Four Australians might have dipped out on Grammy Awards but there was still plenty to celebrate for roots music fans at Monday’s awards.
Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala, Keith Urban and Hiatus Kaiyote all left the Grammy Awards empty-handed.
However, the big winner was Kendrick Lamar, Bluesfest’s Thursday headliner, who was nominated for 11 awards and won five Grammy Awards in total. His 2015 album release To Pimp A Butterfly took out all four Rap categories he was nominated in.
D’Angelo won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song while Jason Isbell also took home two Grammy Awards for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song.
“For Bluesfest 2016 it was a record number of Grammy nominations, perhaps the highest number ever for a festival in Australia, and now the proof is in the pudding, we have seen nine wins,” said Bluesfest Director, Peter Noble.
“This has been the year of Kendrick Lamar, his almost record 11 nominations has resulted in five Grammy wins, what an outstanding result, for which we congratulate him.
“We would also like to congratulate Bluesfest 2016 artists D’Angelo and Jason Isbell, who both took out two Grammys.
“As a past Grammy nominee and winner for my record label AIM, when Cubanismo and Terrance Simien were nominated for the 2008 Grammy’s, with Terrance going on to win the Best Cajun Zydeco Grammy, I must say even being nominated for a Grammy is a major, major achievement. The competition is fierce, and the winners truly are the best. The thrill of winning is something that stays with the winner for a lifetime. I would like to congratulate every nominee and winner, especially those who are playing at Bluesfest 2016.”
In news that will gladden roots music fans, Buddy Guy won for Best Blues Album with Born To Play Guitar. Mavis Staples won the award for Best American Roots Performance for ‘See That My Grave Is Kept Clean’ from her Your Good Fortune EP, produced by Son Little. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn won the Best Folk Album award and Jon Cleary‘s latest album Go Go Juice won the Grammy for Best Regional Roots Performance. Angelique Kidjo won the Best World Music award for Sings. Chris Stapleton won Best Country Performance and Best Country Album for Traveller. The Alabama Shakes won for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Alternative Album.
Bob Dylan won yet another Grammy, this time for The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Volume 11 which picked up Best Historical Album.
Joni Mitchell‘s Love Has Many Faces won the Grammy for Best Album Notes while the Grammy for Best Historical Recording went to Still the King: Celebrating The Music of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, out together by Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel. Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package went to Jack White’s The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Volume 2 (1928-1932). Best Music Film was awarded to Amy.
You can see the full list of Grammy winners at: Grammys 2015