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Grammy Gains on the Charts: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, ‘Hamilton’ & More

A host of Grammy winners and performers scale the Billboard 200 & other tallies.

Per annual tradition, a post-Grammy Awards glow envelops winners and performers on Billboard charts.

Here’s a recap of increases made by many of the awards recipients and notable performers (as well one late legend, David Bowie, who received a tribute) at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, broadcast live on CBS Feb. 15.

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(Acts are listed in order of their top-ranked titles on the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, dated March 5, which reflects the sales week ending Feb. 18.)


Following her performance of 25 ballad “All I Ask” (marred, unfortunately by technical glitches), the set rises 2-1 on the Billboard 200 with 151,000 equivalent album units earned, up 25 percent, in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. “Ask” vaults by 526 percent to 46,000 downloads sold (up from 7,000 the prior week) and re-enters the Digital Songs chart at No. 18.

Justin Bieber

Fellow Grammy performer Bieber’s Purpose climbs 5-2 on the Billboard 200 with 84,000 units, up 15 percent. He sang a medley of “Love Yourself” and “Where Are U Now” (with Diplo and Skrillex), the latter of which won the best dance recording Grammy.

Chris Stapleton

Stapleton picked up two Grammys: best country album for Traveller and best country solo performance for the set’s title song. The 37-year-old overnight sensation also showed the world his guitar proficiency, trading jams with Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. during a tribute to the late B.B. King on “The Thrill is Gone.” On the Billboard 200, Traveller journeys 11-5 (60,000 units, up 58 percent).

The Weeknd

A performance and two Grammy Award wins help send Beauty Behind the Madness 12-6 on the Billboard 200 (51,000 units, up 38 percent). The Weeknd sang a medley of “Can’t Feel My Face” and “In the Night” (the latter reimagined as an intimate ballad) on the telecast, and the songs surge by 131 percent (to 30,000 sold) and 61 percent (to 35,000), respectively.

Taylor Swift

Swift’s 1989 returns to the Billboard 200’s top 10, zooming 20-8 (43,000 units, up 91 percent). Swift opened the Grammy Awards with a performance of 1989 single “Out of the Woods,” which sports an 80 percent increase to 27,000 sold. 1989 itself won two awards, including album of the year. (Swift has since moved on from “Woods”; “New Romantics” is the newly announced seventh radio single from the set.)

Sam Hunt

Nominated for two Grammys, including best new artist, Hunt hikes 23-15 on the Billboard 200 with debut album Montevallo (34,000 units, up 59 percent). He duetted with Carrie Underwood on a medley of his “Take Your Time” and her current hit “Heartbeat” (see below).

Kendrick Lamar

The most nominated act of the night (11 nods) took home five awards, including best rap album for To Pimp a Butterfly, igniting the set’s 60-16 leap on the Billboard 200 (up 229 percent to 33,000 units). It reaches its best rank since the chart dated May 9, 2015. His theatrical medley performance included Butterfly‘s “Alright,” winner of best rap song and best rap performance, sparking its 645 percent hike (to 14,000 sold) and No. 17 re-entry on Rap Digital Songs.


The cast made history at the Grammys, becoming the first act to perform on the telecast live from Broadway, and the phenomenon’s accompanying recording, Hamilton: An American Musical, won the best musical theater album Grammy. The set soars 32-21 on the Billboard 200 (25,000 units, up 45 percent) and rules Cast Albums for a 20th week.

David Bowie

Following Lady Gaga‘s reverent, 10-song tribute to the late alt icon, with Nile Rodgers, two of Bowie’s albums scale the Billboard 200’s top 40: his final LP, January’s Blackstar, up 42-22 (24,000 units, up 68 percent), and Best of Bowie, which climbs 47-39 (17,000, up 37 percent).

James Bay

Although he came away from the Grammys empty-handed despite three nominations, chances are Bay is not moping: a duet with fellow best new artist nominee Tori Kelly (of his “Let It Go” and her “Hollow”) boosts his catalog significantly. His debut record Chaos and the Calm clamors 99-23 on the Billboard 200 (23,000 units, up 234 percent) and hits No. 1 on Folk Albums for the first time in its 48 weeks on the tally. Current single “Go” logs a 290 percent sales gain to 61,000 sold, more than doubling its prior best sales week (25,000, nearly a year ago) and re-enters Digital Songs at No. 10. The ballad becomes Bay’s first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, blasting 75-38 as the chart’s top Digital Gainer.

