Grammys: Watch All of the Winners' Acceptance Speeches

8:40 PM 2/15/2016

by Farnoush Amiri, Caitlin Plummer, and Fatema Etemadi

Kendrick Lamar won the first award of the night, Meghan Trainor got emotional and 'Hamilton's' Lin-Manuel Miranda gave perhaps the most memorable speech of all.

Kendrick Lamar
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  • Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar

    Kendrick Lamar started off the 58th annual Grammy Awards by nabbing the best rap album for his sophomore album To Pimp a Butterfly. The 28-year-old rapper from Compton thanked his longtime girlfriend Whitney Alford during his speech. This was the fifth award the rapper took home on Grammys night.

  • Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton

    Newcomer Chris Stapleton took home the award for best country album with his debut record, Traveller. “This is something that you never ever ever dream of, so I’m super grateful for it,” he said in his acceptance speech. He expressed gratitude to Taylor Swift for glitter-bombing him before acknowledging his wife for her continued support. Stapleton also won best country solo performance in the first hour of the show, before the telecast started.

  • Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran

    Ed Sheeran earned his first Grammy win for song of the year for "Thinking Out Loud." He thanked his management, co-writers, his record label and his family. “[Thank you to] my parents”, he said, “who have flown for the past four years to come to the Grammys every single year, and every time I lose they go 'maybe next year!'"

     

  • Best Musical Theater Album: 'Hamilton's' Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda delivered arguably the most memorable acceptance speech of the night for the musical, which won best musical theater album. He accepted the award in the same fashion as his hit musical, rapping his speech in front of a live audience there to see the show on Broadway.

    “We write music, we write songs to tell a story, whether you’re King, Kendrick or Jeanine Tesori. I’m sorry if I start screaming these thanks hysterically,” he began, surrounded by the show’s cast and crew. He ended his long list of thanks with a shout out to his one-year-old son: “Sebastian, Daddy’s bringing home a Grammy for you.”

  • Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes

    Alabama Shakes won best rock performance for "Don’t Wanna Fight It." This was the group’s third Grammy win of the night, and they thanked their management team, publicist, friends and family, and record label. Lead singer Brittany Howard spoke for the group when she said: “I just want to say thank you, I want to thank all of our family and friends, I want to thank our management. Thank you so much. this is beautiful beautiful and I promise we’re going to keep going.” 

  • Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor

    The “All About That Bass” singer nabbed the coveted rookie award and took the stage crying as this will be her first Grammy nomination and award since releasing her first album early last year. Trainor thanked legendary record executive L.A. Reid for introducing her to the music world along with her parents and manager for their continued support through her rise to success.

  • Album of the Year: Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift became the first woman to win album of the year twice when 1989 received one of the Grammys’ most coveted awards. Swift took the opportunity to encourage young women while possibly taking a jab at Kanye West’s recent song "Famous."

    “There are going be people along the way who try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” she said. “But if you just focus on the work, and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there.” She also thanked her fans, the Recording Academy and her co-executive producer Max Martin, who she said had deserved the recognition for 25 years. 

  • Record of the Year: Bruno Mars

    Fresh off their Super Bowl 50 performance, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars won for record of the year for Uptown Funk. They paid homage to previous musicians for their funk-inspired record such as George Clinton, James Brown, Prince, Earth Wind and Fire and others. Mars closed their speech with, “This is dedicated to the fans, we wouldn’t be up here if it wasn’t for the people, thank you.”

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