2015 Grammy Winners

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, Philip Lawrence, Boo Mitchell
Uptown Funk

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, GRAMMYs, Imogen Heap, Shellback, Ryan Tedder, Sam Holland

Jack Antonoff, Nathan Chapman, Imogen Heap, Max Martin, Mattman & Robin, 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, Amy Wadge
Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

Best New Artist
Meghan Trainor
Best Pop Solo Performance
Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett
The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern

Dae Bennett & Bill Charlap, producers

Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Dance Recording
Skrillex, Diplo, GRAMMYs
Where Are Ü Now

Sonny Moore & Thomas Pentz, producers; Sonny Moore & Thomas Pentz, mixers

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

Diplo & Skrillex, producers

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes
Don't Wanna Fight
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Alabama Shakes
Don't Wanna Fight

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

Best Rock Album

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

Best Alternative Music Album
Alabama Shakes, Blake Mills
Sound & Color

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

Best R&B Performance
The Weeknd
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Lalah Hathaway
Little Ghetto Boy
Best R&B Song
D'Angelo, Kendra Foster
Really Love

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

Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Weeknd
Beauty Behind The Madness

Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese & The Weeknd, producers

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Kendrick Lamar, Bilal, Anna Wise, Thundercat
These Walls
Best Rap Album
Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp A Butterfly
Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Lori McKenna
Girl Crush

Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best Country Album
Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb

Dave Cobb & Chris Stapleton, producers

Best New Age Album
Paul Avgerinos

Paul Avgerinos, producer

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Christian McBride
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Cécile McLorin Salvant
For One To Love

Al Pryor, producer

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
John Scofield
Past Present

John Scofield, producer

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
The Thompson Fields

Ryan Truesdell, producer

Best Latin Jazz Album
Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson
Made In Brazil

Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson & Steve Rodby, producers

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Kirk Franklin
Wanna Be Happy?

Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Best Gospel Album
Israel & New Breed, Chris Baker, Henry Seeley
Covered: Alive In Asia [Live]

Chris Baker, Kevin Camp & Aaron Lindsey, producers; Danny Duncan & Henry Seeley, engineers/mixers

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
TobyMac, David Garcia, Christopher Stevens
This Is Not A Test

David Garcia, Christopher Stevens & Tobymac, producers; Bryan Fowler, engineer/mixer

Best Roots Gospel Album
Still Rockin' My Soul

Lee Olsen & The Fairfield Four (Levert Allison, Bobbye Sherrell, Larrice Byrd, Sr. & Joe Thompson), producers; Brandon Perdue, engineer/mixer

Best Latin Pop Album
Ricky Martin, Julio Reyes Copello, Ricardo López Laliinde
A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Natalia Lafourcade, Andrés Borda, Eduardo del Aguila, Alan Saucedo, Sebastián Schunt
Hasta La Raíz
Pitbull, José C. Garcia, Jorge Gomez

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

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Los Tigres Del Norte
Realidades - Deluxe Edition

Los Tigres Del Norte, producer

Best Tropical Latin Album
Rubén Blades
Son De Panamá

Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta

Best American Roots Performance
Mavis Staples
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
Best American Roots Song
Jason Isbell
24 Frames

Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell)

Best Americana Album
Jason Isbell, Dave Cobb
Something More Than Free

Dave Cobb, producer

Best Bluegrass Album
The Muscle Shoals Recordings

The Steeldrivers, producer

Best Blues Album
Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge
Born To Play Guitar

Tom Hambridge, producer

Best Folk Album
Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn
Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, producers; Richard Battaglia & Béla Fleck, engineers

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Jon Cleary, John Porter
Go Go Juice

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

Best Reggae Album
Morgan Heritage
Strictly Roots

Morgan Heritage, producer

Best World Music Album
Angélique Kidjo, Jean Hébrail

Jean Hébrail & Angelique Kidjo, producers

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

Elisa Shokoff, producer

Best Comedy Album
Louis C.K.
Live At Madison Square Garden
Best Musical Theater Album
Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, Questlove, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter

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 (Original Broadway Cast)

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

(Various Artists)

Julian Raymond, compilation producer; Jeff Pollack, music supervisor

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Antonio Sanchez, Alejandro González Iñárritu

Antonio Sanchez, composer; Alejandro González Iñárritu & Antonio Sanchez, producers (Antonio Sanchez)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Common, Che Smith, John Legend

Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith & John Stephens, songwriters (Common & John Legend)

Best Instrumental Composition
Arturo O'Farrill, Jr., GRAMMY winner
The Afro Latin Jazz Suite

Arturo O'Farrill, composer (Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa)

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

Ben Bram & Pentatonix (Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola), arrangers (Pentatonix)

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

Maria Schneider, arranger (David Bowie)

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

Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds & Dick Reeves, art directors (Asleep At The Wheel)

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

Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors (Various Artists)

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

Joni Mitchell, album notes writer (Joni Mitchell)

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

Steve Berkowitz, Jan Haust & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Peter J. Moore & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Bob Dylan And The Band)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Sound & Color

Shawn Everett, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Alabama Shakes)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Jeff Bhasker
Best Remixed Recording
Dave Audé
Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)

Dave Audé, remixer (Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars)

Best Surround Sound Album
Amused To Death

James Guthrie, surround mix engineer; James Guthrie & Joel Plante, surround mastering engineers; James Guthrie, surround producer (Roger Waters)

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Ask Your Mama

Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum & Justin Merrill, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer (George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Judith Sherman
Best Orchestral Performance
Andris Nelsons
Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphony No. 10

Andris Nelsons, conductor; Shawn Murphy, producer; Nick Squire, engineer (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
Seiji Ozawa, Isabel Leonard
Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade

Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Dominic Fyfe, producer; Isabel Leonard, soloist; Jonathan Stokes, engineer (SKF Matsumoto Children's Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Chorus; Saito Kinen Orchestra)

Best Choral Performance
Charles Bruffy, Blanton Alspaugh, John Newton
Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil

Charles Bruffy, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; Byeong Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers (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
Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner, producer; Jonathan Low, engineer

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Augustin Hadelich, Ludovic Morlot
Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L'Arbre Des Songes

Augustin Hadelich; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Joyce DiDonato, Jonathan Allen
Joyce & Tony - Live From Wigmore Hall

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

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

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer; Gary Call, engineer (Giancarlo Guerrero)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances

Stephen Paulus, composer

Best Music Video
Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar
Bad Blood

Joseph Kahn, video director; Ron Mohrhoff, video producer

Best Music Film
Amy Winehouse

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