2016 Grammy’s Awards? What A Bitch

Written by | February 16, 2016 6:09 | No Comments

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I caught the first ten minutes of last night’s Grammys, Carrie and Sam chased me away, and find it odd that music I love can irritate me so much in this context. It is all too much “rich man’s weather” for words, it stinks of the one percent. And let’s hear it for stinkee Taylor Swift, whose speech was beyond stupid. Apparently, the bitch can’t take a joke, and responded to Kanye West, on his superb “Famous” claim to have “made that bitch famous”. I can see why Yee couldn’t resist the line, and here is her response while winning Album Of The Year “And as the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to the young woman out there, there are going to be people along the way who 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 you will know it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”

What else: Watching Lady Gaga for around a minute of her David Bowie tribute, I can’t say I was thrilled (I’ll check it out later). Otherwise, except for song of the year, nothing here hits me as outrageously wrong.

Record of the Year

“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars

Album of the Year

“1989,” Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran)

New Artist

Meghan Trainor

Rap Album

“To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar

Musical Theater Album

“Hamilton”

Country Album

“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton

Rock Performance

“Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes

Pop Solo Performance

“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran

Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern,” Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap

Pop Vocal Album

“1989,” Taylor Swift

Dance Recording

“Where Are Ü Now,” Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber

Dance/Electronic Album

“Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü,” Skrillex and Diplo

Contemporary Instrumental Album

Sylva,” Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest

Metal Performance

“Ghost,” Cirice

Rock Song

“Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes (Alabama Shakes)

Rock Album

“Drones,” Muse

Alternative Music Album

“Sound & Color,” Alabama Shakes

R&B Performance

“Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” the Weeknd

Traditional R&B Performance

“Little Ghetto Boy,” Lalah Hathaway

R&B Song

“Really Love,” D’Angelo & Kendra Foster (D’Angelo and The Vanguard)

Urban Contemporary Album

“Beauty Behind the Madness,” The Weeknd

R&B Album

“Black Messiah,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Rap Performance

“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

“These Walls,” Kendrick Lamar, featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat

Best Rap Song

“Alright,” Kendrick Duckworth, Kawan Prather, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams (Kendrick Lamar)

Country Solo Performance

“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton

Country Duo/Group Performance

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

Country Song

“Girl Crush,” Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose (Little Big Town)

New Age Album

“Grace,” Paul Avgerinos

Improvised Jazz Solo

“Cherokee,” Christian McBride

Jazz Vocal Album

“For One to Love,” Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz Instrumental Album

“Past Present,” John Scofield

Large Jazz Ensemble Album

“The Thompson Fields,” Maria Schneider Orchestra

Latin Jazz Album

“Made in Brazil,” Eliane Elias

Gospel Performance/Song

“Wanna Be Happy?,” Kirk Franklin (Kirk Franklin)

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

“Holy Spirit,” Francesca Battistelli (Francesca Battistelli)

Gospel Album

Israel and Newbreed, Covered: Alive Is Asia” [Live] (Deluxe)

Contemporary Christian Music Album

“This Is Not a Test,” Tobymac

Roots Gospel Album

“Still Rockin’ My Soul,” The Fairfield Four

Latin Pop Album

“A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition),” Ricky Martin

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

“Hasta La Raíz,” Natalia Lafourcade

“Dale,” Pitbull (TIE)

Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

“Realidades — Deluxe Edition,” Los Tigres Del Norte

Tropical Latin Album

“Son De Panamá,” Rubén Blades With Roberto Delgado and Orchestra

American Roots Performance

“See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” Mavis Staples

American Roots Song

“24 Frames,” Jason Isbell (Jason Isbell)

Americana Album

“Something More Than Free,” Jason Isbell

Bluegrass Album

“The Muscle Shoals Recordings,” The Steeldrivers

Best Blues Album

“Born to Play Guitar,” Buddy Guy

Folk Album

“Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn,” Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Regional Roots Music Album

“Go Go Juice,” Jon Cleary

Reggae Album

“Strictly Roots,” Morgan Heritage

World Music Album

“Sings,” Angelique Kidjo

Children’s Album

“Home,” Tim Kubart

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

“A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety,” Jimmy Carter

Comedy Album

“Live at Madison Square Garden,” Louis C.K.

Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” Julian Raymond, compilation producer

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

“Birdman,” Antonio Sanchez, composer

Song for Visual Media

“Glory,” from “Selma,” Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith and John Stephens (Common & John Legend)

Instrumental Composition

“The Afro Latin Jazz Suite,” Arturo O’Farrill (Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa)

Arrangement, Instrumental or a Cappella

“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola (Pentatonix)

Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

“Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” Maria Schneider (David Bowie)

Recording Package

“Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys,” Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds and Dick Reeves, art directors (Asleep at the Wheel)

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

“The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32),” Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood and Jack White, art directors (Various Artists)

Album Notes

“Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced,” Joni Mitchell (Joni Mitchell)

Historical Album

“The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11,” Steve Berkowitz, Jan Haust and Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Peter J. Moore & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Bob Dylan and the Band)

Engineered Album, Non-Classical

“Sound & Color,” Shawn Everett, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Alabama Shakes)

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

“Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix),” Dave Audé, (Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Jeff Bhasker

Surround Sound Album

“Amused To Death,” James Guthrie, surround mix engineer; James Guthrie and Joel Plante, surround mastering engineers; James Guthrie, surround producer (Roger Waters)

Engineered Album, Classical

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

Producer of the Year, Classical

 

Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance

“Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow — Symphony No. 10,” Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Opera Recording

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

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)

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

“Filament,” Eighth Blackbird

Classical Instrumental Solo

“Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes,” Augustin Hadelich; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)

Classical Solo Vocal Album

“Joyce & Tony — Live From Wigmore Hall,” Joyce DiDonato; Antonio Pappano, accompanist

Classical Compendium

“Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment; Veil of Tears & Grand Concerto,” Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Contemporary Classical Composition

“Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances,” Stephen Paulus, composer (Eric Holtan, True Concord Voices & Orchestra)

Music Video

“Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift, featuring Kendrick Lamar

Music Film

“Amy,” Amy Winehouse

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