2016 Grammy Awards – Live Results & Analysis

58th Grammys

The biggest music awards show of the year is here. The 58th Grammy Awards hits the air live on CBS at 8 pm ET tonight. If you’re a chord cutter or don’t have CBS, no worries. You can stream the Grammys legally online while it’s happening live: Just click right here. In fact many of the awards in American Roots and country categories will be a given out pre-telecast, which will start online at 3 pm ET. If you are unable to watch this, just keep checking this page as I will be updating all the winners throughout the day and night.

The host of the show will once again be LL Cool J. For the first time ever it’s taking place on a Monday night to take advantage of President’s Day weekend. There will be several performers on the show. The country acts performing are Little Big Town, Luke Bryan (part of Lionel Richie homage with Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor and John Legend), Carrie Underwood & Sam Hunt (performing together, most likely “Heartbeat”) and Chris Stapleton (part of tribute to B.B. King with Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt). Not quite as many or as good as last year’s country performances. Alabama Shakes is also performing and Don Henley will be performing with the remaining members of the Eagles along with Jackson Browne in a tribute to the late Glenn Frey. To see the full list of performers, click here.

I’m sure there will be many embarrassing and proud moments throughout the show. Awards show are always a mixed bag of emotions. So let’s experience it all together! I’ll be posting live results, with some possible analysis here. And not just country, but all of the important categories too. As for my live commentary and full analysis of the show, I’ll be live tweeting on Twitter. You can follow me at @realcountryview or twitter.com/realcountryview. For those not on Twitter you can simply go to the Twitter link I just listed and hit refresh throughout the night.

To see my predictions for the country categories, as well as the American Roots album category, click here. Don’t expect my predictions to be perfect! I’m usually terrible as these awards shows’ predictions. They’re a giant crapshoot and I have no idea how much politicking is taking place behind-the-scenes. Be sure to throw in your own predictions and thoughts too!

So without further ado let’s watch The Grammys together! And be sure to keep hitting refresh.

Live Results


Record of the Year – Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

Album of the Year – Taylor Swift – 1989

Song of the Year – Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Best New Artist – Meghan Trainor

American Roots

Best American Roots Song – Jason Isbell – “24 Frames”

Best American Roots Performance – Mavis Staples – “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”

Best Americana Album – Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

Best Bluegrass Album – The Steeldrivers – The Muscle Shoals Recordings

Best Folk Album – Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn – Self-Titled


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” – Writers: Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose & Lori McKenna 

Best Country Album – Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Big night for Stapleton and Little Big Town!


Best Pop Solo Performance – Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Best Pop Vocal Album – Taylor Swift – 1989


Best Rap Performance – Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” 

Best Rap Collaboration – Kendrick Lamar (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat) – “These Walls”

Best Rap Song – Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” 

Best Rap Album – Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick! Kendrick! Kendrick! One of my favorite albums of 2015 rightly getting showered in awards.


Best Rock Performance – Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Rock Song – Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Rock Album – Muse – Drones

Best Alternative Music Album – Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

To see nominations for every single category and every single genre, click here.

3 thoughts on “2016 Grammy Awards – Live Results & Analysis

  1. Nadia Lockheart February 16, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    I have to say this was, all in all, one of the least eventful and memorable Grammy telecasts in all recent memory.

    It lacked a “moment” that will stand on its own years from now (i.e. Whitney Houston performing “I Will Always Love You”, Eminem and Elton John hugging after “Stan”, etc.) James Bay offered my favorite performance with Alabama Shakes a close second, and Adele did great too despite the embarrassing technical issues. But beyond that, it was mostly bland and uninspired.

    I’m surprised how limited a window Chris Stapleton got to perform. His performance wasn’t bad surely, but it just left something to be desired. Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie also was lacking in a way I can’t quite put my finger on, but when paired up next to her excellent National Anthem rendition just lacked that spark. I thought Kendrick Lamar did good all things considered, but I nonetheless don’t feel the performance did enough to be impactful as strong social statements are meant to accomplish. And Little Big Town were good, but after hearing “Girl Crush” performed live countless times it has well beyond ran its course.


    Anyway, Hits Daily Double appears to confirm my take that James Bay left the biggest impression on viewers: netting a 1300% sales increase for his album “Chaos and the Calm”. Little Big Town are the runners-up with a solid 901% increase.

    But Jason Isbell didn’t appear to get any significant bounce despite winning two Grammys. Chris Stapleton’s bounce also could have been much bigger if he was given his own performance slot rather than just sharing the stage in a BB King tribute.


    • Raymond February 17, 2016 / 10:01 am

      To be fair on Jason Isbell, his awards weren’t on national television so that’s more than likely why he didn’t see a huge sales spike.


  2. southtexaspistolero February 17, 2016 / 9:46 am

    But Jason Isbell didn’t appear to get any significant bounce despite winning two Grammys.

    I don’t know to what extent it could be objectively quantified, but I do think it would be interesting to see how much of that was due to Isbell’s awards not being presented in prime time and his otherwise being put in the margins of the whole thing in comparison to Stapleton.


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