Grammy Awards 2016: Complete List of the Nominees and Winners

Posted on February 15, 2016


Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, among the big winners

by Rick JT, editing by Adam MS

Music’s biggest night belonged to Taylor Swift by making HISTORY as the first female artist to well-deservedly winning Album of the Year TWICE now, for ‘1989’. Swift was also the first big winner announced during the Grammy Awards pre-ceremony, taking home Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Video as well.

Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar. The Compton, California born rapper won five Grammys on Monday night, including Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly. Lamar also appeared during the broadcast to give a standout performance that ranked as one of the night’s best. Lamar led the Grammys 2016 ceremony with 11 nominations, and won three awards for To Pimp A Butterfly before the broadcast even began on CBS: Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Alright,” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “These Walls.” His fifth award was for Best Music Video as part of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video.

It was Swift who started the ceremony off in earnest. The 26-year-old performed “Out of the Woods” with Jack Antonoff on guitar, and ended her performance by dropping a glitter bomb on the crowd of assembled music dignitaries. She later won Album of the Year for1989, one of three awards for the pop megastar on the night.

The other big winners on Monday night included Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, who won Record of the Year for “Uptown Funk,” and Meghan Trainor, who took Best New Artist.

As usual with the Grammy Awards, the evening was stuffed with performances and pairings – called “Grammy moments” by host LL Cool J. In addition to Lamar and Swift, the show featured Adele singing her new single, “All I Ask,” Alabama Shakes, The Weeknd, and tributes to Lionel Richie (featuring Richie, Tyrese, Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Luke Bryan, and John Legend), Earth, Wind and Fire (by Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix), Glenn Frey (by Jackson Browne and members of the Eagles), and David Bowie (by Lady Gaga).

With 83 categories and at least 15 performances and tributes to get through on Monday night, the Recording Academy started handing out many of its awards early.

The Weeknd, who also scored seven nominations, won Best R&B Performance for “Earned It” from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack and Best Urban Contemporary Album for The Beauty Behind the Madness.

Other notable winners included Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Uptown Funk”), Alabama Shakes (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for “Don’t Want to Fight,” and Best Alternative Music Album for Sound & Color), Skrillex and Diplo (Best Dance Recording for “Where Are U Now,” featuring Justin Bieber, and Best Dance Album), Little Big Town (Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song for “Girl Crush”), D’Angelo (Best R&B Song for “Really Love” and Best R&B Album for Black Messiah), and Amy (Best Music Film). Jimmy Carter won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album.

Album of the Year

Courtesy of Big Machine Records, LLC

1989, Taylor Swift (WINNER)
Sound and Color, Alabama Shakes
To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
Traveller, Chris Stapleton
Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd

Record of the Year

Courtesy of Columbia

“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (WINNER)
“Really Love,” D’Angelo and The Vanguard
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd

Song of the Year

Courtesy of Asylum Records

“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran (WINNER)
“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa feat. CharliePuth

Best New Artist

Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images

Meghan Trainor (WINNER)
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly

Best Musical Theater Album


Hamilton (WINNER)
An American In Paris
Fun Home
The King And I
Something Rotten!

Best Rock Performance

ATO Records

“Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes (WINNER)
“What Kind Of Man,” Florence & The Machine
“Something From Nothing,” Foo Fighters
“Ex’s & Oh’s,” Elle King
“Moaning Lisa Smile,” Wolf Alice

Best Rock Album

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

Drones, Muse (WINNER)
Chaos And The Calm, James Bay
Kintsugi, Death Cab For Cutie
Mister Asylum, Highly Suspect
.5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot

Best Rock Song

ATO Records

“Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes (WINNER)
“Ex’s & Oh’s,” Dave Bassett & Elle King
“Hold Back The River,” Iain Archer & James Bay
“Lydia,” Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens
“What Kind Of Man,” John Hill, Tom Hull & Florence Welch


Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Muse, Alabama Shakes and Louis C.K. nabbed early honors on Monday.

