Big Grammy Winners: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes
February 16, 2016 at 3:40 AM (PT)
As ALL ACCESS reported last night (NET NEWS 2/15), TAYLOR SWIFT won a total of just three GRAMMYS last night, but that included the prestigious Album Of The Year, after opening the 58th annual GRAMMY AWARDS with a performance of "Out Of The Woods."
Her pointed acceptance speech seemingly called out KANYE WEST by telling young women "not to let anyone else take credit for your success." She becomes the first woman to win the award twice.
The other big winners were MARK RONSON and BRUNO MARS' "Uptown Funk" for Record of the Year along with Best Pop Duo/Group Performance; ED SHEERAN's "Thinking Out Loud" for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, and a tearful MEGHAN TRAINOR for Best New Artist, which led to a sobbing acceptance speech.
Outside of the Big Four, the night belonged to KENDRICK LAMAR, who earned five GRAMMY AWARDS (including a Best Video nod for TAYLOR SWIFT's "Bad Blood"), took home Best Rap Album for "To Pimp A Butterfly," which was presented to him by ICE CUBE and son O'SHEA JACKSON, and Best Rap Song for "Alright." Aside from the awards, he arguably had the performance of the night with a stirring live version of "The Blacker The Berry" -- set against a prison backdrop that was the dark side of "Jailhouse Rock" -- followed by a frantic, declamatory "Alright" in front of a raging bonfire.
ALABAMA SHAKES' four GRAMMYS included Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song ("Don't Wanna Fight"), Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album, later killing with a performance of "Don't Wanna Fight," in which BRITTANY HOWARD howled up a storm in an outfit that recalled SISTER ROSETTA THARPE.
CHRIS STAPLETON earned a pair of GRAMMYs for Best Country Solo Performance and Country Album Of The Year, which was presented to him by KAM and GARY SINISE.
The prime-time performances had a little something for everyone, even with the absence of RIHANNA (NET NEWS 2/15).
SAM HUNT and CARRIE UNDERWOOD sang "Heartbeat" together, the song HUNT provided backup vocals for on her "Storyteller" album, then joined together for his "Take Your Time."
Another two-time winner on the pre-telecast, THE WEEKND was resplendent in tux and bow tie, performing "Can't Feel My Face," then ambling to the front of a stage for his latest single, "In the Night," eliciting a standing ovation.
ANDRA DAY and ELLIE GOULDING contributed a mash-up of their two songs, "Rise Up" and "Love Me Like You Do."
The LIONEL RICHIE tribute was next, with JOHN LEGEND ("I'm Easy"), DEMI LOVATO hitting the high note ("Hello"), LUKE BRYAN ("Penny Lover"), MEGHAN TRAINOR ("You Are") and TYRESE ("Brick House") before the assembled brought RICHIE himself up for a spirited "All Night Long," the neon lights flashing out his portrait stage right.
LITTLE BIG TOWN were next with "Girl Crush," followed by STEVIE WONDER and PENTATONIX who performed an a cappella version of EARTH, WIND & FIRE's "That's The Way Of The World" as a tribute to the late MAURICE WHITE.
THE EAGLES' tribute to GLENN FREY indicated the band might have a future with a new line-up including DON HENLEY, JACKSON BROWNE, BERNIE LEADON, TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT and JOE WALSH singing "Take It Easy."
Then, it was time for a Best New Artist medley, with JAMES BAY and TORI KELLY segueing from his "Let It Go" to her "Personal."
A live feed from BROADWAY of the opening scene of "Hamilton," introduced from NEW YORK's RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE by STEPHEN COLBERT, was one of the most electrifying moments of the night, even as it was taking place some 3,000 miles away. The performance was rewarded with a Best Musical Theatre GRAMMY and a rare remote on-air presentation, with "Hamilton" creator LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA rapping out his brilliant acceptance speech.
ADELE warmed up for next year's GRAMMY, where she will undoubtedly be the favorite for "25," which came out too late for eligibility this year, with a full-throated warble on "All I Ask" that spotlighted the voice of her generation, and an uncanny ability to put her emotions to song.
JUSTIN BIEBER came out solo with acoustic guitar for "Love Yourself," then joined SKRILLEX and DIPLO for the GRAMMY-winning "Where Are You Now" which showed the one-time teen idol turning into a rock star before our very eyes.
LADY GAGA, boasting carrot-orange hair, took us on a chronology of DAVID BOWIE's greatest hits, hoofing her way through a breathless medley of "Space Oddity," "Changes," "Ziggy Stardust," "Suffragette City, "Rebel Rebel," "Fashion," "Fame," "Under Pressure," and, after being joined by NILE RODGERS on guitar, "Let's Dance" and a rousing "Heroes" for a finale. It was a reminder of how multi-talented the GAGAmeister can be.
