Adele is the first artist in Grammy history to sweep the Big Three awards—Album, Record and Song of the Year—twice. She's the first artist to take Album of the Year with back-to-back studio albums since Stevie Wonder took the award with three consecutive albums in the 1970s. She's the first woman in Grammy history to win Song of the Year twice.
David Bowie won four Grammys. This nearly equaled Ray Charles' record for the most Grammys won posthumously in one night (five). Believe it or not, Bowie won just one competitive Grammy in his lifetime—a 1984 award for a video collection. (Blackstar was honored with a fifth Grammy: art director Jonathan Barnbrook received the Best Recording Package Grammy).
Chance the Rapper is the first male solo rapper to win Best New Artist. Tone Loc, Puff Daddy, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Drake, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar were all nominated, but lost. And Coloring Book, which upset Drake's Views to win Best Rap Album, is the first album that was available only through streaming to win a Grammy.
Kanye West and Rihanna were shut out, despite eight nominations each. That set a new Grammy record for the noms in one night without a win. Both artists have won big in the past. West has won 21 Grammys; Rihanna has won eight.
Beyoncé won just two awards, fewer than expected. Nonetheless, her career Grammy tally jumped to 22. She wasn't the only musician to climb higher on the roster of all-time winners. Composer John Williams won his 23rd Grammy for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media). Vince Gill won his 21st Grammy for "Kid Sister" (Best American Roots Song).
twenty one pilots' "Stressed Out" is the first recording that isn't a collaboration to win for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance since the Grammys eliminated a separate category for collaborations six years ago, pushing them into this category.
Drake's "Hotline Bling" is the first recording by one artist to win for Best Rap/Sung Performance—previously known as Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Willie Nelson won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin. Nelson is the first artist who is best known for country music to win in this category. (Previous winners Patti Page and k.d. lang had some country success, but are best known for pop.)
Pentatonix's "Jolene" (featuring Dolly Parton) took Best Country Duo/Group Performance. This marks the first time that "Jolene" has won a Grammy. Parton's original version was nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female (1974), but lost to Anne Murray's "Love Song."
William Bell's This Is Where I Live won for Best Americana Album. Bell is the second R&B veteran to win in that category. Mavis Staples won the 2010 award for You Are Not Alone.
Bobby Rush, who has been recording since 1951 (seven years prior to the inception of the Grammys), won his first Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for Porcupine Meat.
An installment in Bob Dylan's long-running The Bootleg Series won for Best Historical Album for the second year in a row. It's the first time in the history of the category that an artist has been the subject of back-to-back winners.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week The Touring Years won for Best Music Film. It's the third time a Beatles-related film has won in this category. It follows The Beatles Anthology (1996) and The Beatles Love—All Together Now (2009).
Lori McKenna took Best Country Song for the second year in a row. She won for writing Tim McGraw's hit "Humble and Kind." Last year, she shared the award with Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose for writing the Little Big Town hit "Girl Crush." McKenna is the first person to win in this category two years running since Shania Twain and Robert John "Mutt" Lange won in 1998 and 1999 for co-writing Twain's hits "You're Still the One" and "Come On Over."
Cynthia Erivo won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album as one of the principal soloists on The Color Purple. She won a Tony last June for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for the same show. The original production of The Color Purple was nominated in the same category (then called Best Musical Show Album) 10 years ago, but lost to Jersey Boys.
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