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Grammys 2015: Sam Smith is biggest winner, Beck scores major surprise, Kanye pulls a Kanye; Complete winners list

Sam Smith had a huge night at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, picking up four awards, three of them in major categories: best new artist and song of the year and record of the year for his Tom Petty-echoing smash hit “Stay With Me.”

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But it wasn’t quite a clean sweep. Beck surprised everyone with an album of the year win for “Morning Phase.” And Kanye West tried to upstage his own infamous award show moment as he “jokingly” hopped on stage when Beck won out over Beyoncé.

Meanwhile, even if Kanye was having a blast, the rest of the show featured a surprising amount of very serious performances. Everything — from Usher’s tribute to Stevie Wonder to Katy Perry’s song dedicated to a survivor of domestic violence — led to an incredibly somber night.

Case in point: Beyoncé closed out the show with “Take My Hand Precious Lord” (introducing John Legend and Common’s “Glory”) as a group of background performers held up their hands in a “hands up, don’t shoot” image.

THE SHOW (in reverse chronological order)

John Legend and Common  have already won a Golden Globe for “Glory,” their contribution to the film “Selma.” They’re up for an Oscar. So it made sense for Bey, in angelic white, to tag onto their performance with her own solemn offering, the gospel song “Take My Hand Precious Lord.” Behind her, a cast of male performers held up their hands in another clear reference to the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture. As the song abruptly wound down, “Glory” kicked off with Common’s poetic delivery and Legend’s singing backed up by a choir, strings and images from “Selma.”

Stevie Wonder and Jamie Foxx presented Sam Smith with Record of the Year for his smash hit, “Stay With Me.” Smith pulled an Adele, who won six grammys in 2012, thanking the ex who inspired the record “for breaking [his] heart cause it got [him] four Grammys.”

Beck, after winning two Grammys, including Album of the year for “Morning Phase,” offered the meditative “Heart Is a Drum” in a performance with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

Sam Smith wins Best Song of the Year for “Stay With Me.” It’s the third award the singer has won tonight. He beat out Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor for “All About That Bass,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin for “Chandelier,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift for “Shake It Off,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne for “Take Me To Church.”

Sia belted out “Chandelier” with her face obscured as expected, but what the Internet didn’t expect was actress Kristen Wiig to don the infamous blond wig, dancing in a nude bodysuit with Sia’s official sidekick, 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler. In a telecast full of musicians attempting performance art, Wiig’s performance qualified as the real deal.

Who is Sia? This Australian songwriter has co-written songs for the likes of Beyoncé and Rihanna (and has achieved musical fame in the past with songs like “Breathe Me”), but she hit No. 1 on the American albums chart this summer with her latest album, “1,000 Forms of Fear.” She’s a rising star, but she likes to conceal her face from cameras.

Why is she here? Her hit single “Chandelier” is nominated for four trophies: record of the year, song of the year, best pop solo performance and best music video.

Song you might recognize: “Chandelier”

Prince presented the Grammy for Album of the Year to Beck’s “Morning Phase.” Beck accepted the award with a look of surprise on his face. In his speech, he thanked everyone involved with the production of the record, including his kids who allowed him to keep them awake while he was recording.

And yep, Kanye almost fake-jumped on stage — but appeared to be laughing at the whole thing. So was Kim Kardashian.

Jay Z’s reaction:

Twenty-time Latin Grammy winner Juanes takes the stage for his new song “Juntos” and it is ridiculously catchy. Some subtle synergy as he’s introduced by CW’s “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez — CBS co-owns the CW.

Sam Smith takes the stage with a swagger of a man who’s won allll the Grammys and will likely win a couple more tonight. He duets with Mary J. Blige on his monster hit “Stay With Me” as a dozen Ikea lamps glitter in the background.

Finally, the highly-hyped combo of the night: Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney teaming up for Rihanna’s new single “FourFiveSeconds.” It’s pretty much exactly the same as the music video released last week except more banter between Kanye and McCartney. The cameras smartly cut to Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian (loving it) and Kanye’s nemesis Taylor Swift — who was up on her feet cheering, so sadly, there was no drama.

