58th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2015)

In an era when much of the prevailing cultural dialogue revolves around race relations and personal empowerment, the big winners at the 58th GRAMMY Awards reflected the currency of the times.

With 11 nominations, Compton, Calif., rapper Kendrick Lamar went into Music's Biggest Night as the most nominated artist since Michael Jackson and Babyface each scored 12 for 1983 and 1996, respectively. He took five GRAMMYs, including Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly, and Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Alright."

Lamar's performance of "The Blacker The Berry" and "Alright," songs that became unofficial soundtracks for the Black Lives Matter movement, infused the GRAMMYs with the kind of social immediacy at which it excels, whether it's championing marriage equality or honoring late musical icons such as Whitney Houston.

Alabama Shakes, perhaps fittingly a multiracial band with a multiracial frontwoman, Brittany Howard, won three awards — Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album — all based around their acclaimed sophomore album, Sound & Color. Their performance of "Don't Wanna Fight," introduced with an otherworldly scream by Howard, who looked like a high priestess of rock in a flowing white cape, was a captivating moment from a band that has helped bring back a sense of urgency to rock.

Taylor Swift took Album Of The Year for 1989 among her three awards. Pointing out she was the first woman to win that award twice, Swift was passionate about giving due credit to the contributions of women during her acceptance speech. Her show-opening performance of "Out Of The Woods" proved she's a powerful, self-assured woman.

Other multiple winners included D'Angelo, Diplo, Jason Isbell, Maria Schneider, Ed Sheeran, Skrillex, Chris Stapleton, and The Weeknd.

Rising up, to paraphrase GRAMMY nominee and performer Andra Day, was the theme of the night. In addition to Lamar's wins and triumphant performance, there were other noteworthy moments.

"Glory," Common and John Legend's defiant song from Selma, the film about the 1965 Montgomery, Ala., voting rights marches, won for Best Song Written For Visual Media. Lalah Hathaway won in the Best Traditional R&B Performance category for "Little Ghetto Boy," a song about overcoming the consequences of growing up in inner-city poverty that was originally recorded by her father, Donny Hathaway.   

Mexican drummer/composer Antonio Sanchez, who won Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for Birdman, thanked GRAMMY voters specifically because he had been "eliminated by another awards show that starts with an 'O' and ends with 'scars.'" And songwriter Kendra Foster literally raised a fist and proclaimed "we're trying to rise up" when accepting the Best R&B Song award for her, D'Angelo and Gina Figueroa's "Really Love."

It was also a night of official goodbyes to musical giants, some of whom died within weeks of the GRAMMY telecast.

Lady Gaga's tribute to David Bowie was an electrifying appreciation of one of the most influential artists of our time. Bowie — who died Jan. 10 — received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy in 2006, and an appropriate celebration on the GRAMMY telecast with a 10-song medley wrapped by a triumphant version of "Heroes."

The band synonymous with '70s California rock came together to salute their fallen founding member, Glenn Frey, who died Jan. 18. The Eagles strummed through their first hit, the classic "Take It Easy," teaming with the song's co-writer Jackson Browne (who penned the tune with Frey in the early '70s when they lived in the same Los Angeles apartment building). The ode to letting troubles run off your shoulders and grabbing life while you can was a fitting tribute to a singer, guitarist and man who did just that.

Things revved up a few decibels when the Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry joined by Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum) lit the funeral pyre for Lemmy Kilmister — hard rock's No. 1 anarchist who died Dec. 28, 2015 — with a short blast of Motörhead's "Ace Of Spades."

At the other end of the genre and attitude spectrum, Earth, Wind & Fire's deeply optimistic pan-spiritual leader Maurice White, who died Feb. 4, was feted by Stevie Wonder and vocal group Pentatonix, who performed an a cappella version of the classic "That's The Way Of The World."

Finally, Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt paid tribute to one of the most noteworthy bluesmen of all time, B.B. King, who died May 14, 2015. The three artists — performing King's biggest hit, "The Thrill Is Gone" — reflected disparate generations and genres, but demonstrated that roots music is a single language often spoken with six strings.

Wrapped around these special GRAMMY Moments were additional performances that delivered musical breadth as only the GRAMMYs can.

