Whether or not you caught the glitz, the glam, and the shade-throwing acceptance speeches during the 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony broadcast last night, you still may have missed out on the jazz and classical awards presented earlier in the day. Stephen Paulus’s Prayers & Remembrances (from Paulus: Far In The Heavens – Reference Recordings) was awarded Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Eighth Blackbird picked up Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their album Filament (Cedille Records), and The Maria Schneider Orchestra’s The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare) won for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Judith Sherman was once again recognized as Producer of the Year for her work in the classical genre, which included the recording Ask Your Mama, the winner of Best Engineered Classical Album (Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, and Justin Merrill, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer – Avie Records). Best Musical Theater Album went to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton (Atlantic).
For more on these categories and updates on all the awarded artists, see the Grammy website.