Independent Labels Won Big At 2016 Grammy Awards
Independent labels scored well at the Grammys this year. Anti, ATO, Big Machine, Concord, Concord Jazz, Curb, eOne, Loma Vista, Mack Avenue, Motema, Naxos, Rounder, Southeastern Records and Thirty Tigers all notched Grammy wins in 2016.
Big Machine won in four categories including, Album of the Year (Taylor Swift "1989") Best Pop Vocal Album (Taylor Swift "1989"), Best Music Video (Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar "Bad Blood",) and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (Glen Campbell "I'll be Me").
ATO had an exceptionally strong showing, also winning four categories including Best Rock Performance (Alabama Shakes "Don't Wanna Fight"), Best Rock Song (Alabama Shakes "Don't Wanna Fight"), Best Alternative Music Album (Alabama Shakes "Sound & Color"), and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (Alabama Shakes "Sound & Color").
Thirty Tigers artists won four awards including Best Americana Album (Jason Isbell "Something More Than Free"), Best Regional Roots Album (Jon Cleary 'Go Go Juice), Best Roots Gospel Album (The Fairfield Four "Still Rocking My Soul") and Best American Roots Song (Jason Isbell "24 Frames").
Mack Avenue Records won two awards: Best Improvised Jazz Solo (Christian McBride's "Cherokee") & Best Jazz Vocal Album (Cécile McLorin Salvant's "For One to Love").