One of the great country weepers of all time, Dolly Parton's "Jolene," has earned its first Grammy for her performance of the song with vocal group Pentatonix. The song was originally written by Parton in 1973, but last year Pentatonix teamed with her to rerecord it.
This is Parton's eighth competitive Grammy win. She's previously scored trophies for "Here You Come Again" and "9 to 5," and for albums including her "Trio" album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, among others. It's also Parton's first Grammy since she won female vocal country performance in 2002 for "Shine."
Accepting his pre-telecast Grammy Award for country album for his critically acclaimed "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" collection, Kentucky-born singer, songwriter and producer Sturgill Simpson said, "Like six years ago, I was in Utah working on the railroad, writing songs at night.
"My wife made me quit that job and move to Nashville, so thanks babe. My son was born; I spent that spent first year on the road, missing them, and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have written this album, so I have to thank them.
“And I guess the revolution won’t be televised,” he said. “Thank you.”
Welcome to the Grammys fashion showdown. While the awards show celebrates musical achievements, this year's telecast, largely saluting Beyoncé's beloved "Lemonade" visual album and Adele's mega-smash-hit "25," might rival today's runway offerings at New York Fashion Week.
And here's why: Beyoncé, Adele and Lady Gaga -- Gaga's there to perform with Metallica during the Grammys -- are all celebrated for their fashion tastes and likely will show off their fashion powers. (Gaga and her stylist-designer Brandon Maxwell often push the fashion-forward boundaries when it comes to Gaga's look. Did you see her performance attire at the Super Bowl this month?)
So let's start with the British powerhouse, Adele.
Composer Michael Daugherty's "Tales of Hemingway" just won three Grammys in close succession in the classical field. It earned awards for classical instrumental solo, classical compendium and contemporary classical composition.
Below, watch a video in which the American composer discusses his winning work.
One of the most visually astounding, politically radical clips of the year just won the Grammy for best music video.
Beyoncé's "Formation" -- a brutal and beautiful meditation on Southern black womanhood in the midst of natural disaster and systemic injustices -- pulled down the top honors in the music video category.
The clip, directed by Melina Matsoukas, was originally released as part of her HBO original film, which set her songs from "Lemonade" into a series of avant-garde short films.
This year's electronic music categories were, more than any recent Grammys that didn't feature Al Walser, a mixed bag of values.
There's the pop juggernaut of the Chainsmokers, who already won, as well as the throwback '90s Latin-house of Louie Vega, the resurgent old-guard U.K. duo Underworld and hip contemporary contenders Bob Moses and Tycho.
But the only artist nominated in dance recording and dance/electronic album is Flume, the 25-year-old Australian born Harley Streten.