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The Winners and Losers of the 2017 Grammys

on February 13, 2017, 3:00pm
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Winner: Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson already had the honor of being country music’s coolest contemporary going into Sunday night, but a couple of low-key moments sealed the deal for the Nashville outsider. There was his win for Country Album of the Year, which took place at the pre-telecast, prompting Simpson to proclaim, “The revolution will not be televised.” And as if quoting Gil Scott-Heron wasn’t enough, there was his performance during the ceremony, which doubled as a performance of his original “All Around You” and a tribute to the late Sharon Jones. Jones’ band, the Dap-Kings, joined Simpson in what might have been the best-sounding musical moment of the night, an honor that is rarely appreciated on a show built on spectacle. –Philip Cosores


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