Grammys 2016: The 10 Biggest Winners Of the Night
The 58th annual Grammy Awards aired on Monday night, celebrating some of the most popular artists in the music industry today. As expected, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar led the pack of this year’s winners, taking home multiple prizes in the pop and rap categories. But they weren’t the only ones to take home a prize. Below, check out all of the biggest Grammy winners of the night:
1. Taylor Swift
Swift took home the biggest award of the night, Album of the Year, for her smash hit, 1989. The win made her the first female artist ever to take home the Album of the Year prize twice, following her first win in the category in 2010 for Fearless. In addition to her history-making victory, Swift also took home two additional prizes, for Best Pop Vocal Album and for Best Music Video for her “Bad Blood” remix with Kendrick Lamar.
2. Kendrick Lamar
While many thought Lamar was robbed in the Album of the Year category, the rapper didn’t go home empty handed. Of 11 nominations, Lamar took home five awards, collecting Best Rap Album for To Pimp a Butterfly, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for his “Alright” as well as Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his “These Walls” featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat. He also took home a Grammy for Best Music Video for his part in Swift’s “Bad Blood” video.
3. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
The collaborators took one of the most prestigious awards of the night, Record of the Year, for their catchy hit single, “Uptown Funk.” The song also earned Ronson and Mars a Grammy in the Best Pop Group/Duo Performance category.
4. Ed Sheeran
After years of walking away empty-handed, Sheeran went home a winner, all thanks to his chart-topping track, “Thinking Out Loud.” The wedding-friendly tune earned him two Grammys at last night’s ceremony for Song of the Year, as well as for Best Pop Solo Performance.
5. Alabama Shakes
It was a big night for Alabama Shakes. In addition to delivering one of the strongest performances of the night, the rock group dominated the rock categories, picking up their first three Grammys for Best Alternative Album (for Sound & Color) and Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song (for the single, “Don’t Wanna Fight”).
6. Meghan Trainor
Trainor beat out other popular rising artists, including Sam Hunt and Tori Kelly, to take home the Grammy in the Best New Artist category. The singer delivered an emotional speech after her win, thanking her parents and her entire team through tears.
7. Chris Stapleton
The four-time-nominated Chris Stapleton didn’t take home Album of the Year, but he still has plenty to celebrate. The breakout country star scored wins in two of the genre’s biggest categories: Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance, both for his critically acclaimed album, Traveller.
8. The Weeknd
The Weeknd, who was the recipient of seven total nominations, ended up taking home two awards at last night’s Grammys. He won out in the Best R&B Performance win for his hit track, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey).” He also took home the top prize for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Beauty Behind the Madness.
Theater lovers definitely had their moment at this year’s Grammys. The cast of Hamilton not only performed via satellite from Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, they also took home the Grammy for Best Musical Theatrical Album. Following the win, creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda delivered one of the greatest acceptance speeches ever, rapping a thank you to everyone from his cast to composers Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick to rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac.
10. Skrillex and Diplo, Justin Bieber
Bieber took home the first Grammy of his career. His collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo, “Where Are Ü Now.” The song, which the trip also performed during the ceremony, won in the Best Dance Recording category. Skrillex and Diplo also took home the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü.