The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 12, 2017. The CBS network broadcast the show live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016.
James Corden hosted the ceremony for the first time. The pre-telecast ceremony (officially named The Premiere Ceremony) was held on the same day prior to the main event and was hosted by comedian Margaret Cho.
The nominations were announced on December 6, 2016. Beyoncé acquired the most nominations with nine. Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West received eight nominations each, while Chance the Rapper followed with seven nominations. Tom Elmhirst won six awards from six nominations as an engineer/mixer. Among the artists, Adele was the biggest winner of the night with five trophies, including Album of the Year for 25, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Hello". Adele also became the first musician in history to win all three general field awards in the same ceremony twice, previously winning all three categories in 2012. David Bowie and Greg Kurstin followed with four trophies. Chance the Rapper won for Best New Artist alongside two other awards.
Performers adapted from International Business Times.
In order of appearance:
- Margaret Cho - main host (presented Rock, Pop, Producer and Visual Media categories and Best Musical Theater Album)
- Lauren Daigle and For King and Country (presented Gospel/Contemporary Christian, Engineering (Non Classical), Packaging and Arranging categories and Best Historical Album, Best Album Notes, Best Surround Sound Album and Best Instrumental Composition)
- O'Connor Band - "Ruby, Are You Mad At Your Man?"
- René Marie (presented Gospel categories, Best New Age Album, Best World Music Album, Best Children's Album, Best Spoken Word Album, Best Music Video and Best Music Film)
- Ravi Coltrane and Third Coast Percussion - "Mallet Quartet"
- Sarah Jarosz (presented Classical, Engineering (Classical) and Dance categories)
- Judy Collins - "Suzanne" (Tribute to Leonard Cohen)
- Brendon Urie (presented Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Jazz, Country categories and Best Roots Gospel Album)
- Northern Cree and Carla Morrison - "Cree Cuttin'"/"Un Beso"
- Mya (presented Latin and American Roots categories)
- Ziggy Marley - "Amen"
- Jimmy Jam (presented R&B and Rap categories and Best Reggae Album, Best Comedy Album)
Nominees and winners
- Taken from the Grammys website.
- The winners are in bold.
Record of the Year
Album of the Year
- 25 – Adele
- Danger Mouse, Samuel Dixon, Paul Epworth, Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, Ariel Rechtshaid, Shellback, The Smeezingtons & Ryan Tedder, producers; Julian Burg, Austen Jux Chandler, Cameron Craig, Samuel Dixon, Tom Elmhirst, Declan Gaffney, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Emile Haynie, Jan Holzner, Michael Ilbert, Chris Kasych, Greg Kurstin, Charles Moniz, Liam Nolan, Alex Pasco, Mike Piersante, Ariel Rechtshaid, Rich Rich, Dave Schiffman, Joe Visciano & Matt Wiggins, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers
- Lemonade – Beyoncé
- James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd & Jack White, featured artists; Vincent Berry II, Ben Billions, James Blake, Boots, Jonny Coffer, DannyBoyStyles, Michael Dean, Alex Delicata, Diplo, Derek Dixie, Kevin Garrett, Diana Gordon, HazeBanga, Hit-Boy, Just Blaze, King Henry, Beyoncé Knowles, Ezra Koenig, Jeremy McDonald, MeLo-X, Mike Will Made-It, Pluss, Jack White & Malik Yusef, producers; Mike Dean, Jaycen Joshua, Greg Koller, Tony Maserati, Lester Mendoza, Vance Powell, Joshua V. Smith & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
- Purpose – Justin Bieber
- Big Sean, Diplo, Halsey, Travis Scott & Skrillex, featured artists; The Audibles, Axident, Justin Bieber, Big Taste, Benny Blanco, Blood, Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Scott "Scooter" Braun, Mike Dean, Diplo, Gladius, Josh Gudwin, Nico Hartikainen, Mark "The Mogul" Jackson, Steve James, Ian Kirkpatrick, Maejor, MdL, Skrillex, Jeremy Snyder & Soundz, producers; Simon Cohen, Diplo, Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Josh Gudwin, Jaycen Joshua, Manny Marroquin, Chris "Tek" O'Ryan, Johannes Raassina, Gregg Rominiecki, Chris Sclafani, Skrillex, Dylan William & Andrew Wuepper, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers
- Views – Drake
- dvsn, Future, Kyla, PartyNextDoor, Rihanna & Wizkid, featured artists; Brian Alexander-Morgan, Axlfoliethc, Beat Bully, Boi-1Da, Cardo, Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin-Quee, Daxz, DJ Dahi, Frank Dukes, Maneesh, Murda Beatz, Nineteen85, Ricci Riera, Allen Ritter, Noah "40" Shebib, Southside, Sevn Thomas, Jordan Ullman, Kanye West, Wizkid & Young Exclusive, producers; Noel Cadastre, Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Seth Firkins, David "Prep" Bijan Huges & Noah "40" Shebib, engineers/mixers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
- A Sailor's Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson
Song of the Year
Best New Artist
- Best Pop Solo Performance
