Did you watch the Grammy’s last night? Did you sit in anticipation, rap every word of Kendrick Lamar’s performance under your breath, and feel a previously unknown pop alter-ego consume you when Taylor Swift won Album of the Year? Yeah, us too. But being a music buff doesn’t have to undermine your dual knowledge of books. Rather than cutting into your reading time, let your favorite artists enlighten it! Diving deep into the interwebs, navigating interviews and bios unending, we found a hefty supply of books that inspired, provided lyrical fodder, and captured the hearts of some of the year’s best. Here are a few good reads to add to your book list, courtesy of the winners.
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Winner of Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Collaboration
Favorite Book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
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Winner of Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album
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Winner of Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance
Favorite Books: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
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Winner of Best New Artist
Favorite Book: On The Road by Jack Kerouac
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Winner of Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo
Favorite Book: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
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Winner of Best Dance Recording
Favorite Book: Fledgling: Jason Steed by Mark A. Cooper
Brittany Howard, lead singer and guitarist of the Alabama Shakes
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Winner of Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song
Favorite Book: Shout, Sister, Shout! by Gayle Wald
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Winner of Best Rock Album
Believe it or not there’s an entire Wiki-Page dedicated to the band’s favorite reads. Some of those include The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, 1984 by George Orwell, and Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control by Kathleen Taylor. We’re sensing a theme here…
Skrillex and Diplo
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Winners of Best Dance/Electronic Album
Diplo cites Faulkner as a long-loved favorite, as well as Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko, according to an interview with Pitchfork. The other member of the duo, Skrillex, calls Watership Down by Richard Adams a best read, and an inspiration for the name of his imprint label, Owsla.
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Winner of Best Spoken Work Album
For the entire list of winners, check out the Grammy recap.