Best Music Video

“Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)

“LSD,” ASAP Rocky
“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles),” The Dead Weather
“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
“Freedom,” Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Solo Performance

Courtesy of Asylum Records

“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran (WINNER)
“Heartbeat Song,” Kelly Clarkson
“Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Courtesy of Columbia

“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars (WINNER)
“Ship To Wreck,” Florence & The Machine
“Sugar,” Maroon 5
“Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa Featuring CharliePuth

Best Pop Vocal Album

Courtesy of Big Machine Records, LLC

1989, Taylor Swift (WINNER)
Piece By Piece, Kelly Clarkson
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence + The Machine
Uptown Special, Mark Ronson
Before This World, James Taylor

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Courtesy of Past Classics Jazz

The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap (WINNER)
Shadows In The Night, Bob Dylan
Stages, Josh Groban
No One Ever Tells You, Seth MacFarlane
My Dream Duets, Barry Manilow (& Various Artists)

Best Rap Album

To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)
2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole
Compton, Dr. Dre
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late, Drake
The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj

Best Rap Performance

“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)
“Apparently,” J. Cole
“Back To Back,” Drake
“Trap Queen,” Fetty Wap
“Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake & Lil Wayne

Best Rap Song

“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
“All Day,”Kanye West Featuring TheophilusLondon, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney
“Energy,” Drake
“Glory,”Common & John Legend)
“Trap Queen,” Fetty Wap

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

“These Walls,” Kendrick Lamar FeaturingBilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat (WINNER)
“One Man Can Change The World,” Big Sean Featuring Kanye West & John Legend
“Glory,” Common & John Legend
“Classic Man,” Jidenna Featuring RomanGianArthur
“Only” Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Best Rock Album

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

Drones, Muse (WINNER)
Chaos And The Calm, James Bay
Kintsugi, Death Cab For Cutie
Mister Asylum, Highly Suspect
.5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot

Best Rock Song

ATO Records

“Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes (WINNER)
“Ex’s & Oh’s,” Dave Bassett & Elle King
“Hold Back The River,” Iain Archer & James Bay
“Lydia,” Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens
“What Kind Of Man,” John Hill, Tom Hull & Florence Welch

Best Alternative Music Album

ATO Records

Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes (WINNER)
Vulnicura, Björk
The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket
Currents, Tame Impala
Star Wars, Wilco

Best Comedy Album


Live At Madison Square Garden, Louis C.K. (WINNER)
Back To The Drawing Board, Lisa Lampanelli
Brooklyn, Wyatt Cenac
Happy. And A Lot., Jay Mohr
Just Being Honest, Craig Ferguson

Best Dance Recording

Courtesy of Mad Decent

“Where Are Ü Now,” Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber (WINNER)
“We’re All We Need,” Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston
“Go,” The Chemical Brothers Featuring Q-Tip “Never Catch Me,” Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I),” Galantis

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Courtesy of Mad Decent

Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü, Skrillex AndDiplo (WINNER)
Our Love, Caribou
Born In The Echoes, The Chemical Brothers
Caracal, Disclosure
In Colour, Jamie XX

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Courtesy of XO

Beauty Behind The Madness, The Weeknd(WINNER)
Ego Death, The Internet
You Should Be Here, Kehlani
Blood, Lianne La Havas
Wildheart, Miguel

Best R&B Album

Black Messiah, D’Angelo And The Vanguard (WINNER)
Coming Home, Leon Bridges
Cheers To The Fall, Andra Day
Reality Show, Jazmine Sullivan
Forever Charlie, Charlie Wilson

Best R&B Song

“Really Love,” D’Angelo & Kendra Foster (WINNER)
“Coffee,” Brook Davis & Miguel Pimentel
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” AhmadBalshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye
“Let It Burn,” Kenny B. Edmonds, JazmineSullivan & Dwane M. Weir II
“Shame,” Warryn Campbell, Tyrese Gibson & DJ Rogers Jr

Best R&B Performance

Courtesy of Republic Records

“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” TheWeeknd (WINNER)
“If I Don’t Have You,” Tamar Braxton
“Rise Up,” Andra Day
“Breathing Underwater,” Hiatus Kaiyote
“Planes,” Jeremih Featuring J. Cole

Best Traditional R&B Performance


“Little Ghetto Boy,” Lalah Hathaway (WINNER)
“He Is,” Faith Evans
“Let It Burn,” Jazmine Sullivan
“Shame,” Tyrese “My Favorite Part Of You,” Charlie Wilson