Nashville rock star Eric Church (who lost to Miranda Lambert for best country album) went with “Give Me Back My Hometown” while footage of riots played on the video screens. People on Twitter appeared confused about why there was such a serious scene in the background while Church’s lyrics included a reference to Pizza Hut.

The country portion of the evening continued with best new artist nominee Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam. Clark started off with an acoustic performance of her (surprise!) saddest song, “Hold My Hand.”

Who is Brandy Clark? In addition to penning songs for country singers Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, this Nashville songwriter released her own excellent solo debut, “12 Stories,” back in 2013. Many of her fans consider her criminally underrated — but here she is at the Grammys.

Why is she here? Clark is up for best new artist, but she’s inarguably the longest long shot in the bunch. “12 Stories” is also up for best country album.

Song you might recognize: “Stripes”

Who is Eric Church? This country singer has been putting in work from behind his trademark aviator shades for more than a decade, but Church finally achieved leading-man status in Nashville last year for his adventurous and decorated album, “The Outsiders.”

Why is he here? He’s nominated for four country Grammys including best country album.

Song you might recognize: “Talladega”

You know things are dismal when Usher doesn’t dance — accompanied by a harp and piano, he crooned “If It’s Magic” as a tribute to Stevie Wonder. Wonder joined him a few minutes in, but even the two superstars on stage wasn’t enough to save the gloomy performance. Seriously, Usher, you’re in a Honey Nut Cheerios commercial hanging out with an animated bee — you don’t need to take yourself THAT seriously.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett continued their shmoozy, kissy lounge-act revival — which won them a Grammy tonight — by jamming to Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek.” The two picked up the pace only slightly but their best-bud act makes it hard not to ask: What is the deal with these two? And also, what happened to the Gaga we used to know — the one who wore meat, and forgets to wear bottoms?

President Obama appeared on the broadcast to talk about the new “It’s On Us” initiative to end sexual assault on college campuses.

In February 2015, the White House released a video of President Obama speaking about "It's On Us," a campaign to end sexual assault on college campuses. (Video: The White House)

Domestic abuse survivor Brooke Axtell introduced Katy Perry’s performance of “By the Grace of God” by sharing her own story of an abusive relationship. “Authentic love does not silence, shame or abuse,” she said.

Cut to: A somber Perry, dressed all in white with a cape, performing her post-divorce anthem, which she wrote in her lowest moments after splitting with ex-husband Russell Brand. And the depressing mood of the Grammys got even gloomier.

Finally, a performance where everyone collectively looks at each other and goes “Huh?” Pharrell kicks off his performance of “Happy” by wandering on stage dressed as a bellhop with a weird hat and saying things like “I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space.” Then, tons of dancers rush the stage and Lang Lang starts playing the piano and there’s a choir singing and dancing in the aisles. It’s QUITE odd and honestly, really welcome during such a sleepy show.

Media outlets like Billboard and the Huffington Post later reported that the dancers were clad in hoodies as a reference to Trayvon Martin and that they threw their hands up during the performance — as in “Hands up, don’t shoot” — using a gesture common among protesters after the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson.

Yes, everyone is making the “Grand Budapest Hotel” joke about Pharrell’s bellhop look.

The Grammy for Best Country Album goes to Miranda Lambert for “Platinum.” She seems genuinely excited about winning an award! At all the country music award shows, she seems bored all the time…simply because she wins every. single. one.

The random duets continue with Hozier starting with his smash “Take Me to Church” and seguing into “I Put a Spell on You” with Annie Lennox. On the red carpet earlier tonight, Lennox seemed very unimpressed — but she rocked out with more passion than just about any performer so far.

Who is Hozier? Andrew Hozier-Byrne is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Ireland whose become best known for his brooding piano ballad, “Take Me To Church.” His eponymous debut album was released in September, but his follow-up singles have not been as successful. Perhaps he’s the new Gotye?

Why is he here? “Take Me To Church” is nominated for song of the year.

