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The 57th Annual Grammy Awards: Recap, Winners, and Videos; Sam Smith Wins Big
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 02/08/15 11:59 pm | updated: 02/08/15 11:59 pm
 
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards was once again held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Sam Smith was the big winner on the night, taking home 4 golden gramophone trophies. See winners below.

AC/DC opened the show with "Rock or Bust" before diving into "Highway to Hell." The crowd joined in with light-up devil horns handed out all to props. LL Cool J hosted the night and was short and sweet in his intro. Taylor Swift started off the night by presenting the Best New Artist award to Sam Smith.

Ariana Grande performed the ballad "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart" accompanied by piano and strings, showing off her vocal range. Tom Jones & Jessie J did a duet of "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'" before handing out the Best Pop Solo Performance to Pharrell for "Happy."

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Miranda Lambert put on an explosive performance of "Little Red Wagon." Barry Gibb and Pentatonix presented Best Pop Vocal Album to Sam Smith for In the Lonely Hour. Kanye West performed "Only One" for the first time. It featured him standing over a single spotlight.

Madonna sang “Living for Love” dressed like a bull fighter surrounded by a pack of manly Versace minotaurs. She was eventually joined by a large choir and hoisted away into the rafters to end then performance. Watch the video:



Josh Duhamel, Julian Edelman, Malcolm Butler presented Best Rock Album to Beck for Morning Phase Smokey Robinson and Nile Rogers gave out the award for R&B Performance to Beyonce for “Drunk in Love.” They then introduced...

Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, ?uestlove, Herbie Hancock perform “Thinking Out Loud.” Jeff Lynne's ELO followed with “Evil Woman”. Paul McCartney was in the crowd, seemingly the only one in his section standing up and jamming along. Sheeran then joined ELO for “Mr. Blue Sky.” Watch the video:



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Usual rockers Adam Levine & Gwen Stefani donned formal wear and were backed by full string section to duet on the ballad “My Heart is Open.” Annie Lennox and Hozier collaborated on his hit “Take Me to Church” before sliding into Screamin' Jay Hawkins “I Put a Spell of You.” Nick Jonas & Meghan Trainor give away Best Country Album to Miranda Lambert for Platinum.

TheWeeknd introduced Pharell Williams who performed “Happy” with a prolonged intro that was cinematic and dire. The rest of the arrangement was slightly more 'joyful,' however significantly different than the original pop song. Film score maven Hans Zimmer played guitar and collaborated. Chinese piano prodigy Lang Lang also performed. They were joined by many dancers dressed as bell hops, etc. Watch the video:



Katy Perry sang “By The Grace of God” with a simple white back drop, wearing a white dress, with lyrical shadow dancers behind her. The performance was dedicated to domestic violence awareness. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga teamed up on stage to sing the Irving Berlin standard “Cheek to Cheek” off their Grammy award winning album of the same name. It won Best Tradional Pop Vocal Album.

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Usher sang Stevie Wonder's “If It's Magic.” He was joined by the Motown great on harmonica right at the end to a standard.

Eric Church played “Give Me Back My Hometown” and Brandy Church & Dwight Yokum played “Hold My Hand” for the perfunctory Country portion of the show. With the depth and breadth of Country music today I think they could have found better songs by more entertaining artists to showcase the format.

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Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney performed their brand new single “FourFiveSeconds”. Rihanna and Kanye traded vocals as Paul played acoustic guitar. This was the first time they have performed this song live. It is expected to appear on Rihanna's upcoming album.



Sam Smith & Mary J Blige collaborated on “Stay With Me” with full string section and back on. Juanes performed his own song “Juntos,” from the upcoming cross country movie McFarland, TX. He sang the song in Spanish. Prince presented the Album of The Year to Beck for “Morning Phase.”

Sia, introduced by Shia Labeouf, performed “Chandelier”. True to not showing her face she faced the back of a set while Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler danced performed a lyrical interpretation. Watch the video:



Enrique Iglesias presented Song of the Year to Sam Smith for “Stay With Me.” Beck and Chris Martin teamed up to sing “Heart is a Drum.” Stevie Wonder and Jamie Foxx presented the final award of the evening for Record of the Year to Sam Smith once again for “Stay With Me”

LL Cool J and Gweneth Paltrow introduced Beyonce. She sang the gospel song “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” from the movie Selma in what appeared to be a wedding dress/white gown or robe surrounded by men in white suits. To end the show, John Legend & Common followed with the powerful “Glory,” also from the film.

Partial List of Winners:
See all winners at grammy.com

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 ARTIST: "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/SONG COLLABORATION: "The Monster," Eminem and Rihanna.

RAP R&B: "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.

 
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