Grammys 2015: Sam Smith sweeps top honors

Sam SmithThe 57th Annual Grammy Awards was a night filled with soulful performances, unexpected collaborations and a few surprising wins. Sam Smith nabbed the night’s top honors, including Best New Artist and the highly coveted Record of the Year. Accepting his fourth award on stage he said, “This is the best night of my life. I want to thank the man I fell in love with last year…Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.” Surprisingly, Sam did not take home the Album of the Year, which was nabbed by Beck for Morning Phase.

Beyoncé took home the award for Best R&B performance for her Drunk in Love single while Pharrell Williams won the Best Pop Solo performance award for his hit song Happy.

One of the highlights of the night was Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney taking the stage to perform their latest collaboration, FourFiveSeconds. Some of the other collabs last night include Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, and Hozier and Annie Lennox. One surprising appearance last night was none other than actress Kristen Wiig, who performed alongside Maddie Ziegler while Sia sang her hit number Chandelier. The performance managed to maintain the creepy vibe but it sure was amusing watching Kristen channel her inner dancer. It was, hands down, one of the most entertaining acts of the night.

The night also brought soulful performances to the stage from powerhouse singers like Ariana Grande and Katy Perry. Ariana serenaded the audience with Just a Little Bit of Your Heart while Katy Perry sang By the Grace of God. Madonna brought down the house with her dance moves as she performed Livin’ For Love. The night ended with Beyoncé taking the stage to perform Take My Hand Precious Lord followed by Common and John Legend teaming up for Glory, the hit song from Selma.

Complete list of 2015 Grammy winners:

Album of the Year
Beck, Morning Phase
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Pharrell Williams, Girl

Best Country Album
Dierks Bentley, Riser
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
Miranda Lambert, Platinum
LeeAnn Womack, The Way I’m Livin’

Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy Perry, Prism
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Jhene Aiko, Sail Out
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Mali Music, Mali Is
Pharrell Williams, Girl

Record of the Year
“Fancy” – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Stay With Me” (Darkchild version) – Sam Smith
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Stay With Me – Sam Smith
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“Happy” (live version) – Pharrell Williams
“All of Me” (live version) – John Legend

Best Rock Song
“Ain’t It Fun” – Paramore
“Blue Moon” – Beck
“Fever” – The Black Keys
“Gimme Something Good” – Ryan Adams
“Lazaretto” – Jack White

Best Rock Album
U2, Songs of Innocence
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Beck, Morning Phase
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

Best Country Song
“American Kids” – Kenny Chesney, Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
“Automatic” – Miranda Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby
“Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church, Luke Laird
“I’m Not Going to Miss You” – Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill – Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
Lee “Scratch” Perry, Back on the Controls
Sean Paul, Full Frequency
Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power
Soja, Amid the Noise and the Haste

Song of the Year
“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor, Kevin Kadish
“Chandelier” – Sia Furler, Jesse Shatkin
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback
“Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith, James Napier, William Phillips
“Take Me to Church” – Andrew Hozier Byrne

Best Rap Performance
“3005” – Childish Gambino
“0 to 100” – Drake
“Rap God” – Eminem
“i” – Kendrick Lamar
“All I Need is You” – Lacrae

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek
Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
Barry Manilow, Night Songs
Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
Barbra Streisand & Various Artists, Partners

Best Alternative Music Album
alt-J, This is All Yours
Arcade Fire, Reflektor
Cage the Elephant, Melophobia
St. Vincent, St. Vincent
Jack White, Lazaretto

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
American Hustle – Various Artists
Frozen – Various Artists
Get On Up: The James Brown Story – James Brown
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 – Various Artists
The Wolf of Wall Street – Various Artists

Best Americana Album
Roseanne Cash, The River & the Thread
John Hiatt, Terms of My Surrender
Keb’ Mo’, Bluesamericana
Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line
Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Best Rap Album
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Childish Gambino, Because the Internet
Common, Nobody’s Smiling
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood

Best Country Solo Performance
“Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
“Invisible” – Hunter Hayes
“Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
“Something in the Water” – Carrie Underwood
“Cop Car” – Keith Urban

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Fancy” – Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay
“Say Something” – A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera
“Bang Bang” – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
“Dark Horse” – Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

Best Music Video
“We Exist” – Arcade Fire
“Turn Down for What” – DJ Snake, Lil Jon
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams
“The Golden Age” – Woodkid ft. Max Richter

Best Latin Pop Album
Rubén Blades, Tangos
Camila, Elypse
Lila Downs, Niña Pastori, Soledad, Raíz
Juanes, Loco de Amor
Marco Antonio Solis, Gracias Por Estar Aqui