Song you might recognize: “Take Me To Church”

Hey, Grammys, why so glum? At this point in the slow show, it was hard to open our eyes long enough to watch Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani deliver their emotional duet “My Heart is Open” (written by Sia).

Ed Sheeran keeps the mellow mood of the night going with his new song “Thinking Out Loud.” TWIST: John Mayer, famously an ex-boyfriend of Taylor Swift’s, is on background vocals and guitar. Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are best friends. Will we see headlines tomorrow about Ed Sheeran’s betrayal? Probably. Meanwhile, Questlove is playing the drums and Jeff Lynne’s ELO is involved.

Who is Ed Sheeran? This very-earnest British troubadour isn’t a new artist, but his sophomore album “X” (pronounced “Multiply”) has taken his career to even higher heights. Having collaborated with Taylor Swift and the juggernaut boy band One Direction, he’s recognized as pop music’s new nice guy.

Why is he here? ““X” is up for the big one, album of the year, and best pop vocal album, too.  And “I See Fire” is nominated for one of the evening’s more arcane awards, best song written for visual media.

Song you might recognize: “Thinking Out Loud”

Beyoncé and Jay-Z snag the Grammy for Best R&B Performance for “Drunk in Love.” Beyonce was sure to thank her fans, the “BeyHive,” in her acceptance speech.

The Grammy for Best Rock Album goes to Beck for “Morning Phase,” beating out Ryan Adams, The Black Keys, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and U2.

Madonna continued her matador look with a performance of her newest single (the video of which she released on SnapChat earlier this week), “Living for Love,” accompanied by half-naked men wearing bull horns. She strutted around on a stage bathed in red before being hooked onto a harness and being pulled into the ceiling. Obviously.

Style editor Amy Argetsinger made a particularly apt observation of Madonna’s Mae West-like tendencies:

Kanye West returned to the Grammys stage for the first time in six years to play a rendition of the auto-tuned emo-rap  “Only One.” His performance largely mirrored those from his 2013 “Yeezus” tour — him standing alone, largely in the dark, with just a spotlight.

The Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album goes to Sam Smith for “In the Lonely Hour,” who accepts his second award of the night dressed in a vibrant red suit.

Miranda Lambert, award show favorite AND a nominee for best country album, goes with a wind machine, smoke and fireworks for her sassy single “Little Red Wagon.” And is the first singer to get lyrics bleeped by some very nervous CBS censors.

The Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance goes to Pharrell Williams for his upbeat single, “Happy.” He promised that he wouldn’t make his acceptance speech “awkward and long” because he was prepared for one of the other “great” artists nominated for the award to snag the win. He then proceeded to moonwalk off of the stage while wearing his signature dress shorts.

Tom Jones and Jessie J (U.K. judges on “The Voice”) break into song with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” Chrissy Teigen and John Legend and Haim rock out in the audience, while some on Twitter are not impressed.

Who is Jessie J? The British singer-songwriter has been relentlessly pursuing a spot on American pop’s A-list for the past four years. Her highest charting song is “Bang Bang,” a collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj that was released last summer.

Why is she here? Despite her mysterious omnipresence at awards shows, she was only up for one Grammy tonight: best pop duo/group performance for “Bang Bang.” (She lost to A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something.”)

Song you might recognize: “Bang Bang”

No sign of tween sensation Ariana Grande — she’s all grown up with a power ballad, “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart,” and even forgoes her usual performance uniform of a miniskirt and thigh-high boots. Her signature high ponytail, however, was still rightfully in place.

Who is Ariana GrandeOnce the star of the Nickelodeon series “Victorious,” Grande’s 2014 sophomore album “My Everything” has made the 21-year-old a legitimate pop star. It should also be noted that she released the most charming Christmas song of 2014, “Santa Tell Me.”

Why is she here? Grande is nominated for best pop vocal album and best pop duo/group performance for “Bang Bang,” her single with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.

Song you might recognize: “Problem”

Taylor Swift presents the Grammy for Best New Artist to British singer Sam Smith, who finished his acceptance speech with a jubilant “I won a GRAMMY!”

