Grammys To McCartney, Led Zep, Guy Clark & Emmylou Harris


Paul McCartney really the big winner at the Grammy Awards!

By Brian Wise

The 56th Grammy Awards are done and dusted and while all the publicity might be going to New Zealand artist Lorde and French duo Daft Punk they were not the artists who dominated the ceremony. If anyone was a big winner on the night it would have had to have been none other than Sir Paul McCartney!

McCartney was involved in no less than five Grammy awards: Best Rock Song for ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ with Dave Grohl,Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear (from the Sound City doco); Best Music Film and Best Surround Sound for Live Kisses; Best Boxed Set for Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition); and, Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for Sound City: Real To Reel in which he played a part.

Guy Clark won his first ever Grammy Award for his latest album My Favourite Picture Of You,which captured the Best Folk Album award, and other veteran artists were also winners at the 56th annual awards ceremony.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell won Best Americana Album for Old Yellow Moon while Charlie Musselwhite won the Best Blues Album award for his album Get Up!, recorded with Ben Harper.

Led Zeppelin won the Best Rock Album gong for Celebration Day (recorded in 2007), while Black Sabbath won Best Metal Performance for ‘God Is Dead?’

The Best Historical Album Grammy was a tie between Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1956, the film of the Rolling Stones tour, and Bill Withers’  The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums. The Grammy for Best Album Notes went to Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded) by John Coltrane.

Other notable wins came for Ziggy Marley (Best Reggae Album, Ziggy Marley In Concert) and The Civil Wars (Best Country Duo/Group Performance for ‘From This Valley’) and The Gypsy Kings (Best World MusicAlbum, Savor Flamenco). Young blues player Gary Clark Jr won the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance for ‘Please Come Home.’

The Best Regional Roots Music Album Grammy went to Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience for Dockside Sessions. Best Bluegrass Album went to the Del McCoury Band for The Streets of Baltimore. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell shared the Grammy for Best American Roots Song for ‘Love HasCome For You.’ Best Jazz Vocal Album went to Liquid Spirit by Gregory Porter while the Best Improvised Jazz Solo award went to Wayne Shorter for the album Without A Net.

Pharrell Williams won Producer Of The Year for recordings by Jay Z, Robin Thicke, Jennifer Hudson, Destiny’s Child and Mayer Hawthorne.


Album of the year: Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk

Record of the Year:Get Lucky,” Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

Song of the year:‘Royals,’Lorde.

New artist:Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Pop solo performance: ‘Royals,’ Lorde.

Pop vocal album:Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars

Pop/duo group performance: ‘Get Lucky,’ Daft Punk with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers.

Rap/sung collaboration:‘Holy Grail,’ Jay Z with Justin Timberlake.

Rock song: ‘Cut Me Some Slack,’ Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.

Country album: Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves.

Traditional pop vocal album:To Be Loved, Michael Buble.

Rap performance: ‘Thrift Shop,’Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz.

Rap/sung collaboration: ‘Thrift Shop, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz

Rap album: The Heist, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

R&B performance: ‘Something,’Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway.

Traditional R&B performance: ‘Please Come Home,’ Gary Clark Jr.

R&B song: “Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake.

R&B album: “Girl on Fire,” Alicia Keys.

Urban contemporary album: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna.

Rock performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons.

Rock album: “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin.

Hard rock/metal performance: “God Is Dead,” Black Sabbath.

Alternative music album: “Modern Vampires of the City,” Vampire Weekend.

Dance recording: “Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes.

Dance/electronica album: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk.

Producer of the year, non-classical: Pharrell Williams.

Latin pop album: “Vida,” Draco Rosa

Latin rock, urban or alternative album: “Treinta Dias,” La Santa Cecilia.

Latin jazz album: “Song for Maura,” Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente.

Tropical Latin album: “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra.

Country solo performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker.

Country duo/group performance: “From This Valley,” The Civil Wars.

Country song: “Merry Go ’Round,” Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Josh Osbourne.

Gospel song: “If He Did It Before … Same God (Live),” Tye Tribbett

Gospel album: “Greater Than (Live),” Tye Tribbettlatin

Blues album: “Get Up!,” Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite.

Folk album: “My Favorite Picture of You,” Guy Clark.

Americana album: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.

Bluegrass album: “The Streets of Baltimore,” Del McCoury Band.

Reggae album: “Ziggy Marley in Concert,” Ziggy Marley.

World music album: “Live: Singing for Peace Around the World,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and “Savor Flamenco,” Gypsy Kings (tie).

Children’s album: “Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well,” Jennifer Gasoi.

Spoken word album: “America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t,” Stephen Colbert.

Comedy album: “Calm Down Gurrl,” Kathy Griffin.

New age album: “Love’s River,” Laura Sullivan.

Jazz vocal album: “Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter.

Jazz instrumental album: “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington.

Large jazz ensemble album: “Night in Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Wlodek Pawlik Trio and Kalisz Philharmonic.

Pop instrumental album: “Steppin’ Out,” Herb Alpert.

Compilation soundtrack album: “Sound City: Real to Reel,” Dave Grohl and various artists, Butch Vig.

Score soundtrack album: “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman, composer.

Song written for visual media: “Skyfall,” Adele and Paul Epworth.

Musical theater album: “Kinky Boots,” Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Sammy James Jr., Stephen Oremus and William Wittman.

Producer of the year, classical: David Frost.

Instrumental composition: “Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra,” Clare Fischer.

Orchestral performance: “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4,” Osmo Vanska, conductor.

Opera recording: “Ades: The Tempest,” Thomas Ades, Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna, Alan Oke, Jay David Saks.

Choral performance: “Part: Adam’s Lament,” Tonu Kaljuste, conductor.

Short-form music video: “Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, David Fincher, Timory King.

Long-form music video: “Live Kisses,” Paul McCartney, Jonas Akerlund, Violaine Etienne, Aron Levin and Scott Rodger.

Historical album: The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums of Bill Withers, Leo Sacks, Joseph M. Palmaccio, Tom Ruff and Mark Wilder, and Charlie is My Darling, Teri Landi, Andrew Loog Oldham, Steve Rosenthal and Bob Ludwig.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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