New country star and former college footballer Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time" got an audible via a duet with Carrie Underwood and her "Heartbeat."

R&B sensation The Weeknd sensitively performed his ballad "In The Night," backed by piano and cello, after teasing his hit "Can't Feel My Face." The vocal triumph scored a standing ovation.

Day was joined by Ellie Goulding for one of the night's sweetest melding of voices as they seamlessly brought their respective ballads "Rise Up" and "Love Me Like You Do" together.

Lionel Richie, the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoree and a true hits king of the '80s, rightly received the royal treatment as Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, and Tyrese came together for a mega-salute capped by the man himself singing his signature "All Night Long (All Night)."

Richie collaborator, the late Michael Jackson, was remembered by nominee Miguel, who delivered a smooth version of "She's Out Of My Life" backed by the song's original keyboardist Greg Phillinganes.

Little Big Town turned in a contemplative version of "Girl Crush" rich in the harmonizing of their four collective voices.

Two Best New Artist nominees, James Bay and Tori Kelly, joined forces to show off some fresh multiweapon talent as the pair of singer/songwriter/instrumentalists ran emotively through his "Let It Go" and her "Hollow."

The GRAMMYs aired its first-ever live performance from a Broadway stage by bringing the acclaimed musical "Hamilton" to a nationwide TV audience. Star/writer Lin-Manuel Miranda and his cast ran through the opening number "Alexander Hamilton" before an ecstatic audience at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, providing a taste of its groundbreaking melding of hip-hop and traditional musical theater.

Despite some well-documented technical glitches, Adele's performance became a triumph over adversity, a testament to the fact that great talent will always shine despite the sometimes unexpected travails of live TV. To paraphrase her song "All I Ask," Adele left her heart on the stage to a standing ovation.

Justin Bieber teamed with EDM stars Skrillex and Diplo — under their Jack Ü moniker — for a rousing take on "Where Are Ü Now," which followed an acoustic solo turn by Bieber, who played his "Love Yourself." As Billboard noted, "While some previous dance performances have fallen flat in televised awards shows, there was nothing stilted about the energetic ensemble's stage show."

And on a similarly energetic note, the GRAMMYs concluded with a party thrown by one of the night's winners, Pitbull, who was joined by Travis Barker, Joe Perry, Robin Thicke, and actress Sofia Vergara, who showed off some of her best dance moves.

Between honoring our musical legacy and recognizing music's power to reflect and impact our cultural legacy, fans truly had a chance to Witness Greatness on the 58th GRAMMYs.

Record Of The Year
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk

Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson, artists. Jeff Bhasker, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson, producers. Josh Blair, Riccardo Damian, Serban Ghenea, Wayne Gordon, John Hanes, Inaam Haq, Boo Mitchell, Charles Moniz & Mark Ronson, engineers/mixers. Tom Coyne, mastering engineer.

Album Of The Year
Taylor Swift, Imogen Heap

Taylor Swift, artist. Jack Antonoff, Nathan Chapman, Imogen Heap, Max Martin, Mattman & Robin (Robin Fredriksson & Mattias Larsson), Ali Payami, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Ryan Tedder & Noel Zancanella, producers. Jack Antonoff, Mattias Bylund, Smith Carlson, Nathan Chapman, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Imogen Heap, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert, Brendan Morawski, Laura Sisk & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers. Tom Coyne, mastering engineer.

Song Of The Year
Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge

Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters.

Best New Artist
Best Pop Solo Performance
Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheeran, artist.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk

Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson, artists.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett
The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern

Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap

Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, artists. Dae Bennett & Bill Charlap, producers.

Best Pop Vocal Album
Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, artist. Max Martin & Shellback, producers.

Best Dance Recording
Skrillex, Diplo, Justin Bieber
Where Are Ü Now

Justin Bieber, Diplo & Skrillex, artists. Sonny Moore & Thomas Pentz, producers. Sonny Moore & Thomas Pentz, mixers.

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Skrillex, Diplo
Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü

Diplo & Skrillex, artists. Diplo & Skrillex, producers.

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest

Metropole Orkest (Jules Buckley & Michael League) & Snarky Puppy (Jules Buckley & Michael League), artists.

Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes, GRAMMY winners
Don't Wanna Fight

Alabama Shakes (Zac Cockrell, Heath Fogg, Brittany Howard & Steve Johnson), artists.

Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Alabama Shakes, GRAMMY winners
Don't Wanna Fight

Alabama Shakes (Zac Cockrell, Heath Fogg, Brittany Howard & Steve Johnson), songwriters.

Best Rock Album

Muse (Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard & Chris Wolstenholme), artists. Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Muse, producers.

Best Alternative Music Album
Alabama Shakes, GRAMMY winners
Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes (Zac Cockrell, Heath Fogg, Brittany Howard & Steve Johnson), artists. Alabama Shakes & Blake Mills, producers.

Best R&B Performance
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

The Weeknd, artist.

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Lalah Hathaway
Little Ghetto Boy

Lalah Hathaway, artist.

Best R&B Song
Really Love

D'Angelo, Gina Figueroa & Kendra Foster, songwriters (D'Angelo And The Vanguard)

D'Angelo, Gina Figueroa & Kendra Foster, songwriters.

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Beauty Behind The Madness

The Weeknd, artist. Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese & The Weeknd, producers.

Best R&B Album
Black Messiah

D'Angelo And The Vanguard

D'Angelo And The Vanguard (D'Angelo, Chris Dave, Kendra Foster, Christopher Jermaine Holmes, Jesse Johnson, Robert Ahrel Lumzy, Pino Palladino, Cleo Sample & Isaiah Sharkey), artists.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Kendrick Lamar
These Walls

Kendrick Lamar Featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat

Bilal, Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat & Anna Wise, artists.

Best Rap Song
Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Duckworth, Kawan Prather, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Kendrick Duckworth, Kawan Prather, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters.

Best Rap Album
Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar, artist.

Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Little Big Town
Girl Crush

Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet & Jimi Westbrook), artists.

Best Country Song
Girl Crush

Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters.

Best Country Album
Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton, artist. Dave Cobb & Chris Stapleton, producers.

Best New Age Album

Paul Avgerinos, artist. Paul Avgerinos, producer.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Christian McBride, soloist.

Best Jazz Vocal Album
For One To Love

Cécile McLorin Salvant, artist. Al Pryor, producer.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Past Present

John Scofield, artist. John Scofield, producer.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
The Thompson Fields

Maria Schneider Orchestra (Maria Schneider), artists. Ryan Truesdell, producer.

Best Latin Jazz Album
Made In Brazil

Eliane Elias, artist. Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson & Steve Rodby, producers.

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Kirk Franklin
Wanna Be Happy?

Kirk Franklin, artist. Kirk Franklin, songwriter.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Holy Spirit

Francesca Battistelli, artist.

Best Gospel Album
Covered: Alive In Asia [Live]

Israel & NewBreed (Israel Houghton), artists. Chris Baker, Kevin Camp & Aaron Lindsey, producers.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
This Is Not A Test

Tobymac, artist. David Garcia, Christopher Stevens & Tobymac, producers.

Best Roots Gospel Album
Still Rockin' My Soul

The Fairfield Four

The Fairfield Four (Levert Allison, Larrice Byrd Sr., Bobbye Sherrell & Joe Thompson), artists. The Fairfield Four, producers.

Best Latin Pop Album
A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)

Ricky Martin, artist. Julio Reyes Copello, producer. Julio Reyes Copello, Javier Garza, Ricardo López Lalinde & Carlos Fernando Lopez, engineers.

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Hasta La Raíz

Natalia Lafourcade, artist. Natalia Lafourcade, producer. Andrés Borda, Eduardo Del Águila, Alan Ortiz Grande, Demián Nava, Alan Saucedo & Sebastián Schunt, engineers.


Pitbull, artist. José C. Garcia & Jorge Gomez, producers. Al Burna, engineer.

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Realidades - Deluxe Edition

Los Tigres Del Norte (Eduardo Hernandez, Hernan Hernandez, Jorge Hernandez, Luis Hernandez & Oscar Lara), artists. Los Tigres Del Norte, producer.

Best Tropical Latin Album
Rubén Blades
Son De Panamá

Rubén Blades With Roberto Delgado & Orchestra

Rubén Blades & Roberto Delgado, artists. Robert Delgado, producer. Pablo Governatori & Ignacio "Nacho" Molina, engineers.

