2016 Grammy Winners

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2016)

During a period in our nation's history in which people are constantly reminded about the political and social issues that can divide us, the 59th GRAMMY Awards served as a convincing testament to the undeniable unifying power of music.

Adele, whose voice is a powerful force unto itself, emerged the top winner of the night, taking home five GRAMMYs: Best Pop Vocal Album and Album Of The Year for 25 and Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Hello." The now-15-time winner also made GRAMMY history by becoming the first artist to sweep Record, Album and Song Of The Year twice in her career.

Fittingly, it was Adele who ushered in Music's Biggest Night with a mesmerizing performance of her smash "Hello." A stark black backdrop provided a blank canvas over which the British singer/songwriter painted an aural masterpiece, her potent vocals reverberating throughout Los Angeles' Staples Center.

The mercurial David Bowie, who died just days before releasing his album Blackstar on Jan. 8, 2016, won four posthumous GRAMMYs, including Best Alternative Music Album. Greg Kurstin, Adele's producer and songwriting partner, also won four awards, including Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical.

Chance The Rapper earned three awards, including Best New Artist, making him the first streaming-exclusive artist to win a GRAMMY. "This is for every indie artist who's been doing this mixtape stuff for a long-a** time," the Chicagoan said during his acceptance for Best Rap Album for Coloring Book. He punctuated his GRAMMY debut with a feel-good performance medley of "How Great" and "All We Got," with his cousin Nicole and 59th GRAMMY winners Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann adding soulful flourishes.

Engineer/mixer Tom Elmhirst also won three GRAMMYs; Beyoncé, Drake, Sarah Jarosz, John Scofield, Franklin, and Hillary Scott & The Scott Family were among those winning two awards.

As presenter Celine Dion so eloquently quoted the legendary Stevie Wonder, "Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories." In addition to crowning recipients in 84 GRAMMY categories, the 59th GRAMMYs created many new memories in the form of signature GRAMMY Moments that spanned several genres.

Equal parts music, theater and spoken word poetry, a golden-clad Beyoncé radiated during her medley of "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles," two songs from her Best Urban Contemporary Album-winning opus, Lemonade. The trance-inducing performance, which was themed around the celebration of motherhood, featured her own mother, Tina Knowles, and daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, and closed on a poignant note with the pregnant Beyoncé reciting a line from a Warsan Shire poem: "If we're going to heal, let it be glorious/1,000 girls raise their arms."

Bruno Mars dazzled with his seductive "That's What I Like." Commanding the stage with aplomb, showcasing graceful dance moves and flaunting his rich tenor, Mars once again proved the breadth of his 24-karat talent.

Ed Sheeran turned in arguably the most energy-efficient performance of the evening. Armed with an acoustic guitar, synthesizer and a pedalboard that doubled as a looping device, Sheeran proved a veritable one-man band in multitasking his romantic ode "Shape Of You."

The Weeknd teamed with fellow GRAMMY winners Daft Punk for a medley of "Starboy" and "I Feel It Coming." The duo's trademark synthesizer soundscapes set the tone for a sci-fi inspired set, with The Weeknd's velvety voice drifting into space.

Katy Perry returned to the GRAMMY stage to debut her brand-new single, "Chained To The Rhythm," with reggae artist Skip Marley. Perry — who wore an armband emblazoned with the word "Resist" — earnestly delivered her new socially conscious anthem, which she closed by declaring "No hate!"

Best New Artist nominee Anderson .Paak and rappers Busta Rhymes, Consequence and A Tribe Called Quest joined for a politically charged medley of "Award Tour," "Movin Backwards" and "We The People." The latter song, A Tribe Called Quest's anthem addressing topics such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and misogyny, proved timely given the recent political climate. A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip put an exclamation point on the performance by shouting, "Resist! Resist! Resist!"

Metallica and Lady Gaga turned the volume up to 10 with a driving performance of the band's "Moth Into Flame." Despite a brief technical glitch with Metallica frontman James Hetfield's mic, the heat generated — stoked by pyrotechnics, headbanging and a stage dive from Gaga — set off a genre-bending explosion.

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood went toe-to-toe for their love-affirming duet "The Fighter." GRAMMY-nominated newcomers Kelsea Ballerini and Lukas Graham joined together for a seamless mashup of her "Peter Pan" and their "7 Years," which was up for Song Of The Year. R&B/soul legend William Bell, who earlier won his first career GRAMMY, teamed with guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr. for a gritty "Born Under A Bad Sign."

