Who was the big winner at the Grammys last night? We feel like The South should have gotten its own gold statue. Just how did we represent? Like this:
Justin Timberlake made his return to music after a four-year hiatus. Backed by “The Tennessee Kids” and joined by Jay-Z, this favorite Memphis son brought down the house.
The Black Keys swept the rock categories, winning “Best Rock Song,” “Best Rock Album” and “Best Rock Album.” Their album El Camino was recorded in Nashville at Easy Eye Sound Studio, owned by their guitarist Dan Auerbach. (Another notable nomination for Best Rock Album, Jack White’s Blunderbuss, was also recorded in The Music City at his music studio Third Man Records.)
The Alabama Shakes didn’t take home any Grammys (come on, they deserve at least one.) But lead singer Brittany Howard stole the show during a tribute to the late Levon Helm. Joining her was the Zac Brown Band (yep, Southern, and also winner of Best Country Artist), Mumford & Sons (the most Southern-sounding British band we’ve ever heard), and legends Mavis Staples and Sir Elton John. [Video of Zac Brown's Band exclusive Southern Living Biscuits & Jam performance here.]
Speaking of Brittany, she was outfitted by Alabama’s Billy Reid, as were Mumford and Sons, Nashville-based Old Crowe Medicine Show.
Ft. Worth native Kelly Clarkson took home the Grammy for “Best Pop Vocal Album,” for Stronger, her fifth full-length album, and did a stunning tribute to Patti Page with “Tennessee Waltz.” And Houston-born Beyonce won “Best Traditional R&B Performance.” To borrow from Grammy performer (and previous Grammy winner) Alicia Keys: That girl is on fire.
Then there were the performances. Dr. John and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band teamed up with The Black Keys on their hit “Lonely Boy” (making us wish we were in New Orleans for Mardi Gras). Carrie Underwood, who won for “Best Country Solo,” wore an illuminated Theia dress during her performance.
Nashville’s country contingency was across-the-board strong with a duet by Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, solo by Best New Artist nominee Hunter Hayes. And of course there was the a little number by Taylor Swift, who is still never, ever getting back together with a certain someone.
A full list of Grammy winners is here.
And let us know: what did you think of this year’s show?