February 22, 2019

‘The Band’s Visit,’ Drake, Rashida Jones Take Home Grammys

Best Musical goes to The Band's Visit at THE 72nd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 10, 2018 on the CBS Television Network. Photo: John P. Filo/CBS

“The Band’s Visit” the 10-time Tony Award-winning musical that takes place in Israel took home the Grammy for best musical theater album.

“Seriously, though. This is incredible,” Etai Benson, who plays Papi in the show, wrote on Twitter following his win. “Thank you @RecordingAcad and huge congratulations to the entire team at @TheBandsVisit (especially our world-class musicians)! #Grammys

The show is leaving Broadway in April, but will go on national tour and can add this Grammy Award to their many accolades.

Drake took home the Grammy for best rap song for “God’s Plan.” This was the Canadian rapper’s only win of the night out of seven nominations.

During his speech, he criticized the award show for making it about the win and not the journey.

“We play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” he said. “You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown,” he said before getting cut off.

“A Star is Born” took home two wins at the Grammys for the song, “Shallow.” It won for best song written for visual media beating out “All the Stars” (“Black Panther”), “Mystery of Love” (“Call Me By Your Name”), “Remember Me” (“Coco”), and “This is Me” (“The Greatest Showman”). Gaga shared the honor with Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando who co-wrote the song.

St. Vincent won for best rock song for “Masseduction” which was co-written by Jack Antonoff who has previously co-written music for Sara Bareilles, Fun and Taylor Swift.  

Before the live broadcast started, the award for best classical compendium went to the recording “Spiritualist,” featuring compositions by Kenneth Fuchs and vocals by Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen. Conductor JoAnn Falletta thanked Nussbaum Cohen who grew up singing in the International Jewish High School Choir, HaZamir.

Actress and writer Rashida Jones, daughter of music legend Quincy Jones and Jewish actress Peggy Lipton, took home a Grammy for best music film for her Netflix documentary “Quincy” based on her father’s legacy. The win marks the 85-year-old legend’s 28th Grammy win, making him the “living artist with the most trophies in Grammy history,” according to Billboard.

Backstage Rashida told the room of journalists how surprised she was to win and how excited she was to share the award with her dad. It’s so nice I get to share this with my dad,” she said. “This is his 28th Grammy. To have my first be his 28th, I will take it! I’ll take it!”