The 56th annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles last night and it was quite a ceremony. Between great performances by Gary Clark, Jr. and Chicago, as well as a Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunion, several SXSW Music alumni took home awards.
SXSW 2013 Music Keynote Speaker Dave Grohl, along with Paul McCartney and former Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic (SXSW Music 1996 Keynote) and Pat Smear, won the award for Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack,” a song they collaborated on for the 2013 film Sound City. Dave Grohl performed as part of the Sound City Players showcase at the SXSW 2013 Music Festival.
Hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis nearly swept their categories, winning Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Album.
Past SXSW speaker Paul Williams, who collaborated with Daft Punk on their album Random Access Memories, was there to accept the electronic duo's award for Album of the Year. You can see Paul Williams speaking at the SXSW 2012 Music Conference below.
Other SXSW alumni highlights include: Vampire Weekend winning Best Alternative Music Album with Modern Vampires of the City; electronic music producer Zedd taking Best Dance Recording with “Clarity”; Gary Clark, Jr. earning the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for his song “Please Come Home”; and Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell receiving the honor for Best Americana Album for Old Yellow Moon.
Congratulations to all of the SXSW Alumni Grammy Winners! See the full list of the winners below.
SXSW Music Speaker Alumni Grammy Winners
BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM (TIE) - Bob Ludwig / Joseph M. Palmaccio
BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL - Bob Ludwig
SXSW Showcasing Artist Alumni Grammy Winners
BEST NEW ARTIST - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
BEST RAP PERFORMANCE - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
BEST RAP SONG - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
BEST RAP ALBUM - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE - Imagine Dragons
BEST ROCK SONG - Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, & Paul McCartney
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM - Vampire Weekend
BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE - Gary Clark, Jr.
BEST R&B SONG - Justin Timberlake
BEST RAP/SUNG COLLAB - Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
BEST MUSIC VIDEO - Justin Timberlake
BEST DANCE RECORDING - Zedd
BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE - The Civil Wars
BEST AMERICANA ALBUM - Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM - Del McCoury Band
BEST BLUES ALBUM - Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
BEST FOLK ALBUM - Guy Clark
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR - Pharrell Williams
Gary Clark, Jr. photo by Sean Mathis