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2016 Grammys Snub Aussie Artists


The 58th Grammys held such promise for some amazing Australian artists, but it seems the judges have overlooked the bulk of the Land Down Under this year.

Tame Impala and Hiatus Kaiyote were both in with good chances for the ‘Best Alternative Music Album’ and ‘Best R&B Performance’ categories respectively, but didn’t quite scrape enough votes to bring home the Grammys.

The judges preferred The Weeknd’s Earned It over Hiatus Kaiyote’s Breathing Underwater, leaving Courtney Barnett as the only Australian artist still in the running to win a Grammy in 2016.

Rising star Barnett is up for the Best New Artist award, to be handed out later today.

Other ‘Strayans that were snubbed this year include Keith Urban in the Best Country Solo Performance category, and Canberra conductor Nicholas Milton in the Best Classical Instrument Solo.

Here’s hoping Courtney Barnett can impress the judges enough to bring home the sole Australian Grammy this year!

2016 Grammy Winners

Best Pop Vocal Album

Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece

Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Mark Ronson – Uptown Special

Taylor Swift – 1989

James Taylor – Before This World

Best Alternative Music Album

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Björk – Vulnicura

My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall

Tame Impala – Currents

Wilco – Star Wars

Best R&B Album

Leon Bridges – Coming Home

D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Andra Day – Cheers To The Fall

Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show

Charlie Wilson – Forever Charlie

Best Rap Performance

J. Cole – Apparently

Drake – Back To Back

Fetty Wap – Trap Queen

Kendrick Lamar – Alright

Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake & Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter

Kanye West Feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, & Paul McCartney – All Day

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Big Sean Feat. Kanye West & John Legend – One Man Can Change The World

Common & John Legend – Glory

Jidenna Feat. Roman GianArthur – Classic Man

Kendrick Lamar Feat. Bilal, Anna Wise, & Thundercat – These Walls

Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown –

Best Music Video

A$AP Rocky – L$D (Dir. Dexter Navy)

The Dead Weather – I Feel Love (Every Million Miles) (Dir. Cooper Roberts & Ian Schwartz)

Kendrick Lamar – Alright (Dir. The Little Homies & Colin Tilley)

Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood (Dir. Joseph Kahn)

Pharrell Williams – Freedom (Dir. Paul Hunter)

Best R&B Performance

Tamar Braxton – If I Don’t Have You

Andra Day – Rise Up

Hiatus Kaiyote – Breathing Underwater

Jeremih Feat. J. Cole – Planes

The Weeknd – Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Best Dance Recording

Above & Beyond Feat. Zoë Johnston – We’re All We Need

The Chemical Brothers – Go

Flying Lotus Feat. Kendrick Lamar – Never Catch Me

Galantis – Runaway (U & I)

Skrillex & Diplo Feat. Justin Bieber – Where Are U Now

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Caribou – Our Love

The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes

Disclosure – Caracal

Jamie xx – In Colour

Skrillex And Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Internet – Ego Death

Kehlani – You Should Be Here

Lianne La Havas – Blood

Miguel – Wildheart

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight

Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man

Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing

Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s

Wolf Alice – Moaning Lisa Smile

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Jeff Bhasker

Dave Cobb


Larry Klein

Blake Mills

Best R&B Song

Miguel – Coffee

The Weeknd – Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Jazmine Sullivan – Let It Burn

D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Really Love

Tyrese – Shame

Best American Roots Song

The Mavericks – All Night Long

Don Henley & Merle Haggard – The Cost Of Living

Punch Brothers – Julep

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind

Jason Isbell – 24 Frames

Best Americana Album

Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind

Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

The Mavericks – Mono

Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues

Best American Roots Performance

Mavis Staples – See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn – And I Am Born To Die

Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar

The Milk Carton Kids – City Of Our Lady

Punch Brothers – Julep

Best Country Solo Performance

Cam – Burning House

Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Carrie Underwood – Little Toy Guns

Keith Urban – John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

Lee Ann Womack – Chances Are

Best Music Film

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown

Sonic Highways

What Happened, Miss Simone

The Wall


Best Song Written For Visual Media

The Weeknd – Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Common & John Legend – Glory

Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do

Wiz Khalifa – See You Again (Feat. Charlie Puth)

Lady Gaga – Til It Happens To You

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Empire: Season 1

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Pitch Perfect 2


Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Antonio Sanchez – Birdman

Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game

Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory Of Everything

Justin Hurwitz – Whiplash

Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical

Berlin By Overnight (CFCF Remix) – CFCF, remixer (Daniel Hope)

Hold On (Fatum Remix) – Bill Hamel & Chad Newbold, remixers (JES, Shant, & Clint Maximus)

Runaway (U & I) (Kaskade Remix) – Ryan Raddon, remixer (Galantis)

Say My Name (RAC Remix) – André Allen Anjos, remixer (Odesza Featuring Zyra)

Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix) – Dave Audé, remixer (Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Of Monsters And Men – Beneath The Skin (Deluxe Box Set)

Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl)

Various Artists – The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)

The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe Edition)

Grateful Dead – 30 Trips Around The Sun

Best Metal Performance

August Burns Red – Identity

Ghost – Cirice

Lamb Of God – 512

Sevendust – Thank You

Slipknot – Custer

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Tanja Tetzlaff, Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt – Brahms: The Piano Trios

Filament – Eighth Blackbird

Nadia Shpachenko & Genevieve Feiwen Lee – Flaherty: Airdancing For Toy Piano, Piano & Electronics

Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth – Render

Takács Quartet & Marc-André Hamelin – Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2