Who is Sam Smith? He’s a 22-year-old British soul singer whose gospel-tinted hit, “Stay With Me,” has reached a rarefied state of cultural ubiquity. If you think “Stay With Me” sounds a little bit like Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” so do Smith and Petty. Smith recently awarded Petty songwriting credit to “Stay With me” in a reportedly amicable out of court settlement.

Why is he here? All bets are on Smith to be the big winner at this year’s Grammys. He leads the nominations alongside Pharrell and Beyonce with six, and he’s the only artist nominated in all four of the top categories.

Song you might recognize: “Stay With Me”

AC/DC kicks off the show with a new song that has “rock” in the title…and sounds like “Highway to Hell.” Then, they actually play the 1979 classic “Highway to Hell” in an unintentional weird, power-ballad way, and the audience (hello, Katy Perry!) is VERY excited to sing along. Meanwhile, Twitter mocks CBS for shamelessly catering to the older demographic.

Twitter shows that AC/DC used a teleprompter for their own song:


The only person Sam Smith didn’t thank at the Grammys deserves a lot of credit

The specter of Tom Petty seemed to haunt the telecast: Every time Smith was mentioned as a nominee, the chorus of “Stay With Me” came tumbling out of the television. And it’s that song’s chorus that has become problematic for Smith.
— J. Freedom du Lac (Read More)


The story behind Beyonce’s dazzling, but controversial, performance of ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’

For viewers unaware of any controversy, Beyoncé, ethereal and clearly moved by the moment, delivered the kind of flawless rendition that audiences have come to expect from her.
But since it was reported that Ledisi would not be singing the hymn, Beyoncé’s critics have been waiting in the wings, pretty much ready to pounce.
“Some songs should just be performed by a Saaanger not just a singer,” L. Joy Williams wrote.
— Abby Phillip (Read More)

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett: What’s the deal?

Generally, 28-year-old pop stars don’t hang out with 88-year-old jazz standard singers, but these two are the exception. Ever since they teamed up for a performance of “The Lady Is a Tramp” on Bennett’s duets album in 2011, the two have become close pals and collaborators, frequently hanging out and performing together.
It’s been quite a very productive partnership: Gaga and Bennett got together last year to record pop album “Cheek to Cheek,” where they covered famous tunes by everyone from Cole Porter to Duke Ellington. It hit No. 1 on Billboard charts last fall — and on Sunday night, won the Grammy for best traditional pop vocal album.
— Emily Yahr (Read More)

Hey, Grammys, why so glum?

It was slow. So slow. Time to wake up from your naps and re-cap, people: Ariana Grande kicked off this particularly emo Grammys with a heart-wrenching — did we mention slow? — rendition of her  “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart.” And then Kanye West returned to the Grammys stage to perform for the first time in six years and delivered the auto-tuned emo-rap  “Only One,” which he performed in the dark, with just a single light shining up from the stage.
Ed Sheeran with John Mayer and Questlove got all bromantic with “Thinking Out Loud,” and by that point, it was hard to open your eyes long enough to watch Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani deliver their emotional duet, “My Heart is Open” (written by Sia). We never thought we’d say it, but thank goodness for ELO.
If it was part of some grand strategy to make the three-hour-plus ceremony feel like a full seven-hour affair, well, Grammys, you won.
— Lavanya Ramanathan (Read More)

Sam Smith wins important best new artist Grammy

British blue-eyed soul singer Sam Smith, whose song “Stay” became one of the most ubiquitous coffee-house tracks of 2014, won the first award of the night, the important best new artist award. The award has, in past years, gone to the likes of The Beatles, Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse.
Post pop music critic Chris Richards predicted several wins tonight for Smith, 22, whose crooning style isn’t that much of a stretch from similar soul singers like Winehouse and Adele, who have fared well at the Grammys. Smith was nominated for a total of six awards.
— Lavanya Ramanathan (Read More)

Iggy Azalea did not win the Grammy for best rap album. But Eminem did.

