59th Annual Grammy Awards

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 12, 2017.[2] The CBS network broadcast the show live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[3] The ceremony recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, which runs from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

59th Annual Grammy Awards
Official poster
DateFebruary 12, 2017
LocationStaples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byJames Corden
Most awardsTom Elmhirst (6)
Most nominationsBeyoncé (9)
Television/radio coverage
Viewership26.07 million[1]

James Corden hosted the ceremony for the first time.[4] The "pre-telecast" ceremony (officially named The Premiere Ceremony) was held on the same day prior to the main event and was hosted by comedian Margaret Cho.[5]

The nominations were announced on December 6, 2016.[6][7][8][9] Beyoncé acquired the most nominations with nine. Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West received eight nominations each while Chance the Rapper followed with seven nominations. Adele was the biggest winner of the night with five trophies, including Album of the Year for 25, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Hello". Adele also became the first artist in history to win all three general field awards in the same ceremony twice, previously winning all three categories in 2012.[10] David Bowie and Greg Kurstin followed with four trophies. Chance the Rapper won for Best New Artist alongside two other awards.[11]


Performers adapted from International Business Times.[12][13]

Artist(s) Song(s)
Adele "Hello"
The Weeknd
Daft Punk
"Starboy" (intro)
"I Feel It Coming"
Keith Urban
Carrie Underwood
"The Fighter"
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"
Lukas Graham
Kelsea Ballerini
"7 Years"
"Peter Pan"
Beyoncé "Love Drought"
Bruno Mars "That's What I Like"
Jaheim Hines
Kelly Clarkson
Christina Aguilera
"I Don't Think About You"
Katy Perry
Skip Marley
"Chained to the Rhythm"
William Bell
Gary Clark Jr.
"Born Under a Bad Sign"
Maren Morris
Alicia Keys
Adele Tribute to George Michael
Lady Gaga
"Moth into Flame"
Sturgill Simpson
The Dap-Kings
"All Around You"
Demi Lovato
Tori Kelly
Little Big Town
Andra Day
Tribute to the Bee Gees
"Stayin' Alive"
"How Deep Is Your Love"
"Night Fever"
A Tribe Called Quest
Anderson .Paak
Busta Rhymes
"Award Tour"
"Movin Backwards"
"We the People...."
The Time
Bruno Mars
Tribute to Prince
"Jungle Love"
"The Bird"
"Let's Go Crazy"
Pentatonix "ABC"
Chance the Rapper
Kirk Franklin
Francis and the Lights
Tamela Mann
Nicole Steen[14]
"How Great"
"All We Got"
John Legend
Cynthia Erivo
In Memoriam
"God Only Knows"


Source: Grammy.com[15]

Premiere ceremony

In order of appearance:[16]

Nominees and winners

  • Taken from the Grammys website.[17]
  • The winners are in bold.


Record of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

Best New Artist


Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Vocal Album


Best Dance Recording
Best Dance/Electronic Album

Contemporary Instrumental

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album


Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album


Best Alternative Music Album


Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best R&B Song
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Best R&B Album


Best Rap Performance
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album


Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

New Age

Best New Age Album


Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Best Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Best Roots Gospel Album


Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
  • Un Azteca en el Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo)Vicente Fernández
  • Raíces – Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
  • Hecho a Mano – Joss Favela
  • Generación Maquinaria Est. 2006 – La Maquinaria Norteña
  • Tributo a Joan Sebastian y Rigoberto AlfaroMariachi Divas de Cindy Shea
Best Tropical Latin Album
  • Donde Están? – Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo
  • ConexiónFonseca
  • La Fantasia Homenaje a Juan Formell – Formell y Los Van Van
  • 35 AniversarioGrupo Niche
  • La Sonora Santanera en Su 60 AniversarioSonora Santanera

American Roots

Best American Roots Performance
Best American Roots Song
Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Music Album
  • E Walea – Kalani Pe'a
  • Broken Promised LandBarry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
  • It's a Cree ThingNorthern Cree
  • Gulfstream – Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars
  • I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country – (Various Artists); Joshua Caffery & Joel Savoy, producers


Best Reggae Album

World Music

Best World Music Album


Best Children's Album

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album (includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling)


Best Comedy Album

Musical Theatre

Best Musical Theater Album

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media


Best Instrumental Composition


Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
  • "You and I"
  • "Ask Me Now"
  • "Good 'Swing' Wenceslas"
  • "Linus & Lucy"
  • "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
  • "We Three Kings"
    • Ted Nash, arranger (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package


Best Album Notes


Best Historical Album
  • The Cutting Edge 1965–1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector's Edition)
    • Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)
  • Music of Morocco from the Library of Congress: Recorded By Paul Bowles, 1959
    • April G. Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter, Bill Nowlin & Philip D. Schuyler, compilation producers; Rick Fisher & Michael Graves, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
  • Ork Records: New York, New York
    • Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
  • Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966–1983
    • Bernard Horowitz, Andreas K. Meyer & Robert Russ, compilation producers; Andreas K. Meyer & Jeanne Montalvo, mastering engineers (Vladimir Horowitz)
  • Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & the Phonograph, 1890–1990
    • Michael Devecka, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Michael Devecka, David Giovannoni, Michael Khanchalian & Richard Martin, mastering engineers (Various Artists)

Engineered Album

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical


Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Producer of the Year, Classical


Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Surround Sound

Best Surround Sound Album


Best Orchestral Performance

Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
  • Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1
  • Himmelrand
    • Elisabeth Holte, conductor (Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ragnfrid Lie & Matilda Sterby, soloists; Inger-Lise Ulsrud, accompanist; Uranienborg Vokalensemble, choir)
  • Janáček: Glagolitic Mass
    • Edward Gardner, conductor; Håkon Matti Skrede, chorus master (Susan Bickley, Gábor Bretz, Sara Jakubiak & Stuart Skelton, soloists; Thomas Trotter, accompanist; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, orchestra; Bergen Cathedral Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Choir of Collegium Musicum & Edvard Grieg Kor, choirs)
  • Lloyd: Bonhoeffer
  • Steinberg: Passion Week
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

  • Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway
  • Adams, J.: Scheherazade.2
    • Leila Josefowicz; David Robertson, conductor (Chester Englander; St. Louis Symphony)
  • Dvorák: Violin Concerto & Romance; Suk: Fantasy
    • Christian Tetzlaff; John Storgårds, conductor (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vols. 8 & 9
    • Kristian Bezuidenhout
  • 1930's Violin Concertos, Vol. 2
    • Gil Shaham; Stéphane Denève, conductor (The Knights & Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

  • Schumann & Berg
  • Shakespeare Songs
    • Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)
  • Monteverdi
    • Magdalena Kožená; Andrea Marcon, conductor (David Feldman, Michael Feyfar, Jakob Pilgram & Luca Tittoto; La Cetra Barockorchester Basel)
  • Mozart: The Weber Sisters
  • Verismo
    • Anna Netrebko; Antonio Pappano, conductor (Yusif Eyvazov; Coro Dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia; Orchestra Dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia)

Best Classical Compendium

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video
Best Music Film

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Trustees Award

Technical Grammy Award

Music Educator Award

Grammy Hall of Fame inductions

Title Artist Record Label Year of Release Genre Format
"ABC" The Jackson 5 Motown 1970 R&B Single
"Changes" David Bowie RCA 1971 Art pop Single
"City of New Orleans" Arlo Guthrie Reprise Records 1972 Folk Single
"(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' Jive" Cab Calloway and His Orchestra Vocalion 1939 Swing Single
"I Can't Make You Love Me" Bonnie Raitt Capitol 1991 Pop Single
"I Get Around" The Beach Boys Capitol 1964 California Sound Single
"I Got You Babe" Sonny & Cher Atco 1965 Pop Single
"Jailhouse Rock" Elvis Presley RCA 1957 Rock and roll Single
Lady Sings the Blues Billie Holiday Clef 1956 Jazz Album
"Losing My Religion" R.E.M. Warner Bros. 1991 Alternative rock Single
"Maggie May" Rod Stewart Mercury 1971 Rock Single
"Mission: Impossible" Lalo Schifrin Dot 1967 Theme music Single
Okie from Muskogee Merle Haggard Capitol 1969 Country Album
Sign o' the Times Prince Paisley Park and Warner Bros. 1987 R&B Album
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" Nirvana DGC 1991 Grunge Single
"Smoke on the Water" Deep Purple Warner Bros. 1973 Hard Rock Single
"Stack O' Lee Blues" Mississippi John Hurt Okeh 1928 Blues Single
"Statesboro Blues" Blind Willie McTell Victor 1928 Blues Single
Straight Outta Compton N.W.A Ruthless and Priority 1988 Gangsta rap Album
"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" Sly & The Family Stone Epic 1969 Funk Single
"Wake Up Little Susie" The Everly Brothers Cadence 1957 Country Single
"The Wanderer" Dion Laurie 1961 R&B Single
"When the Saints Go Marching In" Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Decca 1938 Jazz Single
"You Always Hurt the One You Love" Mills Brothers Decca 1944 Pop standard Single
"You Don't Own Me" Lesley Gore Mercury 1963 Pop Single

In Memoriam

The following people appeared in the In Memoriam segment:[18][19]

Multiple nominations and awards

The following received multiple nominations:



The following received multiple awards:



In June 2016, the Grammy organization announced a few minor changes to the voting and awarding process.[2]

As of 2017, recordings released solely through streaming services will be eligible to enter the award process. These recordings will have to be available through streaming platforms. Applicable streaming services are paid subscription, full catalog, on-demand streaming/limited download platforms that have existed as such within the United States for at least one full year as of the submission deadline. All recordings entered must have an assigned International Standard Recording Code (ISRC).

Best New Artist guidelines

Existing Best New Artist rules were amended to remove the album barrier given current trends in how new music and developing artists are released and promoted. Currently many new artists first release singles, tracks, or EPs rather than full albums. To become eligible in the category of Best New Artist, the artist, duo, or group:

  • Must have released a minimum of five singles/tracks or one album, but no more than 30 singles/tracks or three albums.
  • May not have entered the category more than three times, including as a performing member of an established group.
  • Must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the eligibility period.

Blues categories

The Best Blues Album category will branch into two distinct categories:

  • Best Traditional Blues Album (Blues recordings with traditional blues song and harmonic structures, including various subgenres such as Delta blues, Piedmont blues, jump/swing blues, Chicago blues, and classic/Southern soul).
  • Best Contemporary Blues Album (Recordings which may employ non-traditional blues rhythms such as funk, hip-hop, reggae, and rock, or which feature contemporary techniques such as synthesizers or loops).

It means a return to the situation prior to 2012, the year the categories were merged in a major overhaul.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category renamed

The Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category (in the Rap field) will be renamed as Best Rap/Sung Performance, to allow solo performances, a result of "the current state and future trajectory of rap by expanding the category beyond collaborations between rappers and vocalists to include recordings by a solo artist who blurs the lines between rapping and singing."

Additional amendments were made to the number and type of music creators recognized in the categories of Best Choral Performance and Best Jazz Vocal Album.


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