2016 Grammys: What to Watch and Who to Root For
On Feb. 15, the 58th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. To get ready for what is billed as "Music's Biggest Night," we’ve gone through the nominees to bring you our Guide to the 2016 Grammys.
As with last year, classic rockers were shut out of the major categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. And even for the rock-specific awards, where artists of a certain vintage could usually gain a nomination, the powers-that-be decided to look toward younger artists, with only the relatively veteran Foo Fighters getting a nod for Best Rock Performance. Still, we found plenty of great music to enjoy this year.
But looking through the list of Grammy nominees, we also found classic rockers in a couple of odd places. Paul McCartney picked up a couple of nominations for "All Day," his collaboration with Kanye West; Keith Urban's shout-out to John Mellencamp, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," is up for Best Country Solo Performance; and Don Henley received a Best American Roots Song nomination for "The Cost of Loving."
The categories devoted to reissues caught our eye, too, with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones acknowledged. Dylan's Frank Sinatra-inspired collection, Shadows in the Night, also was recognized for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, and James Taylor's Before This World was honored with two nominations.
Below are the live performances that we'll definitely be tuning in for as well as a list of some of the classic rock-related awards categories. We put the nominated classic rockers in bold text.
“We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year’s show, but when David passed — almost in a single moment — we knew we had to change direction,” Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich said. “We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She’s perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great Grammy moment, but one befitting of David.”
Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, who passed away on Dec. 28, will also be remembered at the Grammys. The Hollywood Vampires, the band Alice Cooper assembled that includes Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, will be on hand to pay tribute to Lemmy.
Jackson Browne and surviving members of the Eagles will offer a musical tribute to Glenn Frey, who died on Jan. 18. Browne will be joined by co-founding Eagles Don Henley and Bernie Leadon, as well as fellow band members Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh. The tribute will include a performance of "Take It Easy," an early Browne/Frey co-write that gave the Eagles their first hit single in 1972.
BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern
Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night
Josh Groban, Stages
Seth MacFarlane, No One Ever Tells You
Barry Manilow (& Various Artists), My Dream Duets
BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
J. Cole, "Apparently"
Drake, "Back to Back"
Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake & Lil Wayne, "Truffle Butter"
Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, "All Day"
BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM (INCLUDES POETRY, AUDIO BOOKS & STORYTELLING)
Patti Smith, Blood on Snow
Dick Cavett, Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks
Jimmy Carter, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
Janis Ian & Jean Smart, Patience and Sarah
Amy Poehler (& Various Artists), Yes Please
BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS
Lorraine Feather, "Be My Muse"
Patrick Williams Featuring Patti Austin, "52nd & Broadway"
Catina DeLuna Featuring Otmaro Ruiz, "Garota De Ipanema"
David Bowie, "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)"
Jimmy Greene With Javier Colon, "When I Come Home"
BEST BOXED OR SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE
Of Monsters and Men, Beneath the Skin (Deluxe Box Set)
Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear (Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl)
Various Artists, The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)
Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe Edition)
Grateful Dead, 30 Trips Around the Sun
The Decemberists, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (Deluxe Box Set)
BEST ALBUM NOTES
Various Artists, Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings From the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946
Lead Belly, Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
Joni Mitchell, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced
Tennessee Ernie Ford, Portrait of an American Singer
Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra, Songs of the Night: Dance Recordings, 1916-1925
BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM
Bob Dylan and the Band, The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
Erroll Garner, The Complete Concert by the Sea
Various Artists, Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, And Country 1966–1985
Various Artists, Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings, 1947–1959
Fannie Lou Hamer, Songs My Mother Taught Me
BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL
James Taylor, Before This World
Melody Gardot, Currency of Man
The Bird and the Bee, Recreational Love
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Diana Krall, Wallflower
BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM
Ingar Heine Bergby & Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Amdahl: Astrognosia & Aesop
Roger Waters, Amused to Death
Oyvind Gimse, Anita Brevik, Nidarosdomens Jentekor & Trondheimsolistene, Magnificat
Paavo Jarvi & Russian National Orchestra, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7
Tove Ramlo-Ystad & Cantus, Spes
BEST MUSIC FILM
James Brown, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (Mick Jagger co-producer)
Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways
Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone?
Roger Waters, The Wall
Amy Winehouse, Amy
David Bowie Singles, Ranked Worst to Best
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