After the entire Internet offered think pieces about what it would mean if the white, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea took home the award for best rap album for last year’s “The New Classic,” she quietly lost the honor while other stars were still preening on the red carpet.
Instead, the award went to another white rapper, Eminem, for his “The Marshall Mathers LP2.” Eminem, strangely, hasn’t stirred up quite the same amount of rage, and it may well be because he predates the think piece.
In all, Eminem has picked up the award six times in the 20 years the best rap album award has existed.
— Lavanya Ramanathan (Read More)


On the red carpet ahead of the 2015 Grammy Awards, stars like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift Lady Gaga and Rihanna showed off eye-catching gowns, while couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West shared a quick kiss. (Video: Reuters)

Wiz Khalifa turns up on the carpet sans Amber Rose for the first time we can remember. (The pair split last fall when Rose, a model who had previously dated Kanye West, abruptly filed for divorce.) Wiz, nominated for two awards, instead brought his mom and his son, the latter outfitted for the occasion in a slick green velvet suit.

After losing the best rap album award, Iggy Azalea turns her attention to the best new artist category, and we turn our attention to the weird milkmaid braid wrapped around her head, surely, slowly cutting off her circulation. She wore it with an Armani Prive dress made for her in her choice of colors: royal blue.

Kim Kardashian stepped onto the carpet in a gold Jean Paul Gaultier robe-dress with frilled sleeves that husband Kanye West called “beautiful.”

ALERT, ALERT: Kanye is smiling. “I just get bored with things really easily and try to find something that excites me,” he tells Seacrest about his musical choices. Kanye also confirms he’s the executive producer of Rihanna’s album, but he CAN’T say when the release date is. Kim also explains the story behind the famous Waffle House double date with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen: They were really hungry and wanted some waffles. Kanye explains he’s not smiling because that’s how he expresses he’s happy — it’s just his thing! “Not smiling makes me smile,” he says.

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are best friends AND they just won a Grammy together for traditional pop vocal album. “We get along great, we’re both Italian Americans,” Bennett tells Seacrest. “She’s a great artist.”

Taylor Swift, multiple nominee who is NOT, we repeat, NOT performing tonight, is in a green Ellie Saab gown. She name drops some of her friends who won Grammys in the pre-telecast: Hayley Williams from Paramore, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Jay Z. You know, just the regular crew. She also tells Seacrest she’s pleased that everyone bought into her wild choice to make a pop album because it was such a risk.

“American Idol” pals Keith Urban (nominated for best country song for “Cop Car”) and Seacrest trade compliments on their suits and talk about, well, “American Idol.” Unfortunately, no one really cares this season.

Melissa Rivers and her 14-year-old son, Cooper, are on the red carpet showing Giuliana the official envelope that shows off Joan’s win for “Diary of a Mad Diva.” “It’s a difficult moment, it’s a little bittersweet,” Melissa said. “But it’s wonderful how loved she was.”

Katy Perry arrives, purple hair and all, to talk about her Super Bowl performance. (She’s wearing Zuhair Murad, “fresh from the runway” in France, for the record.) She tells Seacrest they rehearsed for a month and practiced the show 40 times before she performed it live. (So what was the deal with Left Shark not knowing the moves?) Also: She’s a bit sleep-deprived because she stayed up late last night watching episodes of “Transparent.”

Nicki Minaj, who delays talking to Seacrest so she can say hi to Katy Perry. “I love Katy, I love her breasts,” Minaj enthuses.

Host LL Cool J just finished dress rehearsal inside and teases Madonna and Sia’s performances. For the record, Sia’s hair looks like this tonight:

Meghan Trainor brings her dad to the red carpet, and they’re both thrilled to be here. Trainor confirms that she was first alerted about her multiple nominations by her co-writer, not her parents — her dad protests that she had plenty of people texting her, and figured they would talk later.

The president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences confirmed what we’d all feared: There’s going to be more music tonight than we can keep our eyes open for.

Ed Sheeran, the breakout singer who somehow still manages to seem like he thought he was playing a coffeehouse gig, talked about one of the big awards he’s up for, album of the year.  “I want it to be over,” he told Seacrest.