Best Blues Album

Courtesy of RCA

Born To Play Guitar, Buddy Guy (WINNER)
Descendants Of Hill Country, Cedric Burnside Project
Outskirts Of Love, Shemekia Copeland
Worthy, Bettye LaVette
Muddy Waters 100, John Primer & Various Artists

Best Folk Album

Courtesy of Rounder

Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn (WINNER)
Wood, Wire & Words, Norman Blake
Tomorrow Is My Turn, Rhiannon Giddens
Servant Of Love, Patty Griffin
Didn’t He Ramble, Glen Hansard

Best Reggae Album

Courtesy of Morgan Heritage Music

Strictly Roots, Morgan Heritage (WINNER)
Branches Of The Same Tree, Rocky Dawuni
The Cure, Jah Cure
Acousticalevy, Barrington Levy
Zion Awake, Luciano

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Courtesy of Doors and Distance

Birdman Antonio Sanchez, composer (WINNER)
The Imitation Game Alexandre Desplat, composer
Interstellar Hans Zimmer, composer
The Theory Of Everything Johann Johannsson, composer
Whiplash Justin Hurwitz, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures/Pathé Productions Limited

“Glory,” performed by Common & John Legend (from Selma) (WINNER)
“Earned It,” performed by The Weeknd (fromFifty Shades Of Grey)
“Love Me Like You Do,” performed by EllieGoulding (from Fifty Shades Of Grey)
“See You Again,” performed by Wiz KhalifaFeaturing Charlie Puth (from Furious 7)
“Til It Happens To You,” performed by Lady Gaga (from The Hunting Ground)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Courtesy of Big Machine

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (WINNER)
Empire: Season 1
Fifty Shades Of Grey
Pitch Perfect 2

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Courtesy of impulse!

Sylva, Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest
Guitar In The Space Age!, Bill Frisell
Love Language, Wouter Kellerman
Afrodeezia, Marcus Miller
The Gospel According To Jazz, Chapter IV, KirkWhalum

Best Country Song

Courtesy of Capitol Records Nashville

“Girl Crush,” Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town) (WINNER)
“Chances Are,” Hayes Carll, songwriter (Lee Ann Womack)
“Diamond Rings And Old Barstools,” Barry Dean, Luke Laird & Jonathan Singleton, songwriters (Tim McGraw)
“Hold My Hand,” Brandy Clark & Mark Stephen Jones, songwriters (Brandy Clark)
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton, songwriter (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Courtesy of Capitol Records Nashville

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (WINNER)
“Stay A Little Longer,” Brothers Osborne
“If I Needed You,” Joey+Rory
“The Driver,” Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe

Best Country Solo Performance

“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton (WINNER)
“Burning House,” Cam
“Little Toy Guns,” Carrie Underwood
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Keith Urban
“Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack

Best Metal Performance


“Cirice,” Ghost (WINNER)
“Identity,” August Burns Red
“512,” Lamb Of God
“Thank You,” Sevendust
“Custer,” Slipknot

Best Spoken Word Album

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, Jimmy Carter (WINNER)
Blood On Snow (by Jo Nesbo), read by Patti Smith
Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks, Dick Cavett
Patience And Sarah (by Isabel Miller), read by Janis Ian & Jean Smart
Yes Please, Amy Poehler (& Various Artists)


Original article

The music’s biggest night is here. While we will be updating the winners throughout the entire telecast, here are some highlights that you need to know about the music’s coveted prize:

What are the Grammy Awards?

Now in their 58th year, the Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards) were created in the 1950s as the music industry’s answer to the Oscars or the Emmys. They’ve garnered prestige over the years and today, a Grammy is a sparkling jewel in any musicians trophy cabinet.

The awards are spearheaded by four categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist. Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar leads all artists with 11 total nominations, while pop superstar Taylor Swift and R&B singer The Weeknd have seven nods each. Those three artists will face off for the night’s biggest prize—”Album of the Year”—along with Alabama Shakes and country newcomer Chris Stapleton.Taylor Swift, who is dominating this year's nominee listThere are 83 categories in total, ranging from best R&B album (Leon Bridges’ Coming Home is nominated, as is D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s Black Messiah) to Best Music Film, in which Asif Kapadia’s documentary about Amy Winehouse is a strong contender. The awards take into consideration work released between October 1 and September 30, which means that we’ll have to wait until 2017 to see Adele’s 25 scoop up every prize going.

