GRAMMY AWARD RECAP!
The Grammy awards took place last night in Los Angeles. The star studded show was toned down from previous years but did not disappoint.
The show made headlines as the shows producers made attempts to keep the show G rated with a strict clampdown on outfits that may be too revealing.
Toronto native, Drake finally broke his Grammy losing streak, winning Best Rap album for his sophomore album Take Care. This is Drake’s first win after 12 nominations.
Grammy newcomer Frank Ocean made a splash after winning two awards, taking home the very first Best Urban Contemporary Album for Channel Orange and also winning alongside Jay-Z, Kanye West & The-Dream for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “No Church in the Wild”.
To show how much power Jay-Z has in the music industry, during his acceptance speech for “No Church in The Wild”, Frank Ocean, The-Dream and Jay-Z all went up to the stage. Frank spoke first, and then The-Dream rushed to the mic. The walk off music started playing, then Jay-Z took the mic and the music was cut off. Jay then made a joke about The-Dream’s hat, saying he wanted to “thank the swap meet” for the hat.
As for performances, Justin Timberlake took the stage after a long break away from music. Timberlake performed his new single “Suit & Tie”; he was also joined on-stage by Jay-Z. Timberlake then smoothly went into another new song “Pusher Love Girl”.
Bruno Mars’ performance paid tribute to Reggae legend Bob Marley. Rihanna, Sting and Marley’s sons Damian and Ziggy joined Mars on-stage as the group all performed “Could You Be Loved.”
R&B crooner Miguel also performed as he wowed fans with his Grammy winning song “Adorn”.
A full list of awards can be found below:
Album of the year: Babel, Mumford & Sons
Record of the year: Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know
Best new artist:.fun
Song of the year: We Are Young, fun.
Best country album: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band
Best pop solo performance: Set Fire to the Rain, Adele.
Best pop vocal album: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
Best rap/sung collaboration: No Church in the Wild, Jay Z and Kanye West with Frank Ocean
Best urban contemporary album: Channel Orange, Frank Ocean
Best rock performance: Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
Best pop duo: Somebody that I Used to Know, Gotye with Kimbra
Best pop instrumental album: Impressions, Chris Botti
Best pop recording: Bangarang, Skrillex featuring Sirah
Best dance electronica album: Bangarang, Skrillex
Best traditional pop vocal album: Kisses on the Bottom, Paul McCartney
Best hard rock/metal performance: Love Bites/So do I, Halestorm
Best rock song: Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
Best rock album: El Camino, The Black Keys
Best alternative album: Making Mirrors, Gotye
Best R&B performance: Climax, Usher
Best traditional R&B performance: Love on Top, Beyoncé
Best R&B song: Adorn, Miguel
Best R&B album: Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment
Best country duo: Pontoon, Little Big Town.
Best country song: Blown Away,Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
Best new age album: Echoes of Love, Omar Akram
Best rap song: N****s In Paris, Shawn Carter, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Best rap album: Take Care, Drake.
Best rap performance: N****s In Paris, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Best Americana album: Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt
Best children’s album: Can You Canoe?, The Okee Dokee Brothers
Best spoken word album: Society’s Child: My Autobiography, Janis Ian
Best comedy album: Blow Your Pants Off, Jimmy Fallon
Best musical theatre album: Once: A New musical
Best compilation for visual media: Midnight In Paris,
Best score soundtrack: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Best song for visual media: Safe & Sound from The Hunger Games, Taylor Swift, T Bone Burnett, The Civil Wars
Best instrumental arrangement: How About You, Gil Evans.
Best instrumental composition: Mozart Goes Dancing, Chick Corea.
Best instrumental arrangement for vocals: City of Roses, Esperanza Spalding with Thara Memory
Best improvized jazz performance: Hot House, Chick Corea
Best jazz instrumental: Unity Band, Pat Metheny Unity Band
Best large jazz ensemble album: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You), Arturo Sandoval
Best Latin jazz: Ritmo, The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band
Best Latin rock: Imaginaries, Quetzal
Best Mexican music album: Pecados Y Milagros, Lila Downs
Best tropical Latin album: Retro, Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña
Best gospel performance: Matt Redman, 10,000 Reasons.
Best contemporary Christian music: Matt Redman, 10,000 Reasons,
Israel & New Breed,Your Presence Is Heaven
Best gospel songwriting: Go Get It, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell of Mary Mary.
Best gospel album: Gravity, Lecrae
Best contemporary Christian music album: Eye on It, TobyMac
Best Latin pop album: MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition, Juanes.
Best surround sound music: Modern Cool.
Best remixed recording: Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix).
Best orchestral performance: Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine, San Francisco Symphony.
Best opera recording: Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Metropolitan Opera.
Best choral performance: Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen.
Best reggae recording: Rebirth, Jimmy Cliff.
Best world music album: The Living Room Sessions Part 1, Ravi Shankar
Best bluegrass album: Nobody Knows You, Steep Canyon Rangers
Best blues album: Locked Down, Dr. John
Best folk album: The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
Best regional roots album: The Band Courtbouillon, Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy
Best recording package: Biophilia, Bjork
Best boxed special package: Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection
Best album notes: Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles, Billy Vera
Best historical album: The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set)
Best engineered, non-classical: The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Producer of the year, classical: Blanton Alspaugh
Best chamber music: Meanwhile, 8th Blackbird
Best classical instrumental solo: Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola, Kim Kashkashian
Best classical vocal solo: Poèmes, Renée Fleming
Best classical compendium: Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis
Best contemporary classical: Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile – Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays
Best short form music video: We Found Love, Rihanna
Best long form music video: Big Easy Express, Mumford & Sons