Classical Grammy Awards 2016

Feb 12, 2016

Joyce DiDonato performs at the Grammys 2012
Credit Jeff Kravitz/

The Grammy Awards ceremony is Monday night, broadcast on network television from 8–11:30 p.m. ET. Before that show, there are 70 categories that will be awarded in the GRAMMYAwardsPremiere Ceremony® from 3:30–6:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed live. Included in the preshow are the 2016 Classical Grammy nominees, and a performance of the Takács String Quartet!

Presenting the awards are composer & bandleader Maria Schneider, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar, as well as Jidenna, Lianne La Havas, Keali'i Reichel, and producer Jimmy Jam. The Takács Quartet is up for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance with their recording of "Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2" with Marc André Hamelin. You can see the other classical categories and nominees here.

I'm excited to see who wins, and enjoy getting some of the "red carpet" action with classical and jazz performers. This year I think some of the favorites to win include mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato for her "Joyce & Tony - Live from Wigmore Hall" recording with Antonio Pappano, and choral group Conspirare for their Pablo Neruda "The Poet Sings" release. 

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