David Bowie, Beatles and Bob Dylan Among Early Grammy Winners
David Bowie, the Beatles and Bob Dylan were all winners during today's Grammy premiere ceremony, with Bowie ultimately claiming wins in all five categories in which his 2016 farewell album Blackstar was nominated.
The majority of this year's 84 Grammy awards were handed out during this pre-telecast event, which was streamed live on the web before the evening show on CBS.
Bowie's Blackstar won in three album-focused categories: Best Alternative Album, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), and Best Recording Package. The album's title track won for Best Rock Performance – defeating Disturbed's cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence," among others – before taking Best Rock Song during the national broadcast.
The Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years was named Best Music Film. It is the third Beatles-related film to win in this category – which was previously known as best music video-long form. They also claimed a Grammy for The Beatles Anthology in 1996 and The Beatles Love: All Together Now in 2009.
Bob Dylan's The Cutting Edge 1965-66, the 12th edition in his Bootleg Series, was triumphant in the Best Historical Album category. His 2016 album Fallen Angels was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, but lost out to Willie Nelson's Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.
Paul McCartney lost out in both of the categories he was nominated for as a solo artist. The deluxe reissue of his 1982 album Tug Of War lost to Edith Piaf 1915-2015 for best box set, and the Timo Maas & James Teej Remix of Wings' "Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five" lost in the best remixed recording category to "Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix) by Bob Moses.
Peter Gabriel's "The Veil" was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media, but was defeated by Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling!" Patti Smith (M Train) and Elvis Costello (Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink) were both vying for recognition in the Best Spoken Word Album category, but the winner was comedy legend Carol Burnett, for In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox. The Velvet Underground were among those receiving the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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