First-time GRAMMY host James Corden got into the musical act as well. During his opening skit, Corden delivered a free-style rap that name-dropped everyone from President Donald Trump to Drake, Rihanna and Sturgill Simpson. "The Late Late Show" host also sped through a hilarious impromptu GRAMMY edition of Carpool Karaoke. Driving a cardboard cutout vehicle, Corden was flanked by Jennifer Lopez, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Ryan Tedder, John Legend, Blue Ivy, Jason Derulo, and Neil Diamond for a singalong of the latter's classic "Sweet Caroline."

In addition to Corden's bits, Twenty One Pilots provided some unexpected comic relief when they accepted their first career GRAMMY for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Stressed Out" in their underwear. Underneath the humor, the duo from Columbus, Ohio, conveyed an important message to musicians of all stripes. "Anyone from anywhere can do anything," said Pilots singer/songwriter Tyler Joseph.

It was also a night of firsts for breakout country star Maren Morris. Not only did she make her GRAMMY performance debut with "Once" alongside Alicia Keys, she won her first GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance for "My Church," making her the first GRAMMY Camp alumnus to win a GRAMMY.

Music's Biggest Night also provided moments of reflection in the form of tributes.

An all-star troupe paid homage to five-time GRAMMY winners the Bee Gees, who will be celebrated this spring via the CBS TV special "Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees." Demi Lovato glided through "Stayin' Alive" while Tori Kelly showcased her impressive singing and guitar chops on "Tragedy." Little Big Town were in perfect harmony for "How Deep Is Your Love" and Andra Day bottled the essence of Studio 54 during "Night Fever." The group closed with a vibrant "Stayin' Alive" coda, with Barry Gibb looking on in delight.

Sturgill Simpson and the Dap-Kings convened for "All Around You," a song from Simpson's Best Country Album-winning A Sailor's Guide To Earth. During his introduction, Dwight Yoakam lauded the late singer Sharon Jones, who worked with the Dap-Kings throughout her career.

In recognition of George Michael, who died Dec. 25, 2016, Adele returned to the stage for a dramatic, orchestrated version of "Fastlove," the final Top 10 hit of Michael's career. The tribute paused abruptly as Adele stopped mid-song, feeling that her performance was not up to par. "I can't mess this up for him," she confided to the audience. Adele reset herself and delivered a moving memorial. The audience obliged with a standing ovation.

Morris Day and the Time did the honors in introducing a special GRAMMY tribute to the late Prince. A true showman, Day bobbed and weaved the band through the Time's funky "Jungle Love" and "The Bird." Mars then returned to the stage for a regal reimagining of "Let's Go Crazy." Armed with a Purple Rain-inspired suit, makeup and white guitar, Mars channeled vintage '80s-era Prince, right down to his authentic take on the song's spectacular unaccompanied guitar cadenza.

The In Memoriam segment featured John Legend and GRAMMY-winning "The Color Purple" cast member Cynthia Erivo delivering a rendition of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," which served as a solemn musical prayer to many other individuals the music community lost during the past year.

The GRAMMY show was also marked by heartfelt, if unexpected, tributes to fellow nominees. In her final acceptance speech of the evening for Album Of The Year, a visibly moved Adele used her platform to acknowledge and thank fellow nominee Beyoncé.


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"My artist of my life is Beyoncé," Adele said as a tearful Beyoncé looked on. "The Lemonade album was just so monumental and so well-thought out and so beautiful and soul-bearing. … All us artists here, we f***ing adore you. You are our light.

Music's Biggest Night beamed into the homes of more than 26 million viewers, representing a 4 percent year-over-year increase and the highest viewership since 2014. The luster extended well after the Sunday telecast, with several winners, nominees and performers benefiting from the GRAMMY Effect.

