2016 Grammy Winners: Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, David Bowie

D'Angelo, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Muse among the other early winners


    The 2016 Grammy Awards were revealed on Monday night. Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, and Taylor Swift were among the big winners,

    Nominated for a total of 11 Grammys, Kendrick Lamar took home five honors: Best Rap Album (To Pimp A Butterfly), Best Rap Song (“Alright”), Best Rap Performance (“Alright”), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“These Walls”), and Best Music Video (for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”).

    Alabama Shakes captured both Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for their song “Don’t Wanna Fight”. Meanwhile, their album Sound & Color won Best Alternative Album in a formidable category that also included Björk, Tame Impala, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket. Sound & Color was also awarded the Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.


    Taylor Swift’s 1989 won Album of the Year, and also beat out Florence and the Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful to win Best Pop Vocal Album. Swift’s video for “Bad Blood” (featuring Kendrick Lamar) won the Grammy for Best Music Video.

    Mavis Staples earned the Best American Roots Performance Grammy for “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”. Meanwhile, Jason Isbell won Best American Roots Song (“24 Frames”) and Best Americana Album (Something More Than Free).

    Skrillex and Diplo, t.k.a. Jack Ü, won Best Dance Recording (“Where Are Ü Now”). They also beat out the likes of Jamie xx, Caribou, Disclosure, and Chemical Brothers (sigh) to earn the Best Dance/Electronica Album Grammy for Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü.


    The Weeknd earned Grammys for Best Urban Contemporary Album (Beauty Behind the Madness) and Best R&B Performance (“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”).

    D’Angelo, meanwhile, won the Grammys for Best R&B Album (Black Messiah) and Best R&B Song (“Really Love”).

    Muse’s Drones was christened Best Rock Album.

    Maria Schneider won the Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for her contributions to David Bowie’s “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)”.


    Louis C.K. won Best Comedy Album for Live at Madison Square Garden.

    The Amy Winehouse biopic Amy won the Grammy for Best Music Film.

    The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two earned Jack White’s Third Man Records a Grammy for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.

    “Glory”, Common, John Legend, and Rhymefest’s contribution to Selma, won Best Song Written for Visual Media.

    Antonio Sanchez’s drum-focused score for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) picked up the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media. Ironically, it was not nominated for an Oscar.


    See the notable winners below. The full list is available at the Grammys website.

    Album of the Year:
    Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
    Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    Chris Stapleton – Traveller
    Taylor Swift – 1989
    The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness

    Record of the Year:
    D’Angelo and the Vanguard – “Really Love”
    Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
    Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
    Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
    The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

    Song of the Year:
    Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
    Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
    Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
    Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”


    Best New Artist:
    Courtney Barnett
    James Bay
    Sam Hunt
    Tori Kelly
    Meghan Trainor

    Best Rock Song:
    Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
    Elle King – “Ex’s & Oh’s”
    James Bay – “Hold Back the River”
    Highly Suspect – “Lydia”
    Florence and the Machine – “What Kind of Man”

    Best Rock Album:
    James Bay – Chaos and the Chain
    Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi
    Highly Suspect – Mister Asylum
    Muse – Drones
    Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

    Best Rock Performance:
    Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
    Florence and the Machine – “What Kind of Man”
    Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing”
    Elle King – “Ex’s & Oh’s”
    Wolf Alice – “Moaning Lisa Smile”


    Best Alternative Album:
    Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
    Björk – Vulnicura
    My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
    Tame Impala – Currents
    Wilco – Star Wars

    Best Rap Album:
    J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
    Dr. Dre – Compton
    Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
    Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

    Best Rap Song:
    Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, and Paul McCartney – “All Day”
    Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    Drake – “Energy”
    Common and John Legend – “Glory”
    Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”


    Best Rap Performance:
    J. Cole – “Apparently”
    Drake – “Back to Back”
    Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
    Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter”

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
    Florence and the Machine – “Ship to Wreck”
    Maroon 5 – “Sugar”
    Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
    Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
    Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

    Best Pop Vocal Album:
    Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece
    Florence and the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
    Mark Ronson – Uptown Special
    Taylor Swift – 1989
    James Taylor – Before This World


    Best Dance/Electronica Album:
    Caribou – Our Love
    The Chemical Brothers – Born in the Echoes
    Disclosure – Caracal
    Jamie xx – In Colour
    Skrillex and Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü

    Best Dance Recording:
    Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston – “We’re All We Need”
    The Chemical Brothers – “Go”
    Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”
    Galantis – “Runaway (U & I)”
    Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”

    Best Urban Contemporary Album:
    The Internet – Ego Death
    Kehlani – You Should Be Here
    Lianne La Havas – Blood
    Miguel – Wildheart
    The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness


    Best Comedy Album:
    Lisa Lampanelli – Back to the Drawing Board
    Wyatt Cenac – Brooklyn
    Jay Mohr – Happy. And A Lot.
    Craig Ferguson – Just Being Honest
    Louis C.K. – Live at Madison Square Garden

    Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:
    Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
    Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
    Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
    Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything
    Justin Hurwitz – Whiplash

    Best Song Written For Visual Media:
    The Weeknd – “Earned It”
    Common and John Legend – “Glory”
    Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”
    Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
    Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens to You”


    Best Music Video:
    ASAP Rocky – “LSD
    The Dead Weather – “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”
    Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
    Pharrell Williams – “Freedom”

    Best Music Film:
    James Brown – Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
    Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
    Nina Simone – What Happened, Miss Nina Simone?
    Roger Waters – The Wall
    Amy Winehouse – Amy