Grammy Performances and Winners Start With Live Beyonce and Macklemore Win

Grammy Awards, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Performance, 2014

The 2014 Grammy Awards aired live on CBS Sunday night and showcased the biggest songs, albums, and performers of the past year, so who were the winners and who had the coveted performances? For those who watched, or did not get to tune in, here is a quick rundown of everything Grammys 2014.

Beyonce and husband Jay-Z opened the show with a live performance of Drunk on Love. Beyonce sported a short haircut that is new to the woman who topped the Billboard 200 List for many weeks with her newest, self-titled album, Beyonce. Later in the show, Jay-Z won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Justin Timberlake for their combined work on Holy Grail. 

Lorde performed, and later won the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance, Hunter Hayes performed, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Daft Punk won for Pop Duo/Group Performance, Katy Perry and Juicy J performed, and then Robin Thicke took the stage with the band Chicago.

John Legend performed solo; just a man and his piano on stage, then Taylor Swift sang and played the guitar, followed by Keith Urban and Gary Clark, Jr. sharing their music.

Bruno Mars introduced Pink who did her thing up high above the Grammy stage, Cirque du Soleil style, just like she her 2010 of Glitter in the Air. This year she gave the crowd her song Try, then she joined Nate Ruess for their duet, Give Me a Reason.

Ringo Starr performed in front of pictures reflecting on the life of Beatles members, then Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons shared the Grammy stage to combine Lamar’s rap skills on M.A.A.D. City and one of the most heard songs of 2013: Radioactive. Kendrick and each member of Imagine Dragons sported all white (splattered with a bit of red) and rocked out to bring the crowd to life.

Following the powerful collaboration, Kasey Musgraves took the stage to share her song, Follow Your Arrow that drew attention her way in 2013. The song encourages listeners to do what makes them feel good and to let desires guide decisions because no matter what is chosen, there may be judgment.

With Julia Roberts to make the introduction, Sir Paul McCartney took his turn on the 2014 Grammy stage to perform. Who joins him? Ringo Starr, of course. Sir McCartney took home a Grammy for Best Rock Song for Cut Me Some Slack and Best Music Film for Live Kisses.

In between some big performances, the award for Best Producer of 2013 was given to Pharell Williams, and the award for Best Pop Vocal Album was awarded to Bruno Mars for Unorthodox Jukebox. 

Next came a performance from Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, who were joined by Blake Sheldon and Merle Haggard to sing a medley of songs, and the country genre continued as the Best Country Album Grammy went to Kasey Musgraves for Same Trailer Different Park.

Neil Patrick Harris then introduced a performance of Get Lucky by (masked) Daft Punk. In the night’s theme of collaborations, the group was joined by Pharell Williams, Stevie Wonder, and Nile Rodgers.

Cindy Lauper then introduced Carole King and Sara Bareilles who each sang and played a piano. The two ladies then presented the award for Song of the Year, which went to Royals, written by Joel Little and Ella Yelich O’Connor, better known as Lorde, the singer of Royals.

Pianist Lang Lang then took the stage to perform with Metallica, the Grammy for Record of the Year went to Daft Punk featuring Pharell Williams and Nile Rodgers, and then the much anticipated Madonna, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performance of One Love happened, introduced by Queen Latifah. 30 couples were married during the song; a powerful experience for everyone involved.

Next was a montage honoring those members of the music industry who passed away in 2013, followed by a duet between Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong, frontman of Green Day. The Grammy for Album of the Year was then awarded to Daft Punk for Random Access Memories, and the night closed with Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age, plus Lindsey Buckingham and Dave Grohl, performing a series of rock songs.

By K. Corrine Van Vliet

Daily News
LA Times

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