Monday, February 13, 2017

59th Grammy Awards Winners Announced; Beyonce Wins Best "Urban Contemporary Album"

The Grammy Awards (or Grammys) are given out by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) of the United States. The Grammy is an accolade that recognizes outstanding achievement in the music industry. It is the music industry equivalent to the Academy Awards for film, the Emmy Awards for television, and the Tony Award for stage.

The nominees for The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced Tuesday, December 6, 2016.  The 59th Annual Grammy Awards recognize the best musical (and some spoken word and video) recordings, compositions, and artists for the eligibility year that began on October 1, 2015 and ended on September 30, 2016 in a total of 84 categories.

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards were held on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The ceremony was broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

59th / (2015-2016) Annual GRAMMY Award winners:

Record of the Year
“Hello” — Adele

Album of the Year
25 — Adele (read our review)

Song of the Year
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

New Artist
Chance the Rapper (read our review of “Coloring Book”)

Pop Solo Performance
“Hello” — Adele

Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Stressed Out” — twenty one pilots

Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” — Willie Nelson

Pop Vocal Album
“25” — Adele

Dance Recording
“Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya

Dance/Electronic Album
Skin — Flume

Contemporary Instrumental Album
“Culcha Vulcha” — Snarky Puppy

Rock Performance
“Blackstar” — David Bowie

Metal Performance
“Dystopia” — Megadeth

Rock Song
“Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)

Rock Album
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage the Elephant

Alternative Music Album
Blackstar — David Bowie

R&B Performance
“Cranes in the Sky” — Solange

Traditional R&B Performance
“Angel” — Lalah Hathaway

R&B Song
“Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) (read our interview)

Urban Contemporary Album
Lemonade — Beyoncé

R&B Album
Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway

Rap Performance
“No Problem” — Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Rap/Sung Performance
“Hotline Bling” — Drake

Rap Song
“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

Rap Album
Coloring Book — Chance the Rapper

Country Solo Performance
“My Church” — Maren Morris

Country Duo/Group Performance
“Jolene” — Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton

Country Song
“Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Country Album
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth — Sturgill Simpson (read our interview)

New Age Album
White Sun II — White Sun

Improvised Jazz Solo
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” — John Scofield, soloist

Jazz Vocal Album
Take Me to the Alley — Gregory Porter

Jazz Instrumental Album
Country for Old Men — John Scofield

Large Jazz Ensemble Album
“Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom” — Ted Nash Big Band

Latin Jazz Album
“Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac” — Chucho Valdés

Gospel Performance/Song
“God Provides” — Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
“Thy Will” — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters

Gospel Album
Losing My Religion — Kirk Franklin (read our interview)

Contemporary Christian Music Album
Love Remains — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family

Roots Gospel Album
Hymns — Joey + Rory

Latin Pop Album
Un Besito Mas — Jesse & Joy

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
iLevitable — iLe

Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) — Vicente Fernández

Tropical Latin Album
Donde Están? — Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

American Roots Performance
“House of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz

American Roots Song
“Kid Sister” — Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)

Americana Album
This Is Where I Live — William Bell

Bluegrass Album
“Coming Home” — O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Traditional Blues Album
“Porcupine Meat” — Bobby Rush

Contemporary Blues Album
The Last Days of Oakland — Fantastic Negrito

Folk Album
Undercurrent — Sarah Jarosz

Regional Roots Music Album
E Walea — Kalani Pe’a

Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley — Ziggy Marley

World Music Album
Sing Me Home — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

Children’s Album
Infinity Plus One — Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Spoken Word Album
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox — Carol Burnett

Comedy Album
Talking for Clapping — Patton Oswalt

Musical Theater Album
The Color Purple

Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Miles Ahead (Miles Davis & Various Artists)

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Star Wars: The Force Awakens — John Williams, composer

Song Written for Visual Media
“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), Track from: “Trolls”

Instrumental Composition
“Spoken at Midnight” — Ted Nash, composer

Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
“You And I” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
“Flintstones” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Recording Package
“Blackstar” — Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Edith Piaf 1915-2015 — Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)

Album Notes
Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along — Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)

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)

Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Blackstar — David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (David Bowie)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Greg Kurstin

Remixed Recording
“Tearing Me Up” (RAC Remix) — André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)

Surround Sound Album
“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)

Engineered Album, Classical
Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles — Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, 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

Orchestral Performance
“Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9” — Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Opera Recording
“Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles” — James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus)

Choral Performance
“Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1” — Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
“Steve Reich” — Third Coast Percussion

Classical Instrumental Solo
“Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway” — Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)

Classical Solo Vocal Album -TIE
– Schumann & Berg — Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist
– Shakespeare Songs — Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)

Classical Compendium
Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Contemporary Classical Composition
Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway — Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

Music Video
“Formation” — Beyoncé

Music Film
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week the Touring Years — Ron Howard, video director; Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Scott Pascucci & Nigel Sinclair, video producers


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