58th Annual Grammy Awards Show: 2016 Year of The Powerful Female Voices

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58th Annual Grammy Awards Show –

The Year of the powerful female voices in music

 

 

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Michael Hepworth

 

By Peter Peterson

 

Los Angeles(Perfect Music Today) 2/15/16/—-While the East coast shovels their way out of recent “El Nino” winter storm activity, the rock stars were shining bright in beautiful, not a cloud in the sky, sunny Sothern California. Staples Center hosted the 58th annual Grammy Awards.

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The GRAMMYs are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. The Goals of the Grammy Awards are simple: “to positively impact the lives of musicians, industry members and our society at large.”

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LL Cool J hosted the evening, but Taylor Swift kicked off the 58th Annual Grammy Award show with her new single “Out of the woods.” Swift also won Album of the Year for “1989”. When accepting her award, Taylor offered encouragement to other women in the industry. Taylor stated “Someday, when you get where you’re going, you’ll know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there. That will be the greatest feeling in the world.”

 

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Other Grammy Highlights include Ed Sheeran accepting his first Grammy for Song of the Year “Thinking Out Loud” presented by Stevie Wonder. When Stevie went to announce the winner he amusingly told the audience that he could not read the braille!

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This was the year of the strong female voice.  Adele graced the stage after some time away dealing with medical issues. She performed her new song, co-written by Bruno Mars, “All I Ask”. Her presence and beauty were there, but the “Adele Magic” was not spot on. Her voice lacked that unique melodic style that the public adores. But, I do look forward to hearing her other songs on her new album.

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Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard belted out “Don’t Wanna Fight No More” off their new album “Sounds and Color” This powerhouse band surprised the crowd by capturing the award for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, winning over such names as Florence and the Machine and The Foo Fighters.

 

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Lady Gaga presented a pitch perfect tribute to the Late Great David Bowie. Her performance included a Bowie-esc white glitter jump suit and that iconic 70’s hair style. Her song list included such hits as “Major Tom” ”Fame” and “Ziggy Stardust” among other Bowie classics.   Gaga has paired up with INTEL and her visual effects were ground breaking. This new and unique visual display was achieved through the use of INTEL’s new powerful processing chip allowing for stunning live to video crossover. Gaga sang on stage but what was projected on the audience screen included shifting face design, make-up and at one point there was a large spider crawling on her face and disappearing into her eye. Simply amazing technology and I look forward to seeing this at future live shows.

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Bonnie Raitt joined in a tribute to the Late B.B. King with Gary Clarke Jr. singing “The Thrill Is Gone” Truly, the B.B. King torch will now be handed down. It will take more than one talent to fill those blues shoes. Stevie Wonder performed a tribute to the late Maurice White of  Earth, Wind and Fire, he will be missed by the music industry.

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The Eagles performed a tribute to the late Glenn Frey. Music will miss him. But what killed it, was the performance by the Hollywood Vampires. The band included Duff McKangen, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp. Yea, the actor! Who knew this quirky little pirate could jam on the guitar. And he kept up with the other greats in the band! Hollywood Vampires performed “As Bad As I Am’ off of their new Ace of Spades release. I look forward to seeing them live.

The show ended with a stunning rock performance featuring Joe Perry, Robin Thicke and Mike Cohan and spectacular light show finish. View the Grammy Award Highlights on YouTube.

