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

Overall

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

Country 

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!

Pop

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

Rap

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.

Rock 

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.

Predictions for Country & American Roots Categories at the 2016 Grammy Awards

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On Monday we celebrate the biggest music awards show of the years. I’m of course referring to the 58th Grammy Awards, set to air Monday night at 8 pm ET on CBS. With it being a holiday and football season being over, it should pull even more eyes than usual. It’s an even bigger deal for country and Americana acts this year, as many deserving names are up for the top awards in both. Not only this, but Chris Stapleton is set up to have another huge awards night. This could be another big step forward in mainstream country improving its quality of music and Americana continuing to rise in stature. Now let’s get to the predictions! Keep in mind I’m not the best at this prediction game, but I feel like I do a little better each year. The award shows can be unpredictable. And be sure to make your own predictions in the comments.

Album of the Year

  • Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  • Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  • Chris Stapleton – Traveller
  • Taylor Swift – 1989
  • The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness 

What I Would Pick To Win: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly or Chris Stapleton’s Traveller

What I Predict Will Win: Chris Stapleton’s Traveller – After the 2015 CMA Awards I learned something important: do not bet against Chris Stapleton. This man will prove you wrong. He continues to have monster sales in the fallout of that impressive night. There will be enough vote splitting amongst Lamar and Swift to open it right up for Stapleton to pull off the “upset.” Alabama Shakes have almost no chance and The Weeknd had a breakout 2015, but I don’t think they have enough momentum to win. Beck shocked the world winning this award last year and Stapleton will do it this year.

Song of the Year 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
  • Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
  • Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  • Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

What I Would Pick To Win: Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

What I Predict Will Win: Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” – This song was one of the biggest emotional hit songs of 2015 and had a monster run on the charts. I give “Alright” and “Blank Space” decent shots at winning. Little Big Town had one of the biggest hits in country music in 2015 with “Girl Crush,” but they stand no chance against these huge names.

Best New Artist

  • Courtney Barnett
  • James Bay
  • Sam Hunt
  • Tori Kelly
  • Meghan Trainor

Who I Would Pick To Win: Courtney Barnett

Who I Predict Will Win: Meghan Trainor – Trainor should win this in an absolute walk. She’s the biggest name of the five by far. Sam Hunt is shockingly the only other artist I could see winning here, but he just doesn’t compare to Trainor’s stardom and impact. For once I’m glad to see Trainor’s name, as it will block Hunt from winning something at an actual awards show.

Best Country Solo Performance 

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

What I Would Pick To Win: Chris Stapleton – “Traveller” (Anything but Urban’s song)

What I Predict Will Win: Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” – Remember: Do not bet against Stapleton. Nice to see Cam getting some attention and Carrie continuing to get noticed by the Grammys, unlike the CMA and ACM Award shows. It’s really cool to see LeeAnn Womack’s name here too.

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

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

 

What I Would Pick To Win: Joey + Rory – “If I Needed You” (Really I would be fine with any of these)

What I Predict Will Win: Joey + Rory’s “If I Needed You” – I believe this will undoubtedly get the sympathy vote, just like Glen Campbell in the Best Country Song category last year. It would be a great sight to see such a loving and talented couple like Joey and Rory to get this honor.

Best Country Song

  • Lee Ann Womack – “Chances Are”
  • Tim McGraw – “Diamond Rings & Old Barstools”
  • Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  • Brandy Clark – “Hold My Hand”
  • Chris Stapleton – “Traveller”

What I Would Pick To Win: Brandy Clark – “Hold My Hand” (But again I would be fine with any of these)

What I Predict Will Win: Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” – Once again I believe Stapleton will have another huge night. The Grammys did a really great job with this category and all five are certainly deserving. Tim McGraw continues to get nominations for the Grammys, but shut out from country awards shows like Carrie. Brandy Clark is set up to have a bigger year at the Grammys next year, but it’s nice to see a quality song like “Hold My Hand” get recognized.

Best Country Album

  • Sam Hunt – Montevallo
  • Little Big Town – Pain Killer 
  • Ashley Monroe – The Blade
  • Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
  • Chris Stapleton – Traveller

What I Would Pick To Win: Pageant Material or Traveller

What I Predict Will Win: Chris Stapleton’s Traveller – Need I say it again? Also it’s an absolute joke to see Hunt’s name here.

Best American Roots Performance 

  • Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn – “And Am I Born To Die”
  • Buddy Guy – “Born To Play Guitar”
  • The Milk Carton Kids – “City of Our Lady”
  • Punch Brothers – “Julep”
  • Mavis Staples – “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”

What I Would Pick To Win: Punch Brothers – “Julep”

What I Predict Will Win: Punch Brothers – “Julep” – The Grammys seem to really love this group, so I’ll go with it.

Best American Roots Song

  • The Mavericks – “All Night Long”
  • Don Henley & Merle Haggard – “The Cost of Living”
  • Punch Brothers – “Julep”
  • Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – “The Traveling Kind”
  • Jason Isbell – “24 Frames”

What I Would Pick To Win: Only one? But they’re all fantastic!

What I Predict Will Win: Jason Isbell – “24 Frames” – After getting screwed over by the Grammys a few years ago, they finally make amends. With the #1 album in country, folk, rock and Americana, Isbell by far had the biggest 2015. But then again I could conceivably see Henley and Haggard get the nod, along with The Mavericks who seem to do well when nominated for something on the awards circuit. But really what a class of songs to choose from!

