Here Are Your Pre-Show Winners at the Grammys

They save all the mainstream stuff for the TV show.  Here’s a selection of who won what before the telecast began:

Best Alternative Album:  Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City

Best Rock Album:  Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day (Their first-ever Grammy.)

Best Rock Performance:  Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (Seriously?  Better than Bowie, Jack White and QotSA?)

Best Metal Performance:  Black Sabbath, “God Is Dead?”

Best Reggae Album:  Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Marley in Concert

Best World Music Album (Tie):  Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Live: Singing for Peace Around the World and Gypsy Kings, Savor Flamenco.

Best Spoken Word Album:  Stephen Colbert, America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t

Best Children’s Album:  Jennifer Gasoi (a Canadian!), Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well

Best Boxed/Limited Edition Package:  Paul McCartney and Wings, Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)

Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical):  Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

Best Visual Media Album:  Dave Grohl’s Sound City: Real to Reel

Best Dance Electronica Album:  Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

Best Rap Album:  Macklemore & Lewis, The Heist

Best Rap Performance:  Mackelmore & Lewis, “Thrift Shop”

Best Rap Song:  Macklemore & Lewis, “Thrift Shop”  (Sorry, Drake.  Sorry, Kanye.)

Best Traditional Pop Album:  Michael Buble, To Be Loved

(Full list of nominees and winners at



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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