Singer-songwriter Joy Villa chose to get political on the red carpet with a red, white and blue, bedazzled "Make America Great Again" dress. To those unfamiliar with the campaign slogan, the back of Villa's dress makes it quite clear, with bold letters spelling out the name of the man who helped coin the MAGA slogan, "Trump."
On her Instagram the artist photographed her heart-shaped, clutch with the caption:
"My whole artistic platform is about LOVE! I couldn't be where I am today without the love and tenderness of those beautiful supporters and friends around me. Thank you I hope you enjoy tonight's @grammysawards2017 and remember to forget your problems and focus on your future! You are infinite and beautiful and no one can stop you but you. So go out and celebrate yourself as a winner no matter what, together with those you adore!"
Thank you, Anita Baker, for leaving such a beautiful blueprint for me to follow -- and I stood on the shoulders of so many people that created beautiful music that started in the fields. Now we're here. God bless you, Al Jarreau.
Lalah Hathaway on her win for "Angel," by Anita Baker
Multi-instrumentalist, rapper and producer Terrace Martin, a driving force behind Kendrick Lamar's 2015 multi-Grammy-winning album "To Pimp a Butterfly," was enjoying his own day in the sun. His album "Velvet Portraits" is up for R&B album of the year.
On the carpet, in a bright woven jacket, Martin called the nomination a blessing.
"I'm grateful that a project based on love and passion made it this far," he said, adding that he tells people in his family that the Grammy Awards are like the playoffs or the Super Bowl of music. "I'm not into a lot of sports, so I'm glad I made it into the playoffs."
Veteran singer-songwriter William Bell, composer of the blues classic "Born Under a Bad Sign," won the Americana album Grammy for his "This Is Where I Live" collection, his first major-label release in nearly 40 years.
"Wow, this is quite a surprise," the 78-year-old Memphis musician said. "I am very humbled by it and glad to be here after all these years and still viable in the industry.
"I’d like to thank the academy, my management, Blind Ambition, and my road family and my personal family There’s always a host of people behind the artists and they never get their just due. So this is for everybody who works so diligently, especially Stax Records.
Lalah Hathaway, daughter of R&B legend Donny Hathaway, walked the carpet sporting a sleek black dress and purple dreds piled with black in a bun on top of her head.
She is proud to be nominated for songs that, she says, she has been singing her whole life. She's barely on her way into Staples to discover whether she won (she's up for R&B album for "Lalah Hathaway Live") and she's already plotting her after-party.
"I'm gonna go home and play 'Pac-Man' tonight, and eat some cake and drink a beer. You have no idea."
One of the great country weepers of all time, Dolly Parton's "Jolene," has earned its first Grammy for her performance of the song with vocal group Pentatonix. The song was originally written by Parton in 1973, but last year Pentatonix teamed with her to rerecord it.
This is Parton's eighth competitive Grammy win. She's previously scored trophies for "Here You Come Again" and "9 to 5," and for albums including her "Trio" album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, among others. It's also Parton's first Grammy since she won female vocal country performance in 2002 for "Shine."
Accepting his pre-telecast Grammy Award for country album for his critically acclaimed "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" collection, Kentucky-born singer, songwriter and producer Sturgill Simpson said, "Like six years ago, I was in Utah working on the railroad, writing songs at night.
"My wife made me quit that job and move to Nashville, so thanks babe. My son was born; I spent that spent first year on the road, missing them, and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have written this album, so I have to thank them.
“And I guess the revolution won’t be televised,” he said. “Thank you.”