February 16, 2016


Alabama Shakes Dish Out Dynamite 'Don't Wanna Fight' at the 2016 GRAMMYs

Kevin Winter/WireImage
Kevin Winter/WireImage

Alabama Shakes broke their post–Boys & Girls silence in February 2015 with "Don't Wanna Fight," the thick, throbbing lead single for their second album, Sound & Color. Their performance at tonight's GRAMMY Awards was a great reminder of why the track's had us spellbound since the day it dropped—and why it just won Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.

Frontwoman Brittany Howard doesn't know how to take the stage without completely owning it, nor does she have any time for the concept of phoning it in. "Don't Wanna Fight" saw her howling, emoting, and manipulating her teal Gibson SG all with virtuoso talent. Don't even get us started on that white, cape-y getup, either.

Sound & Color won Best Alternative Music Album earlier in the evening; it's up for Album of the Year next. Engineers Shawn Everett and Bob Ludwig also grabbed awards for Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) for Sound & Color.

The Shakes will begin a string of North American tour dates on April 21 in Nashville. Get all the dates here; if tonight's performance didn't hammer it home, the band isn't one you're allowed to miss.