Best Americana Album

  • Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter
  • Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind
  • Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
  • The Mavericks – Mono
  • Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues

What I Would Pick To Win: Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (Because why would I pick against our own 2015 Album of the Year winner?)

What I Predict Will Win: Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free – See the reasons I cited above. I have to say it’s great to see Brandi Carlile’s name here, as she is an underrated artist more people need to know about.

Predictions for Country & American Roots Categories at the 57th Grammy Awards

 

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The biggest music awards show of the year is almost here. The 57th Grammy Awards airs tomorrow night at 8 pm ET on CBS. While I don’t put a lot of weight behind awards validating artists, being recognized by the Grammys for your music is considered one of the highest honors an artist can receive. Unlike country awards shows, the Grammys actually feel like a serious affair instead of just bro country tool bags dancing around and doing hilariously bad sketches. The nominations for the country and American roots categories this year is certainly interesting. These aren’t the worst nominations possible, but they certainly aren’t the best either. Regardless there are some talented artists nominated that are certainly deserving of winning. But will they win? Let’s take a look at the nominations and I’ll let you know who I think will win each. Keep in mind my predictions will probably be more off than on. Predicting these aren’t as easy as the country awards shows.

Country

Best Country Solo Performance 

  • “Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
  • “Invisible” – Hunter Hayes
  • “Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Something in the Water” – Carrie Underwood
  • “Cop Car” – Keith Urban

 

Who I Think Wins: “Something in the Water” because the Grammys seem to like Carrie and this song has been on fire as of late. This song is also most deserving and the Grammys usually award the most deserving of the nominations.

Who I Would Pick to Win: “Something in the Water”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • “Gentle On My Mind” – The Band Perry
  • “Somethin’ Bad” – Carrie Underwood & Miranda Lambert
  • “Day Drinking” – Little Big Town
  • “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw with Faith Hill
  • “Raise ‘Em Up” – Keith Urban with Eric Church

Who I Think Wins: “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” because I’m not sure. I have no idea who wins this one really and I’m just taking a guess. I don’t see Little Big Town or The Band Perry winning. But the other three could all win.

Who I Would Pick to Win: “Gentle On My Mind” because it’s fantastic and so much better than the rest. This is without a doubt my favorite performance ever from The Band Perry. They proved to me on this song that they can make great country music. It’s doubtful to win, but I highly recommend getting this song if you haven’t got it yet.

Best Country Song

  • “American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell
  • “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw with Faith Hill

Who I Think Wins: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” because this is not only the clear best of the bunch, but it also has the sentimental vote. Campbell is 100% deserving of the award and the Grammys I’m sure will recognize this.

Who I Would Pick to Win: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Best Country Album

  • Riser – Dierks Bentley
  • The Outsiders – Eric Church
  • 12 Stories – Brandy Clark
  • Platinum – Miranda Lambert
  • The Way I’m Livin’ – Lee Ann Womack

Who I Think Wins: Miranda Lambert’s Platinum because this is the third time she has been nominated for this award and she lost the previous two times to Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band. I just don’t see her losing for a third time. The critics have praised this album profusely, it’s had good sales and I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t win.

Who I Would Pick to Win: Lee Ann Womack’s The Way I’m Livin’ because it’s clearly the best album amongst the five. It was one of the top albums across country music in 2014. It was an amazing comeback for an artist that hadn’t made a new record in several years. If there’s one category in country I’m cheering the hardest for an upset, it would be this one.

American Roots

Normally I wouldn’t cover this genre because I’m not familiar enough with it to give a fair prediction and analysis. However if you’re a country music fan that follows the industry closely, you know I exactly why I’m covering the category below. I’m of course referring to Sturgill Simpson being nominated for Best Americana Album when his album was clearly country. Yet last year Jason Isbell should have won this award for Southeastern and he wasn’t even nominated. I digress.

Best Americana Album

  • The River & The Thread – Rosanne Cash
  • Terms of My Surrender – John Hiatt
  • Bluesamericana – Keb’ Mo’
  • A Dotted Line – Nickel Creek
  • Metamodern Sounds in Country Music – Sturgill Simpson

Does Sturgill Simpson Win? 

Well he’s going against a tough field of Americana artists. These are some of the best in that genre and are definitely not slouches. Conventional wisdom says Rosanne Cash wins this award because of the universal praise it has received and the stature of her name. But she’s nominated in other categories and I could easily see her winning those awards (Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song). So I don’t think Cash would win this one too if she wins any of those other awards. Nickel Creek is one of the biggest names in Americana and folk, so they’re another favorite. A Dotted Line however wasn’t as well received from critics as previous albums.

Sturgill Simpson up to this point has defied the odds. Nobody ever dreamed Simpson would make it this far, including Simpson himself. He thought Metamodern Sounds in Country Music had a better chance of bombing than succeeding! Yet the album not only sits in the top ten of the iTunes chart currently (after being released in May 2014), it has also reached top ten status on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart ahead of several marquee names. Simpson has had numerous upsets already, so why not another upset? We’re almost trained now to expect the upset. I think he has a much better chance than we all think. I’m going to say he does the unthinkable again and wins his first Grammy.

Who do you think comes away with gold on Sunday? Be sure to give your predictions below!