58th Grammy® Awards Coverage

Welcome to DigitalHit.com's coverage of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards which were handed out on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

8:00 PM

Taylor Swift, in a sequined black catsuit, opens the show with a performance of "Out of the Woods."

8:04 PM

Host LL Cool J strolls out to welcome us to tonight's ceremony and showing clips from past ceremonies.

8:07 PM

Stephen Colbert is live from the Richard Rodgers Theatre where we'll be seeing a number from the hip-hop musical Hamilton later tonight. Right now, tonight's first award is Best Rap Album. It's being presented by Ice Cube and his son, O'Shea Jackson Jr. And the Grammy Award goes to Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly.

8:12 PM

NFLers Von Miller and Anquan Boldin introduce a performance by Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood.

8:23 PM

Famous donut-licker Ariana Grande introduces a performance by The Weeknd. He performs a medley of "Can't Feel My Face" and "In The Night".

8:33 PM

Selena Gomez introduces yet another performance because, hey, why hand out awards on an awards show. The performers are Andra Day and Ellie Goulding. They perform a mash-up of "Rise Up" and "Love Me Like You Do".

8:38 PM

Cam and Gary Sinise are presenting Best Country Album. And the Grammy Award goes to Chris Stapleton for Traveller.

8:46 PM

LL Cool J and James Corden do some banter before introducing a tribute to Lionel Richie, the Musicares Person of the Year. The tribute is performed by Demi Lovato, John Legend, Luke Bryan, Tyrese and Meghan Trainor. Lionel Richie then joins them on the stage for "All Night Long."

9:02 PM

Ryan Seacrest pays tribute to Phillip Riggs, the 2016 Music Educator Award recipient, before introducing a performance of "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town.

9:07 PM

Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix pay tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire's Maurice White, who passed away on February 4th. They then present the nominations for Song of the Year. And the Grammy Award goes to Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge for "Thinking Out Loud." Unfortuneatly Amy gets cut off and they cut to the tribute to Glenn Frey by Jackson Browne and The Eagles. They perform "Take It Easy", which was co-written by Browne and Frey, who died on January 18th.

9:22 PM

Anna Kendrick pays tribute to recording exec Irving Azoff, who was honored with a Merit Award, before introducing a performance by Tori Kelly and James Bay.

9:27 PM

LL Cool J introduces the performance from the Broadway play Hamilton, live from New York.

9:39 PM

Don Cheadle introduces a performance by Kendrick Lamar, who is nominated for eleven Grammys tonight. Lamar performs "The Blacker The Berry" and "Alright."

9:46 PM

Seth MacFarlane apologizes for what Family Guy has said about them before presenting Best Musical Theater Album. And the Grammy Award goes to Hamilton. Composer/star Lin-Manuel Miranda accepts it with an acceptance speech rap.

9:54 PM

Miguel performs a tribute to Michael Jackson's "She’s Out of My Life" from the album Off the Wall. He then presents Best Rock Performamce. And the Grammy Award goes to Alabama Shakes for "Don't Wanna Fight." Lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard accepts.

9:58 PM

Bruno Mars is now here to introduce a performance of "All I Ask" by Adele. Mars wrote the song with her.

10:10 PM

Kaley Cuoco introduces Skrillex and Diplo performing with Justin Bieber.

10:17 PM

Sam Smith is now here to present Best New Artist, a category he won last year. And the Grammy Award goes to Meghan Trainor. She cries her way through her acceptance speech.

10:24 PM

Ed Sheeran introduces the David Bowie tribute by Lady Gaga. She's joined by Nile Rodgers.

10:37 PM

Bonnie Raitt pays tribute to Lifetime Achievement Recipient Ruth Brown, before paying tribute to the late B.B. King with Chris Stapleton and Gary Clark Jr. performing "The Thrill is Gone."

10:49 PM

LL Cool J introduces a performance by Alabama Shakes. They've already won three Grammys.

10:54 PM

Dave Grohl pays tribute to the late Kilmister, who died on January 9th and his Motorhead bandmate "Philthy Animal" Phil Taylor, who died last November. He then introduces Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry aka The Hollywood Vampires. They're joined by Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.

11:07 PM

Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and rapper Common talk about the importance of paying artists fairly before introducing tonight's youngest nominee 12-year-old Joey Alexander, who was nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.

