5:32 p.m.: That’s it for the daytime Grammys Premiere ceremony. Check back on the Austin Music Source blog this evening as Deborah Sengupta Stith live-blogs the prime-time televised portion.
5:30 p.m.: Willie wins! “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” gets Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album award. He’s not there to accept, after having canceled scheduled shows this weekend in Arizona and New Mexico. But he’s still scheduled to appear Thursday at the San Antonio Rodeo.
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5:29 p.m.: Best Pop Solo Performance goes to Adele’s “Hello.” First win of a big night for her? Moments later, she wins Best Pop Vocal Album for “25.”
5:21 p.m.: That’s three out of three wins for David Bowie’s “Blackstar” so far. This one’s for Best Rock Performance. Bowie is nominated for two more categories still to be awarded. Members of the band who helped him record it give an emotional acceptance, calling Bowie “collaborative, funny and always ready to try new things.” … A few minutes later, another win, this one for Best Alternative Music Album; that’s four-for-four. It’s clear the Grammys really misfired by not having this one up for Album of the Year.
4:58 p.m.: Wow: Sarah Jarosz wins two! “Undercurrent” takes Best Folk Album, over Judy Collins and others. “This is just such a thrill, such a dream come true,” she says.
4:49 p.m.: Soul great William Bell’s “This Is Where I Live” wins Best Americana Album in a slight upset over a strong field that included Kris Kristofferson’s “The Cedar Creek Sessions,” recorded in Austin.
4:46 p.m.: It’s a win, finally, for Sarah Jarosz! Her song “House of Mercy” gets Best American Roots Performance. This is the Wimberley-raised Austin native’s first Grammy victory after several nominations. She thanks her parents, “who have always encouraged me to believe in the power of my dreams.”
4:43 p.m.: Quite a few references to the accomplishments of immigrants from many winners today who have foreign roots and ties.
4:33 p.m.: No surprise as Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” wins Best Country Album. Simpson accepts, saying tongue-in-cheek, “I guess the revolution will not be televised.” Bigger question is whether he has a chance in the televised portion tonight: His record also is nominated for Album of the Year.
4:28 p.m.: Dramatic moment as Joey + Rory’s “Hymns” wins for Best Roots Gospel Album. Rory Lee Feek accepts for his wife Joey Feek, who died of cancer last year. Rory says that Joey told her before she died, “Remember, if we get this award, I’ll know before you do.”
4:19 p.m.: Denton/Dallas band Snarky Puppy’s “Culcha Vulcha” wins for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. The band appeared at South by Southwest last year.
4:11 p.m.: Sarah Jarosz’s stint as guest-presenter concludes, and now folk legend Judy Collins is performing. She’s one of the artists up against Jarosz in the Best Folk Album category, to be awarded within the next hour or so. Collins is performing the late Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne,” solo on piano.
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3:50 p.m.: We’re close to the halfway point as instrumental ensemble Third Coast Percussion performs. Still three more Austin-connected nominees in the upcoming awards: the legendary Willie Nelson for “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category, and Wimberley-raised Austin native Sarah Jarosz for “Undercurrent” in Best Folk Album and “House of Mercy” in Best American Roots Performance. Jarosz also is scheduled to appear as a presenter at some point in the afternoon program. (Update: She’s on at 3:54 p.m. to present several classical categories.)
3:40 p.m.: First of perhaps many awards today and tonight for Beyoncé, whose “Formation” wins Best Music Video. Among the nominees was Fort Worth’s Leon Bridges. Moments later, however, the Beatles beat out Beyoncé for Best Music Film, where her “Lemonade” was nominated.
3:24 p.m.: Fort Worth native Kirk Franklin’s “God Provides” wins for Best Gospel Performance/Song, accepted by the song’s performer, Tamela Mann. She brings him up onstage with her. Moments later, Franklin’s “Losing My Religion” wins for Best Gospel Album. (No, he wasn’t covering R.E.M.)
3:09 p.m.: Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical goes to the engineers of David Bowie’s “Blackstar,” including renowned producer Tony Visconti. Among the nominees was the trio of engineers who worked on Wimberley-raised musician Sarah Jarosz’s album “Undercurrent.”
3:02 p.m.: Best Recording Package goes to Jonathan Barnbrook for David Bowie’s “Blackstar,” the first win for Bowie’s final album. He’s nominated for four more awards today. It does mean a loss for the Austin team of Sarah and Shauna Dodds, who were nominated for Reckless Kelly’s “Sunset Motel” after winning this category last year for Asleep at the Wheel’s “Still the King” Bob Wills tribute.
2:52 p.m.: Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media goes to the legendary John Williams for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which means no victory for Austin electronic duo Survive. It was an uphill battle for Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, as they had nominations for two different pieces for Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and thus might have had votes split between those two entries.
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2:47 p.m.: First award, for Best Musical Theater Album, goes to: “The Color Purple.”
2:35 p.m.: The Grammys afternoon Premiere ceremony is just beginning. Awards in many categories will be given out in this segment, which precedes tonight’s CBS televised show. We’ll update throughout the afternoon, with a particular eye toward nominees with Austin connections.
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