The Grammy Awards – Highlights

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Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win big at the event.

A steamy opening performance from Beyoncé and Jay Z, a mass wedding during a performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and loads more…it could only be the GRAMMY Awards!

The 56th annual GRAMMY Awards took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles, and was every bit the star-studded event, from the performances to the fashion (including that hat worn by Pharrell) through to the awards themselves.

The big winners on the night were Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – both duos picked up four awards each.

Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams won in every category they were nominated in, including the prestigious album of the year and record of the year for the massive hit Get Lucky.

Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis picked up Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Thrift Shop,” and Best Rap Album for The Heist.

Following a minor backlash about the rap album category, Macklemore posted a screenshot of a message that he sent to Kendrick Lemar saying:

“My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap album… I’m honored and completely blown away to win anything much less 4 Grammys. But in that category, he should have won IMO. And that’s taking nothing away from The Heist. Just giving GKMC it’s proper respect.. With that being said, thank you to the fans. You’re the reason we were on that stage tonight. And to play Same Love on that platform was a career highlight. The greatest honor of all. That’s what this is about. Progress and art. Thank you. #grammys”

Also on the night, Justin Timberlake won three trophies for Best R&B Song for “Pusher Love Girl,” Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Jay Z for “Holy Grail,” and Best Music Video again with Jay Z for “Suit & Tie.”
Lorde also picked up two of the coveted awards, winning song of the year and best pop solo performance for Royals.

Awards aside, the other major talking point were definitely the performances. Beyoncé and Jay Z kicked off proceedings with Drunk in Love, and had Taylor Swift bringing her ‘surfboard’ moves in the audience.

Macklemore’s sister and her partner were among 33 couples who got married during his performance of Same Love alongside his musical partner Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Madonna.

Queen Latifah officiated the gay and straight marriages and said: ”This song is not a love song for some of us but for all of us”.

 

Check out loads more GRAMMY pics here.

You’ll be able to watch the GRAMMY Awards in the UK at 9pm on Monday 27th January on 4 Music.

Full list of winners:

Album Of The Year:
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk

Record Of The Year:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Song Of The Year:
“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

Best New Artist:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

POP

Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Royals” — Lorde

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album:
“Unorthodox Jukebox” — Bruno Mars

Best Pop Instrumental Album:
“Steppin’ Out” — Herb Alpert

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“To Be Loved” — Michael Bublé

DANCE

Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

Best Dance Recording
“Clarity” — Zedd Featuring Foxes

ROCK

Best Rock Performance:
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons

Best Rock Album:
“Celebration Day” — Led Zeppelin

Best Metal Performance
“God Is Dead?” — Black Sabbath

Best Rock Song
“Cut Me Some Slack” — Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)

ALTERNATIVE

Best Alternative Music Album
“Modern Vampires Of The City” — Vampire Weekend

R&B

Best R&B Performance:
“Something” — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
“Unapologetic” — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:
Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Please Come Home — Gary Clark Jr.

Best R&B Song (A Songwriters Award)
“Pusher Love Girl” — James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)

RAP

Best Rap Performance:
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake

Best Rap Album:
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Song
“Thrift Shop” — Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)

COUNTRY MUSIC

Best Country Solo Performance:
“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker

Best Country Album:
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“From This Valley” — The Civil Wars

Best Country Song (A Songwriters Award)
“Merry Go ‘Round” — Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)

NEW AGE

Best New Age Album
“Love’s River” — Laura Sullivan

JAZZ

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
“Orbits” — Wayne Shorter, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album
“Liquid Spirit” — Gregory Porter

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
“Night In Calisia” — Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic

Best Latin Jazz Album
“Song For Maura” — Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC

Best Gospel Album:
Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
“Break Every Chain [Live]” — Tasha Cobbs

Best Gospel Song
“If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]” — Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
“Overcomer” — David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
“Overcomer” — Mandisa

LATIN

Best Latin Pop Album
“Vida” — Draco Rosa

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
“Treinta Días” — La Santa Cecilia

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
“A Mi Manera” — Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

Best Tropical Latin Album:
Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra

AMERICAN ROOTS

Best Americana Album:
Love Has Come For You — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

Best Bluegrass Album
“The Streets Of Baltimore” — Del McCoury Band

Best Blues Album
“Get Up!” — Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite

Best Folk Album
“My Favorite Picture Of You” — Guy Clark

Best Regional Roots Music Album
“Dockside Sessions” — Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

REGGAE

Best Reggae Album
“Ziggy Marley In Concert” — Ziggy Marley

WORLD MUSIC

Best World Music Album (tie)
“Savor Flamenco” — Gipsy Kings
“Live: Singing For Peace Around The World” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo

CHILDREN’S

Best Children’s Album
“Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well” — Jennifer Gasoi

SPOKEN WORD

Best Spoken Word Album
“America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t” — Stephen Colbert

COMEDY

Best Comedy Album:
“Calm Down Gurrl” — Kathy Griffin

MUSICAL THEATER

Best Musical Theater Album
“Kinky Boots”

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Sound City: Real To Reel

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Skyfall — Thomas Newman, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”– Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

COMPOSING/ARRANGING

Best Instrumental Composition
Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra — Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)

Best Instrumental Arrangement
On Green Dolphin Street– Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Swing Low — Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)

PACKAGE

Best Recording Package
Long Night Moon — Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition) — Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)

NOTES

Best Album Notes
Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded) — Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)

HISTORICAL

Best Historical Album (tie)
Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965
The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums

PRODUCTION, Non-Classical

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Random Access Memories — Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Daft Punk)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Pharrell Williams

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) — Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)

SURROUND SOUND

Best Surround Sound Album
Live Kisses — Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)

FIELD: PRODUCTION, CLASSICAL

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Winter Morning Walks — David Frost, Brian Losch & Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)

Producer Of The Year, Classical
David Frost

CLASSICAL

Best Orchestral Performance
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 — Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
Adès: The Tempest

Best Choral Performance
Pärt: Adam’s Lament — Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Roomful Of Teeth — Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra — Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)

Best Classical Vocal Solo
Winter Morning Walks — Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)

Best Classical Compendium
Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik — Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks — Maria Schneider, composer

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM

Best Music Video
Suit & Tie — Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z (David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer)

Best Music Film
Live Kisses — Paul McCartney (Jonas Akerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers)

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