Music’s biggest night came and went for its 62nd consecutive year, bringing with it an evening full of memorable performances and history-making achievements.
We’re lucky to work with a roster of artists who continue to make their mark and push the boundaries within the music industry. This year, several Ernie Ball artists received top honors for their most recent work. Check out the full list of Ernie Ball artists who secured a Grammy at the 2020 award ceremony.
Finneas O’Connell and Billie Eilish
Los Angeles based sibling duo Billie and Finneas O’Connell took the globe by storm in 2019. Their Grammy sweep Sunday was proof of their overall impact on the music industry during the past year. Billie Eilish became the second artist in Grammy history to sweep the Big Four awards, winning record, album, and song of the year, plus best new artist. Finneas also grabbed two awards of his own, securing the title of Producer of the Year and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Finneas relies on Hybrid Slinky electric guitar strings, Regular Slinky short scale on bass, and Earthwood Light 80/20 Bronze on acoustic. Billie keeps things light with the black nylon ukulele strings.
After a six-year hiatus filled with plenty of songwriting and cultural reflection, Vampire Weekend returned in 2019 with their fourth studio album, Father of the Bride. Using their platform as a space for social change, the new record, which won Best Alternative Album, boasts melodies surrounding world peace and environmental justice.
Elvis Costello and his band The Imposters took home the award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Look Now, beating four-time champ Michael Bublé and becoming the first group — rather than collaborators — to win the award. This is Costello’s first Grammy win in 20 years since his 1998 award shared with Burt Bacharach.
With one of the most highly anticipated returns of 2019, TOOL ushered in their fifth studio album after a 13 year hiatus. The record was met with almost immediate acclaim, with their tracks “Fear Inoculum” and “7emptest” both securing nominations. “7emptest” persevered, winning Best Metal Performance.
TOOL achieves its unparalleled sound with a diverse range of strings. They use Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Paradigm, Beefy Paradigm, and Not Even Slinky Paradigm strings on their six-string guitars. On their seven strings, they use Regular Paradigm 7 Strings and Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Paradigm 7 Strings. On bass, the band chooses Hybrid Slinky Bass strings.
Cage the Elephant
It seems that whatever Cage The Elephant touches turns to gold because the Kentucky natives were once again honored on music’s biggest stage. Last night’s win for Social Cues marks the second for Cage the Elephant in the Best Rock Album category. Their 2016 release, Tell Me I’m Pretty, also received the same honor upon its release.
Koffee’s Rapture won Best Reggae Album, making Koffee the first female solo artist to win in the category. The 19-year-old beat Julian Marley, son of the late reggae legend, Bob Marley, which surely isn’t a small feat. Marley’s three sons have won a combined 13 times in this category.
Dan + Shay
While already surpassing 185 million streams on Spotify, it was almost a shoo-in that Dan + Shay’s single “Speechless” would take home an award. Nominated in two categories, the duo ultimately took home the award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
For King & Country
Christian rock group for KING & COUNTRY secured the hearts of many in 2019. Their single “God Only Knows” with the legendary Dolly Parton was a favorite among the faith-based music scene and left for KING & COUNTRY with millions of followers. The group took home the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for their record Burn The Ships.