The 2016 GRAMMYs: Who’s Won What So Far

There are 83 categories for this year’s GRAMMY Awards. Believe it or not, that’s more than 20 less than they presented in 2011.

While the broadcast of the awards show doesn’t start until 7:00 PM CT on CBS, awards were being handed out nearly 5 hours before the show. To keep you posted on the “Who Wins What”, we’ll continuously update this page with announcements and winners.

Winning the first award of the night is…

Best Pop Vocal Album

Taylor Swift – ‘1989’

 

Best Instrumental Composition

Arturo O’Farril – ‘The Afro Latin Jazz Suite’

 

Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella

Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kristin Taylor and Kevin Olusola – ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’

 

Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals

Maria Schneider – “Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)”

 

Best Recording Package

Sarah Dodds, Schauna Dodds and Dick Reeves – ‘Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys’

 

Best Album Notes

Joni Mitchell – ‘Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced’

 

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Jack White, Susan Archie and Dean Blackwood -‘The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)’

 

Best Historical Album

Steve Berkowitz, Jan Haust, Jeff Rosen, Peter J Moore and Mark Wilder – ‘The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11’

 

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Shawn Everett and Bob Ludwig – ‘Color and Sound’

 

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Dave Aude – ‘Uptown Funk’ (Dave Aude Remix)

 

Best Surround Sound Album

James Guthrie and Joel Plante – ‘Amused To Death’

 

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Real Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest – ‘Sylva’

 

Best New Age Album

Paul Avgerinos – ‘Grace’

 

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Christian McBride – ‘Cherokee’

 

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Cecile Salvant – ‘For One To Love’

 

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

John Scofield – ‘Past Present’

 

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Maria Schneider Orchestra – ‘The Thompson Fields’

 

Congrats Best Latin Jazz Album

Eliane Elias – ‘Made In Brazil’

 

Best Reggae Album

Morgan Heritage – ‘Strictly Roots’

 

Best World Music Album

Angelique Kidjo – ‘Sings’

 

Best Children’s Album

Tim Kubart – ‘Home’

 

Best Spoken Word Album

Jimmy Carter – ‘A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety’

 

Best Comedy Album

Louis C.K. – Live At Madison Square Garden

 

Best Latin Pop Album

Ricky Martin – ‘A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)’

Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album

Natalia Lafourcade – ‘Hasta La Raíz’

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Pitbull – ‘Dale’ (Tie)

 

Best Regional Mexican Music Album

Los Tigres Del Norte – ‘Realidades – Deluxe Edition’

 

Best Tropical Latin Album

Ruben Blades w/ Roberto Delgado – ‘Son De Panamá’ 

 

Best American Roots Performance

Mavis Staples – ‘See That My Grave Is Kept Clean’ 

 

Best American Roots Song

Jason Isbel – ’24 Frames’

 

Best Americana Album

Jason Isbel – ‘Something More Than Free’

 

Best Bluegrass Album

Steel Drivers – ‘The Muscle Shoals Recordings’

 

Best Blues Album

Buddy Guy – ‘Born To Play Guitar’

 

Best Folk Album

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn – ‘Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn’

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Jon Cleary – ‘Go Go Juice’

 

Producer Of The Year, Classical

Judith Sherman

 

Best Opera Recording

Seiji Ozawa, Isabelle Leonard and Dominic Fyfe – ‘Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade’

 

Best Choral Performance

Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale and the Kansas City Chorale – ‘Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil’

 

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Eighth Blackbird – ‘Filament’

 

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Augustin Hadelich and Ludovic Morlot – ‘Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes’

 

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Joyce DiDonato & Antonio Pappano – ‘Joyce and Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall’

 

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Stephen Paulus – ‘Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances’

 

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Joyce DiDonato & Antonio Pappano – ‘Joyce and Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall’

 

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Glen Campbell  – ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’

 

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Antonio Sanchez – ‘Birdman’

 

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Common, Rhymefest and John Legend – ‘Glory’

 

Best Music Video

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’

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Best Gospel Performance/Song

Kirk Franklin – ‘Wanna Be Happy?’

 

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Francesca Battistelli – ‘Holy Spirit’

 

Best Gospel Album

Israel New Breed – ‘Covered: Alive In Asia [Live]’

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Toby Mac – ‘This Is Not A Test’

 

Best Roots Gospel Album

The Fairfield Four – ‘Still Rockin’ My Soul’

 

Best Country Solo Performance

Chris Stapleton – ‘Traveller’

 

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Little Big Town – ‘Girl Crush’

 

Best Country Song

Little Big Town – ‘Girl Crush’

 

Best Dance Recording

Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber – ‘Where Are Ü Now’

 

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber – ‘Where Are Ü Now’

 

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 – ‘Really Love’ 

 

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Weeknd – ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’

 

Best R&B Album

D’Angelo – ‘Black Messiah’

 

Best Metal Performance

Ghost – ‘Cirice’

 

Best Rock Song

Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’

 

Best Rock Album

Muse – ‘Drones’ 

 

Best Alternative Music Album

The Alabama Shakes – ‘Sound & Color’

 