Digital sales of songs performed on the show saw a 140 percent increase in download sales, with Urban and Underwood's "The Fighter" experiencing a 574 percent gain. On-demand streams (audio and video combined) of songs performed rose 30 percent, including Mars' "That's What I Like" spiking 99 percent. Adele's 25 returned to the Top 10, rising to No. 6 with a 137 percent sales increase. Combined with the other Album Of The Year nominees (Beyoncé's Lemonade, Justin Bieber's Purpose, Drake's Views, and Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide To Earth), all five albums saw a collective 91 percent increase in equivalent album sales. Following his GRAMMY performance with Perry, Skip Marley became the first member of the Marley family to score a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

More than just impressive statistics, these sizable GRAMMY Effect gains give additional credence to the 59th GRAMMY Awards telecast remarks of Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, who during his impassioned speech delivered to the new administration an important unified message on behalf of the music community.

"The Recording Academy, together with America's music makers, call on the president and Congress to help keep the music playing by updating music laws, protecting music education and renewing America's commitment to the arts," said Portnow. "It's our collective responsibility to preserve what binds us and to ensure that the whole world continues to benefit from one of our most unique [and] economically and spiritually important assets — and exports: American music."

Record Of The Year

Greg Kurstin, producer; Julian Burg, Tom Elmhirst, Emile Haynie, Greg Kurstin, Liam Nolan, Alex Pasco & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers

Song Of The Year

Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

Best New Artist
Chance The Rapper
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Willie Nelson, Matt Rollings
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

Buddy Cannon & Matt Rollings, producers; Ed Cherney, engineer/mixer

Best Pop Vocal Album

Tom Elmhirst, engineer/mixer

Best Dance Recording
The Chainsmokers, Daya
Don't Let Me Down

The Chainsmokers (Alex Pall & Andrew Taggart), producers; Jordan Young, mixer

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Flume, producer; Eric J Dubowsky & Flume, engineers/mixers

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Snarky Puppy
Culcha Vulcha

Nic Hard, engineer/mixer

Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
David Bowie

David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)

Best Rock Album
Cage The Elephant, Dan Auerbach
Tell Me I'm Pretty

Dan Auerbach, producer; Collin Dupuis & Tom Elmhirst, engineers/mixers

Best Alternative Music Album
David Bowie, Tony Visconti, Kevin Killen

David Bowie & Tony Visconti, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Kevin Killen, engineers/mixers

Best R&B Performance
Cranes In The Sky
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best R&B Song
Lake By The Ocean

Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé, producer; Stuart White, engineer/mixer

Best R&B Album
Lalah Hathaway
Lalah Hathaway Live

Lalah Hathaway, producer; Anthony Jeffries, Coobie Lewis & Brian Vibberts, engineers/mixers

Best Rap Performance
Chancelor Bennett, Lil Wayne, Tauheed Epps
No Problem
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Hotline Bling
Best Rap Song
Drake, Paul Jefferies
Hotline Bling

Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

Best Rap Album
Chancelor Bennett, Jeff Lane
Coloring Book

Jeff Lane, engineer/mixer

Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Pentatonix, Dolly Parton
Best Country Song
Lori McKenna
Humble And Kind

Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Best Country Album
Sturgill Simpson, David Ferguson, Sean Sullivan
A Sailor's Guide To Earth

Sturgill Simpson, producer; David Ferguson & Sean Sullivan, engineers/mixers

Best New Age Album
White Sun
White Sun II
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
John Scofield
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

John Scofield, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Gregory Porter
Take Me To The Alley

Kamau Kenyatta & Gregory Porter, producers; Jay Newland & Charlie Paakkari, engineers/mixers

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
John Scofield
Country For Old Men

John Scofield, producer; Jay Newland, engineer/mixer

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom
Best Latin Jazz Album
Chucho Valdés, Orestes Águila
Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac

Chucho Valdés, producer; Orestes Águila, engineer/mixer

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin
God Provides
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Bernie Herms, Emily Weisband
Thy Will
Best Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin
Losing My Religion

Kirk Franklin, Ronald Hill, Shaun Martin & Max Stark, producers; Rob Chiarelli & Tre Nagella, engineers/mixers

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs, producer; Richie Biggs, engineer/mixer

Best Roots Gospel Album
Joe West

Joe West, producer; Joshua Craig, Jim DeBlanc, James Ennis, Daniel Grace, Rob Lane & Joe West, engineers/mixers

Best Latin Pop Album
Jesse & Joy
Un Besito Más

Eduardo De La Paz Canel, engineer/mixer

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
ile, Noah Georgeson, Ramon Martinez, Carlos Velázquez
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Vicente Fernandez, Gustavo Borner, Javier Ramírez
Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo)

Gustavo Borner & Javier Ramírez, producers; Gustavo Borner & Javier Ramírez, engineers/mixers

Best Tropical Latin Album
Jose Lugo, Gilberto A. Cádenas, Manuel Calero
Donde Están?

Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

Best American Roots Performance
Sarah Jarosz
House Of Mercy
Best American Roots Song
Vince Gill
Kid Sister

Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)

Best Americana Album
William Bell
This Is Where I Live

John Leventhal, producer; Rick DePofi & John Leventhal, engineers/mixers

Best Bluegrass Album
Mark O'Connor
Coming Home

O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor

Gregg Field, producer; Neal Cappellino & Gregg Field, engineers/mixers

Best Traditional Blues Album
Bobby Rush
Porcupine Meat

Scott Billington, producer; Steve Reynolds, engineer/mixer

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Fantastic Negrito
The Last Days Of Oakland

Fantastic Negrito, producer; Alexandro "Migui" Maloles, Jabari Tawiah & Matt Winegar, engineers/mixers

Best Folk Album
Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz & Gary Paczosa, producers; Shani Gandhi & Gary Paczosa, engineers/mixers

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Kalani Pe'a
E Walea

Allan B. Cool, Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing & Dave Tucciarone, producers; Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing & Dave Tucciarone, engineers/mixers

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, Carlos de la Garza
Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley, producer; Carlos de la Garza, engineer/mixer

Best World Music Album
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble, Kevin Killen

Kevin Killen, producer; Jody Elff & Kevin Killen, engineers/mixers

Best Children's Album
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Spencer Williams
Infinity Plus One

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, producer; Julian Dreyer & Spencer Williams, engineers/mixers

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox

Aaron Blank, producer; Dominic Camardella, engineer/mixer

Best Comedy Album
Patton Oswalt
Talking For Clapping
Best Musical Theater Album
Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Frank Filipetti, Jhett Tolentino
The Color Purple

Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Joan Raffe, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers; Frank Filipetti, engineer/mixer (New Broadway Cast)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Robert Glasper
Miles Ahead

(Miles Davis) & Various Artists

Steve Berkowitz, Don Cheadle & Robert Glasper, compilation producers; Ed Gerrard, music supervisor

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
John Williams
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

John Williams, composer; John Williams, producer; Shawn Murphy, engineer/mixer (John Williams)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Shellback, Justin Timberlake
Can't Stop The Feeling!

Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar)

Best Instrumental Composition
Ted Nash
Spoken At Midnight

Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
You And I

Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Best Recording Package

Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Gérard Lo Monaco
Edith Piaf 1915-2015

Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)

Best Album Notes
Sissle And Blake Sing Shuffle Along

Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)

Best Historical Album
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Collector's Edition)

Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
David Bowie, Kevin Killen, Tony Visconti

David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (David Bowie)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Greg Kurstin
Best Remixed Recording
André Allen Anjos
Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)

André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)

Best Surround Sound Album
Alexander Lipay
Dutilleux: Sur Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L'instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement

Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles

Mark Donahue, Fred Vogler & David L Williams, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra)

Producer Of The Year, Classical
David Frost
Best Orchestral Performance
Andris Nelsons
Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9

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

Best Opera Recording
James Conlon, Blanton Alspaugh, Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Guanqun Yu
Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles

James Conlon, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu, soloists; Mark Donahue, Fred Vogler & David L Williams, engineers (LA Opera Chorus; LA Opera Orchestra)

Best Choral Performance
Krzysztof Penderecki
Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1

Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Jesse Lewis, Third Coast Percussion
Steve Reich

Jesse Lewis, producer; Third Coast Percussion (Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin & David Skidmore), ensembles; Dan Nichols, engineer

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero
Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway

Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Dorothea Röschmann
Schumann & Berg

Dorothea Röschmann, soloist; Everett Porter, producer

Ian Bostridge
Shakespeare Songs

Ian Bostridge, soloist; John Fraser, producer; Philip Siney, engineer

Best Classical Compendium
Giancarlo Guerrero
Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle

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

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway
Best Music Video
Beyoncé Knowles

Melina Matsoukas, video director; Nathan Scherrer, video producer

Best Music Film
The Beatles, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years

Ron Howard, video director; Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Scott Pascucci & Nigel Sinclair, video producers