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
- Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- Best Pop Vocal Album
- Best Dance Recording
- Best Dance/Electronic Album
- Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
- Best Rock Performance
- Best Metal Performance
- Best Rock Song
- Best Rock Album
- Best Alternative Music Album
- Best R&B Performance
- Best Traditional R&B Performance
- Best R&B Song
- Best Urban Contemporary Album
- Best R&B Album
- Best Rap Performance
- Best Rap/Sung Performance
- Best Rap Song
- "Hotline Bling"
- "All the Way Up"
- Chancellor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West, Cydel Young & Malik Yusef, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Rihanna)
- "No Problem"
- Chancellor Bennett, Dwayne Carter, Rachel Cato, Peter Cottontale, Tauheed Epps, Jonathan Hoard, Cam O'bi, Ivan Rosenberg, Conor Szymanski, Lakeithsha Williams & Jaime Woods, songwriters (Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz)
- "Ultralight Beam"
- Chancellor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico "Donnie Trumpet" Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West, Cydel Young & Malik Yusef, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)
- Best Rap Album
- Best Country Solo Performance
- Best Country Duo/Group Performance
- Best Country Song
- Best Country Album
- Best New Age Album
- Best Improvised Jazz Solo
- Best Jazz Vocal Album
- Best Jazz Instrumental Album
- Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
- Best Latin Jazz Album
Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music
- Best Gospel Performance/Song
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
- Best Gospel Album
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
- Best Roots Gospel Album
- Best Latin Pop Album
- Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
- Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
- Un Azteca en el Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) – Vicente Fernández
- Raíces – Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
- Hecho a Mano – Joss Favela
- Generación Maquinaria Est. 2006 – La Maquinaria Norteña
- Tributo a Joan Sebastian y Rigoberto Alfaro – Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea
- Best Tropical Latin Album
- Donde Están? – Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo
- Conexión – Fonseca
- La Fantasia Homenaje a Juan Formell – Formell y Los Van Van
- 35 Aniversario – Grupo Niche
- La Sonora Santanera en Su 60 Aniversario – Sonora Santanera
- Best American Roots Performance
- Best American Roots Song
- "Kid Sister"
- "Alabama at Night"
- "City Lights"
- Eric Adcock & Roddie Romero, songwriters (Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars)
- "Wreck You"
- Best Americana Album
- Best Bluegrass Album
- Best Traditional Blues Album
- Best Contemporary Blues Album
- Best Folk Album
- Best Regional Music Album
- Best Reggae Album
- Best World Music Album
- Best Children's Album
- Best Spoken Word Album (includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling)
- Best Comedy Album
- Best Musical Theater Album
- The Color Purple – Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Joan Raffe, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers; (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)
- Bright Star – Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher & Una Jackman, producers; Steve Martin, composer; Edie Brickell, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
- Fiddler on the Roof – Danny Burstein, principal soloist; Louise Gund, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers; (Jerry Bock, composer; Sheldon Harnick, lyricist) (2016 Broadway Cast)
- Kinky Boots – Killian Donnelly & Matt Henry, principal soloists; Sammy James, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers; (Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist) (Original West End Cast)
- Waitress – Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Neal Avron, Sara Bareilles & Nadia DiGiallonardo, producers; Sara Bareilles, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
Music for Visual Media
- Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
- Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
- Best Song Written for Visual Media
- "Can't Stop the Feeling!" – Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (performed by Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar)
- "Heathens" – Tyler Joseph, songwriter (performed by Twenty One Pilots)
- "Just Like Fire" – Oscar Holter, Max Martin, Pink & Shellback, songwriters (performed by Pink)
- "Purple Lamborghini" – Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (performed by Skrillex & Rick Ross)
- "Try Everything" – Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia (musician) & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (performed by Shakira)
- "The Veil" – Peter Gabriel, songwriter (performed by Peter Gabriel)
- Best Instrumental Composition
- Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
- "You and I"
- "Ask Me Now"
- "Good 'Swing' Wenceslas"
