The 56th Grammy Awards began with a bang courtesy of Beyoncé and Jay Z who gave a lively performance of Drunk In Love, their duet from her recent eponymous album. The couple then went head-to-head later in the evening as they were both nominated for Best Rap Song/Collaboration with Jay Z eventually taking home the award for Holy Grail his collaboration with Mr Trousersnake Justin Timberlake. Ever the epitome of class, Beyoncé seemed more than happy for her man to take the spotlight, especially after he dedicated the gong to their daughter Blue Ivy and promised to give her the award as a “gold sippy cup” when he got home – too cute. Find out who else won, who shone and who lost.
Other notable performances on the night included Katy Perry, who sang her latest single Dark Horse and Taylor Swift, who despite not winning the Country Album Of The Year Award as expected, still gave a show-stopping rendition of All Of Me from her hugely successful album, Red. Pink, who wowed in her demure crimson Johanna Johnson gown, changed into a lace bodysuit to perform her powerful song Try. The big winners of the night were Macklemore and Ryan Lewis who were joined by a cane-wielding Madonna to sing their hit Same Love.
*Please note: the cane wasn’t Madonna giving into her age, but rather a questionable fashion statement.
Relative newcomer, 17-year-old Lorde was honoured with the prestigious Song Of The Year Award for her worldwide hit Royals, beating out the likes of Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. She also took home the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for her debut album Pure Heroine. Clearly caught off guard by such a successful first run at the awards show, the teenager stumbled through her acceptance speech and seemed a little overwhelmed at being in the spotlight. She quickly composed herself later in the evening to give a haunting rendition of Royals with new BFF, Taylor Swift, cheering her on in the audience.
One of the top performances of th night goes to Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers who deservedly won the Best Pop Performance for Get Lucky. The legend that is Stevie Wonder joined the group on stage to perform the hit.
Madonna and Katy Perry brought along family members as their plus one’s for the evening. The 56-year-old singer chose to bring her dapper son, David, who was dressed in a mini-me version of the star’s custom Ralph Lauren suit and Katy left boyfriend John Mayer at home, instead spending the evening with younger brother David Hudson.
The winners on the night:
Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Get Lucky, Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nyle Rodgers
Best Rock Song: Cut Me Some Slack, Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
Best Pop Solo Performance: Royals, Lorde
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Holy Grail, Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake
Best Country Album: Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves
Song of the Year: Royals, Lorde
Best Pop Instrumental Album: Stepping Out, Herb Albert
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: To Be Loved, Michael Buble
Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley In Concert, Ziggy Marley
Best Spoken Word Album: America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t, Stephen Colbert
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Summertime Sadness, Cedric Gervais, Remixer (Lana Del Rey)
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
Best Gospel Album: Greater Than [Live], Tye Tribbet,
Best Latin Pop Album: Vida, Draco Rosa,
Best Song Written For Visual Media: Skyfall, Thomas Newman
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Brady Wells and Roomful of Teeth, Roomful of Teeth
Best New Age Album: Love’s River, Laura Sullivan
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Liquid Spirit, Gregory Porter
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue, Terri Lyne Carrington
Best Latin Jazz Album: Song For Maura, Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album: Sound City: Real To Reel, Butch Vig (Compilation Producer)
Best Musical Theater Album: Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper
Best Song Written For Visual Media: Skyfall, Adele
Best Americana Album: Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell
Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You, Guy Clark
Best Dance Recording: Clarity, Zedd ft. Foxes
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
Best Comedy Album: Calm Down Gurrl, Kathy Griffin
Best Rap Performance: Thrift Shop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Song: Thift Shop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Album: The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best R&B Performance: Something, Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Please Come Home, Gary Clark Jr.
Best R&B Song: Pusher Love Girl, Justin Timberlake
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Unapologetic, Rihanna
Best R&B Album: Girl On Fire, Alicia Keys
Best Blues Album: Get Up!, Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Best Music Film: Live Kisses, Paul McCartney
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: From This Valley, The Civil Wars
Best Country Solo Performance: Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker
Best Country Song: Merry Go Round, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne
Best Rock Performance: Radioactive, Imagine Dragons
Best Alternative Music Album: Modern Vampires Of The City, Vampire Weekend
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell Williams
Best Metal Performance: God Is Dead, Black Sabbath
Best Rock Album: Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin
Best Rap Album: The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis