The Grammy Awards 2016 winners have been announced for several awards at the annual celebration of musical achievements being held in Los Angeles, according to E! Online in their Feb. 15 report. The announcements were made live inside the famous Staples Center, home of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. Among the big winners were pop country star Taylor Swift, hip hop star Kendrick Lamar and former President Jimmy Carter. All three won awards as did Chris Stapleton, Tony Bennett and Buddy Guy. So that makes for two award winners in their mid-to-late twenties and several in the nearly 80-years-old or more category. While Kendrick took home the most awards, Swift may have further cemented her legacy with the biggest award of the night.
According to The New York Times in their Feb. 15 report on early award winners, Taylor Swift won Best Pop Vocal Album for “1989,” while Kendrick Lamar won Best Hip Hop Album for “To Pimp a Butterfly.” The Weeknd won several awards including Best R&B Performance for “Earned It” from “50 Shades of Grey,” and Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Beauty Behind the Madness.” The hit song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars took home the prize for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, while Ed Sheeran snagged Best Pop Solo Performance for “Thinking Out Loud.” Rock group Alabama Shakes took home the award in the Best Rock Song category for “Don’t Wanna Fight.”
The awards show isn’t just a celebration of the newer younger talents at these awards shows though, as even former President Jimmy Carter won an award, as well as singer Tony Bennett and the legendary Buddy Guy. Carter won for his spoken word album, “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety,” while Bennett grabbed the win for “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern” in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. Buddy Guy received the award for Best Blues Album for his “Born to Play Guitar Album.” Guy is 79-years-old, while Bennett is 89 and Carter is 91, showing just how much of a range there is in the ages of winners at these events.
The biggest award at the Grammys is usually the Album of the Year and this year it went to pop country star Taylor Swift for “1989,” while Record of the Year went to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Kendrick Lamar ended up taking home a total of five awards, the most of any artist at the event. He also wowed the viewers with an unforgettable performance of several songs off his nominated album including “Alright” and “The Blacker the Berry.” In all, Lamar was up for 11 total nominations with Swift and The Weeknd tied for second with seven apiece. The Grammy Awards aired live on CBS Monday night from 8 p.m. Eastern Time past 11 p.m. ET, with live online coverage available on the CBS All-Access subscriber service.