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1989
Album of the Year • Taylor Swift
Thinking Out Loud
Song of the Year • Ed Sheeran, Amy Wadge
Uptown Funk
Record of the Year • Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson
Meghan Trainor
Best New Artist
To Pimp a Butterfly
Best Rap Album • Kendrick Lamar
Alright
Best Rap Song • Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Sounwave, …
Girl Crush
Best Country Song • Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose
Bad Blood
Best Music Video • Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Joseph Kahn, …
Really Love
Best R&B Song • D’Angelo, Kendra Foster
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Best Musical Theater Album • Jonathan Groff, Questlove, Lin-Manuel Miranda, …
Alright
Best Rap Performance • Kendrick Lamar
Don’t Wanna Fight
Best Rock Song • Alabama Shakes
Drones
Best Rock Album • Muse
Jeff Bhasker
Non-Classical Producer of the Year
Glory
Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media • John Legend, Common, Rhymefest
Black Messiah
Best R&B Album • D’Angelo, The Vanguard
Cirice
Best Metal Performance • Ghost
Uptown Funk
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance • Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson
Live At Madison Square Garden
Best Comedy Album • Louis C.K.
Don’t Wanna Fight
Best Rock Performance • Alabama Shakes
Traveller
Best Country Album • Chris Stapleton
Where Are Ü Now
Best Dance Recording • Justin Bieber, Jack Ü
Thinking Out Loud
Best Pop Solo Performance • Ed Sheeran
Sound & Color
Best Alternative Music Album • Alabama Shakes
Glen Campbell I’ll Be Me Soundtrack
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media • Big Machine Records
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media • Antonio Sánchez
These Walls (Explicit)
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration • Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Bilal, …
Amy
Best Music Film • Amy Winehouse, Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced
Best Album Notes • Joni Mitchell
Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
Best Dance/Electronica Album • Jack Ü
Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Best R&B Performance • The Weeknd
For One to Love
Best Jazz Vocal Album • Cécile McLorin Salvant
1989
Best Pop Vocal Album • Taylor Swift
Strictly Roots
Best Reggae Album • Morgan Heritage
Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)
Best Non-Classical Remixed Recording • Dave Audé
Ruth Brown
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jefferson Airplane
Lifetime Achievement Award
Linda Ronstadt
Lifetime Achievement Award
Celia Cruz
Lifetime Achievement Award
Earth, Wind & Fire
Lifetime Achievement Award
Run-D.M.C.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Herbie Hancock
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Thompson Fields
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album • Maria Schneider Orchestra
Beauty Behind the Madness
Best Urban Contemporary Album • The Weeknd
The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album • Tony Bennett, Bill Charlap
Traveller
Best Country Solo Performance • Chris Stapleton
A Quien Quiera Escuchar
Best Latin Pop Album • Ricky Martin
Girl Crush
Best Country Duo/Group Performance • Little Big Town
Little Ghetto Boy (Radio Edit)
Best Traditional R&B Performance • Lalah Hathaway
Something More Than Free
Best Americana Album • Jason Isbell
Sylva
Best Pop Instrumental Album • Snarky Puppy, Metropole Orkest
A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
Best Spoken Word Album • Jimmy Carter
Past Present
Best Jazz Instrumental Album • John Scofield
Grace
Best New Age Album • Paul Avgerinos
Sings
Best World Music Album • Angélique Kidjo
Covered: Alive in Asia
Best Gospel Album • Israel & New Breed
Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Best Recording Package • Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds, Dick Reeves
Born to Play Guitar
Best Blues Album • Buddy Guy
Made in Brazil
Best Latin Jazz Album • Eliane Elias
The Muscle Shoals Recordings
Best Bluegrass Album • The SteelDrivers
Cherokee (feat. Christian McBride Trio)
Best Improvised Jazz Solo • Christian McBride
Son De Panamá (feat. Roberto Delgado & Orquesta)
Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album • Rubén Blades, Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Best Folk Album • Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Best Instrumental Arrangement • Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, …
This Is Not a Test
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album • TobyMac
Home
Best Children’s Album • Tim Kubart
Sound & Color
Best Engineered Non-Classical Album • Bob Ludwig, Shawn Everett
The Afro Latin Jazz Suite
Best Instrumental Composition • Arturo O’Farrill
The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete
Best Historical Album • Peter J. Moore, Jan Haust, Jeff Rosen, …
Ravel: L’Enfant et les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade
Best Opera Recording • Seiji Ozawa, Isabel Leonard, Dominic Fyfe
Amused to Death
Best Surround Sound Album • James Guthrie, Joel Plante
Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil
Best Choral Performance • Charles Bruffy
John Cage
Trustees Award
Chris Strachwitz
Trustees Award
Fred Foster
Trustees Award
24 Frames
Best American Roots Song • Jason Isbell
Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No. 10 (Live)
Best Orchestral Performance • Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons
Prayers and Remembrances
Best Classical Contemporary Composition • Stephen Paulus
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package • Jack White, Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood
Ask Your Mama
Best Engineered Classical Album • Leslie Ann Jones, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, John Kilgore, …
Harvey Fletcher
Technical Award
Elektro-Mess-Technik
Technical Award
Holy Spirit
Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song • Francesca Battistelli
Realidades
Best Regional Mexican or Tejano Album • Los Tigres del Norte
Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) • Maria Schneider
Kirk Franklin
Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song • Wanna Be Happy?
Filament
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance • eighth blackbird
L’arbre des songes
Best Classical Instrumental Solo • Augustin Hadelich, Ludovic Morlot
Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment, Veil of Tears & Grand Concerto
Best Classical Compendium • Giancarlo Guerrero, Tim Handley
Joyce and Tony
Best Classical Vocal Solo • Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano
GoGo Juice
Best Regional Roots Music Album • Jon Cleary
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
Meilleure prestation de roots américain • Mavis Staples
The Fairfield Four
Best Roots Gospel Album • Rock My Soul
Hasta la Raíz
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album • Natalia Lafourcade
Judith Sherman
Classical Producer of the Year • Eric Nathan: Multitude, Solitude, Turina: Chamber Music for Strings & Piano, Sirota: Parting the Veil, …
Dale
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album • Pitbull

 

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For a list of all the winners and nominees, Click on the link. http://www.grammy.com/nominees#main

 

 

 

 

 

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