It’s that time of year where we watch the ceremony that honors a select few music industry movers and shakers that noticeably shaped what was heard the previous year. Hosted by LL Cool J for the 4th time, The Grammys gathered artists like Beyonce, Miley Cirus, Beck, Sam Smith, and what seemed to be everyone who was someone.
ACDC kicked off the show by performing ‘Highway to Hell’ and reigniting the worlds love for Rock music. From that point, there were quite a few notable moments. Some of which we will mention below (in no particular order)#
Kanye West performed a very emotional song from the perspective of his mother about him and his daughter North. The set was around what appeared to be a sewer with a beam of light shooting out of it.
Imagine Dragons performed their single ‘Shots’ backed by Target’s #moremusic campaign. Target opted to sponsor a performance rather than a commercial. Perhaps a forecast of many brand relationships to come.
88 year old Tony Benett and Lady Gaga shared a stage dressed in ravishing attire. They performed the jazz classic ‘Cheek to Check’.
Usher honored Stevie Wonder by performing ‘Key of Life’ only accompanied by a harp player. Stevie himself surprised the audience by playing a few notes on the harmonica at the end. He appeared once more with Jamie Foxx to present an Award.
Eric church performed ‘Give me back my hometown’. He sported a cool pair of sunglasses and featured a unifying video theme on set.
Rihanna, Paul McCartney, and Kanye West performed ‘FourFiveSeconds’ making it a 2nd appearance for Kanye West. West was seemingly more modest than normal, but still nearly crashed Beck’s award acceptance for best album (Beyonce’ was up for the award as well).
Prince presented the award for album of the year, and after a standing ovation, spoke a few powerful words. “Albums still matter, albums still mater…like black lives still matter”.
Sam Smith seemed to steal the award show with wins. Mary J Blige joined him as he sung the breakout hit ‘Stay With Me’.
Beyonce’ closed out the show with an angelic performance of ‘Take My Hand’. She also nabbed the best female performance award.
List of Winners
Album of the year: “Morning Phase,” Beck.
Song of the year: “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith.
Record of the year: “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith.
New artist: Sam Smith.
Pop vocal album: “In the Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith.
Pop solo performance: “Happy (Live),” Pharrell Williams.
Pop duo/group performance: “Say Something,” A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera.
Traditional pop vocal album: “Cheek to Cheek,” Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.
Rock album: “Morning Phase,” Beck.
Rock performance: “Lazaretto,” Jack White.
Rock song: “Ain’t It Fun,” Hayley Williams and Taylor York.
Country album: “Platinum,” Miranda Lambert.
Country solo performance: “Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood.
Country duo/group performance: “Gentle on My Mind,” The Band Perry.
Country Song: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell.
Rap album: “The Marshall Mathers LP2,” Eminem.
Rap performance: “i,” Kendrick Lamar.
Rap/sung collaboration: “The Monster,” Eminem and Rihanna.
Rap song: “i,” Kendrick Lamar.
R&B song: “Drunk in Love,” Beyonce and Jay Z.
R&B performance: “Drunk in Love,” Beyonce and Jay Z.
Urban contemporary album: “Girl,” Pharrell.
R&B album: “Love, Marriage & Divorce,” Toni Braxton and Babyface