How Did Artists That Have Performed Free Concerts Do At the 2016 Grammy Awards?


The 2016 Grammy Awards had taken place on February 15 at the Los Angeles Staples Center. On the list of nominations were some of the artists that have performed free concerts in New York City. Let’s take a look at how they did.

Updated with award winners Eighth Blackbird and Arturo O’Farrill.

Alabama Shakes

Performed: SummerStage, Central Park, June 24, 2012


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’

Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical): Shawn Everett, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Alabama Shakes), ‘Sound & Color’

Snarky Puppy

Performed: BAM R&B Festival at Metrotech, July 31, 2014


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:  Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest, ‘Sylva’

Israel and The New Breed

Performed: MLK Concert Series Wingate Field, August 17 , 2009


Best Gospel Album: Israel & NewBreed, ‘Covered: Alive In Asia [Live]’

Jason Isbell

Performed: Celebrate Brooklyn! Prospect Park BandshellJuly 24, 2015, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors, August 10 ,2013 


Best American Roots Song: Jason Isbell, ’24 Frames’

Best Americana Album: Jason Isbell, ‘Something More Than Free’

Buddy Guy

Performed: Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, July 11, 2012


Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy, ‘Born to Play Guitar’

Béla Fleck

Performed: SummerStage, Central Park  August 03


Best Folk Album: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, ‘Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’

Jon Cleary

Performed: BAM R&B Festival at Metrotech, August 6, 2015 and more


Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jon Cleary, ‘Go Go Juice’

Angelique Kidjo

Performed: SummerStage Central Park, June 7, 2015 and more


Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo, ‘Sings’


Performed: SummerStage Central Park, June 23, 2013 with Femi Kuti

Watch the video of the performance.


Best Song Written for Visual Media: Common & John Legend, ‘Glory’

Eighth Blackbird

Performed: Celebrate Brooklyn! June 18, 2015


Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: ‘Filament’

Arturo O’Farrill

Performed: MANY TIMES!


Best Instrumental Composition: Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra feat. Rudresh Mahanthappa), ‘The Afro Latin Jazz Suite’

Source: The Grammy Awards