Ed Sheeran

Song of the year Grammy winner “Thinking Out Loud” re-enters Digital Songs at No. 24 with a 249 percent gain to 39,000. On the Billboard 200, parent album x bounds 44-27 (22,000 units, up 64 percent).

Alabama Shakes

Three Grammy victories (best rock performance and best rock song for “Don’t Wanna Fight,” plus best alternative music album) highlighted a big night for the Brittany Howard-fronted band, which also performed. Sound & Color jumps 148-28 on the Billboard 200 (21,000 units, up 293 percent), while “Fight” returns to Hot Rock Songs at No. 17 and the album’s title track re-enters at No. 32.

Meghan Trainor

Endearingly emotional during her acceptance speech, the best new artist honoree rises 43-38 on the Billboard 200 with her debut Title (18,000 units, up 29 percent). Trainor also performed during the night’s star-studded Lionel Richie tribute, featuring a turn by Richie himself (keep reading).

Carrie Underwood

As noted above, Underwood’s performance with Sam Hunt helps lead to a 53-41 push (16,000 units, up 46 percent) for her album Storyteller, while the song she spotlighted in her duet with her fellow country star, “Heartbeat,” ascends 11-3 on Country Digital Songs (37,000, up 133 percent).

Tori Kelly

The best new artist nominee and Grammy performer (with James Bay) is surely smiling, as her Unbreakable Smile rises 102-44 on the Billboard 200 (15,000 units, up 116 percent). “Hollow” debuts on Digital Songs at No. 34 (29,000, up 310 percent).

Andra Day

A performance alongside Ellie Goulding helped introduce soul singer Day to the masses, generating a 447 percent bump (to 13,000 units) for her Cheers to the Fall, which re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 48; it spent a prior week on the list when it debuted at No. 61 in September. Her first studio release, a nominee for best R&B album, includes “Rise Up,” which was up for best R&B performance and which she sang next to Goulding (who offered a sweet, slowed-down version of her “Love Me Like You Do”). “Rise” takes Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 31 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, powered by its 524 percent increase to 22,000 sold.


Eagles Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, joined by former member Bernie Leadon and Jackson Browne, paid tribute to co-founder Glenn Frey, who passed away Jan. 18. Their performance of “Take It Easy” (which Browne and Frey co-wrote) sends the classic back onto Rock Digital Songs at No. 25 (7,000, up 175 percent), while two sets on which it appears grace the Billboard 200, including the 29-times Platinum Their Greatest Hits 1971-75, up 134-105 (7,000 units, up 20 percent).

Little Big Town

Winning for best country duo/group performance (while its “Girl Crush” took best country song, awarded to its writers), Little Big Town received a Ryan Seacrest introduction, alerting fans that they were about to experience “Crush” “as you’ve never seen before,” as the act performed dressed in black and backed by stirring strings. The former 13-week Hot Country Songs leader surges by 787 percent to 49,000 sold, flying 39-1 on Country Digital Songs. Parent LP Pain Killer re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 55 (12,000 units, up 220 percent).

Lionel Richie

The Grammy fete to the R&B/pop legend, featuring Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato (on his 1984 smash “Hello”), John Legend, Luke Bryan and Tyrese Gibson, plus Richie on “All Night Long (All Night),” yields a No. 72 Billboard 200 re-entry for Richie’s The Definitive Collection (10,000 units, up 250 percent).

Mark Ronson

As for the night’s final award handed out, the coveted record of the year, Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars, gains by 20 percent to 44,000 sold, lifting 22-19 on Digital Songs, and re-enters the Hot 100 at No. 22 (which it led for 14 weeks before becoming the chart’s year-end No. 1 for 2015). Ronson’s album featuring the track, Uptown Special, climbs 112-89 on the Billboard 200 (8,000 units, up 26 percent).

One more notable Grammy gain: The night’s closing performance began with Pitbull‘s Spanglish version of “El Taxi.” The dance-filled number boasted a cameo from actress Sofia Vergara and roars by 99 percent to 13,000 sold. The sales boost also sparks the song’s original Spanish version (featuring Sensato and Osmani Garcia) back onto Hot Latin Songs at No. 18 (following its No. 14 peak in September). Robin Thicke, Joe Perry and Travis Barker joined the rapper for the second half of his performance, of “Bad Man,” triggering the track’s No. 20 start on Rap Digital Songs (13,000). Pitbull’s Spanish-language set Dale tied for a win (with Natalia LaFourcade’s Hasta la Raíz) for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album.

2016 Grammys