57th Grammy Awards honour best in music
Sam Smith, Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams were among the winners at the music industry's biggest awards show
No doubt about it: the 57th Grammy Awards were all about the performances this year. The night kicked off with none other than Australian rock veterans AC/DC, who debuted their latest track, Rock or Bust, followed by one of their classics, Highway to Hell. And yep, in case you were wondering, 59-year old founding band member Angus Young is still able to do his signature “duck-walk” while wearing his schoolboy uniform.
Following the launch of her latest single on Snapchat a few days ago, Madonna channelled a matador for her Living for Love performance, accompanied by 20 hunky and horned (Maleficent much?) male back-up dancers and, later on, a gospel choir. In true Madge fashion, the Queen of Pop capped off her set by being lifted into the air by a harness.
Kanye West also returned to the Grammys for his first performance in six years with an emotional rendition of his song Only One. Katy Perry performed her post-breakup song By the Grace of God, while Pharrell Williams delivered an energetic version of his hit, Happy, wearing a bellhop costume that would have looked at home in Wes Anderson's film, and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media winner, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The much-anticipated set of Kanye, Paul McCartney and Rihanna – debuting the song FourFiveSeconds – also didn’t disappoint. The cameras even caught Kanye’s former enemy Taylor Swift rocking out to the song.
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Of course, what are the Grammys without winners? St. Vincent won Best Alternative album, while Pharrell Williams accepted his Best Pop Solo Performance for Happy with a short and sweet speech saying he didn’t expect to win this year. The 41-year-old artist and record producer then went on to win Best Music Video for Happy and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Beyoncé walked away with three gold-plated gramophone trophies for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for Drunk in Love and Best Surround Sound for her eponymous album. On the other hand, an extremely shocked Beck couldn’t believe his album Morning Phase trumped contenders Beyoncé, Pharrell, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran for Album of the Year. His reaction on accepting the trophy from music legend Prince was priceless.
The night’s biggest winner, however, was Sam Smith, who was nominated for six awards. He managed to snag the first award of the night, for Best New Artist, as well as the Best Pop Vocal Album for In The Lonely Hour. The British soul singer’s hit Stay With Me also won the coveted Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Congratulations Sam!
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