What Time Grammy 2016 Starts and How to Watch the Live Stream Online?

Airing on CBS, this year’s ceremony will take place on—for the first time in 58 years—Monday February 15 at the Staples Centre in LA, at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT run until approximately 11 p.m.. The red carpet arrivals special will kick off three hours earlier. It will be hosted by LL Cool J, himself a two-time Grammy winner, for the fifth consecutive year.

Also for the first time, the show will broadcast live coast to coast. Though held in downtown Los Angeles, the Grammys are the last of the major awards shows to provide the West Coast with a night of spoiler-free entertainment when they air live in all time zones.

The pre-telecast ceremony from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. EST at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and will be available for viewing on and The main show itself, live from the Staples Center, will air on the CBS broadcast network.CBS All AccessFor those without a television, the broadcast will be available to live stream via or the CBS All Access app on desktop, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, or iOS, Android, and Windows phones and tablets.

CBS is currently offering a free week-long trial of its All Access service, while the CBS website’s live stream requires cable authentification.

The CBS app by the way, is only available to residents in the United States. Being the official broadcaster of the Grammy Awards this year, CBS has banned the live streaming of the show to YouTube or other sources.

Besides the app, you will also need a subscription to CBS All Access, which is available in only 14 cities in the United States: New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Detroit.

A subscription to CBS All Access will cost you $6 per month, but will also offer you access to next day TV shows, live TV, on-demand and more. If you are not interested in paying 6$ a month just to watch the Grammy Awards, you can make use of the one-week trial offered by CBS to its All Access subscription service. Just make sure to cancel the subscription once you are done watching the Awards show. The Grammy Awards and the live stream are scheduled to start at 8p.m. ET/PT and will last until 11:30p.m.

If you live outside the US or the CBS app is unavailable in your area, you can download the official Grammy’s app on your Android device that will have a live stream of the Premiere Awards Ceremony, Red Carpet interviews, behind the scenes and more. The app will also bring you the latest news, photos and other content right from the awards show floor, and act as a 2nd screen experience to the live broadcast.What to Watch For at This Year's GrammysWho will be performing?

This year’s ceremony features a glistening line-up, with a host of  the music world’s biggest names set to perform. Ten-time Grammy winner Adele, who was the best-selling artist of 2015, will appear, as will rapper Kendrick Lamar, who is nominated in 11 categories this year.

There will be performances from country music superstar Taylor Swift and Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. After Lamar, the pair are at a joint second with  seven nominations each.

Rihanna, who recently released her album Anti after it leaked online, will also perform, and Justin Bieber will take to the stage with rapper Diplo and electronic musician Skrillex to give a live performance of their song Where Are U Now.

Other performers include Ellie Goulding and the cast of Broadway musical Hamilton, who will take part in the musical extravaganza via satellite from New York. The Hollywood Vampires – the rock super-group comprised of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry – will make their TV debut when they perform their single Bad As I Am, along with two previously unreleased tracks from their new album.

Gwen Stefani will make history at the event: the American singer will produce and perform the first ever live broadcast on TV of a music video. During a 4-minute commercial break, she will shoot the video to her new single Make Me Like You, and it will be posted to Vevo as the song’s official video.”This is big.” the former No Doubt star wrote on Instagram,  “I’m going to be in the first LIVE music video on a#GRAMMYs commercial break with@Target! #MoreMusic.”There will also be three musical tributes:

Lady Gaga, a six-time Grammy winnner, will give perform a tribute to the late David Bowie. The flamboyant singer will perform several Bowie  tracks as part of  “a multi-sensory testament to the icon’s incredible artistry”. The tribute is directed by Chic’s Nile Rodgers, a longtime friend of Bowie who produced his disco-infused 1983 album “Let’s Dance.”

A tribute to blues singer BB King – who died in May 2015 – will be led by Gary Clark Jr, an American blues guitarist. Chris Stapleton, the rising country star who is nominated for Album of the Year, and blues guitar queen Bonnie Raitt will join him.

Finally, American singers Luke Bryan, John Legend, Meghan Trainor and Demi Lovato will perform a tribute to MusiCares’s person of the year Lionel Richie, who is also set to make an appearance himself.