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News |  09 Feb 2015 18:01 |  By RnMTeam

The 57th Grammy Awards: The night's big winners and spectacular collaborations

MUMBAI: There was something remarkably familiar about the 57th Grammy Awards- a British singer songwriter winning the most awards for an album based on heartbreak. Sam Smith took home a total of four Grammy awards on the night for his album 'In The Lonely Hour', bringing back memories of the 2012 Grammys when Adele won a whopping six awards for her album '21'.

Smith won in four categories- 'Best New Artist', 'Best Pop Vocal Album', 'Song of the Year' and Record of the Year', beating out competition from some big names in music including Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Katy Perry. Although he did miss out on 'Album of the Year', Smith made sure he thanked the one person responsible for his wins. “I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys,” he said.

Beyonce and Pharrell Williams, won three Grammys each. Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love' featuring her rapper husband Jay Z, earned her gongs for 'Best R&B Song' and 'Best R&B Performance. Meanwhile, Pharrell's hit track 'Happy' won him awards for 'Best Pop Solo Performance', 'Best Urban Contemporary Album' and 'Best Music Video'.

The biggest surprise of the night was alt-rock musician - Beck winning the coveted 'Album of the Year' for his 2014 release 'Morning Phase'. The American artist managed to come out on top despite facing serious competition from Sam Smith (In the Lonely Hour), Beyonce (Beyonce), Pharrell Williams (G.I.R.L.) and Ed Sheeran (X). Beck's album also won 'Best Rock Album' against 'The Black Keys' 'Turn Blue', U2's 'Songs of Innocence', Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 'Hypnotic Eye' and Ryan Adams' self titled album.

Also winning two awards each were rappers Kendrick Lamar for 'Best Rap Song' and 'Best Rap Performance' for the track (i), and Eminem for Best Rap Album (The Marshall Mathers LP 2) and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (The Monster), featuring Rihanna.

Other winners on the night included Jack White for 'Best Rock Performance' (Lazaretto), Clean Bandit feat Jess Glynne for 'Best Dance Recording' (Rather Be), Paramore for 'Best Rock Song' (Ain't It Fun), Aphex Twin for 'Best Dance/Electronic Album' (Syro), St. Vincent for 'Best Alternative Music Album' (St. Vincent), and Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett for 'Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album' (Cheek to Cheek).

The Grammy Awards ceremony also had some notable performances, many of which were collaborations. Beck performed his track 'Heart Is a Drum' with Coldplay's Chris Martin, while Hozier and Annie Lennox teamed up to perform the former's hit track 'Take Me to Church', after which Lennox sang her very own 'I Put A Spell On You'. Sam Smith and Mary J Blige performed Smith's Grammy winning 'Stay With Me', and Rihanna teamed up with Paul McCartney and Kanye West for a performance of 'Four Five Seconds'. Ed Sheeran performed 'Thinking Out Loud' with a little help from John Mayer, and then joined Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra on 'Evil Woman' and 'Mr. Blue Sky'.

There were a number of excellent solo performances as well, particularly Madona's 'Living for Love', Pharrell Williams' 'Happy', Beyonce's rendition of 'Take My Hand Precious Lord', AC/DC's opening medley performance and Katy Perry's 'By The Grace of God'. Perry's performance followed a PSA by the President of the US, Barack Obama on domestic violence through a video message. The ceremony ended with John Legend and Common performing their Oscar nominated track 'Glory' from 'Selma', which is based on the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic.

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