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.
David Bowie was posthumously awarded Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance, Best 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.
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.
Flume won Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skin, while the Chainsmokers received Best Dance Recording for “Don’t Let Me Down.”
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.”
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.