The GRAMMY Awards 2015: The Winners
Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Beyoncé and more...
It was Sam Smith's night as the soulful Brit swept up four big wins at the music industry's biggest awards ceremony of the year. Two for his debut single Stay With Me including 'Song of The Year' and 'Record of the Year'. The song is taken from his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, which also won 'Best Pop Vocal Album' and during his acceptance speech Smith 'pulled an Adelle' by thanking his ex for inspiring the heartbreaking music that lead to the creation of the award-winning album.
In his speech, Smith took the opportunity to send a message to the A-list crowd, and all of his fans watching to 'be yourself': "Before I made this record, I tried doing everything to get my music heard... It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen."
Disturbing Smith's chance at a clean sweep was a surprise win from Beck for Morning Phase for 'Album of the Year' in the rock category. Tenacious D, the brainchild rock duo of Jack Black saw a win for the ferocious tune The Last in Line, in the 'Best Metal Performance' category. Last year's radio reply group St Vincent bagged the 'Best Alternative Album' for their self titled album.
Mumbles about budget cuts started to circulate as performers opted for stripped back staging, including Lady Gaga who performed with Tony Bennett in a raw performance of Cheek to Cheek which was taken from their album of the same name, which won the collaborative duo the 'Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album' award.
Another hit collaboration between Eminem and Rihanna tipped the scales for a win in the 'Best Rap/Sung Collaboration' category for The Monster.
A surprise appearance came in Sia's staging of Chandelier which included actress Kristin Wiig, in a spot of genius casting, that saw the comedy queen dancing along side Sia's standard side-kick Maddie Ziegler.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Queen Bey still reigns, putting paid to the fickle rumour mill, for one more night, as she scored two wins for 'Best R&B Performance' and 'R&B Song' for Drunk In Love, together with her husband Jay Z. Beyoncé also performed an ethereal rendition of Take My Hand Precious Lord in a poignant performance that alluded to the ongoing issues in the US surrounding police prejudice and violence.
In fact, the roster of performances bore an overriding somber tone, with only a performance from Madonna summoning the good old days of big staging numbers. No doubt she is keen to make her presence known as she prepares for a renaissance of sorts. Finally, the highly-hyped combo of the night: Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney teaming up for Rihanna's new single FourFiveSeconds, which was staged much the same as the recent video, but West and McCartney entertained the crowd with the addition of some friendly banter, interspersed into their performance.
Clement Durou and Pierre Dupaquier
Pharrell Williams, didn't leave empty handed with two wins for what was arguably the catchiest song of 2014; Happy, which beat of competition in the 'Best Video' and 'Pop Solo Performance' categories.
The summer anthem Rather Be by clean bandit won best 'Dance Recording'. The instant classic from Disney; Frozen managed to thaw the judges by scoring for 'Music For Visual Media' and Let It Go, which has inspired millions of YouTube users to take to the site to upload their lip-synching efforts, won for 'Best Song Written For Visual Media'.
The night threw a few surprises but was largely drama free. Ed Sheeran may have been a bit disappointed after his album X, which was last year's most streamed album on Spotify, failed to deliver a Grammy. But with his compatriot, Sam Smith, sweeping the board, we're sure there is still plenty to smile about. Los Angeles will dancing to the Happy tune of Grammy success for days to come, we are sure...
Engineers Florian Lagatta, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, and Joe Visciano, winners of Best Engineered Album
Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry of The Band Perry
Melissa Rivers and son Cooper Endicot
Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto, and Milan Neil Amin-Smith of Clean Bandit
Vocalist Glenn Miller, conductor Craig Hella Johnson, and vocalist Robert Harlan