BMI Congratulates its 2017 GRAMMY Winners

Posted in News on February 14, 2017

It was another triumphant night for BMI writers at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, as songwriter after songwriter took the stage to claim GRAMMY gold. A truly unstoppable force, Adele continued her reign as pop monarch, claiming five awards, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album for her iconic 25. The late David Bowie’s final opus, Blackstar, earned four awards including Best Alternative Album, and both Best Rock Performance and Best Rock song for its title track. GRAMMY newcomer Chance the Rapper also took the stage to collect the awards for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album.

Beyond the well-earned accolades from the Recording Academy, the evening boasted a dazzling array of live performances. Adele kicked off the evening with a stirring performance of her signature hit, “Hello,” Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood delivered a stunning duet of “The Fighter,” Ed Sheeran treated the audience to his new single, “Shape of You,” and William Bell and Gary Clark Jr. performed “Born Under a Bad Sign.” Other highlights included Sturgill Simpson performing with the Dap Kings and a soulful rendition of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” by John Legend and Cynthia Erivo, as well as explosive performances by Lady Gaga, Anderson .Paak and Chance the Rapper that brought the house down.

Overall, it was an unforgettable night of music. Congratulations to all the BMI winners! Below is the complete list.

Record Of The Year
Adele (PRS)

Album Of The Year
Adele (PRS)

Song Of The Year
Adele Adkin (PRS), songwriter (Adele)

Best New Artist
Chance the Rapper

Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele (PRS)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Stressed Out”
Twenty One Pilots

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
Willie Nelson

Best Pop Vocal Album
Adele (PRS)

Best Dance Recording
“Don’t Let Me Down”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya

Best Rock Performance
David Bowie (PRS)

Best Metal Performance

Best Rock Song
David Bowie (PRS), songwriter (David Bowie)

Best Rock Album
Tell Me I’m Pretty
Cage The Elephant

Best Alternative Music Album
David Bowie (PRS)

Best Rap Performance
“No Problem”
Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne

Best Rap Album
Coloring Book
Chance The Rapper

Best Country Solo Performance
“My Church”
Maren Morris

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton

Best Country Song
“Humble and Kind”
Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Best Country Album
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Sturgill Simpson

Best New Age Album
White Sun II
White Sun

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
John Scofield, soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Country for Old Men
John Scofield

Best Gospel Performance/Song
“God Provides”
Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
“Thy Will”
Bernie Herms, songwriter

Best Gospel Album
Losing My Religion
Kirk Franklin

Best Roots Gospel Album
Joey + Rory

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Best American Roots Performance
“House of Mercy”
Sarah Jarosz

Best American Roots Song
“Kid Sister”
Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)

Best Americana Album
This Is Where I Live
William Bell

Best Bluegrass Album
Coming Home
O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Best Traditional Blues Album
Porcupine Meat
Bobby Rush

Best Folk Album
Sarah Jarosz

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem and Fun in The Sandbox
Carol Burnett

Best Musical Theater Album
The Color Purple
Danielle Brooks, principal soloist (New Broadway Cast)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Miles Ahead
Steve Berkowitz, compilation producer

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John Williams, composer

Best Historical Album
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector’s Edition)
Steve Berkowitz, compilation producers (Bob Dylan)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
David Bowie (PRS), Tony Visconti, engineers (David Bowie)

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles
Fred Vogler, engineer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
“Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway”
Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Ahmad Jamal
Jimmie Rodgers
Sly Stone
The Velvet Underground

Trustees Award
Thom Bell
Ralph S. Peer


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