Best Spoken Word Album
James Franco, Actors Anonymous
Jimmy Carter, A Call to Action
John Waters, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
Joan Rivers, Diary of a Mad Diva
Elizabeth Warren, A Fighting Chance
Gloria Gaynor, We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song

Best Dance Recording
“Never Say Never” – Basement Jaxx
“Rather Be” – Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
“F For You” – Disclosure ft. Mary J. Blige
“I Got U” – Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones
“Faded” – Zhu

Best Gospel Album
Erica Campbell, Help
Ricky Dillard & New G, Amazing
William McDowell, Withholding Nothing (live)
Smokie Norful, Forever Yours
Anita Wilson, Vintage Worship

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Gentle On My Mind” – The Band Perry
“Somethin’ Bad” – Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
“Day Drinking” – LIttle Big Town
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” – Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill
“Raise ‘Em Up” – Keith Urban ft. Eric Church

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Blak Majik” – Common ft. Jhené Aiko
“The Monster” – Eminem ft. Rihanna
“Tuesday” – I Love Makonnen ft. Drake
“Studio” – Schoolboy Q ft. BJ The Chicago Kid
“Bound 2” – Kanye West & Charlie Wilson

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin, Syro
Deadmau5, While (1>2)
Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband
Röyksopp & Robyn, Do It Again
Mat Zo, Damage Control

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Mindi Abair, Wild Heart
Gerald Albright, Slam Dunk
Nathan East, Nathan East
Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Everette Harp, Jazz Funk Soul
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, Bass & Mandolin

Best Rock Performance
“Gimme Something Good” – Ryan Adams
“Do I Wanna Know?” – Arctic Monkeys
“Blue Moon” – Beck
“Fever” – The Black Keys
“Lazaretto” -Jack White

Best Metal Performance
“Neon Knights” – Anthrax
“High Road” – Mastodon
“Heartbreaker” – Motörhead
“The Negative One” – Slipknot
“The Last In Line” – Tenacious D

Best R&B Performance
“Drunk in Love” – Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z
“New Flame” – Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Rick Ross
“It’s Your World” – Jennifer Hudson Featuring R. Kelly
“Like This” – Ledisi
“Good Kisser” – Usher

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“As” – Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton
“I.R.S.” – Angie Fisher
“Jesus Children” – Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner
“Nobody” – Kem
“Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)” – Antonique Smith

Best R&B Song
“Drunk In Love” – Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko
“Good Kisser” – Ronald “Flip” Colson, Warren “Oak” Felder, Usher Raymond IV, Jameel Roberts, Terry “Tru” Sneed & Andrew “Pop” Wansel
“New Flame” – Eric Bellinger, Chris Brown, James Chambers, Malissa Hunter, Justin Booth Johnson, Mark Pitts, Usher Raymond IV, William Roberts, Maurice “”Verse”” Simmonds & Keith Thomas
“Options (Wolfjames Version) by Luke James ft. Rick Ross – Dominic Gordon, Brandon Hesson, William Roberts & Jamaica “”Kahn-Cept”” Smith
“The Worst” – Jhené Aiko Chilombo

Best R&B Album
Bernhoft, Islander
Aloe Blacc, Lift Your Spirit
Toni Braxton & Babyface, Love, Marriage, & Divorce
Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want

Best Rap Song
“Anaconda” – Nicki Minaj Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Marcos Palacios & J. Solone-Myvett,
“Bound 2” – Mike Dean, Malik Jones, Che Pope, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, John Stephens, Kanye West, Charlie Wilson & Cydel Young
“I” – Kendrick Lamar & C. Smith
“We Dem Boyz” – Wiz Khalifa, Noel Fisher
“0 to 100/The Catch Up” – Drake, A. Feeney, A. Hernandez, P. Jefferies, M. Samuels & Noah Shebib

Best New Age Album
Paul Avgerinos, Bhakti
Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai, Ritual
Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara
Kitaro, Symphony Live in Istanbul
Silvia Nakkach & David Darling, In Love And Longing

Best Music Film
Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour, Beyonce & Jay-Z – Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Svana Gisla, video producer
Ghost Stories, Coldplay – Paul Dugdale, video director; Jim Parsons, video producer
20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill – Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers
Metallica Through The Never, Metallica; Nimród Antal, video director; Adam Ellison & Charlotte Huggins, video producers
The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne, Pink – Larn Poland, video director; Roger Davies

~ Marriska Fernandes

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