Concord Records artists scored the most Grammy Awards, picking up eight, followed closely by Warner Bros. Records, which won seven, thanks to the six awards picked up by Nonesuch Records.
Concord winners -- either on its label or distributed labels -- included Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom" (Hear Music) for best pop vocal album; Gary Burton and Chick Corea's "Hot House," whose title track won best improvised jazz solo and "Mozart Goes Dancing" took home best instrumental composition; and Esperanza Spalding's "Radio Music Society" (Heads Up International), which won best vocal jazz album.
Concord is an independent label distributed by Universal Music Group Distribution. That means indie label advocates and Universal Music Group claim their victories when tallying up counts, just like both camps lay claim to Big Machine and Columbia, and indie advocates lay claim to Adele, who is signed to XL label, but marketed through Columbia in the United States.
Warner Bros. Records’ Nonesuch also cleaned up, thanks largely to the Black Keys, whose song "Lonely Boys," won for best rock performance and best rock song. That track is from the duo’s latest album, "El CAmino," which also captured best rock album.
Atlantic Records artists picked up six awards, including two by Fun., which won the best new artist Grammy and the best song of the year for "We Are Young,” which the band co-wrote with Jeff Bhasker and featured Janelle Monae. Skrillex took home two: "Bangarang" won best dance/electronica album, while the title track won best dance recording.
Island Def Jam artists picked up five Grammy Awards, including Frank Ocean, whose "Channel Orange" won the Grammy for best urban contemporary album. Jay-Z and Kanye West were involved in three Grammy Awards: two for "N****s In Paris," which won best rap performance and best rap song, and the other for "No Church In the Wild," which won best rap/sung collaboration (featuring Frank Ocean and the-Dream).
Republic Records, Columbia and the Capitol Music Group each won four Grammy awards. Republic owed its nods to Gotye, which picked up three Grammy awards for "Somebody I Used To Know." The song won record of the year and best pop duo/group performance, while the Gotye’s "Making Mirrors” album won the best alternative music album.
Adele helped Columbia earn four Grammys. Her “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)” won best pop solo performance. Chris Botti's "Impressions" won best pop instrumental album, and Beyonce's "Love On Top," from her "4" album, won best traditional R&B performance. And Mary Mary's "Go Get It," the title track from the group’s latest album, won best gospel song.
Finally, the Capitol Music Group also won four Grammy awards consisting of Robert Glasper Experiment's "Black Radio" (Blue Note), which won best R&B album; Little Big Town's "Poontoon" (Capitall Records Nashville), which won best country duo/group performance; Toby Mac's "Eye On It” (Forefront Records, which is distributed by the EMI Christian Group), which won best contemporary Christian music album; and "the Smile Sessions (Deluxe Bost Set)" (Capitol Records), which won best historical album.
Finally, RCA artists won three Grammy awards. Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger," which is on 19 Recordings and won best pop vocal album; and Miguel, whose "Adorn," won best R&B song. Interscope Records snared one from Nero, which won best non-classical remixed recording for "Promises," remixed with Skrillex.
Looking at the Grammy Awards by the major distributors and the indie sector collectively as a group, the indie sector picked up 34-36 awards, depending on how you count, including winning the album of the year award for Mumford & Sons "Babel" on Glassnote Records. This marks the fifth year in a row an artist signed to an independent label has won that award if you count Robert Plant & Alison Krauss album "Raising Sand on Concord/Rounder; Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Big Machine); Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" (Merge) and Adele's "21" (who is signed to and marketed by Beggars/XL outside of the U.S.).
Of course, the major labels also claim three of those five: Adele's “21,” which comes out in the U.S. through Columbia; the Swift album, which is worked to radio by Republic Records and is distributed by Universal Music Group Distribution, as is Concord's Plant/Kraus album. Moreover, Arcade Fire's album comes out through Alternative Distribution Alliance, an indie distributor owned by the Warner Music Group; while the Mumford & Son album is distributed by RED, which is owned by Sony Music Entertainment.
Depending on how you count indie's, whether by ownership or distribution, artists on labels owned or distributed by the Universal Music Group picked up 28 Grammy awards, while Sony artists picked up 14 awards, and the Warner Music Group picked up 14 awards. Among indie distributors, Naxos appears to have the most Grammy awards -- six, as counted by A2IM.