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