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The 2016 Grammy Awards
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Our live coverage compiled below.

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The 2016 Grammy Winners

We’ll be updating the list of winners as the Grammys go on. Note that these are for the awards at the primetime ceremony; a number of contests were decided earlier in the night.

Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton

Best Rock Album: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor

Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, 1989

Record of the Year: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”

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A couple of minutes ago on E!, one of the red carpet reporters touted her network’s “exclusive camera angles” on the musicians walking by. It’s a funny boast—right here, a successor to the Dutch tilt, discovered?!—but it’s also fitting, given how much of this award show about music can rise or fall on its visuals.

Which is another way of saying that for most folks, the performances and pageantry matter a lot more than the awards. The credibility of the Grammys when it comes to recognizing significant achievements in music is not high. But as a chance to launch conversation-starting TV moments, it is perhaps the best awards show there is. This year, there’s more suspense around those performances than usual.