Kendrick Lamar leads 2016 Grammy winners
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Kendrick Lamar leads 2016 Grammy winners

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Alabama Shakes were the big winners at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday night (15Feb16).

The rapper was an early triple winner, picking up Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for Alright and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for These Walls at the pre-awards prizegiving, and he then claimed Best Rap Album honours for To Pimp A Butterfly, while Brittany Howard’s acclaimed group landed the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song gongs for Don’t Wanna Fight, and the Best Alternative Music Album award for Sound & Color.

The album was also named Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Meanwhile, Taylor picked up two early awards in the pre-Grammys ceremony and then had to wait until the end of the night to claim a third for Album of the Year, becoming the first woman to win the honor twice – a fact that was not lost on the singer, who said, “I want to say to all the young women out there, there are gonna be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.”

All three acts stunned with performances at the Staples Center, but the 2016 Grammys will be remembered for its tributes to musicians who have passed away over the course of the year, as the Eagles and Jackson Browne remembered Glenn Frey; Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix teamed up at the last minute to honour Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White; Gary Clark, Jr, Bonnie Raitt and Chris Stapleton paid tribute to blues great B.B. King, and Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper’s supergroup The Hollywood Vampires saluted Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister.

But it was Lady Gaga who stole the show with a stunning tribute to David Bowie, performing a medley of the late rock icon’s hits, including Let’s Dance, Suffragette City and Heroes, while reminding fans of the Brit’s many-changing looks.

Hitting the Staples Center stage with red hair and a Bowie-esque outfit, she joined the rocker’s one-time collaborator Nile Rodgers for a high-energy salute.

Elsewhere, double winner The Weeknd was a highlight as he ran through a medley of his 2015 hits, and Gwen Stefani made history by shooting a video for her new track Make Me Like You, becoming the first artist to create a promo on live TV.

During the video, the No Doubt star rollerskated around the stage with dancers, posed with scooters, and performed in a makeshift hair salon.

The low point of the evening was Adele’s much-anticipated performance of All I Ask, which was blighted by technical difficulties, leaving the Brit looking a little exasperated and her fans calling for the Grammys’ sound engineer to be fired in a series of social media rants.

The 2016 ceremony ended with a performance from Pitbull, who won his first Grammy award hours earlier. The hitmaker teamed up with Aerosmith and The Hollywood Vampires star Joe Perry, drummer Travis Barker, Robin Thicke and Colombian actress Sofia Vergara, who danced for the Latin superstar.

The list of Grammy Awards winners is:


Album of the Year

1989 – Taylor Swift


Best New Artist

Meghan Trainor


Record of the Year

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars


Song of the Year

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran (Written by Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge)


Best Pop Solo Performance

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars


Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern – Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap


Best Pop Vocal Album

1989 – Taylor Swift


Best Dance Recording

Where Are U Now – Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber


Best Dance/Electronic Album

Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack U – Skrillex and Diplo


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Sylva – Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest


Best Rock Performance

Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes


Best Metal Performance

Cirice – Ghost


Best Rock Song

Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes (Written by Alabama Shakes)


Best Rock Album

Drones – Muse


Best Alternative Music Album

Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes


Best R&B Performance

Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) – The Weeknd


Best Traditional R&B Performance

Little Ghetto Boy – Lalah Hathaway


Best R&B Song

Really Love – D’Angelo And The Vanguard (Written by D’Angelo & Kendra Foster)


Best Urban Contemporary Album

Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd


Best R&B Album

Black Messiah – D’Angelo And The Vanguard


Best Rap Performance

Alright – Kendrick Lamar


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

These Walls – Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, & Thundercat


Best Rap Song

Alright – Kendrick Lamar (Written by Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears, & Pharrell Williams)


Best Rap Album

To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar


Best Country Solo Performance

Traveller – Chris Stapleton


Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Girl Crush – Little Big Town


Best Country Song

Girl Crush – Little Big Town (Written by Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, & Liz Rose)


Best Country Album

Traveller – Chris Stapleton


Best New Age Album

Grace – Paul Avgerinos


Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Cherokee – Christian McBride


