A number of projects and players tied to the film and TV worlds scored Grammy Awards this afternoon during the preshow ceremony.
Canadian singer The Weeknd scored a Best R&B Performance statuette for “Earned It,” his song from Fifty Shades Of Grey that hit the Top 5 in the U.S. and UK. The song lost in a pair of other categories, but it is included on Beauty Behind the Madness, which is up for Album of the Year during the televised awards tonight on CBS. And the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, which is among the docu feature favorites at the Academy Awards this month, picked up the hardware for Best Music Film.
Two other Grammy winners have ties to last year’s Oscars. “Glory,” from the film Selma, which scooped Best Original Song at the 2015 Academy Awards, won today for Best Song Written for Visual Media. And Glen Campbell: I’ll Be me, the documentary about the honey-voiced singer that spawned another 2015 Best Song Oscar nom in “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. It beat out the companion albums from Empire, Selma, Fifty Shades and Pitch Perfect 2.
Louis C.K., the Emmy-winning multihyphenate behind FX’s Louie, won the Best Comedy Album Grammy for Live At Madison Square Garden, which was available as a pay-what-you-want download from LouisCK.net. Wrote C.K. on the site: “So I didn’t know what to charge for this because a lot of the material was on my Comedy Store special and it was hard to get good sound because comedy is intimate and MSG is large, so there’s a lot of sound slapping around everywhere though the sound engineer and the mixer did their level best. So we have the price set to 5 dollars but you can lower it to 1 dollar or raise it to 85. that’s the maximum, because beyond that, I don’t want your crazy money. Not for this show.”