The 58th Annual Grammy Awards saw that Country Music rocks! LL Cool J hosted this year’s festivities last night, Monday, February 15, 2016 held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. With Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, The Steeldrivers, Jason Isbell, Mavis Staples, Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds and Dick Reeves (Asleep at the Wheel, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys) Country Music swept wins in many categories.
Being honored today by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is undeniably the most prestigious of awards for musical artists. Everyone from Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, Adele to Lady Gaga to Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and many, many more took the stage and the world by storm. Rihanna cancelled her performance due to bronchitis, However, Country Music was well-represented and earned multiple awards in their categories.
Here is full list of 2016 Country Music’s Grammy Award winners:
Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Best Country Song: Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Best Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”
Best Bluegrass Album: The Steeldrivers, The Muscle Shoals Recordings
Best Americana Album: Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free
Best American Roots Song: Jason Isbell, “24 Frames”
Best American Roots Performance: Mavis Staples, “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”
Best Recording Package: Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds & Dick Reeves; Asleep at the Wheel, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
The highlight of the Grammys for country and blues was the tribute to B.B. King. heralded by Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt & Gary Clark, Jr. Their performance of ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ was one of the best moments at the Grammys. In the performance, Chris lent his soulful, gravelly voice while Bonnie gave a spectacular female performance and Gary Clark, Jr. added the soulful performance that perfectly honored the great B.B. King. The blend of Country, Americana and Blues was the highlight performance for Country and Blues Music lovers. “We honor a king that we lost this year,” Bonnie Raitt said in her introduction to the 2016 Grammy Awards’s B.B. King tribute, a fittingly guitar-centric take on the King’s classic, “The Thrill Is Gone.” Chris Stapleton was joined by Gary Clark, Jr. and Raitt and together, the trio of country and blues masterminds gave the song the all-star treatment.
What a beautiful night for Country Music fans. Although, some honors were not given to great Country musicians, we know our favorites. Whether they won a Grammy or not, Country Music came in strong at the Grammys. Congratulations to the nominees and the winners working strong to keep Country Music at the forefront!