THE GRAMMY RESULTS ARE IN & IT’S ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS
BLUESFEST 2016 ARTISTS DOMINATE WITH NINE WINS!!!

Today, the 27th Annual Bluesfest held over Easter (Thu 24 March–Mon 28 March 2016) at its own event site just outside of Byron Bay, reports the winners of the coveted 58th Annual Grammy Awards held earlier today at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California. Eight Bluesfest 2016 Artists were nominated for a total of 22 Grammys and won a total of nine Grammy Awards between them.

Bluesfest headliner Kendrick Lamar won five Grammy Awards in total. His 2015 album release To Pimp A Butterfly that incorporates elements of Jazz, Funk, Soul, spoken word, and Hip-Hop saw him take out all four Rap categories he was nominated in.

Photo by Christian San Jose for Top Dawg Entertainment.

Kendrick’s win for Best Rap Album saw him nominated against Dr. Dre, Drake, Nicki Minaj and J. Cole and according to Rolling Stone the win makes Kendrick the first LA Rapper to win Best Rap Album in Grammys History.

D’Angelo won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song and Jason Isbell also took home two Grammy Awards for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song.

Music’s biggest night featured more than 30 performers during the awards ceremony including Bluesfest 2016 artists Kendrick Lamar (who had the most nominations of any artist this year) and got a standing ovation for his performance of ‘The Blacker the Berry’ and ‘Alright’, and Jackson Browne, who joined Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon and members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit to perform ‘Take It Easy’, in a fitting tribute to the late Glenn Frey.

Statement from Peter Noble (OAM), Festival Director of Bluesfest;

“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.

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.

One that will be in an artist’s bio from that day on, to win is the pinnacle for an artist and shows their recording was deemed by their peers to be the best in that category released in the past 12 months. 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.”

KENDRICK LAMAR RESULTS – FIVE GRAMMY WINS!
Kendrick Lamar’s 11 nominations for the 58th Annual Grammys has only ever been beaten by one artist EVER, Michael Jackson in 1984 who received 12 nominations, following the release of Thriller released in late 1982.

Kendrick Lamar closes the Mojo stage on Thursday 24th March at Bluesfest.

Album of the Year – To Pimp A Butterfly – NOMINATED
Song of the Year – Alright -NOMINATED
Best Rap Performance – Alright- WON!
Best Rap Song – Alright-

WON!
Best Rap Song – All Day (featuring multiple artists) -NOMINATED
Best Rap Album – To Pimp a Butterfly -WON!
Best Music Video – Alright -NOMINATED
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance– Bad Blood (with Taylor Swift) – NOMINATED
Best Dance Recording – Never Catch Me (with Flying Lotus) NOMINATED
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – These Walls (with Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat) -WON!
Best Music Video – Bad Blood (with Taylor Swift) – WON!

D’ANGELO RESULTS – TWO GRAMMY WINS!
After over a decade long hiatus, D’Angelo returned in December 2014 with his latest and 2016 Grammy winning album Black Messiah, which debuted at number five in its first week of release on the Billboard 200 charts and received critical acclaim. D’Angelo will be performing a solid 120 minute set on Easter Saturday (26th March) as well as his 90 minute set on Thursday 24th March for his Bluesfest debut.

Record of the Year – Really Love– NOMINATED
Best R&B Song – Really Love – WON!
Best R&B Album – Black Messiah – WON!

ELLE KING RESULTS
Star on the rise Elle King will be making her Bluesfest debut on Friday 25th March and Saturday 26th March. If you are not already familiar with Elle King you soon will be – The sassy musician’s #1 hit single ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ is taking the world by storm. Her musical style merges old Soul with Rock’n‘Roll influences to create a sound that is instantly familiar but also utterly unique.

Best Rock Song – Ex’s & Oh’s – NOMINATED
Best Rock Performance – Ex’s & Oh’s- NOMINATED

TWEEDY RESULTS
Wilco’s incomparable front-man, Jeff Tweedy is coming to Bluesfest to perform as Tweedy, a musical collaboration with his 18-year-old son, drummer Spencer Tweedy. Jeff Tweedy was nominated for a Grammy for Wilco’s ninth studio albumStar Wars. Tweedy will be performing at Bluesfest on the opening night, Thursday 24th March and Friday 25th March.

Best Alternative Music Album – Star Wars (with Wilco)- NOMINATED

HIATUS KAIYOTE RESULTS
Australia’s very own future Soul band Hiatus Kaiyote was also in the running for a Grammy earlier today and will be making their Bluesfest debut in March. In a short time, this quartet has embarked on an odyssey that began in bohemian Melbourne and has taken them to the Grammy Awards and beyond. Last year alone they toured 19 countries and performed around 160 shows. Hiatus Kaiyote will perform at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th March and Saturday 26th March.

