Music's Biggest Night is finally here! It's that one night of the year that all genres of music come together to celebrate their success on the charts and the surrounding critical acclaim. Major nominees include Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Sia, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and Iggy Azalea (among others). But who will walk away with that six-pound gramophone?
Performers include AC/DC; Beck and Coldplay's Chris Martin; Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; Beyoncé; Eric Church; Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam; Common and John Legend; Ariana Grande; Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Questlove with Sheeran; Hozier and Annie Lennox; Jessie J and Tom Jones; Juanes; Miranda Lambert; Lang Lang; Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani; Jeff Lynne's ELO; Madonna; Katy Perry; Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye West; Sia; Smith and Mary J. Blige; Usher; and Williams.
Of course, "Shake It Off" champ Swift might not be performing but be prepared for some wonderful GIF-able moments. Plus, she's very likely to walk away with one of her three Grammys.
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards kick off tonight at 8/7c on CBS. Keep your eyes peeled to this space for a live blog and full winners list below.
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[8:00] The crowd, decked out in light-up devil horns, is treated to a two-song opening performance by legendary rock band AC/DC.
ELECTRICITY! Can you imagine being in that arena right now?!?! FIRE! (Truth tea: I was never a big AC/DC fan, but my brother was. We can only go up from here, no?) Although, Highway to Hell is one, um, hell of a jam.
[8:07] LL Cool J takes the stage as tonight's emcee! "I'm going back to Cali," he raps, slickly walking down the stage. "That was devilishly good," he says of AC/DC's opening slot.
[8:09] Taylor Swift (!!!!!!!!) hands out Best New Artist to...Sam Smith! (Because, duh!)
Did we doubt anyone BUT Sam would win this?! T-Swizzle makes some "Shake It Off" jokes before handing the gramophone to a truly humbled Mister Smith. "Everyone, I love you! I won a GRAMMY!"
[8:17] Anna Kendrick (SLAY ME MAMA!!!) introduces Ariana Grande with "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart." This is My Everything, outstanding cut.
Is it just more or has Ariana been WERKING her mature fashion lately?!? Just me?! OH?!?! Ok then...
On this piano ballad, Ari truly shines. The staging is eery and haunting and fits the song to a T. Angelic. She's an angel, though, right? Her floor-length dress is magnificent.
[8:21] Jessie J and Sir Tom Jones honor this year's trustees Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil with a little "Lost That Loving Feeling."
Very cool moment: Jessie J always sounds fantastic. (But can we talk about what she's wearing?!)
They then hand out Best Pop Solo Performance..."Happy" by Pharrell Williams! (Well, we're so HAPPY FOR HIM!)
"I'm not gonna make this awkward and long," he says. "This is super awkward."
[8:33] Dierks Bentley (in a white suit, ya'll!!!) introduces the rowdy Miranda Lambert, premiering her fire-blazing new single "Little Red Wagon." She begins upstage in front of a giant fan. She's donned some black lace, leather and glitter! SASS FOR DAYS!!!
She's gone from the country underdog to rock star!!! One of her most explosive performances YET! *dead*
[8:36] PTX and Barry Gibb honor the Bee Gees with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. Barry even gives PTX a shout out!
Best Pop Vocal Album goes to...Sam Smith's sensational In the Lonely Hour!
He's on a roll tonight! "It wasn't until I was myself and the music started flowing and people started listening," Sam says.
[8:45] LL Cool J introduces 21-time Grammy Award winner Kanye West. It's dark. A spotlight dazzled with fog. I could make some joke about K's ego here, but this song is pretty great. It's simple. True to autotune, though!
[8:48] Miley Cyrus (!!!) and Nicki Minaj (AHH!!!) introduced one badass star...Madonna! She's "Living for Love."
"Give it up for our bitch, Madonna!" screams MC!
The Queen of Pop reenacts her video, enlisting men with horns and displaying footage on the backdrop. So many emotions right now! Toward the end, she's masked by her dancers...to reveal her dangling high above the stage! AHHH!
[8:55] Josh Duhamel helps hand out Best Rock Album...Morning Phase by Beck!
[9:01] Nile Rodgers and Smokey Robinson take the stage and honor George Harrison as a Lifetime Achievement Honoree.
They hand out Best R&B Performance...Beyonce for "Drunk in Love." YASSSSSSSS QUEEN BEY!!!
"This has been such an incredible year. I'd like to say thank you to my Beyhive."
[9:05] James Corden introduces Ed Sheeran, backed by Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Questlove! So much talent on one stage! Ed tears into his "Thinking Out Loud," one great x track. You can count on several things from Ed: great vocals, great musicianship, fantastically simple and captivating staging. (Oh, and seeing John Mayer in a bow tie is always a good thing.)
