Chris Stapleton -GRAMMYs

Opening the 2016 GRAMMY award show was Taylor Swift singing her latest single “Out of the Woods” with a new cropped bob with bangs. Swift was practicing for the opening act when she received an award for the Best Pop Vocal Album during the premiere show. One of the producers from the 1989 album accepted the award. Swift won the last award of the evening Best Album of the Year,the only female artist to win the award twice.

Other highlights of the show included, Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood when they performed  a mash up of Hunt’s song ” Take Your Time” and Underwood’s latest single from her Storyteller album  “Heartbeat”  one where Hunt has harmonies in the studio version but it was more of a duet at the GRAMMYs.

Cam presented the award for the Best Country Album which was given to Chris Stapleton for “Traveler” who said when he accepted his award, “Thank you to Taylor Swift for glitter bombing me before. This is something that you never ever dream of. ” Stapleton went on to thank his wife and producer Dave Cobb. Earlier in the premiere show, Stapleton won his first GRAMMY of the evening.

Chris Stapleton

Third time’s a charm for Stapleton as he won his first GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance for “Traveller.”  Stapleton said “I’ve never had one of these before.”

But it was Stapleton’s tribute to BB King that stole the show. Performing “Thrill is Gone” with Gary Clark and Bonnie Raitt, it perfectly showcased Stapleton’s guitar skills along with his soulful voice that we can’t get enough of right now.  And we also hear there is another album in the works.

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town – “Girl Crush” ‪
Little Big Town performed “Girl Crush” with a full string section as Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman stood in diamond formation. A moving performance that brought the Staples Center to their feet for a standing ovation.


Little Big Town


Here is the list of the Nashville winners last night at the GRAMMYs.

Best Country Song: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose – “Girl Crush”

Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “Holy Spirit,” Francesca Battistelli

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: This Is Not A Test, TobyMac

Best Roots Gospel Album: Still Rockin’ My Soul, The Fairfield Four

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes

Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor

Album of the Year: Taylor Swift

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