Grammy Awards: Sam Smith Was One of the Biggest Winners [Recap/Review]

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The 57th annual Grammy Awards 2015 were broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Sam Smith was one of the biggest winners, winning four of the six he had been nominated for tonight. The best songs and musical artists of today were honored by being nominated for Grammy awards, one of the music industry’s most prestigious honors. LL Cool J hosted for the fourth consecutive time. Madonna was one of the performers at the Grammy Awards show with a song off of her upcoming album, Rebel Heart, and a multitude of other musical acts also took the stage, like Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Hozier, Imagine Dragons and many more.

Some Grammy Awards were awarded before the main show began. For instance, Beyoncé grabbed one, in the category of Best Surround Sound Album, not for singing on it, but for producing it. Also, Kendrick Lamar picked up two Grammy Awards already, one for Best Rap Performance and the other for Best Rap Song, both for his song i. Yet another of the Grammy Awards presented so far went to Eminem for Best Rap Album, for The Marshall Mathers LP2.

Roseanne Cash picked up three Grammy Awards, one for Best American Roots Performance and another for Best American Roots Song, both for her song A Feather’s Not a Bird. Her third Grammy was for Best Americana Album, for her album, The River & The Thread. Carrie Underwood won a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance for her song Something In The Water.

The Grammy Awards show award for Best Comedy Album went to “Weird Al” Yankovic for his album, Mandatory Fun. Joan Rivers picked up a posthumous Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Diary Of A Mad Diva, and Jack White finally received a Grammy for Best Rock Performance with Lazaretto.

The Grammy Awards show began with AC/DC rocking out with the song Rock or Bust. The band had the audience clapping their hands over their heads and getting into the performance. AC/DC still has the ability to rock out and they proved it tonight. They then launched into their big hit, Highway to Hell. Pretty much everyone in the audience was singing along. It was INCREDIBLE, in a word.

LL Cool J sang a little bit of Going Back to Cali and then he said “You’ve just been rocked by the first of 23 Grammy performances.” He said he would forego doing his comedy monologue, so that the awards could start right away. Taylor Swift presented the first Grammy Awards show award for Best New Artist. The winner was Sam Smith, his first Grammy of the night.

After a commercial break, when the Grammy Awards came back, Ariana Grande took the stage. She performed Just a Little Bit of Your Heart. Ariana looked very classy in a long black gown and dangling earrings, and was accompanied by a man playing the piano and violinists. She gave an amazing performance, her voice soaring to the rafters of the Staples Center.

LL Cool J introduced Jesse J and Tom Jones, who sang You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling together. Jesse J showed she was more than up to the challenge of singing this iconic song along with Tom Jones. They presented the Grammy Awards show award for Best Pop Solo Performance. The winner was…Happy (Live) by Pharrell Williams, foiling Sam Smith’s attempt to win all six Grammys he had been nominated for tonight.

Dierks Bentley introduced the next person to perform, Miranda Lambert. Lambert sang My Little Red Wagon. The song sounded a lot like a rock song, really, and the stage had great lighting effects. Miranda was wearing leather pants. She WAILED on this song.

A singer from Pentatonix presented Barry Gibb with a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement. Barry Gibb then presented the Grammy Awards show award for Best Pop Vocal Album. The Grammy was won by In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith, his second win of the evening.

Next up, 21 time Grammy winner, Kanye West, took the stage and sang for the first time in eight years on the Grammys. He sang the song he collaborated on with Paul McCartney, Only One. It is a cool, sweet song, very melodic. Paul watched from the audience. He played the keyboards on the song.

Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj then introduced Madonna. Madonna performed a song off of her upcoming album Rebel Heart, Living for Love. She came out onto the stage dressed like a sexy matador. Male dancers on stage with her had horns on their heads. This song went to the top of the charts in several countries when Madonna released it and others after they had been leaked online by hackers. Madonna still has some great dance moves. She had the audience singing the chorus along with her, and clapping their hands as she sang. The audience gave her a standing ovation.

Then, the Grammy Awards show presented the Grammy for Best Rock Album. Two football players from the New England Patriots presented the award. It was won by Morning Phase by Beck.

Other Grammy Awards that were presented tonight included the one for Song of the Year. It was also won by Sam Smith, for his hit, Stay with Me (Darkchild Version). Yet another Grammy Awards show award that Smith won was perhaps the show’s most coveted award, the one for Record of the Year, for his song Stay with Me (Darkchild Version).

Beyoncé won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance with Drunk in Love which features Jay Z. She also won a Grammy for Best R&B song for Drunk in Love. In the Grammy Awards category of Best Urban Contemporary Album, Pharrell Williams picked up another Grammy for his album, GIRL. The Grammy for Best R&B album was won by Toni Braxton & Babyface for Love, Marriage & Divorce.

Miranda Lambert picked up a Grammy Awards show award in the category of Best Country Album for Platinum. The Band Perry was presented a Grammy before the show began for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, for the song Gentle on My Mind. Also, Glen Campbell won a Grammy before the show for Best Country song, I’m Not Gonna Miss You, which he co-wrote with Julian Raymond.

There were a lot of other great musical performances during the Grammy Awards show, like ELO’s performance of Evil Woman and Mr. Blue Sky, and Hozier and Annie Lennox singing Take Me to Church and I Put a Spell on You. Two other highlights among many was when Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye West sang FourFiveSeconds and Beyoncé performed Take My Hand, Precious Lord.

The Grammy Awards 2015 show was ably hosted by LL Cool J, who moved the episode along at a fairly decent clip, considering all of the awards and musical performances of the evening. The biggest winner of the night was Sam Smith, but Pharrell and Beyoncé also picked up some Grammys to add to their collections. Beck and Jack White were two other musical artists who picked up Grammys that were long overdue them.

Written By Douglas Cobb

Sources:
Huffington Post
Grammy Awards 2015 Official Site
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