Alabama Shakes pick up third Grammy as Miguel pays tribute to Michael Jackson

The US group beat Wolf Alice, Foo Fighters and more to Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes have picked up their third Grammy of the night after being awarded Best Rock Performance for ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’.

The US group were already given the awards for Best Rock Song for the same track and Best Alternative Music Album for ‘Sound & Color’.

Accepting the award, frontwoman Brittany Howard said she “never thought [the band] would be here doing this.”


“When we started, we were in high school,” she said. “We did it for fun. We never thought we’d be getting awards or recognition. My heart is beating a mile a minute.”

Before Alabama Shakes were announced as the winners of the category, which also featured Wolf Alice and Foo Fighters, Miguel paid tribute to Michael Jackson.

The R&B singer gave a brief rendition of Jackson’s ‘She’s Out Of My Life’, saying afterwards: “It’s hard to believe it’s 35 years since Michael Jackson won his first Grammy.”

You can keep up with all the winners at this year’s Grammy awards via NME‘s rolling winners blog.