Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Others win at the Grammys

Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Others win at the GrammysThe politically-charged album, whose single Alright became an anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement, beats Dr Dre, Drake, Nicki Minaj and J Cole won a trophy for Kendrick.

Kendrick Lamar won 5 Grammys in total. The rap’s poet laureate managed to win five awards out of the 11 nominations for this year’s awards. His first win,’To Pimp a Butterfly’ debuted at No 1 on the Billboard album chart and set a Spotify record of 9.6m for the most streams in one day.

The album received almost unanimous critical acclaim, with a 96% approval score on Metacritic, and it was named album of the year by many publications. Alabama Shakes also won three awards, though Lamar was the night’s big winner with five.

He won best rap album for “To Pimp a Butterfly” as well as rap performance, rap song, rap/sung performance and music video. Along with his wins, Lamar also had a show-stopping moment when he took the stage.

He started as he appeared beaten, in handcuffs, with chains around his hands and a bruise on his eyes. He went on to fuse rap, jazz, reggae and African sounds for a commanding performance as he rapped “The Blacker the Berry” and the Grammy-nominated “Alright” passionately. He ended with a map of Africa, and the city of Compton imprinted in it.

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran also won the song of the year award at the 2016 Grammy awards in Los Angeles, beating competition including Kendrick Lamar’s Alright and Taylor Swift’s Blank Space.

The song, cowritten with Amy Wadge, reached No 2 in the Billboard Hot 100 – holding down that position for eight consecutive weeks – and No 1 in the UK, where it chalked up 52 consecutive weeks in the top 40 in June 2015.
Check out the list of winners so far below.

Taylor Swift’s official switch from country to pop with her multi-hit, best-selling “1989” album brought the singer her second Grammy Award win for album of the year.

Swift was shocked when she won the night’s top prize, beating out Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes and the Weeknd. Swift used her speech to encourage young women who feel defeated at times or discouraged by others.
“There will be people along the way that will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. You just focus on the work and don’t let those people sidetrack you,” she said.

Swift, who won the album of the year Grammy for “Fearless” in 2009, walked away Monday with three awards, including best pop vocal album and music video for “Bad Blood,” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Beyonce also seemed to make a statement when she presented the final award for the night, record of the year.

“Art is the unapologetic celebration of culture through self-expression. It can impact people in a variety of ways for different reasons at different times. Some will react. Some will respond. And some will be moved,” she said, seeming to speak to those who were critical of her Super Bowl performance of the anthem, “Formation.”

Check out the list of some of the winners so far. Full list of winners will be updated after the event.

Song of the year
Alright – Kendrick Lamar
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Girl Crush – Little Big Town
See You Again – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran – WINNER

Best new artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor – WINNER

Best pop solo performance
Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson
Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran – WINNER
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Can’t Feel My Face – the Weeknd

Best pop duo/group performance
Ship to Wreck – Florence + The Machine
Sugar – Maroon 5
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – WINNER
Bad Blood – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
See You Again – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Best pop vocal album
Piece By Piece – Kelly Clarkson
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + The Machine
Uptown Special – Mark Ronson
1989 – Taylor Swift – WINNER
Before This World – James Taylor

Best dance recording
We’re All We Need – Above & Beyond featuring Zoë Johnston
Go – the Chemical Brothers
Never Catch Me – Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar
Runaway (U & I) – Galantis
Where Are Ü Now – Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber – WINNER

Best dance/electronic album
Our Love – Caribou
Born in the Echoes – the Chemical Brothers
Caracal – Disclosure
In Colour – Jamie xx
Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü – Skrillex and Diplo – WINNER!

Producer of the year, non-classical
Jeff Bhasker – WINNER!
Dave Cobb
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

Best music video
LSD – A$AP Rocky
I Feel Love (Every Million Miles) – The Dead Weather
Alright – Kendrick Lamar
Bad Blood – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
Freedom – Pharrell Williams

Best music film
Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown – James Brown
Sonic Highways – Foo Fighters
What Happened, Miss Simone? – Nina Simone
The Wall – Roger Waters
Amy – Amy Winehouse – WINNER

Strictly Roots – Morgan Heritage – Winner
Branches Of The Same Tree – Rocky Dawuni
The Cure – Jah Cure
Acousticalevy – Barrington Levy
Zion Awake – Luciano

Best R&B album
Coming Home – Leon Bridges
Black Messiah – D’Angelo and the Vanguard – WINNER
Cheers to the Fall – Andra Day
Reality Show – Jazmine Sullivan
Forever Charlie – Charlie Wilson

Best R&B performance
If I Don’t Have You – Tamar Braxton
Rise Up – Andra Day
Breathing Underwater – Hiatus Kaiyote
Planes – Jeremiah featuring J Cole
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) – the Weeknd – WINNER

Best R&B song
Coffee – Miguel
Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) – the Weeknd
Let It Burn – Jazmine Sullivan
Really Love – D’Angelo and the Vanguard – WINNER
Shame – Tyrese

Best urban contemporary album
Ego Death – the Internet
You Should Be Here – Kehlani
Blood – Lianne La Havas
Wildheart – Miguel
Beauty Behind the Madness – the Weeknd – WINNER

Best rock song
Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes – WINNER
Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
Hold Back the River – James Bay
Lydia – Highly Suspect
What Kind Of Man – Florence + The Machine

Best rock album
Chaos and the Calm – James Bay
Kintsugi – Death Cab For Cutie
Mister Asylum – Highly Suspect
Drones – Muse – WINNER
.5: The Gray Chapter – Slipknot

Best rap performance
Apparently – J Cole
Back to Back – Drake
Trap Queen – Fetty Wap
Alright – Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
Truffle Butter – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
All Day – Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

Best rap/sung collaboration
One Man Can Change the World – Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend
Glory – Common and John Legend
Classic Man – Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
These Walls – Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat – WINNER
Only – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown

Best rap song
All Day – Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney
Alright – Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
Energy – Drake
Glory – Common & John Legend
Trap Queen – Fetty Wap

Best rap album
2014 Forest Hills Drive – J Cole
Compton – Dr Dre
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – Drake
To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj

For a complete list of the 2016 Grammy winnerin all 83 categories, click here.

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