Everything Country Music Fans Need to Know About the 2016 Grammy Awards
The Grammy Awards are all about celebrating many different genres of music, but country music fans have plenty to look forward to during the annual awards show. In addition to the nine country-, Americana-, bluegrass-, folk- and roots-specific categories, in 2016, there are a few country stars nominated in the all-genre categories; some of country’s big names will also be performing and presenting during the ceremony.
When do the 2016 Grammy Awards start? Who’s performing? Who’s nominated? The Boot has compiled everything you need to know about Music’s Biggest Night.
When Do the 2016 Grammy Awards Start?
The 2016 Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Feb. 15 beginning at 8PM ET.
However, country music fans will want to tune in to the 2016 Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, which will precede the televised awards ceremony. The Premiere Ceremony, which is scheduled to run from 3:30PM ET until 6:30PM ET at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Calif., is when many of the country, Americana, bluegrass, folk and roots awards will be presented. The event will be streamed live via the Grammy Awards’ official website and CBS.com.
Who’s Nominated at the 2016 Grammy Awards?
Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark, among others. Additionally, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton and Sam Hunt all earned nods in a few of the all-genre awards categories, and pop-slash-country stars Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson have nominations in some of the pop and all-genre categories. Here’s a complete list of nominees.
But who’s favored to win? Here are our readers’ and staff’s predictions.
Once winners begin being announced, The Boot will keep its list of 2016 Grammy Awards winners updated.
Who’s Performing at the 2016 Grammy Awards?
The lineup of performers at the 2016 Grammy Awards is stacked with big names from throughout the music world, but there are a few performances that country fans specifically won’t want to miss:
- Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Joe Walsh and Timothy Schmit will team with Jackson Browne to perform a tribute to their recently deceased Eagles bandmate Glenn Frey.
- Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. will honor the late B.B. King
- Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor will pay tribute to Lionel Richie, the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year.
- Taylor Swift will be opening the televised portion of the awards.
- The Mavericks will perform during the 2016 Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony.
- Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt are performing together, likely singing Underwood’s newest single, “Heartbeat,” on which Hunt provides backing vocals.
- Little Big Town are also set to perform. It’s likely that they’ll sing “Girl Crush,” which is nominated for numerous awards, including the all-genre Song of the Year.
Who’s Presenting at the 2016 Grammy Awards?
Country fans will want to be on the lookout for up-and-comer Cam, who is the lone country artist among the list of presenters at the 2016 Grammy Awards. “Burning House,” Cam’s debut single, is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance, but even if she doesn’t win that category, she’ll spend some time on the Grammys stage.
Which Country Stars Will Be at the 2016 Grammy Awards?
All of the artists who are performing and presenting will, of course, be in attendance at the 2016 Grammy Awards, as will most, if not all, of those nominated. But one set of nominees will be of special interest to country music fans.
Joey + Rory are nominated for Best Duo / Group Performance, and while they will not be able to attend themselves, due to Joey Feek’s terminal cancer, their loved ones will make sure that the husband-and-wife duo is well represented. Their daughters Heidi and Hopie, as well as their manager Aaron, have headed to Los Angeles to stand in for the Feeks at the awards ceremony and related events; they will accept the trophy should the Feeks’ names be called as the winners.
In a recent blog post, Rory Feek revealed that his wife “tried to talk me into going with them … many, many times,” even buying him a plane ticket, but he refuses to leave her side. Instead, the Feeks, their daughter Indiana and Joey Feek’s parents and sisters will watch the 2016 Grammy Awards from Indiana, where they have been living, in Joey Feek’s hometown.