There was disappointment for The Cranberries at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night when they lost out in in the Best Rock Album category.

It was the first nomination for the Limerick band, who were up for the award for their final album In The End, which was released last year as a tribute to their late singer and friend Dolores O'Riordan.

US act Cage The Elephant took the award for their album Social Dues in a category which also included albums by Bring Me The Horizon, I Prevail and Rival Sons.

In a a tweet before the ceremony, Noel Hogan, Michael Gerard Hogan, and Fergal Lawler of The Cranberries said, "Whatever happens at the Grammys today just being nominated for best rock album is a huge honour that Dolores would be so proud of. Sitting here waiting for the announcement feels so surreal without her. We will forever be greatful to and will always miss our sister in music."

During the making of In the End the surviving members of The Cranberries - guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, drummer Fergal Lawler - used vocal demos recorded by Dolores O'Riordan before her death in January 2018. 

Dolores with the Cranberries 

The Cranberries restarted work on the album just months after her passing and they released the first single from the record on the first anniversary of O'Riordan's death.  

"We wanted to finish this album for our dear friend and bandmate Dolores," said Noel Hogan last year.

"It's a tribute to her, the band and our fans for the past 30 years. Being honoured with this Grammy nomination has made this whole process even more special."

Dolores O'Riordan's mother Eileen O'Riordan said: "Dolores would be so happy with this; she put her heart and soul into her songs and music. 

"For us as her family it's kind of bittersweet. We're immensely proud yet saddened that she isn't here to witness and enjoy this, although I feel that she is in spirit."

Billie Eilish 

It was a big night for Billie Eilish at the Staples Centre in LA as she swept up all four of the major Grammy awards - and five awards in total - including the prestigious Album of the Year prize for her debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

The 18-year-old Goth-inspired pop innovator saw off competition from viral hitmaker Lil Nas X and the year's most-nominated artist Lizzo.

Eilish soared to mainstream stardom over the past year, after having won a fervent online following for her in-your-face pop sound featuring haunting melodies and heavy bass.

"Mainly I think the fans deserve everything. I feel like they have not been talked about enough tonight because they're the only reason any of us are here at all," she said.

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"So thanks to the fans."

Billie Eilish arrives at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night 

She shared her success with her older brother Finneas O'Connell, her primary creative collaborator.

"We just make music in a bedroom together," said O'Connell. "We still do that and they let us do that. (...) This is to all of the kids making music in your bedrooms today -- you're going to get one of these."

Eilish also offered a shoutout to pop sensation Ariana Grande, saying she in fact deserved Album of the Year for "thank u, next."

The teen star was among the leading Grammy nominees at Sunday's gala - just 17 when the shortlists came out, she is the youngest person ever nominated in all of the top four categories.

She scored a total of five awards on six nominations, including both Record and Song of the Year for Bad Guy - which made her the first musician born in the 2000s to top the Billboard Hot 100.

In claiming the spot, she finally booted Lil Nas X, the country-trap sensation whose viral hit Old Town Road set a record of 19 weeks atop the US songs list.

Eilish has been an outspoken advocate for action to tackle climate change, banning plastic straws at her shows and encouraging fans to bring their own refillable water bottles.

The artist named Billboard's 2019 Woman of the Year has also written and will perform the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die.

"I feel like I'm not supposed to be here," she told E! television on the red carpet before the gala. "Life is weird."

Nipsey Hussle

Also on Sunday night, rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was slain in March of last year, won two posthumous Grammy Awards and was remembered at the Awards with a tribute medley that had audience members on their feet, dancing and in tears.

Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was shot multiple times on March 31, 2019 outside his Marathon Clothing store in south Los Angeles.

The main winners from the 62nd Grammy Awards

Record of the year - Billie Eilish

Album of the year - Billie Eilish (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?)

Best new artist - Billie Eilish

Song of the year (songwriting award) - Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell (Bad Guy)

Best pop solo performance - Lizzo (Truth Hurts)

Best country duo/group performance  - Dan & Shay (Speechless)

Best comedy album - Dave Chappelle (Sticks & Stones)

Best rap album - Tyler, The Creator (Igor)

Best pop duo/group performance - Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus (Old Town Road)

Best rap/sung performance - DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend (Higher)

Best music video - Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus (Old Town Road)

Best traditional pop vocal album - Elvis Costello & The Imposters (Look Now)

Best pop vocal album - Billie Eilish (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?)

Best contemporary instrumental album -  Rodrigo y Gabriela (Mettavolution)

Best rock performance - Gary Clark Jr (This Land)

Best metal performance - Tool  (7empest)

Best rock song - Gary Clark Jr (This Land)

Best rock album - Cage The Elephant (Social Cues)

Best alternative music album -  Vampire Weekend (Father Of The Bride)

Best R&B performance -  Anderson .Paak Featuring Andre 3000 (Come Home)

Best traditional R&B performance - Lizzo (Jerome)

Best urban contemporary album - Lizzo (Cuz I Love You)

Best R&B album -  Anderson .Paak (Ventura)

Best rap performance - Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy (Racks In The Middle)

Best country solo performance - Willie Nelson (Ride Me Back Home)

Best country album - Tanya Tucker (While I'm Livin')

You can watch highlights of this year's Grammys on Monday night on RTÉ2

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