Best American Roots Performance
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples, artist.

Best American Roots Song
24 Frames

Jason Isbell, songwriter.

Best Americana Album
Something More Than Free

Jason Isbell, artist. Dave Cobb, producer.

Best Bluegrass Album
The Muscle Shoals Recordings

The Steeldrivers (Richard Bailey, Mike Fleming, Gary Nichols, Tammy Rogers & Brent Truitt), artists. The Steeldrivers, producer.

Best Blues Album
Born To Play Guitar

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy, artist. Tom Hambridge, producer.

Best Folk Album
Béla Fleck
Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, artists. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, producers. Richard Battaglia & Béla Fleck, engineers.

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Go Go Juice

Jon Cleary, artist. Jon Cleary & John Porter, producers. Tony Daigle, Mike Dorsey & John Porter, engineers.

Best Reggae Album
Strictly Roots

Morgan Heritage (Gramps Morgan, Memmalatel Morgan, Nakhamyah Morgan, Peter Morgan & Una Morgan), artists. Morgan Heritage, producer.

Best World Music Album

Angélique Kidjo, artist. Jean Hébrail & Angélique Kidjo, producers; Laurent Dupuy, Stewart Lerman, Jeannot Nies, Christoph Simon & Gast Waltzing, engineers/mixers

Best Children's Album

Tim Kubart, artist. Dominic Fallacaro, producer.

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter, artist. Elisa Shokoff, producer.

Best Comedy Album
Live At Madison Square Garden

Louis C.K., artist. Dave Becky, Mike Berkowitz & M. Blair Breard, producers.

Best Musical Theater Album

Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Leslie Odom, Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos & Phillipa Soo, principal soloists. Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer & lyricist. Alex Lacamoire, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bill Sherman, Ahmir Thompson & Tarik Trotter, producers. Tim Latham & Derik Lee, engineers.

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

(Various Artists)

Julian Raymond, compilation producer.

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Antonio Sanchez, composer. Alejandro González Iñárritu & Antonio Sanchez, producers.

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith & John Stephens, songwriters.

Best Instrumental Composition
The Afro Latin Jazz Suite

Arturo O'Farrill, composer.

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy

Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers.

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)

Maria Schneider, arranger.

Best Recording Package
Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys

Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds & Dick Reeves, art directors.

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)

Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors.

Best Album Notes
Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced

Joni Mitchell, album notes writer.

Best Historical Album
The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11

Steve Berkowitz, Jan Haust & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers. Peter J. Moore & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers.

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Sound & Color

Shawn Everett, engineer. Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Jeff Bhasker

Jeff Bhasker, producer.

Best Remixed Recording
Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)

Dave Audé, remixer.

Best Surround Sound Album
Amused To Death

James Guthrie, surround mix engineer. James Guthrie & Joel Plante, surround mastering engineers. James Guthrie, surround producer.

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Ask Your Mama

Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum & Justin Merrill, engineers. Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Judith Sherman

Judith Sherman, producer.

Best Orchestral Performance
Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphony No. 10

Andris Nelsons, conductor. Shawn Murphy, producer. Nick Squire, engineer.

Best Opera Recording
Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade

Seiji Ozawa, conductor. Dominic Fyfe, producer. Isabel Leonard, soloist. Jonathan Stokes, engineer.

Best Choral Performance
Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil

Charles Bruffy, conductor. Blanton Alspaugh, producer. Byeong Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers.

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Bryce Dessner, producer. Jonathan Low, engineer.

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L'Arbre Des Songes

Augustin Hadelich, soloist. Ludovic Morlot, conductor.

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Joyce & Tony - Live From Wigmore Hall

Joyce DiDonato, soloist. Stephen Johns, producer. Jonathan Allen, engineer.

Best Classical Compendium
Paulus: Three Places Of Enlightenment; Veil Of Tears & Grand Concerto

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor. Tim Handley, producer. Gary Call, engineer.

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances

Stephen Paulus, composer.

Best Music Video
Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar
Bad Blood

Kendrick Lamar & Taylor Swift, artists. Joseph Kahn, video director. Ron Mohrhoff, video producer.

Best Music Film
Amy Winehouse

Asif Kapadia, video director. James Gay-Rees, video producer.