The 57th annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles Sunday night, and it was a memorable one, in both good and bad ways.
When all was said and done, Sam Smith walked away with four Grammy wins, including “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for his hit song, “Stay With Me.”
Other notable winners included Kendrick Lamar for “Best Rap Song” with his song “I,” Eminem and Rihanna for “Best Rap/Song Collaboration” with their song “The Monster,” and Miranda Lambert for “Best Country Album” with her album “Platinum.”
The biggest surprise of the night was the winner of “Album of the Year.” Beck won the award with his album “Morning Phase” over other nominees including Beyonce, Sam Smith, and Pharrell Williams.
This surprise led to the funniest moment of the night. Everybody remembers when Kanye West let Taylor Swift finish, and once again the crowd was in for a shocker.
West went on stage when Beck won his Grammy, and acted like he was about to pull a Kayne. Fortunately, he was just joking and walked off the stage with a grin on his face. Some people in the crowd laughed while others breathed a sigh of relief.
Of one of the more prestigious awards for vocal performances in the “Arrangement, Instrumental, or A Cappella” category went to Pentatonix. The Arlington-based A Cappella group won the award for it’s Daft Punk Medley.
When it came to the performances during the awards show, some were spectacular, while others were painful.
Somehow Beyonce never fails to impress. On Sunday night, she touched adueinces at the spiritual level. Backed by an all-male gospel choir, she performed “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” which just so happens to be Martin Luther King, Jr.’s favorite song. It is not known how she will top next year’s Grammy’s (because let’s face it, the Grammy’s are nothing without her), but she will find a way.
The other performance that brought out the feels was Sam Smith’s rendition of “Stay With Me” with Mary J. Blige. Smith has a not-so-secret love for R&B; singers, and he put his all into the performance.
Possibly the most uncomfortable moment of the night was when Shia LaBeouf took the stage to introduce Sia’s performance of “Chandelier.” The intent was touching – Sia’s husband writing a romantic letter for her. However, Shia LaBeouf’s unique history made the moment awkward. It was just good to see his face.
While some think it is too early to think about next year’s Grammy’s ,artists are already working on their next masterpieces.
The best thing about the Grammy’s is waiting to see who will be next year’s Sam Smith.