11:11 PM

Tonight's In Memoriam segment. Lots of legends lost in the last year.

11:19 PM

Three of the members of Earth, Wind & Fire — Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson — Lifetime Achievement Awards winners, pay tribute to their late bandmate Maurice White before presenting Album of the Year. And the Grammy Award goes to Taylor Swift for 1989. Swift passionately says that "As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you will look around and know it was you and the people who love you, who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world."

11:21 PM

The Grammys pay tribute to the special award recipients. The Trustee Award went to John Cage, Fred Foster and Chris Strachwitz. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to: Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, Run DMC, and Earth Wind & Fire.

11:23 PM

Beyonce is here now to present Record of the Year. As she pauses before announcing the winner, Bruno Mars yells out, "Let's go Beyonce. Let's do it!" And the Grammy Award goes to Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and featuring Bruno Mars.

11:26 PM

The show closes with a performance by Pitbull, aided by Travis Barker, Robin Thicke, Joe Perry and Sofia Vergara.

And the winners are:

Record Of The Year

  • Uptown Funk
    Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
    Jeff Bhasker, Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson, producers; Josh Blair, Serban Ghenea, Wayne Gordon, John Hanes, Inaam Haq, Boo Mitchell, Charles Moniz & Mark Ronson, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
    Track from: Uptown Special
    RCA Records

Album Of The Year

  • 1989
    Taylor Swift
    Jack Antonoff, Nathan Chapman, Imogen Heap, Max Martin, Mattman & Robin, Ali Payami, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Ryan Tedder & Noel Zancanella, producers; Jack Antonoff, Mattias Bylund, Smith Carlson, Nathan Chapman, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Imogen Heap, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert, Brendan Morawski, Laura Sisk & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
    Big Machine Records

Song Of The Year

  • Thinking Out Loud
    Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
    Track from: X
    Atlantic; Publisher(s): Sony/ATV Music Publishing/BDi Music Limited

Best New Artist

  • Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Thinking Out Loud
    Ed Sheeran
    Track from: X

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • Uptown Funk
    Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
    Track from: Uptown Special
    RCA Records

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern
    Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
    RPM Records/Columbia Records

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • 1989
    Taylor Swift
    Big Machine Records

Best Dance Recording

  • Where Are Ü Now
    Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber
    Sonny Moore & Thomas Pentz, producers; Sonny Moore & Thomas Pentz, mixers
    Track from: Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü
    Owsla/Mad Decent/Atlantic

Best Dance/Electronic Album

  • Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü
    Skrillex And Diplo
    Owsla/Mad Decent/Atlantic

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • Sylva
    Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest

Best Rock Performance

  • Don't Wanna Fight
    Alabama Shakes
    ATO Records

Best Metal Performance

  • Cirice
    Loma Vista Recordings

Best Rock Song

  • Don't Wanna Fight
    Alabama Shakes, songwriters (Alabama Shakes)
    ATO Records; Publisher(s): Alabama Shakes Publishing/Break Mirrors Music

Best Rock Album

  • Drones
    Warner Bros. Records

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Sound & Color
    Alabama Shakes
    ATO Records

Best R&B Performance

  • Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
    The Weeknd
    Track from: Fifty Shades Of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Universal Studios/Republic Records

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • Little Ghetto Boy
    Lalah Hathaway
    Entertainment One/8Th Floor

Best R&B Song

  • Really Love
    D'Angelo & Kendra Foster, songwriters (D'Angelo And The Vanguard)
    Track from: Black Messiah
    RCA Records; Publisher(s): Ah Choo Music Publishing/12:00 AM Music admin. by Universal Polygram International Publishing, Ear Kandy Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Beauty Behind The Madness
    The Weeknd

Best R&B Album

  • Black Messiah
    D'Angelo And The Vanguard
    RCA Records

Best Rap Performance

  • Alright
    Kendrick Lamar
    Track from: To Pimp A Butterfly
    Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • These Walls
    Kendrick Lamar Featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
    Track from: To Pimp A Butterfly
    Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records

Best Rap Song

  • Alright
    Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
    Track from: To Pimp A Butterfly
    TDE/Aftermath/Interscope; Publisher(s): WB Music Corp., TDE Music, Hard Working Black Folks Publishing, EMI Music Inc., More Water From Nazareth, Sounwave TDE Productions, SonyATV