Best Jazz Vocal Album

For One To Love – Cecile McLorin Savant


Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Past Present – John Scofield


Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

The Thompson Fields – Maria Schneider Orchestra


Best Latin Jazz Album

Made In Brazil – Eliane Elias


Best Gospel Performance/Song

Wanna Be Happy? – Kirk Franklin (Written by Kirk Franklin)


Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Holy Spirit – Francesca Battistelli


Best Gospel Album

Covered: Alive In Asia (Live) (Deluxe) – Israel & NewBreed


Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

This Is Not A Test – Tobymac


Best Roots Gospel Album

Still Rockin’ My Soul – The Fairfield Four


Best Latin Pop Album

A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition) – Ricky Martin


Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album

(TIE) Hasta La Raíz – Natalia Lafourcade & Dale – Pitbull


Best Regional Mexican Music Album

Realidades (Deluxe Edition) – Los Tigres Del Norte


Best Tropical Latin Album

Son De Panama – Ruben Blades with Roberto Delgado & Orchestra


Best American Roots Performance

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean – Marvin Staples


Best American Roots Song

24 Frames – Jason Isbell


Best Americana Album

Something More Than Free – Jason Isbell


Best Bluegrass Album

The Muscle Shoals Recordings – The Steeldrivers


Best Blues Album

Born To Play Guitar – Buddy Guy


Best Folk Album

Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn


Best Regional Roots Music Album

Go Go Juice – Jon Cleary


Best Reggae Album

Strictly Roots – Morgan Heritage


Best World Music Album

Sings – Angelique Kidjo


Best Children’s Album

Home – Tim Kubart


Best Spoken Word Album

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety – Jimmy Carter


Best Comedy Album

Live At Madison Square Garden – Louis C.K.


Best Musical Theater Album

Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast


Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – Various Artists


Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Birdman – Antonio Sanchez, composer


Best Song Written For Visual Media

Glory – Common & John Legend


Best Instrumental Composition

The Afro Latin Jazz Suite – Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra feat. Rudresh Mahanthappa (Composed by Arturo O’Farrill)


Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella

Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy – Pentatonix (Arranged by Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola)


Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals

Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) – David Bowie (Arranged by Maria Schneider)


Best Recording Package

Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys – Asleep At The Wheel


Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32) – Various Artists


Best Album Notes

Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced – Joni Mitchell (Album notes written by Joni Mitchell)


Best Historical Album

The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 – Bob Dylan And The Band


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes


Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Jeff Bhasker


Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Uptown Funk (Dave Aude Remix) – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (Remixed by Dave Aude)


Best Surround Sound Album

Amused To Death – Roger Waters


Best Engineered Album, Classical

Ask Your Mama – George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra


Producer Of The Year, Classical

Judith Sherman


Best Orchestral Performance

Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow (Symphony No. 10) – Boston Symphony Orchestra


Best Opera Recording

Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortileges; Sheherazade – Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus


Best Choral Performance

Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil – Paul Davidson, Frank Fleschner, Toby Vaughn Kidd, Bryan Pinkall, Julia Scozzafava, Bryan Taylor & Joseph Warner; Kansas City Chorale & Phoenix Chorale


Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Filament – Eighth Blackbird


Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes – Seattle Symphony


Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall – Joyce DiDonato; Antonio Pappano, accompanist


Best Classical Compendium

Paulus: Three Places Of Enlightenment; Veil Of Tears & Grand Concerto – Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer


Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances – Eric Holtan, True Concord Voices & Orchestra (Composed by Stephen Paulus)


Best Music Video

Bad Blood – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar


Best Music Film

Amy – Amy Winehouse


Presidents Merit Award

Irving Azoff


Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award


Earth, Wind & Fire

Ruth Brown

Celia Cruz

Herbie Hancock

Jefferson Airplane

Linda Ronstadt


Trustees Award

John Cage

Fred Foster

Chris Strachwitz


MusiCares Person of the Year

Lionel Richie

– Cover Media


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