Best Rap Performance

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’ 

 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Kendrick Lamar ft. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat – ‘These Walls’

 

Best Rap Song

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’

 

Best Pop Solo Performance

Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’

 

Best Pop Duo/Group

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’

 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap – ‘The Silver Lining: Songs of Jerome Kern’

 

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Jeff Bhasker

 

Best Rap Album

Kendrick Lamar – ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’

 

Best Country Album

Chris Stapleton – ‘Traveller’

 

Song Of The Year

Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge – ‘Thinking Out Loud’

 

Best Musical Theater Album

Hamilton

 

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’

 

Best New Artist

Meghan Trainor

 

 

Album Of The Year

Taylor Swift – ‘1989’

 

 

Record Of The Year

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’

 

Solid night of music. For more follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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The 2016 SAG Award Nominations and My Thoughts

The 2016 SAG Award nominations were announced Wednesday morning, and two things struck me:

  1. The Screen Actors Guild LOVED Trumbo, maybe a bit more than me.
  2. I don’t think they’ve seen Fargo yet on FX. Seriously…

This is just one of several award shows (which airs Jan. 30th on TNT and TBS), but it’s one of the few that gauges my interest more than others because it acknowledges both the film and TV world. Here are the nominees and some quick thoughts on each category.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
  • Johnny Depp – Black Mass
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

I really have no problem with this category. I have yet to see Revenant or The Danish Girl, but I don’t doubt the performances of DiCaprio or Redmayne carry their films like the other nominees. If there was someone that I would like to see get more credit, it’s Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in End of the Tour. It didn’t take much transforming, aside from the obvious hair and glasses, but Segel’s performance is as engaging and natural as any from the summer…especially in his interactions with Jesse Eisenberg.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Helen Mirren – Woman In Gold
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  • Sarah Silverman – I Smile Back

I can’t get upset about this category because I think it’s Brie Larson’s award to lose, and hers alone. However, I’m surprised Jennifer Lawrence was left out after another highly anticipated David O’Russell  role. Of course the film hasn’t hit theaters yet, so I can’t really talk..Alicia Vikander deserves more love for Ex Machina because she still haunts my dreams for her performance.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale – The Big Short
  • Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
  • Jacob Tremblay – Room

This category is HEAVY. Even without Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Sylvester Stallone (Creed) or Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), it looks stacked…but I’d like to see them all in it.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
  • Helen Mirren – Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Helen Mirren has 3 nominations here and I’m not sure she’s winning any of them. It will be fun to see what her batting average is though by the night’s end. I would be interested to see what kind of buzz Jennifer Jason Leigh gets after Hateful Eight is released.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • Beasts of No Nation
  • The Big Short
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Trumbo

Spotlight is my favorite film from this year and it deserves all the good things that come its way. I am surprised both The Martian or Steve Jobs were left out of this category, considering how star studded their casts were. Their performances didn’t disappoint either.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • Idris Elba – Luther
  • Ben Kingsley – Tut
  • Ray Liotta – Texas Rising
  • Bill Murray – A Very Murray Christmas
  • Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall

I don’t have many thoughts on this other than (1) Luther rules, (2) I turned off A Very Murray Christmas after 10 minutes and (3) Where is Oscar Isaac for Show Me A Hero. 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • Nicole Kidman – Grace of Monaco
  • Queen Latifah – Bessie
  • Christina Ricci – The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
  • Susan Sarandon – The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
  • Kristen Wiig – The Spoils Before Dying

I literally have zero thoughts about this one, because I haven’t seen any of the nominated performances yet.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
  • Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

I’m happy to see Rami Malek get props for playing the best introvert on TV, but this is Don Draper’s victory lap and I don’t see anyone getting in his way. I’m also always shocked to not see Mads Mikkelsen ever nominated for Hannibal. I guess that’s for fringe loving types like me.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Claire Danes – Homeland
  • Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder
  • Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
  • Robin Wright –House of Cards

Viola Davis has the momentum from the Emmys but I will always maintain that the past two seasons of House of Cards have been great nearly because of Robin Wright as much as Spacey.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Ty Burrell – Modern Family
  • Louis C.K. – Louie
  • William H. Macy – Shameless
  • Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Modern Family to me is “What Will Phil Dunphy Do Next?” because that’s all I watch for now, but Jeffrey Tambor holding a torch for the transgender community has become way more important.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
  • Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

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That is all.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mad Men

If you’ve been watching the second season of Fargo, you’re probably wondering if perhaps the actors didn’t know how to spell it filling out their nominations, considering every Monday night feels like the show’s best episode…If you’ve been watching Homeland this seasonyou might be wondering why it’s on here. The season finale is in a week and I still have no idea if it was good or not this year.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Key & Peele
  • Modern Family
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Transparent
  • Veep

I would love to see Key & Peele ride off into the sunset with some hardware.

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Everest
  • Furious 7
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Fury Road is one of the best films of this year and a modern classic. Pick against it and you lose.

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

  • The Blacklist
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Marvel’s Daredevil
  • The Walking Dead

I just watched end Episode 2 of the first season again. This is why I love Daredevil.

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