Kamasi Washington, Kierra Sheard, Ledisi, Lupita Infante, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, Mykal Kilgore, PJ Morton, Regina Carter, Säje, Sarah Jarosz, Thana Alexa – “Mercy Mercy Me”:
Burna Boy performs “Level Up/Onyeka/Ye“:
Lido Pimienta performs “Eso Que Tu Haces“:
Igor Levit performs “Moonlight Sontana“:
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes performs “Catfish Blues“:
Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science performs “Trapped In The American Dream“:
Rufus Wainwright performs “Devils And Angeles (Hatred)“:
Poppy performs “Eat”: