Grammy Awards 2016: Who won, who lost, who performed – Los Angeles Times
While preparing for the her performance at the evening telecast, Swift called in to accept the pop album award to her friend and songwriting collaborator Jack Antonoff, who Tweeted: “1989 just won pop vocal album!!!! accepted it with t on the phone : )albums made in small apartments win grammys. Into it.”
She also scored a rare achievement of nominations in all three of the four general categories (not including new artist), with nominations in record, album and song fields. So did her friend, occasional songwriting collaborator and former opening act Ed Sheeran, whose latest album “X” put him in the running with her in each of those three areas.
Some groans went out when Trainor was named best new artist, seemingly late by a year. She rose to fame in 2014 on the runaway success of her single “All About That Bass” but landed the new artist nomination only in this year’s Grammy ceremony because her debut album, “Title,” wasn’t released until almost half a year after the single first brought her to the public’s attention.
All the year’s general category album nominees generated largely positive critical reviews, as tabulated on the review aggregate website Metacritic.com. From the score of 74 (on a scale of 100) for The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness,” the ratings increase to Swift’s “1989” (scoring 76), Alabama Shakes’ “Sound & Color” (80), Stapleton’s “Traveller” (85) and a near-perfect 96 for Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
Those scores, however, have no direct connection to Recording Academy voting, therefore don’t necessarily correlate with who takes home the album of the year Grammy.
But it does suggest that as time has gone by, the academy’s selection process has become more in sync with music critics’ tastes, which often have been at drastic odds over the years.
The show was heavier than usual with tributes to recently departed musicians. Typically the show organizers present a video scroll for music world figures who died during the previous 12 months, but there was an unusual run of pop and rock star deaths that resulted in performances segments saluting David Bowie (by Lady Gaga), Glenn Frey (Jackson Browne and surviving members of the Eagles), B.B. King (Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton and Gary Clarke Jr.) and Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister (Hollywood Vampires with Alice cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry).
After a brouhaha in 2011 among Justin Bieber’s fans when the Canadian teen idol lost out in the new artist category when the award went to jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, this year Beliebers had reason to celebrate his win for “Where Are U Now,” the dance recording he made with DJs Skrillex and Diplo, and which they performed on the show.
The 2011 loss had been a humbling moment for Bieber, and in returning to perform this year, his manager Scooter Braun said ““He’s just honored to be a musician playing among his peers,” He’s not interested in the accolades, or getting caught up in the praise. That’s where he got into trouble before. He just wants to be playing with other musicians, not the star of the show, not the phenomenon.”
Singer-guitarist Glen Campbell’s public struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease has generated intense public interest in recent years. On Monday, the companion album to the film documentary on his journey with Alzheimer’s, “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me,” took the Grammy award for compilation soundtrack.
Julian Raymond, the album’s producer and Campbell’s songwriting collaborator on his most recent albums, said “God Bless Glen Campbell.” After thanking the record company, filmmaker James Keach and his family, Raymond also expressed gratitude “to the Grammys for supporting Glen, his work and legacy for all these decades.”
Stapleton capped a dramatic year in which he released his debut solo album in May, drew considerable critical acclaim, then wowed audiences at the Country Music Assn. Awards in Nashville in November with his performance with Justin Timberlake, which helped catapult his album “Traveller” into the national Top 10.
After winning for country album, Stapleton said, “I’d like to thank Taylor Swift for glitter bombing me before,” then turned serious, adding, “This is something you never ever dream of, and I’m super grateful for it.”
His former band mates in the boundary-pushing group the SteelDrivers also collected a Grammy for bluegrass album, awarded for their “Muscle Shoals Recordings” CD.
The Grammy Awards are bestowed by the Recording Academy, which has about 22,000 members including musicians, record company personnel, managers, producers, engineers and other music industry professionals. About 13,000 of those are voting members who determine the outcome of the annual awards.
To be eligible, recordings had to be released between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015.