News from the pre-telecast: Joan Rivers won a posthumous Grammy for best spoken word album for her “Diary of a Mad Diva” audiobook.

Why is Katharine McPhee at the Grammys? Well, she’s the star of a CBS show (“Scorpion”), of course — it has nothing to do with music. She reunites with “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest and says literally nothing interesting.

A hat-less Pharrell, in his signature shorts, has already won two Grammy Awards so far tonight. What’s he doing in 2015? “Music,” he tells Seacrest. He also talks about a  “learning” experience and some kind of up-and-down carousel ride he’s been on, maybe alluding to the fact that Marvin Gaye’s estate is suing for his hit Robin Thicke song “Blurred Lines.”

Ariana Grande showed up in a one-shoulder white Versace gown, with her usual high pony. She did have one excellent accessory: bae Big Sean, clad in black Saint Laurent. He’s the rapper, but turns out Grande might also have some skills in that department. “I’m going to do a lot of rapping,” she told Seacrest, joking. We think.

Charli XCX shows up wearing a Moschino white tuxedo with a pink bowtie. “Uh, you really stepped out of the box tonight,” says an almost speechless Giuliana.  “I wanted to do something ’80s and fabulous,” Charli explains. The red carpet kicked off as usual — E! co-hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic kill time before the big names show up by listing everything they’re wearing. Ryan Seacrest is wearing is own clothing line, naturally.

Sam Smith, with a field-leading six nominations, stops by first and confirms to Seacrest that he used to record the E! red carpet at home before he was famous. E! is very excited about this. Then there’s a joke about Smith flirting with Seacrest, but we were too distracted by his fancy tuxedo to pay attention.

Gwen Stefani is wearing Atelier Versace jumpsuit that Seacrest mistakes from a Gwen Stefani original. High compliment! She’s performing with fellow “Voice” coach Adam Levine, and she can’t tell Seacrest anything about the performance except that it feels like it’s “in a dream.” That is nonsense, but intriguing. “I never thought I would be doing this again,” she tells Seacrest about performing on stage. Another fun fact: Stefani’s kids think Pharrell (another “Voice” coach) is her boyfriend — even though she’s, uh, married to their dad, Gavin Rossdale.

One out of the three sisters in Haim,  known these days for taking killer Instagram photos with Taylor Swift, took a cue from Lorde’s lauded Golden Globes look and wore basic pantsuits.

So, who is Haim? These three sisters from Los Angeles are one of the most critically beloved new rock bands of recent years. They’ve been compared to ’80s-era Fleetwood Mac and have been photographed hanging out at Stevie Nicks’s house.

Why are they here? They’re up for one Grammy, but it’s a big one: best new artist.

Song you might recognize: “Forever”

If only Madonna had followed Haim’s lead. Instead, in Givenchy,  the once-adored queen of shock looked like a cross between an an extra from “Moulin Rouge” and a toreador. Nas seemed slightly embarrassed to be standing next to her.

What does Madonna want us to talk about after her performance tonight? “Bullfighting, love, romance, heartbreak.” The usual.

Nick Jonas looked better suited for the traditionally funky Grammys than Sam Smith, wearing fashion-forward white sneakers with his slim suit, and skipping the bowtie.

Haim stops by to talk to Giuliana. They tell Giuliana about this one time when an (unnamed) famous woman told them they would never succeed — but they showed her, because they were on “SNL” last year!


1. Record of the Year
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)
Sam Smith
Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Songs LLC obo Naughty Worlds Ltd./Universal-Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Salli Isaak Songs, Ltd./Universal Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Method Paperwork

2. Album of the Year
Morning Phase
Beck Hansen, producer; Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Label: Capitol Records

3. Song of the Year
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)
James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith)
Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Songs LLC obo Naughty Words Ltd./Universal-Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Method Paperwork

4. Best New Artist
Sam Smith
Label: Capitol Records

5. Best Pop Solo Performance
Pharrell Williams
Label: Columbia Records

6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Say Something
A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera
Track from: Is There Anybody Out There?
Label: Epic Records

7. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cheek to Cheek
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Label: Streamline/Columbia/RPM/Interscope

8. Best Pop Vocal Album
In The Lonely Hour
Sam Smith
Label: Capitol Records

9. Best Dance Recording
Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne
Grace Chatto & Jack Patterson, producers; Wez Clarke & Jack Patterson, mixers
Track from: New Eyes
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic

10. Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin
Label: Warp Records

11. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Bass and Mandolin
Label: Nonesuch

12. Best Rock Performance
Jack White
Track from: Lazaretto
Label: Third Man Records/Columbia Records

13. Best Metal Performance
The Last In Line
Tenacious D
Track from: Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life
Label: Rhino

14. Best Rock Song
Ain’t It Fun
Track from: Paramore
Label: Fueled By Ramen; Publishers: WB Music Corp./But Father, I Just Want To Sing/FBR
Music And Hunterboro Music/WB Music Corp/Justin’s Polite Music

15. Best Rock Album
Morning Phase
Label: Capitol Records

16. Best Alternative Music Album
St. Vincent
Label: Loma Vista Recordings / Republic

17. Best R&B Performance
Drunk In Love
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z
Track from: Beyoncé
Label: Columbia Records

18. Best Traditional R&B Performance
Jesus Children
Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Track from: Black Radio 2
Label: Blue Note Records

19. Best R&B Song
Drunk In Love
Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters (Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z
Track from: Beyoncé
Label: Columbia Records; Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. obo Itself and If You Need Me Don’t Leave Me/WB Music Corp./Oakland 13 Music/Carter Boys Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./The Order Music/VB Rising Music Publishing/ole/Jerome Harmon Publishing

20. Best Urban Contemporary Album
Pharrell Williams
Label: Columbia Records

21. Best R&B Album
Love, Marriage & Divorce
Toni Braxton & Babyface
Label: Def Jam Recordings

22. Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope Records
The Monster
Eminem Featuring Rihanna
Track from: The Marshall Mathers LP2
Label: Aftermath

23. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
The Monster
Eminem Featuring Rihanna
Track from: The Marshall Mathers LP2
Label: Aftermath

24. Best Rap Song
K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope Records

25. Best Rap Album
The Marshall Mathers LP2
Label: Aftermath

26. Best Country Solo Performance
Something in the Water
Carrie Underwood
Label: Sony Nashville

27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Gentle On My Mind
The Band Perry
Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)
Track from: Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me Soundtrack
Label: Big Machine Records

28. Best Country Song
I’m Not Gonna Miss You
Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)
Track from: Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me Soundtrack
Label: Big Machine Records

29. Best Country Album
Miranda Lambert
Label: RCA Nashville

30. Best New Age Album
Winds of Samsara
Winds Of Samsara
Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman
Label: Listen 2 Africa

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Chick Corea, soloist
Track from: Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio)
Label: Concord Jazz

32. Best Jazz Vocal Album
Beautiful Life
Dianne Reeves
Label: Concord Records

33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chick Corea Trio
Label: Concord Jazz

34.  Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Life In The Bubble
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
Label: Telarc International

35. Best Latin Jazz Album
The Offense Of The Drum
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Label: Motema

36. Best Gospel Performance/Song
No Greater Love
Smokie Norful

37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Lecrae Featuring For King & Country

38. Best Gospel Album
Erica Campbell
Label: EOne/My Block

39. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.
For King & Country
Label: Fervent/Word/Curb

40. Best Roots Gospel Album
Shine For All The People
Mike Farris
Label: Compass Records

41. Best Latin Pop Album
Rubén Blades
Label: Sunnyside Records

42. Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Calle 13
Label: Sony Music Latin

43. Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Mano A Mano – Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernández
Vicente Fernández
Label: Sony Music Latin

44. Best Tropical Latin Album
Más + Corazón Profundo
Carlos Vives
Label: Sony Music Latin

45. Best American Roots Performance
A Feather’s Not A Bird
Rosanne Cash
Track from: The River & The Thread
Label: Blue Note Records

