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2016 GRAMMY Awards: Taylor Swift Makes History with 2nd AOTY Win



Taylor Swift wins Album of the Year for 2nd time, first for a female
Taylor Swift wins Album of the Year for 2nd time, first for a female



Taylor Swift became only woman in Grammy history to win Album of the Year award twice in its 58-year history and did so at the tender age of 26. Top nominee Kendrick Lamar was shut out of the top categories but still managed to take home five Grammys of his 11 nominations. Swift also took home the Pop Album prize and ironically shared the Best Music Video (“Bad Blood”) with Lamar.

Newcomers Alabama Shakes had a good night, winning three awards – Rock Song, Rock Performance and Alternative Music Album. The other top categories were widely split between Mark Ronson (Record of the Year), Ed Sheeran (Song of the Year) with the other Pop categories split between the two.

Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton dominated the country categories and The Weeknd and D’Angelo took the R&B awards.

Meghan Trainor took home Best New Artist despite it being the only category she was nominated in and up against contenders in other areas.

The live performances were marred with sound problems but the Hamilton performance and David Bowie tribute by Lady Gaga were the standouts.


Album of the Year
1989 – Taylor Swift

Record of the Year
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

Song of the Year
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

New Artist
Meghan Trainor

Pop Solo Performance
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Pop Duo/Group Performance
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

Pop Vocal Album
1989 – Taylor Swift

Traditional Pop Album
The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern – Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap

Rock Performance
Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes

Rock Song
Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes

Rock Album
Drones – Muse

Alternative Music Album
Sound and Color – Alabama Shakes

R&B Performance
Earned It – The Weeknd

R&B Song
Really Love – D’Angelo

R&B Album
Black Messiah – D’Angelo

Rap Performance
Alright – Kendrick Lamar

Rap Song
Glory – Common and John Legend

Rap Album
To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

Urban Contemporary Album
Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

Country Solo Performance
Traveller (song) – Chris Stapleton

Country Duo/Group Performance
Girl Crush – Little Big Town

Country Song
Girl Crush – Little Big Town

Country Album
Traveller – Chris Stapleton

Comedy Album
Live at Madison Square Garden – Louis C.K.

Spoken Word Album
A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety – Jimmy Carter

Music Video
Bad Blood – Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar

Musical Theater Album

Visual Media Compilation
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Visual Media Score

Visual Media Song
Glory – Selma

For the complete list of Grammy winners head over the Grammys website.

About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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  1. Huh? Plenty other female artist won Album of the Year before her… Adele, Céline Dion, Alanis Morissette, Norah Jones, Whitney Houston