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The Grammy Awards: What You Don’t See on TV

Although the CBS broadcast shows most of the can’t-miss moments of the award show, there are certain awards that don’t always make it to the screen.

Recording artist Chance the Rapper accepts the Best Rap Album award for 'Coloring Book' onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Although the Grammy Awards are known as being ‘music’s biggest night,’ some areas of music ultimately do not get put in the same spotlight. The biggest takeaways from the night are usually Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artists, but there is a whole list of other non-televised award-winners who deserve recognition as well.

For example, in addition to winning the coveted Record of the Year and Best Song for “Hello”, as well as Album of the Year for 25, Adele won Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance.

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Singer Adele poses in the press room at the 59th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California

David Bowie was posthumously awarded Best Alternative Music AlbumBest Rock PerformanceBest Engineered Album Non-Classical, and Best Recording Package for Blackstar. The Best Rock Album award, however, went to Cage the Elephant’s Tell Me I’m Pretty.

Cage the Elephant onstage at the Premiere Ceremony during the 59th GRAMMY Awards at Microsoft Theater on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Cage the Elephant onstage at the Premiere Ceremony during the 59th GRAMMY Awards at Microsoft Theater on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

In addition, Drake won two awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance – both for the hit “Hotline Bling.” Chance the Rapper’s night was also even bigger than he got given credit for, as in addition to winning the televised awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Album, he also received the award for Best Rap Performance for “No Problem.” The award for Best R&B Performance went to Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles.

Solange Knowles poses in the press room at the 59th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Solange Knowles poses in the press room at the 59th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Flume won Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skin, while the Chainsmokers received Best Dance Recording for “Don’t Let Me Down.”

The Chainsmokers pose with the Best Dance Recording trophy in the press room during the 59th Annual Grammy music Awards on February 12, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
The Chainsmokers pose with the Best Dance Recording trophy in the press room during the 59th Annual Grammy music Awards on February 12, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.

Other winners include Sarah Jarosz with Best Folk Album for Undercurrent, Ziggy Marley with Best Raggae Album for his self-titled album, and Lori Mckenna with Best Country Song for Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind.”

Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna poses with Best Country Song with Tim McGraw, for 'Humble And Kind' award backstage at the Premiere Ceremony during the 59th GRAMMY Awards at Microsoft Theater on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna poses with Best Country Song with Tim McGraw, for ‘Humble And Kind’ award backstage at the Premiere Ceremony during the 59th GRAMMY Awards at Microsoft Theater on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

This list doesn’t even begin to cover a fraction of the awards given to talented artists on February 12th. A complete list can be found at npr.org, and nytimes.com, among other websites.

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