GO ED GO!!!
Cut to: Jeff Lynne's ELO with "Evil Woman." Magical musical moment spliced together with Ed and company returning to back him up on "Mr Blue Sky."
[9:15] Ryan Seacrest introduce Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani's haunting performance of "My Heart is Open," a truly tender addition to the proceedings. Piano accompaniment. Passionate vocals. Btw, if you haven't grabbed Maroon 5's V yet. Do that now.
[9:25] "Staples Center are you ready to be taken to church???!!!" yells LL Cool J. Hozier performance!
He is the Gotye of 2014, right?! Regardless, this song (and his entire album) are just to die for. Anyways, "Take Me To Church" is one of the most piercing lyrics of the year and deserves every. single. Grammy.
He's later joined by the incomparable Annie (freaking) Lennox! One of the night's most powerful moments. They segue into "I'll Put a Spell on You." Yes, Annie, you do put a marvelous spell on me. PREACH!
BEST. PERFORMANCE. OF. THE. NIGHT.
[9:33] Nick Jonas and Nashville singer Meghan Trainor hand out Best Country Album...Platinum by Miranda Lambert!
"I poured my heart into this record," she says. Her album was truly one of the most diverse and overall interesting records of the year. Much deserved!
[9:35] The Weeknd introduces Pharrell, joined by Lang Lang and Hans Zimmer. It's an interesting recalibration of "Happy," far darker, bolstered by a creepy disembodied voice intro. WHAT?!?!
It's a twisted arrangement, featuring dancers with yellow violins. I'm...not sure what's going on right now.
"I'm at your service, Lord," Pharrell says to close his bizarre performance.
[9:43] POTUS in a pre-taped video about talking about violence against women and girls. PSA TIME! "It's not OK, and it has to stop!"
Brooke, a survivor of domestic violence, gives a truly heartbreaking and inspiring speech about her journey from being a victim to being a hero.
[9:45] Oh, that apparently was the introduction to Katy Perry's "By the Grace of God." She's all in white, drenched by white light and a white backdrop (as dancers' shadows splash across the screen). Only piano accompanies her. I commend her for this moment. Domestic violence is such a taboo topic to discuss. This conversation needs to happen.
Tears. Second best performance of the night.
[9:59] Katherine McPhee (AHH!!!) introduces Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, to perform a cut from their Grammy-winning Cheek to Cheek album. Well, that's a departure from the performance before. Celebrate, jazz!
"I'm in heaven," Gaga sings, and that pretty much sums up this performance: heavenly.
[10:01] LL Cool J introduces Usher, with a performance honoring Stevie Wonder on "If It's Magic." No, "Good Kisser," Mister U?! An elegant harp backs him for a truly subtle moment. Stunning.
Stevie himself later joins with a harmonica. #MagicalGrammyMoment
[10:12] Keith Urban takes the stage to introduce Eric Church! He's performing his nominated track "Give Me Back My Hometown," a great No. 1 radio cut from his The Outsiders album. You can always depend on this superstar to give it his all and deliver one of the night's finer moments. Country FTW!
[10:18] Brandy Clark (!!!) and Dwight Yoakam duet on Clark's own "Hold My Hand," from her Grammy-nominated 12 Stories—some of the most real and groundbreaking work in the past few years for mainstream country. Get it!
Sometimes subtle is more profound than loud.
[10:21] Cut to: Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye West premiering for the FIRST TIME EVER on stage: #FourFiveSeconds!
This song is such the JAM RIGHT NOW! The staging mimics their stripped down, Calvin Klein-commercial video. Adore. Riri sounds flawless, amirite?!
"I'm just trying to make it back home by Monday morning!"
[10:30] T-Swizzle comes back!!! She introduces Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige for a special rendition of "Stay with Me." YES I NEED THIS!!!
It's orchestral driven, dark lamps pepper the stage, Sam's vocals are superb. Mary J takes the lead on the second verse, adding her soulful nuances to the mix. A choir then joins them onstage. Big power moment.
[10:35] Gina Rodriguez introduces Latin star Juanes with "Juntos." I don't know enough about him or this style of music to comment.
[10:40] Prince enters in orange. "Albums still matter." He hands out Album of the Year...Morning Phase by Beck!
And cue the Beyhive's emotional breakdown in 3, 2, 1...
"I made this record in my house, for the most part. So, I'd like to thank my kids," says Beck.
[10:48] Shia LaBeouf (YES HIM!!!) takes the stage to introduce Sia's performance, with a hand-written poem about love and power. "Buildings and statues wink at us." She's re-imagined her "Chandelier" music video for this, with actress Kristen Wiig. YES. Weird, but so cool.
What a masterfully produced piece of art.
[10:53] Enrique Iglesias (random) hands out Song of the Year...Stay with Me by Sam Smith! Woohoo!
"I'm having a really really really good night," Sam laughs. Aww.
[11:02] Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl introduces a segment honoring Dave Letterman. "Many of us owe a debt to Dave."
Coldplay's Chris Martin and Beck take the stage for a manufacture "Grammy moment," because we can't have too many of those nowadays. A pretty easy listening blend of their sounds. Cool, but too sleepy this far into the show. Zzzzz.
[11:07] Stevie Wonder and Jamie Foxx hand out Record of the Year...Stay with Me by Sam Smith!
He. burned. the. house. down. tonight. FOUR GRAMMIES!
Way to go!
[11:15] Jennifer Hudson and executive producers remind us that "music matters." J-Hud intros a video for Grammys on the Hill in Washington, DC and the Creators Alliance.
Now, an In Memoriam tribute. Joe Cocker. Jack Bruce. Jimmy Ruffin. Robin Williams. Little Jimmy Dickens. George Hamilton IV. Casey Kasem. Various other musicians, songwriters, performers, writers, world-changers.
So many greats lost the past year. Sigh.
[11:25] LL Cool and Gwyneth Paltrow intro Beyonce's gospel track "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Take us to church, BEY!
The spirit is real in here! She looks elegant in a floor-length white lace gown. Vocals on point, backed by a choir. ON FIRE!!! Shhhh, it's Bey time.
"Thank you guys," she brushes off, as if she's a timid fox. She introduces Common and John Legend's performance of "Glory." A proper ending to a night of diverse music, cultures and people.
The winners are as follows, noted in red:
THE BIG FOUR
Album of the Year
Morning Phase, Beck--WINNER!
x, Ed Sheeran
In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
GIRL, Pharrell Williams
Song of the Year
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift (Max Martin, Shellback, Swift)
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor (Kevin Kadish, Trainor)
“Chandelier,” Sia (Sia Furler, Jesse Shatkin)
“Stay with Me” (Darkchild Version), Sam Smith (James Napier, Smith, William Phillips)--WINNER!
“Take Me To Church,” Hozier (Andrew Hozier-Byrne)
Record of the Year
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea (featuring Charli XCX
“Stay with Me” (Dark Tower Version), Sam Smith--WINNER!
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
Best New Artist
Best Music Video
“We Exist,” Arcade Fire
“Turn Down For What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams--WINNER!
“The Golden Age,” Woodkid featuring Max Richter
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
“Beautiful Dreamer,” Pete McGuinness, arranger (The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra)
“Daft Punk,” Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers (Pentatonix)--WINNER!
“Get Smart,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
“Guantanamera,” Alfredo Rodríguez, arranger (Alfredo Rodríguez)
“Moon River,” Chris Walden, arranger (Amy Dickson)
Best Pop Solo Performance
“All Of Me,” John Legend
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams--WINNER!
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
“A Sky Full Of Stars,” Coldplay
“Say Something,” A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera--WINNER!
“Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
“Dark Horse,” Katy Perry with Juicy J
Best Pop Vocal Album
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
My Everything, Ariana Grande
Prism, Katy Perry
x, Ed Sheeran
In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith--WINNER!
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cheek to Cheek, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett--WINNER!
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox
Night Songs, Barry Manilow
Sending You A Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis
Partners, Barbra Streisand
Best Dance Recording
“Rather Be,” Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne--WINNER!
“Never Say Never,” Basement Jaxx
“F For You,” Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige
“I’ve Got You,” Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Syro, Aphex Twin--WINNER!
While (1<2), Deadmau5
Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragon
Do It Again, Röyksopp & Robyn
Damage Control, Mat Zo
Best R&B Performance
“Drunk In Love,” Beyonce featuring Jay Z--WINNER!
“New Flame,” Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross
“It’s Your World,” Jennifer Hudson featuring R. Kelly
“Like This,” Ledisi
“Good Kisser,” Usher
Best R&B Song
“Drunk In Love,” Beyonce featuring Jay Z (Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko)--WINNER!
“Good Kisser,” Usher (Ronald “Flip” Colson, Warren “Oak” Felder, Usher Raymond IV, Jameel Roberts, Terry “Tru” Sneed & Andrew “Pop” Wansel)
“New Flame,” Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross (Eric Bellinger, Chris Brown, James Chambers, Malissa Hunter, Justin Booth Johnson, Mark Pitts, Usher Raymond IV, William Roberts, Maurice “”Verse”” Simmonds & Keith Thomas)
“Options” (Wolfjames Version), Luke James featuring Rick Ross (Dominic Gordon, Brandon Hesson, William Roberts & Jamaica “”Kahn-Cept”” Smith)
“The Worst,” Jhene Aiko (Jhené Aiko Chilombo)
Best R&B Album
Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc
Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni Braxton & Babyface--WINNER!
