David Bowie, Snarky Puppy, John Scofield, Bob Dylan Among Early Grammy Winners
While the Grammys television broadcast is currently ongoing with numerous awards left to hand out, there were many given out before the ceremony highlighted by David Bowie, who won five for his final record Blackstar.
Bowie took home Best Recording Package, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), Best Rock Song and Performance for “Blackstar” and finally Best Alternative Album for the record released just shortly before his untimely death.
Cage the Elephant’s Tell Me I’m Pretty took home Best Rock Album and Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth won Best Country Album and is also up for Album of the Year.
Other winners included Willie Nelson, who took home Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his Summertime ode to Gershwin. Snarky Puppy added a Grammy to their resume with Culcha Vulcha winning Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
John Scofield’s Country for Old Men won Best Jazz Instrumental Album and his “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” took home Best Improvised Jazz Solo. Meanwhile, Bob Dylan’s The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 was awarded Best Historical Album and the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.