The Grammy Awards Recap: List of Winners, Performers and Best Moments!

This year’s Grammy Awards had social media buzzing as soon as the nominees were announced and fans started to debate who among their faves deserved to win and artists bitched about who got snubbed.

Many people wondered if all of that controversy would take place during the awards show…

…and it didn’t.

For the most part, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were pretty tame, save for a few buzz worthy moments that kept viewers glued to the channel.

The night opened with a performance from rock legends ACDC, which was good if you’re either a fan of ACDC or just a fan of rock music; otherwise you probably struggled to through it.

Most of the ceremony was filled with performances ranging from ballads, remixed pop songs, choir features and collabs between old faves and new artists.

Ariana Grande followed ACDC’s stage with her performance, which was then followed by the first duet of the night from Jessie J and Tom Jones, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.

Jessie and Jones made way for a few solo stages from Miranda Lambert, Madonna (who surprisingly gave a “Meh” performance) and Kanye West, who performed his North West inspired track Only One.

More collabs came after Mr. West’s stage, with artists like Ed Sheeran, John Mayer and Electric Light Orchestra came together for a few songs. Gwen Stefani and Maroon 5’s Adam Lambert joined forces to perform My Heart Is Open.

At this point of the night, it became increasingly clear that nothing insane was going to happen at the event and the majority of acts were going to be either average at best or a collab stage with two or more artists.

Then came Irish singer Hozier and legendary Annie Lennox… who slayed the edges of every singer sitting in the first row in the audience!

Pharrell Williams followed that standing ovation worthy performance with a new take on his pop track, Happy; Pharrell paid tribute to the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” movement by making half of his back up dancers wear black hoodies, and at one point, raise their hands in the “Don’t shoot” stance.


Katy Perry also gave a moving performance during the Grammys, followed by Lady Gaga’s and Tony Bennett’s duet, and other solo acts from Usher (with Stevie Wonder coming in near the end) and Eric Church.


One of the most talked about performances that everyone was waiting to see came from Rihanna, Ye and Paul McCartney, who performed FourFiveSeconds for the first time since the track dropped.

(Is it me, or was the performance better than the song?)

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul was on next to perform with UK Soul singer, Sam Smith, for his hit track Stay With Me.

Stay With Me was followed with a performance from Latino star, Juanes (no one knew who he was except his fans), Chandelier by Sia, and another collab stage from Beck and Chris Martin.

The second most anticipated performance of the night was also the closing stage from artists Common, John Legend and Beyonce (who grabbed the limelight from Ledisi by singing Take My Hand, Precious Lord, a song Ledisi sang for the Selma movie soundtrack).

List Of Best Moments:

1. When Annie Lennox SLAYED!!!

2. The constant appearance of choirs for every other performance.

3. People dancing in the first row (picture Taylor Swift).

4. Paul McCartney just being present.

5. When Kanye West TRIED IT again by walking on stage when he wasn’t supposed to!

List Of Grammy Winners:

Song of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”

Album of the Year
Beck – Morning Phase

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera - “Say Something”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek

Best Pop Solo Performance
Pharrell Williams - “Happy”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Best Rock Performance
Jack White - “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album
Beck – Morning Phase

Best Rock Song
Paramore - “Ain’t It Fun”
Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters

Best Alternative Rock Album
St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Best Metal Performance
Tenacious D - “The Last In Line”

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar - “I”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Eminem Featuring Rihanna - “The Monster”

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – “I”
K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters

Best Rap Album
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2

Best R&B Performance
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Jesus Children”

Best R&B Song
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Pharrell Williams - Girl

Best R&B Album
Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage & Divorce

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – Bass & Mandolin

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin – Syro

Best Dance Recording
Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne - “Rather Be”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“Let It Go” from Frozen

Best Country Album
Miranda Lambert – Platinum

Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood - “Something In The Water”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry - “Gentle On My Mind”

Best Country Song
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls Of Leicester – The Earls Of Leicester

Best American Roots Performance
Rosanne Cash - “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash - “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread

Best Folk Album
Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams - “Happy”

Best Music Film
20 Feet From Stardom

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Max Martin
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
“Break Free” (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd)
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J)
“Problem” (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea)
“Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
“Unconditionally” (Katy Perry)

Best Instrumental Composition
John Williams – “The Book Thief”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Pentatonix - “Daft Punk”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals
Billy Childs - “New York Tendaberry”

Best Recording Package
Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors
Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)

Best Album Notes
Ashley Kahn
John Coltrane - Offering: Live At Temple University

Best Historical Album
Hank Williams - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Beck – Morning Phase

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer
John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)”

Best Surround Sound Album
Beyonc̩ РBeyonc̩

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Jo-El Sonnier – The Legacy

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta

Best World Music Album
Angelique Kidjo – Eve

Best Children’s Album
Neela Vaswani – I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)

Best Musical Theatre Album
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Best Blues Album
Johnny Winter – Step Back

Best Spoken Word Album
Joan Rivers – Diary Of A Mad Diva

Best Comedy Album
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Best New Age Album
Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds Of Samsara

Best Improved Jazz Solo
Chick Corea - “Fingerprints”

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chick Corea Trio – Trilogy

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Life In The Bubble

Best Latin Jazz Album
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – The Offense Of The Drum

How did you guys feel about the Grammys this year? Did you struggle through it and stay up to watch, avoid it like Ebola or did you side eye that shit like Prince rolling his eyes at Kanye?