2016 Grammy Winner Vinyl Albums

The 2016 Grammy Awards show had some amazing performances, some lame performances, and a touch of the technical difficulties. There were tribute performances dedicated to Maurice White, David Bowie, B.B. King, Glenn Fry, and Lemmy Kilmister. Near the end, Taylor Swift gave a metaphorical middle finger to the trainwreck of the hour. In all, the show was a lot more upbeat than recent years.

Many of the artists released their music on vinyl, so we've tried to round up the winners into a mini-collection of vinyl.

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly Vinyl Album Art

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Best Rap Album

Best Rap Performance - "Alright"

Best Rap Song - "Alright"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - "These Walls"

Kendrick's performance is deserving of any set of accolades that I could ever come up with. The visual display of emotion provided the necessary backdrop to his impressive album.

Taylor Swift - 1989 Vinyl Album Art

Taylor Swift - 1989

Album of the Year

Best Pop Vocal Album

Best Music Video - "Bad Blood"

It's a good thing the microphone was on a stand and Swift's hands were full. She's clearly had it with Kanye getting in her way and she used her platform to make a stand against the misogyny.

Mark Ronson - Uptown Special Vinyl Album Art

Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

Record of the Year - "Uptown Funk"

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - "Uptown Funk"

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical - "Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)"

Mark Ronson took his rightful place at the microphone upon winning Record of the Year giving props to the funk legends that came before. "Uptown Funk" was a cultural hurricane in 2015, and was the strongest nomination for that category.

Ed Sheeran - X Vinyl Album Art

Ed Sheeran - X

Best Pop Solo Performance - "Thinking Out Loud"

Song of the Year - "Thinking Out Loud"


Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color Vinyl Album Art

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Best Rock Performance - "Don't Wanna Fight"

Best Rock Song - "Don't Wanna Fight"

Best Alternative Music Album

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (Shawn Everett, engineer and Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer)

This was my #1 album of 2015, so it's no surprise to me that it got a number of nominations. Their performance on the show was superb.

Chris Stapleton - Traveller Vinyl Album Art

Chris Stapleton - Traveller

Best Country Solo Performance - "Traveller"

Best Country Album

Stiff competition in this category. I think we can all thank Jesus that the frat boy country groups didn't even make the nominations.

Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free Vinyl Album Art

Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

Best Americana Album

Best American Roots Song - "Frames"

I was holding out hope for Punch Brothers to pull out a win in at least one of these categories (they came away winless), but Isbell's album is deserving of the awards.

Mavis Staples - Your Good Fortune

Mavis Staples - Your Good Fortune

Best American Roots Performance - "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"

Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü - Vinyl Album Art

Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Dance Recording - "Where Are Ü Now"

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Drones - Muse Vinyl Album Art

Muse - Drones

Best Rock Album

I mean, of the available options, sure. But I thought the nominations in this category were a bit weak.

D'Angelo & The Vanguard - Black Messiah Vinyl Album Art

D'Angelo & The Vanguard - Black Messiah

Best R&B Album

Best R&B Song - "Really Love"

Birdman Soundtrack - Vinyl Album Art

Birdman Soundtrack

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Meghan Trainor - Title Vinyl Album Art

Meghan Trainor - Title

Best New Artist

For me, this was the biggest disappointment of the night. I was rooting for Courtney Barnett who is truly an inspired songwriter.

Amy Soundtrack Vinyl Album Art


Best Music Film

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Louis CK - Live At Madison Square Garden Vinyl Album Art

Louis CK - Live at Madison Square Garden

Best Comedy Album

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