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2016 Grammys: Roundup of Jazz, Opera and Classical Honorees of the Evening

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Feb 16, 2016 10:36 AM EST

The 2016 Grammys are over. With appearances from the 12-year-old piano-playing prodigy Joey Alexander to an earthshattering performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the ensemble cast of Hamilton, other areas like Best Opera Recording and Best Jazz Album also gave out some well-deserved accolades during last evening's ceremony.

Lady Gaga gave a resounding performance in tribute to the late-David Bowie, who died earlier this year from cancer. Singing every tune even those unfamiliar with the artist could discern, the Cheek to Cheek songstress certainly gave a performance Mr. Bowie would have been proud of.

The singer and cultural icon was honored with an "In Memoriam" segment alongside the late-French composer Pierre Boulez and daughter of the timeless singer Nat King Cole, Ms. Natalie Cole.

So with the 2016 Grammys at a close it's time to round up the lesser-known categories also deserving of awards coverage during this year's gala.  

Per the New York Times, nonetheless, the honors that didn't make it to air were delivered before the televised ceremony and awarded those deserving in each category.

The awards are as follows:

Improvised Jazz Solo

Cherokee Christian McBride

Jazz Vocal Album

For One to Love Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz Instrumental Album

Past Present John Scofield

Best Blues Album

Born to Play Guitar Buddy Guy

Engineered Album, Classical

Ask Your Mama Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum and Justin Merrill, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer (George Manahan and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical

Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance

Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphony No. 10 Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Opera Recording

Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Isabel Leonard; Dominic Fyfe, producer (Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus and SKF Matsumoto Children's Chorus)

Classical Instrumental Solo

Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L'Arbre Des Songes Augustin Hadelich; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)

Classical Solo Vocal Album

Joyce & Tony - Live From Wigmore Hall Joyce DiDonato; Antonio Pappano, accompanist

Contemporary Classical Composition

Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances Stephen Paulus, composer (Eric Holtan, True Concord Voices & Orchestra)

Congratulations to all the winners, both televised and not, for their contributions to recording industry and for another successful ceremony in the can.

Also mentioned at the Grammys was Don Cheadle's forthcoming stint as Miles Davis in Miles Ahead. Preview that trailer below.

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