CHRIS STAPLETON started off the GRAMMY tribute to B. B. KING with "The Thrill Is Gone," and gave way to solos by GARY CLARK JR. and BONNIE RAITT on slide, insisting, "I'm free from your spell," the proving we were far from it.
DAVE GROHL introduced the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, who proceeded to roar through a tribute to LEMMY KILMISTER by slamming through a new song, "As Bad As I Am," and concluding with "Ace Of Spades," a bloody-shirted ALICE COOPER leading JOE PERRY, JOHNNY DEPP, DUFF McKAGAN and MATT SORUM with an appropriately death-defying homage to their fellow SUNSET STRIP denizen.
THE RECORDING ACADEMY's NEIL PORTNOW and COMMON introduced GRAMMY-winning 12-year-old jazz pianist JOEY ALEXANDER to illustrate how creators must be paid, at one point showing a penny being cut in pieces to illustrate how small free streaming royalties amount to before the last two big awards of the night were handed out by BEYONCE and EARTH, WIND AND FIRE.
The night came to a close with an all-hands-on-deck finale featuring PITBULL, who was joined by JOE PERRY, TRAVIS BARKER, SOFIA VERGARA and ROBIN THICKE for "Bad Man," ending the night on a celebratory note.
SWIFT won her first two GRAMMYs at this afternoon's PRE-TELECAST at the MICROSOFT THEATER across from STAPLES CENTER, the scene of the night's GRAMMY AWARDS, the first for Best Pop Vocal Album for "1989." Co-producer JACK ANTONOFF accepted for her, getting her on the cell and putting it up to the mic, where TAYLOR could be heard shrieking, "We won! Is JAMES TAYLOR there? Will someone tell him I love him?" Later on, SWIFT'S "Bad Blood," which features her GRAMMY rival KENDRICK LAMAR, won for Best Video. THE WEEKND also earned a pair of pre-telecast nods for Best R&B Performance for "Earned It (50 Shades Of Grey") and Best Urban Contemporary Album ("Beauty Behind The Madness"). D'ANGELO also took home a pair for Best R&B Song ("Really Love") and Best R&B Album ("Black Messiah").
The first pre-telecast performer was GRAMMY nominee, 12-year-old jazz prodigy JOEY ALEXANDER, followed by RAUL MALO and THE MAVERICKS performing "All Night Long," the classical TAKACS QUARTET and GRAMMY winners FAIRFIELD FOUR's playful a cappella take on "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around" segueing into TASHA COBBS' soaring gospel "Put A Praise On It" and all joining together on "Swing Low Sweet Chariot." GRAMMY-nominated heavy rockers HIGHLY SUSPECT took the stage for a dynamic performance of "Lydia," from their album, "Mister Asylum."
Other notable awards were won by CHRIS STAPLETON, his first for Best Country Solo Performance for "Traveller" and LITTLE BIG TOWN's "Girl Crush" for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Song for writers HILLARY LINDSEY, LORI McKENNA and LIZ ROSE.
SKRILLEX and DIPLO picked up a pair of awards for Best Dance Recording ("Where Are U Now") and Dance/Electronic Album ("JACK U").
MARIA SCHNEIDER earned a pair, including Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for her work on DAVID BOWIE's "Sue (Or In a Season Of Crime"), giving a tearful speech about the privilege of working with the late musician. ANGELIQUE KIDJO literally danced onstage and chanted a "thank you song" in accepting her award for Best World Music Album for "Sings," while JASON ISBELL took home a pair for Best Americana Roots Song ("24 Frames") and Album ("Something More Than Free"). The "Amy" documentary earned a GRAMMY for Best Music Film.
BIG MACHINE's SCOTT BORCHETTA was overwhelmed accepting the GRAMMY for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for 'GLEN CAMPBELL: I'll Be Me."
Best Metal winners GHOST showed up in full make-up to accept their award for "Cirice" by saying "a nightmare has turned into a dream" with a thick, GERMANIC accent. ALABAMA SHAKES won three early awards for Best Engineered Album and Best Alternative Music Album ("Sound & Color") and Best Rock Song for "Don't Wanna Fight."
KENDRICK LAMAR also won four pre-telecast GRAMMYS for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song ("Alright"), along with Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("These Walls") and Best Video for "Bad Blood" with TAYLOR SWIFT, then a fifth for Best Rap Album during the main event.
TONY BENNETT won his 18th GRAMMY for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album with BILL CHARLAP for "The Silver Lining: The Songs Of JEROME KERN," and was on hand to accept himself.
All winners can be seen here.