Best R&B Performance – Breathing Underwater – NOMINATED

JASON ISBELL RESULTS – TWO GRAMMY WINS!
Hailing from Alabama, Jason Isbell, who is performing at Bluesfest on Monday 28th March, has changed the face of Country music with his beautifully crafted and emotive music. Jason’s latest album Something More Than Free was released in July 2015 and the Single ’24 Frames’ peaked at no.8 on the Billboard Triple A Chart.

Best American Roots Song – 24 Frames – WON!
Best Americana Album – Something More Than Free – WON!

RHIANNON GIDDENS RESULTS
Rhiannon Giddens is coming to Australia for the very first time and is set to stun the audience with her dazzling vocals and fierce spirit. Performing her latest and 2016 Grammy nominated album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, Rhiannon will bring the crowd to their knees and set their souls on fire. Rhiannon Giddens will be performing at Bluesfest on both Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of March.

Best Folk Album – Tomorrow Is My Turn – NOMINATED

THE DECEMBERISTS RESULTS
Indie Folk rockers, The Decemberists, are coming back to Australia to charm audiences with their exciting, unique and unforgettable performances. After a four year hiatus, and much to their fans’ delight, The Decemberists are back with their Grammy nominated seventh album What a Terrible Word, What a Beautiful World. The Decemberists will be performing at Bluesfest on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March 2016.

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World – NOMINATED

CONGRATULATIONS IS ALSO IN ORDER FOR THE FOLLOWING BLUESFEST ALUMNI :
Alabama Shakes- Won three Grammys for Best Alternative Music Album for Sound & Color and Best Rock Song for Don’t Wanna Fight and Best Rock Performance for Don’t Wanna Fight.
Buddy Guy- Won Best Blues Album for Born To Play Guitar.
Mavis Staples – Won Best American Roots Performance for See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.
Angelique Kidjo – Won Best World Music Album for Sings.
Jon Cleary – Won Best Regional Roots Music Album for Go Go Juice.
Bela Fleck- Won Best Folk Album for Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn.

ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR BLUESFEST 2016

CONTEMPORARY
KENDRICK LAMAR
THE NATIONAL • D’ANGELO
NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS • CITY AND COLOUR
THE DECEMBERISTS • THE CAT EMPIRE
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL • COLD WAR KIDS
HIATUS KAIYOTE • ALLEN STONE • MODEST MOUSE
ELLE KING • GRACE POTTER • JEFF MARTIN (THE TEA PARTY)
NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE
VINTAGE TROUBLE • BLACKBERRY SMOKE • HOUNDMOUTH
LUKAS NELSON AND PROMISE OF THE REAL • LORD HURON
KALEO • DUSTIN THOMAS • HARTS • SAHARA BECK
LEGENDS
BRIAN WILSON performs ‘PET SOUNDS’ • TOM JONES
THE MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND feat. RICK VITO
UB40 feat. ALI CAMPBELL, ASTRO & MICKEY VIRTUE
DON MCLEAN • JACKSON BROWNE • MELISSA ETHERIDGE
GRAHAM NASH • TAJ MAHAL • STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES
RICHARD CLAPTON • RUSSELL MORRIS • CHAIN
THE WAILERS • THE RESIDENTS
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA • ARCHIE ROACH
BLUES and ROOTS
JOE BONAMASSA • TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND
THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND
JASON ISBELL • RHIANNON GIDDENS
THE WORD • THE SELECTER
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS
ST PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES • SHAKEY GRAVES
KAMASI WASHINGTON • LUCKY PETERSON • TWEEDY
PLAYING FOR CHANGE BAND • BACKSLIDERS •
TEX PERKINS & THE APE • JANIVA MAGNESS • SONGHOY BLUES
EUGENE ‘HIDEAWAY’ BRIDGES • IRISH MYTHEN • DIGGING ROOTS
FANTASTIC NEGRITO • ASH GRUNWALD • BLIND BOY PAXTON
CON BRIO • MIKE LOVE • THE BROS. LANDRETH
KIM CHURCHILL • SHOOGLENIFTY • MOJO JUJU
FRAZEY FORD • MARSHALL OKELL • EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS
RAW EARTH • PIERCE BROTHERS • THE MASTERSONS
WARDS XPRESS • HUSSY HICKS • STEVE SMYTH
EAST JOURNEY

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DANCE – MUSIC – HEALING
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