- "Linus & Lucy"
- "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
- "We Three Kings"
- Ted Nash, arranger (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis)
- Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
- Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
- "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
- "Do You Want to Know a Secret
- "The Music"
- "Somewhere (Dirty Blvd) (Extended Version)"
- Best Recording Package
- Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Best Album Notes
- Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along
- The Complete Monument & Columbia Albums Collection
- The Knoxville Sessions, 1929–1930: Knox County Stomp
- Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
- Ork Records: New York, New York
- Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, album notes writers (Various Artists)
- Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & The Phonograph, 1890–1990
- Richard Martin, album notes writer (Various Artists)
- Best Historical Album
- The Cutting Edge 1965–1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector's Edition)
- Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)
- Music of Morocco from the Library of Congress: Recorded By Paul Bowles, 1959
- April G. Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter, Bill Nowlin & Philip D. Schuyler, compilation producers; Rick Fisher & Michael Graves, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
- Ork Records: New York, New York
- Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
- Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966–1983
- Bernard Horowitz, Andreas K. Meyer & Robert Russ, compilation producers; Andreas K. Meyer & Jeanne Montalvo, mastering engineers (Vladimir Horowitz)
- Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & the Phonograph, 1890–1990
- Michael Devecka, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Michael Devecka, David Giovannoni, Michael Khanchalian & Richard Martin, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
- Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Best Engineered Album, Classical
- Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical
- David Frost
- Blanton Alspaugh
- The Aeolian Organ at Duke University Chapel (Christopher Jacobson)
- Bolcom: Canciones De Lorca & Prometheus (René Barbera, Jeffrey Biegel, Carl St. Clair, Pacific Chorale & Pacific Symphony)
- Brahms: The Four Symphonies (Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
- Copland: Appalachian Spring Complete Ballet; Hear Ye! Hear Ye! (Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
- Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, Los Angeles Opera Chorus & Orchestra)
- Dvořák: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (Andrés Orozco-Estrada & Houston Symphony)
- Dvořák: Symphony No. 6; Slavonic Dances (Andrés Orozoco-Estrada & Houston Symphony)
- Floyd: Wuthering Heights (Joseph Mechavich, Heather Buck, Vale Rideout, Susanne Mentzer, Kelly Markgraf, Georgia Jarman, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra & Florentine Opera Company)
- Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
- Judith Sherman
- American First Sonatas (Cecile Licad)
- Berlin: This Is The Life! (Rick Benjamin & Paragon Ragtime Orchestra)
- Centennial Commissions, Vol. II (Charles Neidich & Pro Arte Quartet)
- Gernsheim & Brahms: Piano Quintets (Reiko Uchida & Formosa Quartet)
- Latin American & Spanish Masterpieces For Flute & Piano (Stephanie Jutt)
- Similar Motion (Momenta Quartet)
- Tchaikovsky: Complete Works For Violin & Orchestra (Jennifer Koh, Alexander Vedernikov & Odense Symphony Orchestra)
- Tower: String Quartets Nos. 3-5 & Dumbarton Quintet (Miami String Quartet)
- Robina G. Young
- Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard (Craig Hella Johnson & Conspirare)
- Lutosławski: Concerto For Orchestra; Brahms: Piano Quartet (Miguel Harth-Bedoya & Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra)
- Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vols. 8 & 9 (Kristian Bezuidenhout)
- Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 (Vadym Kholodenko, Miguel Harth-Bedoya & Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra)
- A Wondrous Mystery – Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas (Stile Antico)
- Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
- "Tearing Me Up" (RAC Remix)
- '"Cali Coast" (Psionics Remix)
- Josh Williams, remixer (Soul Pacific)
- "Heavy Star Movin'" (staRo Remix)
- staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
- "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix)
- "Only" (Kaskade × Lipless Remix)
- "Wide Open" (Joe Goddard Remix)
Best Surround Sound Album
- Dutilleux: Sur le même accord; Les Citations; Mystère de l'instant & Timbres, espace, mouvement
- Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
- Johnson: Considering Matthew Shephard
- Brad Michel, surround mix engineer; Brad Michel, surround mastering engineer; Robina G. Young, surround producer (Craig Hella Johnson & Conspirare)
- Maja S.K. Ratkje: And Sing ...
- Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Maja S.K. Ratkje, Cikada & Oslo Sinfonietta)
- Primus & The Chocolate Factory
- Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)
Best Orchestral Performance
- Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9
- Bates: Works for Orchestra
- Ibert: Orchestral Works
- Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 In B-flat major, Op. 100
- Rouse: Odna Zhizn; Symphonies 3 & 4; Prospero's Rooms
- Best Opera Recording
- Best Choral Performance
- Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1
- Elisabeth Holte, conductor (Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ragnfrid Lie & Matilda Sterby, soloists; Inger-Lise Ulsrud, accompanist; Uranienborg Vokalensemble, choir)
- Janáček: Glagolitic Mass
- Edward Gardner, conductor; Håkon Matti Skrede, chorus master (Susan Bickley, Gábor Bretz, Sara Jakubiak & Stuart Skelton, soloists; Thomas Trotter, accompanist; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, orchestra; Bergen Cathedral Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Choir of Collegium Musicum & Edvard Grieg Kor, choirs)
- Lloyd: Bonhoeffer
- Steinberg: Passion Week
- Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
- Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway
- Adams, J.: Scheherazade.2
- Leila Josefowicz; David Robertson, conductor (Chester Englander; St. Louis Symphony)
- Dvorák: Violin Concerto & Romance; Suk: Fantasy
- Christian Tetzlaff; John Storgårds, conductor (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
- Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vols. 8 & 9
- 1930's Violin Concertos, Vol. 2
- Gil Shaham; Stéphane Denève, conductor (The Knights & Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
- Schumann & Berg
- Shakespeare Songs
- Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)
- Magdalena Kožená; Andrea Marcon, conductor (David Feldman, Michael Feyfar, Jakob Pilgram & Luca Tittoto; La Cetra Barockorchester Basel)
- Mozart: The Weber Sisters
- Anna Netrebko; Antonio Pappano, conductor (Yusif Eyvazov; Coro Dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia; Orchestra Dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia)
Best Classical Compendium
Best Contemporary Classical Composition
- Best Music Video
- Best Music Film
- The Beatles: Eight Days a Week The Touring Years – (The Beatles)
- I'll Sleep When I'm Dead – Steve Aoki
- Justin Krook, video director; Brent Almond, Matt Colon, David Gelb, Ryan Kavanaugh, Michael Theanne, Happy Walters & Matthew Weaver, video producers
- Lemonade – Beyoncé
- Beyoncé Knowles Carter & Kahlil Joseph, video directors; Ed Burke, Steve Pamon, Todd Tourso, Dora Melissa Vargas, Erinn Williams & Beyoncé Knowles Carter, video producer
- The Music of Strangers – Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
- American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry – (Various Artists)
- George J. Flanigen IV, video director; Steve Buchanan, John Burke & Lindsey Clark, Robert Deaton, Pete Fisher & George J. Flanigen IV, video producers
In June 2016, the Grammy organization announced a few minor changes to the voting and awarding process.
As of 2017, recordings released solely through streaming services will be eligible to enter the award process. These recordings will have to be available through streaming platforms. Applicable streaming services are paid subscription, full catalog, on-demand streaming/limited download platforms that have existed as such within the United States for at least one full year as of the submission deadline. All recordings entered must have an assigned International Standard Recording Code (ISRC).
Existing Best New Artist rules were amended to remove the album barrier given current trends in how new music and developing artists are released and promoted. Currently many new artists first release singles, tracks, or EPs rather than full albums. To become eligible in the category of Best New Artist, the artist, duo, or group:
- Must have released a minimum of five singles/tracks or one album, but no more than 30 singles/tracks or three albums.
- May not have entered the category more than three times, including as a performing member of an established group.
- Must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the eligibility period.
The Best Blues Album category will branch into two distinct categories:
- Best Traditional Blues Album (Blues recordings with traditional blues song and harmonic structures, including various subgenres such as Delta blues, Piedmont blues, jump/swing blues, Chicago blues, and classic/Southern soul).
- Best Contemporary Blues Album (Recordings which may employ non-traditional blues rhythms such as funk, hip-hop, reggae, and rock, or which feature contemporary techniques such as synthesizers or loops).
It means a return to the situation prior to 2012, the year the categories were merged in a major overhaul.
The Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category (in the Rap field) will be renamed as Best Rap/Sung Performance, to allow solo performances, a result of "the current state and future trajectory of rap by expanding the category beyond collaborations between rappers and vocalists to include recordings by a solo artist who blurs the lines between rapping and singing."
Additional amendments were made to the number and type of music creators recognized in the categories of Best Choral Performance and Best Jazz Vocal Album.