Best Rap Album

  • To Pimp A Butterfly
    Kendrick Lamar

Best Country Solo Performance

  • Traveller
    Chris Stapleton
    Track from:Traveller
    Mercury Nashville

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • Girl Crush
    Little Big Town
    Track from: Pain Killer
    Capitol Records Nashville

Best Country Song

  • Girl Crush
    Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
    Track from: Pain Killer
    Capitol Records Nashville; Publisher(s): Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Songs Of Crazy Girl Music, Songs of Universal, Inc., Hoodie Songs, HillarodyRathbone Music admin. by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Best Country Album

  • Traveller
    Chris Stapleton
    Mercury Records

Best New Age Album

  • Grace
    Paul Avgerinos
    Round Sky Music

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

  • Cherokee
    Christian McBride, soloist
    Track from: Live At The Village Vanguard (Christian McBride Trio)
    Mack Avenue Records

Best Jazz Vocal Album

  • For One To Love
    Cécile McLorin Salvant
    Mack Avenue Records

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

  • Past Present
    John Scofield

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • The Thompson Fields
    Maria Schneider Orchestra

Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Made In Brazil
    Eliane Elias
    Concord Jazz

Best Gospel Performance/Song

  • Wanna Be Happy?
    Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
    RCA Records/Fo Yo Soul Recordings; Publisher(s): Aunt Gertrude Music Publishing admin. by Universal Music-Brentwood Benson Songs and Irving Music, Inc. admin. by Universal Music Publishing

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

  • Holy Spirit
    Francesca Battistelli
    Track from: If We're Honest (Deluxe Edition)

Best Gospel Album

  • Covered: Alive In Asia [Live] (Deluxe)
    Israel & Newbreed
    RGM Newbreed/RCA Inspiration

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • This Is Not A Test
    ForeFront Records

Best Roots Gospel Album

  • Still Rockin' My Soul
    The Fairfield Four
    Fairfield Four Records

Best Latin Pop Album

  • A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)
    Ricky Martin
    Sony Music Latin

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

  • Hasta La Raíz
    Natalia Lafourcade
    Sony Music Latin
  • Dale
    Mr. 305 / Sony Music Latin

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

  • Realidades - Deluxe Edition
    Los Tigres Del Norte

Best Tropical Latin Album

  • Son De Panamá
    Rubén Blades With Roberto Delgado & Orchestra
    Ruben Blades Productions

Best American Roots Performance

  • See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
    Mavis Staples
    Track from: Your Good Fortune

Best American Roots Song

  • 24 Frames
    Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell)
    Track from: Something More Than Free
    Southeastern Records; Publisher(s): Songs Of Emchant

Best Americana Album

  • Something More Than Free
    Jason Isbell
    Southeastern Records

Best Bluegrass Album

  • The Muscle Shoals Recordings
    The Steeldrivers

Best Blues Album

  • Born To Play Guitar
    Buddy Guy
    RCA Records/Silvertone Records

Best Folk Album

  • Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn
    Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Best Regional Roots Music Album

  • Go Go Juice
    Jon Cleary
    FHQ Records

Best Reggae Album

  • Strictly Roots
    Morgan Heritage
    CTBC Music Group

Best World Music Album

  • Sings
    Angelique Kidjo
    429 Records

Best Children's Album

  • Home
    Tim Kubart
    Tim And The Space Cadets

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

  • A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
    Jimmy Carter
    Simon & Schuster Audio

Best Comedy Album

  • Live At Madison Square Garden
    Louis C.K.
    Comedy Dynamics

Best Musical Theater Album

  • Hamilton
    Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos & Phillipa Soo, principal soloists; Alex Lacamoire, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bill Sherman, Ahmir Thompson & Tarik Trotter, producers; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

  • Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
    (Various Artists)
    Big Machine Records

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

  • Birdman
    Antonio Sanchez, composer
    Milan Records

Best Song Written For Visual Media

  • Glory
    Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith & John Stephens, songwriters (Common & John Legend)
    Track from:Selma
    Def Jam/ARTium Records; Publisher(s): Paramount Pictures/Pathé Productions Limited

Best Instrumental Composition

  • The Afro Latin Jazz Suite
    Arturo O'Farrill, composer (Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa)
    Track from: Cuba: The Conversation Continues
    Motema Music

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

  • Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
    Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers (Pentatonix)
    Track from:That's Christmas To Me
    RCA Records

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

  • Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
    Maria Schneider, arranger (David Bowie)
    Track from: Nothing Has Changed

Best Recording Package

  • Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys
    Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds & Dick Reeves, art directors (Asleep At The Wheel)
    Bismeaux Records

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

  • The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)
    Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors (Various Artists)
    Third Man Records / Revenant Records

Best Album Notes

  • Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced
    Joni Mitchell, album notes writer (Joni Mitchell)

Best Historical Album

  • The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
    Steve Berkowitz, Jan Haust & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Peter J. Moore, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan And The Band)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

  • Sound & Color
    Shawn Everett, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Alabama Shakes)
    ATO Records

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

  • Jeff Bhasker
    • Ain't Gonna Drown (Elle King) (T)
    • Burning Doves (Mikky Ekko) (T)
    • Burning House (Cam) (T)
    • Grand Romantic (Nate Ruess) (A)
    • Last Damn Night (Elle King) (T)
    • Never Let You Down (Woodkid Featuring Lykke Li) (T)
    • Runaway Train (Cam) (T)
    • Uptown Special (Mark Ronson) (A)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

  • Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)
    Dave Audé, remixer (Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars)
    RCA Records

Best Surround Sound Album

  • Amused To Death
    James Guthrie, surround mix engineer; James Guthrie & Joel Plante, surround mastering engineers; James Guthrie, surround producer (Roger Waters)

Best Engineered Album, Classical

  • Ask Your Mama
    Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum & Justin Merrill, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer (George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)
    Avie Records

Producer Of The Year, Classical

  • Judith Sherman
    • Ask Your Mama (George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)
    • Fields: Double Cluster; Space Sciences (Jan Kucera, Gloria Chuang & Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra)
    • Liaisons - Re-Imagining Sondheim From The Piano (Anthony de Mare)
    • Montage - Great Film Composers & The Piano (Gloria Cheng)
    • Multitude, Solitude (Momenta Quartet)
    • Of Color Braided All Desire - Music Of Eric Moe (Christine Brandes, Brentano String Quartet, Dominic Donato, Jessica Meyer, Karen Ouzounian, Manhattan String Quartet & Talujon)
    • Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Ursula Oppens)
    • Sirota: Parting The Veil - Works For Violin & Piano (David Friend, Hyeyung Julie Yoon, Laurie Carney & Soyeon Kate Lee)
    • Turina: Chamber Music For Strings & Piano (Lincoln Trio)

Best Orchestral Performance

  • Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphony No. 10
    Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
    Deutsche Grammophon

Best Opera Recording

  • Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade
    Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Isabel Leonard; Dominic Fyfe, producer (Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children's Chorus)

Best Choral Performance

  • Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil
    Charles Bruffy, conductor (Paul Davidson, Frank Fleschner, Toby Vaughn Kidd, Bryan Pinkall, Julia Scozzafava, Bryan Taylor & Joseph Warner; Kansas City Chorale & Phoenix Chorale)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

  • Filament
    Eighth Blackbird
    Cedille Records

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

  • Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L'Arbre Des Songes
    Augustin Hadelich; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)
    Track from:Dutilleux: Métaboles; L'Arbre Des Songes; Symphony No. 2, 'Le Double'
    Seattle Symphony Media

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

  • Joyce & Tony - Live From Wigmore Hall
    Joyce DiDonato; Antonio Pappano, accompanist

Best Classical Compendium

  • Paulus: Three Places Of Enlightenment; Veil Of Tears & Grand Concerto
    Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

  • Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances
    Stephen Paulus, composer (Eric Holtan, True Concord Voices & Orchestra)
    Track from: Paulus: Far In The Heavens
    Reference Recordings

Best Music Video

  • Bad Blood
    Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
    Joseph Kahn, video director; Ron Morhoff, video producer
    Big Machine Records

Best Music Film

  • Amy
    Amy Winehouse
    Asif Kapadia, video director; James Gay-Rees, video producer
    Universal Music Enterprises