Campbell, Cash, Lecrae Win the Grammys You Didn’t See

The Academy honored Glen Campbell off-camera, giving him best country song for the heartbreaking song about his Alzheimer's.

By Anika Smith Published on February 9, 2015

The early, untelevised Grammy announcements may have been the most interesting last night. Lecrae was up for best rap performance and lost to Kendrick Lamar, perhaps because the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences played it safe by giving him one for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song” for “Messengers,” featuring For King & Country.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported:

Backstage, a tuxedo-clad Lecrae said, “I’m a testament to hip-hop as well, that you can have morals, faith, and that we’re not a homogenous group. We’re full of texture and color, and I’m glad to represent that.”

In other big misses of the night, Sharon Jones lost on her first ever nomination, for best R&B album, proving that the Academy don’t know what they’re doing.

Unless you’re talking American roots performance, a category Rosanne Cash won handily, taking best American roots song for “A Feather’s Not a Bird” and best Americana album for The River & The Thread.

The Academy also honored Glen Campbell off-camera, giving him best country song for the heartbreaking song about his Alzheimer’s, “Not Gonna Miss You.” His wife accepted the award on his behalf, saying:

Sadly, he can’t be with us tonight because he is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, but he is healthy and cheerful. I know first and foremost he’d want to thank God for a great career and especially for the gift of music. Music, I really believe, kept him healthy for a longer period of time and enabled him to enjoy life while living with a debilitating brain disease.

Campbell’s song is featured in the documentary I’ll Be Me and up for an Oscar later this month.

Another Campbell tribute won a Grammy (again untelevised) as The Band Perry won best country duo/group performance with their cover of “Gentle on My Mind.”

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