Black Radio 2, Robert Glasper Experiement
Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Sail Out, Jhene Aiko
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is…, Mali Music
GIRL, Pharrell Williams--WINNER!
Best Rap Performance
“Rap God,” Eminem
“3005,” Childish Gambino
“0 to 100″ / “The Catch Up,” Drake
“i,” Kendrick Lamar--WINNER!
“All I Need Is You,” Lecrae
Best Rap Song
“Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj (Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios & J. Solone-Myvett)
“Bound 2,” Kanye West and Charlie Wilson (Mike Dean, Malik Jones, Che Pope, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, John Stephens, Kanye West, Charlie Wilson & Cydel Young)
“I,” Kendrick Lamar (K. Duckworth & C. Smith)--WINNER!
“We Dem Boyz,” Wiz Khalifa (N. Fisher & C. Thomaz)
“0 To 100 / The Catch Up,” Drake (A. Feeney, Aubrey Graham, A. Hernandez, P. Jefferies, M. Samuels & Noah Shebib)
Best Rap Album
The New Classic, Iggy Azalea
Because The Internet, Childish Gambino
Nobody’s Smiling, Common
The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem--WINNER!
Oxymoron, Schoolboy Q
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Blak Majik,” Common Featuring Jhené Aiko
“The Monster,” Eminem Featuring Rihanna--WINNER!
“Tuesday,” I Love Makonnen Featuring Drake
“Studio,” Schoolboy Q Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid
“Bound 2,” Kanye West & Charlie Wilson
Best Country Solo Performance
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Chruch
“Invisible,” Hunter Hayes
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood--WINNER!
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Gentle on My Mind,” The Band Perry--WINNER!
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
“Day Drinking,” Little Big Town
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood
Best Country Song
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney (Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert (Nicole Galyon, Lambert, Natalie Hemby)
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church (Luke Laird, Church)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell (Campbell, Julian Raymond)--WINNER!
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill (Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele)
Best Country Album
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
Platinum, Miranda Lambert--WINNER!
The Way I’m Living, Lee Ann Womack
Best American Roots Performance
“Statesboro Blues,” Gregg Allman & Taj Mahal
“A Feather’s Not A Bird,” Rosanne Cash--WINNER!
“And When I Die,” Billy Childs Featuring Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas
“The Old Me Better,” Keb’ Mo’ Featuring The California Feet Warmers
“Destination,” Nickel Creek
Best American Roots Song
“A Feather’s Not A Bird,” Rosanne Cash (Cash & John Leventhal)--WINNER!
“Just So Much,” Jesse Winchester (Winchester)
“The New York Trains,” The Del McCoury Band (Woody Guthrie & Del McCoury)
“Pretty Little One,” Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell (Brickell & Martin)
“Terms Of My Surrender,” John Hiatt (Hiatt)
Best Americana Album
The River & The Thread, Roseanne Cash--WINNER!
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill Simpson
A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek
Bluesamericana, Keb’ Mo’
Terms of My Surrender, John Hiat
Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls Of Leicester, The Earls Of Leicester--WINNER!
Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, Noam Pikelny
Cold Spell, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Into My Own, Bryan Sutton
Only Me, Rhonda Vincent
Best Rock Performance
"Fever," The Black Keys
"Do I Wanna Know?," Arctic Monkeys
"Lazaretto," Jack White--WINNER!
"Gimme Something Good," Ryan Adams
"Blue Moon," Beck
Best Rock Song
“Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore (Hayley Williams, Taylor York)--WINNER!
“Blue Moon,” Beck (Beck Hansen)
“Fever,” The Black Keys (Dan Auerback, Brian Burton, Patrick Carney)
“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams (Ryan Adams)
“Lazaretto,” Jack White (Jack White III)
Best Rock Album
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty
Morning Phase, Beck--WINNER!
Songs of Innocence, U2
Best Alternative Album
Reflektor, Arcade Fire
Melophobia, Cage the Elephant
St Vincent, St Vincent--WINNER!
This Is All Yours, Alt J
Lazaretto, Jack White
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Get On Up: The James Brown Story
Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix: Volume I
The Wolf Of Wall Street
Best Song Written for Visual Media
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell (Campbell, Julian Raymond)
"I See Fire," Ed Sheeran (Sheeran)
"Let It Go" (Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez)--WINNER!
"Everything is Awesome" (Shawn Patterson Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, The Lonely Island)
"The Moon Song" (Karen Orzolek, Spike Jonze)
[PHOTO CREDIT: Grammys/Kevork Djansezian]