Some pre-telecast early winners:
- Best Instrumental Composition: ARTURO SANDOVAL, “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite”
- Best Arrangement, Instrumental Acappella, PENTATONIX, "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy"
- Best Recording Package: "Still The King: Celebrating The Music of BOB WILLS AND THE PLAYBOYS"
- Best Boxed of Special Limited Edition Package: JACK WHITE, “The Rise And Fall Of Paramount Records”
- Best Album Notes: JONI MITCHELL, “Love Has Many Faces”
- Best Historical Album: BOB DYLAN, “The Basement Tapes Complete Bootleg Series, Volume 11”
- Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: SHAWN EVERETT & BOB LUDWIG, ALABAMA SHAKES, "Sound & Color"
- Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classic: DAVE AUDE, "Uptown Funk"
- Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: SNARKY PUPPY & METROPOLE ORKEST, "Silva"
- Best New Age, PAUL AVGERINOS, "Grace"
- Best Improvised Jazz Solo: CHRISTIAN McBRIDE, "Cherokee"
- Best Jazz Vocal Album: CECILE McLORIN SALVANT, "For One To Love"
- Best Jazz Instrumental Album: JOHN SCOFIELD, "Past Present"
- Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA, "The Thompson Fields"
- Best Reggae Album: MORGAN HERITAGE, "Strictly Heritage"
- Best World Music Album: ANGELIQUE KIDJO, "Sings"
- Best Children's Album: TIM KUBART, "Home"
- Best Spoken Word Album: JIMMY CARTER, "A Full Life"
- Best Comedy Album: LOUIS C.K., "Live At Madison Square Garden"
- Best Americana Roots Performance, MAVIS STAPLES, "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"
- Best Americana Roots Song: JASON ISBELL, "24 Frames"
- Best Americana Album: JASON ISBELL, "Something More Than Free"
- Best Blues Album: BUDDY GUY, "Born To Play Guitar"
- Best Folk Album: BELA FLECK and ABILGAIL WASHBURN, "Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn"
- Best Regional Roots Music Album: JON CLEARY, "Go Go Juice"
- Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: "GLEN CAMPBELL: I'll Be Me"
- Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: ANTONIO SANCHEZ, "Birdman"
- Best Song Written For Visual Media: LONNIE LYNN, CHE SMITH & JOHN STEPHENS, for COMMON and JOHN LEGEND's "Glory"
- Best Music Video: TAYLOR SWIFT f/KENDRICK LAMAR, "Bad Blood"
- Best Music Film: "Amy"
- Best Gospel Performance/Song: KIRK FRANKLIN, "Wanna Be Happy?"
- Best Gospel Album: ISRAEL & NEWBREED, "Covered: Alive In Asia (Live)"
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: TOBYMAC, "This Is Not A Test"
- Best Roots Gospel Album: FARIFIELD FOUR, "Still Rockin' My Soul"
- Best Country Solo Performance: CHRIS STAPLETON, "Traveller"
- Best Country Duo/Group Performance: LITTLE BIG TOWN, "Girl Crush"
- Best Country Song: HILLARY LINDSEY, LORI McKENNA and LIZ ROSE, "Girl Crush"
- Best Dance Recording: SKRILLEX & DIPLO w/JUSTIN BIEBER, "Where Are U Now"
- Best Dance/Electronic Album: "SKRILLEX And DIPLO Present JACK U"
- Best R&B Performance: THE WEEKND, "Earned It (50 Shades Of Grey)"
- Best Traditional R&B Performance: LALAH HATHAWAY, "Little Ghetto Boy"
- Best R&B Song: D'ANGELO & KENDRA FOSTER, "Really Love"
- Best Urban Contemporary Album: THE WEEKND, "Beauty Behind The Madness"
- Best R&B Album: D'ANGELO AD THE VANGUARD, "Black Messiah"
- Best Metal Performance: GHOST, "Cirice"
- Best Rock Song: ALABAMA SHAKES, "Don't Wanna Fight"
- Best Rock Album: MUSE, "Drones"
- Best Alternative Music Album: ALABAMA SHAKES, "Sound & Color"
- Best Rap Performance: KENDRICK LAMAR, "Alright"
- Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: KENDRICK LAMAR, BILAL, THUNDERCAT and ANNA WISE, "These Walls"
- Best Rap Song: KENDRICK LAMAR, "Alright"
- Best Pop Solo Performance: ED SHEERAN, "Thinking Out Loud"
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: MARK RONSON f/BRUNO MARS, "Uptown Funk"
- Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: TONY BENNETT and BILL CHARLAP, "The Silver Lining: The Songs Of JEROME KERN"
- Best Bluegrass Album: THE STEELDRIVERS, "The MUSCLE SHOALS Recordings"
- Producer Of The Year: JEFF BHASKER