Kacey Musgraves, Vampire Weekend Win Early Grammys

The televised portion of the 56th Annual Grammys is forty five minutes away, but several of the night’s awards have already been distributed.

Among the early winners are Kacey Musgraves, Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Musgraves, also up for Best New Artist, took home the trophy for Best Country Song. Vampire Weekend claimed Best Alternative Album, while multiple-time nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.

A list of the notable early winners follows; has the complete list.

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Pharrell Williams

Best Country Song
“Merry Go ‘Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne (songwriters – song performed by Kacey Musgraves)

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“From This Valley,” The Civil Wars

Best Country Solo Performance
“Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker

Best Alternative Album
Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend

Best Rock Album
Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin

Best Rock Performance
“Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons

Best Metal Performance
“God Is Dead?” Black Sabbath

Best Rap Album
The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Song
“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Performance
“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/Wanz

Best R&B Album
Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys

Best R&B Song
“Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake (songwriters – song performed by Justin Timberlake)

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.

Best R&B Performance
“Something,” Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway

Best Blues Album
Get Up!, Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Unapologetic, Rihanna

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Random Access Memories, Daft Punk

Best Dance Recording
“Clarity,” Zedd f/Foxes

Best Music Film
Live Kisses, Paul McCartney, Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers

Best Music Video
“Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake f/Jay Z, David Fincher, director, & Timory King, video producer

Written by Brian Cantor

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