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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We now know the winners of the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And also what the winners wore.

INSKEEP: Members of the Recording Academy who vote on the Grammys spread the love.

MONTAGNE: Several acts split the top awards including the French dance music duo Daft Punk.

INSKEEP: And 17-year old New Zealander, Lorde.

MONTAGNE: Along with Seattle hip hop duo, Macklemore together with Ryan Lewis.

INSKEEP: Newcomer Kacey Musgraves took home the two top country Grammys.

MONTAGNE: The Grammy broadcast lasted three hours and 45 minutes, enough time for viewers to send out countless snarky tweets about what they saw - but only enough time to hand out 10 awards.

INSKEEP: Because most awards were handed out before the telecast. NPR's Mandalit del Barco was backstage and reports on the winners you didn't see.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: For artists who are not household names with multimillion dollar record deals, getting a Grammy Award is a really big deal. It was for gospel singer Tye Tribbet.

TYE TRIBBET: Wooo.

BARCO: For some, it was redemption for toiling for years in obscurity. Onstage, award-winning jazz critic Neil Tesser reminded people why album notes are important.

NEIL TESSER: For anybody who's over the age of 35, liner notes have been so important. They've provided insight and commentary and biography.

(APPLAUSE)

BARCO: For jazz artist Maria Schneider, whose collaboration with classical soprano Dawn Upshaw won four Grammies, it was a platform to scold those who don't pay for music.

MARIA SCHNEIDER: Most of us who are coming through here, that you've seen this afternoon, we're funding our own records.

BARCO: Backstage, Schneider said it was her Fans, not record companies, who helped pay for her album online.

Canadian Jennifer Gasoi won Best Children's Album for "Throw a penny in the Wishing well."

JENNIFER GASOI: I think it's going to elevate my career. I think it's going to give me opportunities that I've been hoping for.

BARCO: During the pre-telecast show, homegrown Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia took the stage to perform.

LA SANTA CECILIA: (Singing in Spanish)

BARCO: The band won for best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. Backstage, lead singer Marisol Hernandez dedicated their award to 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country.

MARISOL HERNANDEZ: To all the people that are working behind the scenes, you know, in this country, all the gardeners and domestic workers - which are people like my mother - all the people that are working hard and that are living in the shadows.

BARCO: Hernandez says its independent musicians like herself who can provide a voice for the people you don't see on TV.

Mandalit del Barco, NPR News.

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