46. Best American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash)
Track from: The River & The Thread
Label: Blue Note Records; Publishers: Chelcait Music admin. by Measurable Music LLC, a Notable Music Co./Lev-A-Tunes

47. Best Americana Album
The River & The Thread
Rosanne Cash
Label: Blue Note Records

48. Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls Of Leicester
The Earls Of Leicester
Label: Rounder

49. Best Blues Album
Step Back
Johnny Winter
Label: Megaforce Records

50. Best Folk Album
Old Crow Medicine Show
Label: ATO Records

51. Best Regional Roots Music Album
The Legacy
Jo-El Sonnier
Label: Takau Records

52. Best Reggae Album
Fly Rasta
Ziggy Marley
Label: Tuff Gong Worldwide

53. Best World Music Album
Angelique Kidjo
Label: 429 Records

54. Best Children’s Album
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)
Neela Vaswani
Label: Hachette Audio

55. Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Diary Of A Mad Diva
Joan Rivers
Label: Penguin Audio

56. Best Comedy Album
Mandatory Fun
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Label: RCA Records

57. Best Musical Theater Album
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Ghostlight/Razor & Tie

58. Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers
Label: Walt Disney Records

59. Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, composer
Label: Abkco Music & Records

60. Best Song Written for Visual Media
Let It Go
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)
Track from: Frozen
Label: Walt Disney Records; Publisher: Wonderland Music Company, Inc.

61. Best Instrumental Composition
The Book Thief
John Williams, composer (John Williams)
Track from: The Book Thief Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Sony Classical, Fox Music; Publisher: Fox Film Music Corp.

62. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella
Daft Punk
Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers (Pentatonix)
Track from: PTX, Vol. 2
Label: RCA Records

63. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
New York Tendaberry
Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma)
Track from: Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Label: Masterworks

64. Best Recording Package
Lightning Bolt
Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors (Pearl Jam)
Label: Republic Records

65. Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)
Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors (Various Artists)
Label: Third Man Records/ Revenant Records

66. Best Album Notes
Offering: Live At Temple University
Ashley Kahn, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
Label: Resonance/Impulse]

67. Best Historical Album
The Garden Spot Programs, 1950
Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Hank Williams)
Label: Omnivore Recordings

68. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Morning Phase
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Beck)
Label: Capitol Records

69. Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Max Martin
Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj) (S)
Break Free (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd) (S)
Dark Horse (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J) (S)
Problem (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea) (S)
Shake It Off (Taylor Swift) (S)
Unconditionally (Katy Perry) (S)

70. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)
Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)
Label: Columbia Records

71. Best Surround Sound Album
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer;Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer (Beyoncé)
Label: Columbia Records

72. Best Engineered Album, Classical
Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending
Michael Bishop, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
Label: ASO Media

73.  Producer of the Year, Classical
Judith Sherman
Beethoven: Cello & Piano Complete (Fischer Duo)
Brahms By Heart (Chiara String Quartet)
Composing America (Lark Quartet)
Divergence (Plattform K + K Vienna)
The Good Song (Thomas Meglioranza)
Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets (Anthony McGill & Pacifica Quartet)
Snapshot (American Brass Quintet)
Two X Four (Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, Vinay Parameswaran & Curtis 20/21 Ensemble)
Wagner Without Words (Ll_r Williams)

74. Best Orchestral Performance
Adams, John: City Noir
David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony)
Label: Nonesuch

75. Best Opera Recording
Charpentier: La Descente D’Orphée Aux Enfers
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)
Label: CPO

76. Best Choral Performance
The Sacred Spirit Of Russia
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)
Label: Harmonia Mundi

77. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
In 27 Pieces – The Hilary Hahn Encores
Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

78. Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Jason Vieaux
Label: Azica Records

79.  Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Douce France
Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, accompanist (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)
Label: Naïve

80. Best Classical Compendium
Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances
Partch; John Schneider, producer
Label: Bridge Records, Inc.

81. Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean
John Luther Adams, composer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
Label: Cantaloupe Music

82. Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams
We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger, video producers
Label: Columbia Records

83. Best Music Film
20 Feet From Stardom
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers
Label: Anchor Bay


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