Bluesfest is revelling in the outcome of this year’s Grammy awards, with festival acts netting nine awards and headliner Kendrick Lamar scooping five on his own.
Closer to home, former Lismore musician and SCU graduate Joshua Blair was part of the team of musicians, producers and engineers who helped secure Record of the Year for Mark Ronson.
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’s 2015 album release To Pimp A Butterfly, which incorporates elements of jazz, funk, soul, spoken word, and hip hop, saw him take out all four rap categories he was nominated in.
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.
Bluesfest director Peter Noble said it was a record number of Grammy nominations for any Bluesfest and perhaps the highest number ever for a festival in Australia.
‘And now the proof is in the pudding, we have seen nine wins,’ he said.
‘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,’ Mr Noble said.
It’s not the first time Lismore lad Josh Blair has been nominated either. Two years ago he was up for Record of the Year nomination for another Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson collaboration.
Aussies luck out
It was not a big night for aspiring Aussie winners, though.
Melbourne-based indie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s fairytale journey to the Grammy Awards in LA didn’t end with a win and Keith Urban didn’t add to his stash of music’s most-coveted trophy.
Instead, the spoils were split among other familiar faces.
Taylor Swift, the 26-year-old American hit-maker, won the Grammy for Album of the Year for 1989 over Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Canadian singer The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness.
Swift became the first woman to win Album of the Year twice.
The Mark Ronson-Bruno Mars hit Uptown Funk pipped Swift’s Blank Space and Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud for Record of the Year.
Barnett, the no-frills 28-year-old, rolled up to the 58th Grammy Awards in a van and dressed in a black shirt, pants and RM Williams boots but was still given the fashion thumbs up by Vogue. She was in the running in another elite category, Best New Artist.
‘I’m nervous about it, but you can’t do much,’ Barnett told E! on the red carpet before the ceremony.
‘Just sit there and see what happens.’
The award bypassed Barnett and went to another American, Meghan Trainor, whose debut studio album Title featured the hit single All About That Bass.
Urban was trumped by Chris Stapleton for Best Country Solo Performance, West Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala fell to Alabama Shakes for Best Alternative Album, and Melbourne future-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote lost the Best R&B Performance to The Weeknd.
Brisbane’s Tim Munro did prevent an Australian shut out when his Eighth Blackbird sextet won the Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
Teen heartthrobs Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran finally broke through with Grammy wins.
Bieber’s collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo, Where Are U Now, claimed Best Dance Recording and Sheeran, after six nominations over the past three years, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, both for his hit Thinking Out Loud.
There was some controversy with one of the most-anticipated performances of the three-and-a-half hour ceremony, Adele singing All I Ask, tarnished by audio problems.
Barbadian singer Rihanna abandoned her performance just before the show after a doctor ruled her out with bronchitis.
– with AAP