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Grammys 2016: The Country Music Winners

From Best Country Album to Best Country Song, the complete country and Americana rundown

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Chris Stapleton won the Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance.

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After taking home his first Grammy Award during the non-televised portion of the ceremony, winning Best Country Solo Performance for his song “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton added to his tally, winning Best Country Album for his debut LP Traveller

“I’d like to thank Taylor Swift for glitter-bombing me before,” Stapleton said upon taking the stage, referencing Swift’s sparkling opening performance. “This is something you never ever dream of, and I’m super grateful for,” he continued. “I want to thank my wife. . . all the guys in the band, in the crew, all the fans.” 

Added Traveller‘s producer Dave Cobb, “Thanks to our families for putting up with us.” The album has become a must-have among country fans, propelled into the pop-culture consciousness after Stapleton’s duet with Justin Timberlake on the album cut “Tennessee Whiskey” at November’s CMA Awards. Stapleton is also up for the all-genre Album of the Year tonight.

Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” earned a pair of trophies earlier in the day, one for the band’s performance of the stark ballad “Girl Crush,” the other for the song’s writers Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose. “Thank you for bringing us to this big ol’ party,” said Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, addressing the trio of songwriters. “This is the best thing ever. Thank you, thank you, we are so happy,” added an exuberant Phillip Sweet, who with Jimi Westbrook and Kimberly Schlapman round out the group.

Little Big Town Grammy

Other pre-telecast winners include Jason Isbell and the SteelDrivers. Isbell, the former guitarist for the Drive-By Truckers who has established himself as the kingpin of the Americana genre since launching a solo career, won Best Americana Album for Something More Than Free.

His song “24 Frames” was also named Best American Roots Song. The lyrics address the notion of how loss can instantly alter one’s life. “I still have the problem of thinking I’m in control of things I’m not in control of,” he told Rolling Stone earlier this year about “24 Frames.” “No matter what you thought your plans were, that’s not how things are going to work out, and that’s the only way you can really, I think, live successfully.”

The SteelDrivers, meanwhile, took home Best Bluegrass Album for their release The Muscle Shoals Recordings. The soundtrack for the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me was also named Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Best Country Solo Performance
“Burning House,” Cam
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton – WINNER
“Little Toy Guys,” Carrie Underwood
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Keith Urban
“Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Stay a Little Longer,” Brothers Osborne
“If I Needed You,” Joey+Rory
“The Driver,” Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town – WINNER
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe

Best Country Song
“Chances Are,” Hayes Carll (Lee Ann Womack)
“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Jonathan Singleton (Tim McGraw)
“Girl Crush,” Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose (Little Big Town) – WINNER
“Hold My Hand,” Brandy Clark and Mark Stephen Jones (Brandy Clark)
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Album
Montevallo, Sam Hunt
Pain Killer, Little Big Town
The Blade, Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
Traveller, Chris Stapleton – WINNER

Best American Roots Performance 
“And Am I Born to Die,” Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
“Born to Play Guitar,” Buddy Guy
“City of Our Lady,” The Milk Carton Kids
“Julep,” Punch Brothers
“See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” Mavis Staples – WINNER

Best American Roots Song
“All Night Long,” Raul Malo (The Mavericks)
“The Cost of Living,” Don Henley and Stan Lynch (Don Henley and Merle Haggard)
“Julep,” Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, Chris Thile & Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers)
“The Traveling Kind,” Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris (Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell)
“24 Frames,” Jason Isbell – WINNER

Best Americana Album
The Firewatcher’s Daughter, Brandi Carlile
The Traveling Kind, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell – WINNER
Mono, The Mavericks
The Phosphorescent Blues, Punch Brothers

Best Bluegrass Album
Pocket Full of Keys, Dale Ann Bradley
Before the Sun Goes Down, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
In Session, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Man of Constant Sorrow, Ralph Stanley & Friends
The Muscle Shoals Recordings, The SteelDrivers – WINNER

Best Blues Album
Descendants of Hill Country, Cedric Burnside Project
Outskirts of Love, Shemekia Copeland
Born to Play Guitar, Buddy Guy – WINNER
Worthy, Bettye LaVette
Muddy Waters 100, John Primer & Various Artists

Best Folk Album
Wood, Wire & Words, Norman Blake
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn – WINNER
Tomorrow Is My Turn, Rhiannon Giddens 
Servant of Love, Patty Griffin
Didn’t He Ramble, Glen Hansard


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