Sunday, February 8, 2015

Beck Upsets to Win Top Prize at Grammys, Sam Smith Wins Four

In the biggest upset of the night, Beck's "Morning Phase" took the award for album of the year at the 57th Grammy Awards.

The rocker's set defeated front-runners like Beyonce's self-titled set and Sam Smith's "In the Lonely Hour".

"Morning Phase" also won best rock album and engineered album, non-classical at the award show. Nominated for four awards, Beck lost in the rock song and rock performance categories.

Beyoncé did end up with a trio of awards to bring her overall haul to 20; R&B song and R&B performance for "Drunk in Love" and surround sound album for "Beyoncé". 

English crooner Smith won three of his general field bids: best new artist and song and record of the year for "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)". Smith also won pop vocal album.

While Pharrell Williams was nominated three times for album of the year — for his album "GIRL" and producing "Beyoncé" and Ed Sheeran's "X" — he missed out in this race but won must video for "Happy" and pop solo performance for a live version of the track, the first male to win the latter category. "GIRL" edged out "Beyoncé" in the urban contemporary album race.

Ed Sheeran was the only album of the year nominee to walk away empty handed.

Miranda Lambert picked up the country album award for "Platinum" and Toni Braxton and Babyface won R&B album for "Love, Marriage and Divorce".

Eminem continued his record-breaking streak in the best rap album category winning for the sixth time with "The Marshall Mather LP2", also winning rap/sung collaboration "The Monster" with Rihanna. Kendrick Lamar won the other two rap categories, performance and song, for "I".

The biggest winner of those not contending in the top races was Roseanne Cash, who won three: american roots performance and americana roots song for "A Feather's Not a Bird" and americana album for "The River & The Thread". 

In regards to climbing number tallies, jazz musician Chick Corea and film composer John Williams each picked up their 22nd Grammys. Jay-Z elevated his total number of wins to 21.

Album of the year- "Morning Phase," Beck
Record of the year- "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith
Song of the year- "Stay With Me," Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, songwriters. (Sam Smith)
Best new artist- Sam Smith


Pop solo performance- "Happy (Live)," Pharrell Williams
Pop duo/group performance- "Say Something," Great Big World f/ Christina Aguilera.
Traditional pop vocal album- "Cheek to Cheek," Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.
Pop vocal album- "In the Lonely Hour," Sam Smith

Dance recording- "Rather Be," Clean Bandit f/ Jesse Glynne
Dance/electronic album- "Syro," Aphex Twin

Contemporary Instrumental Album- "Bass & Mandolin," Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer.

Rock performance- "Lazaretto," Jack White
Metal performance- "The Last in Line," Tenacious D
Rock song- "Ain't it Fun," Hayley Williams and Taylor York, songwriters. (Paramore)
Rock album- "Morning Phase," Beck

Alternative music album- "St. Vincent," St. Vincent

R&B performance- "Drunk in Love," Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Traditional R&B performance- "Jesus Children," Robert Glasper Experiment f/ Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm Jamal Warner.
R&B song- "Drunk in Love," Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor and Brian Soko, Songwriters. (Beyoncé and Jay-Z)
Urban contemporary album- "GIRL," Pharrell Williams
R&B album- "Love, Marriage and Divorce," Toni Braxton and Babyface

Rap performance- "I," Kendrick Lamar
Rap/sung collaboration- "The Monster," Eminem f/ Rihanna
Rap song-"I," K. Duckworth and C. Smith, songwriters. (Kendrick Lamar).
Rap album- "The Marshall Mathers LP2," Eminem

Country solo performance- "Something in the Water," Carrie Underwood.
Country duo/group collaboration- "Gentle on my Mind," The Band Perry.
Country song- "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, songwriters. (Glen Campbell)
Country album- "Platinum," Miranda Lambert.

New age album- "Winds of Samsara," Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman

Improvised jazz solo- "Fingerprints," Chick Corea.
Jazz vocal album- "Beautiful Life," Dianne Reeves
Jazz instrumental album- "Trilogy," Chick Corea Trio
Large jazz ensemble album- "Life in the Bubble," Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Latin jazz album- "The Offense of the Drum," Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Gospel album- "Help," Erica Campbell
Contemporary Christian music album-"Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong," For King & Country.
Gospel performance/song- "No Greater Love," Andrew W. Lindsey and Smokie Norful, songwriters. (Smokie Norful)
Contemporary Christian music performance/song- "Messengers," Torrence Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone, songwriters. (Lecrae f/ For King & Country).
Roots gospel album-"Shine For All the People," Mike Farris.

Latin pop album- "Tangos," Rubén Blades.
Latin rock, urban or alternative album- "Multiviral," Calle 13
Regional Mexican music album- "Mano a mano- tangos a la manera de Vicente Fernández," Vicente Fernández.
Tropical Latin album- "Más y corzón profundo," Carlos Vives.

American roots performance- American roots song- "A Feather's Not a Bird," Roseanne Cash.
American roots song- American roots song- "A Feather's Not a Bird," Roseanne Cash and John Leventhal, songwriters (Roseanne Cash)
Americana album- "The River & The Thread," Roseanne Cash.
Bluegrass album- "The Earls of Leicester," The Earls of Leicester
Blues album- "Step Back," Johnny Winter
Folk album- "Remedy," Old Crow Medicine Show.
Regional roots music album- "The Legacy," Jo-El Sonnier.

Reggae album- "Fly Rasta," Ziggy Marley

World music album- "Eve," Angelique Kidjo.

Children's album- "I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World (Malala Yousafzai)," Neela Vaswani

Spoken word album- "Diary of a Mad Diva," Joan Rivers.

Comedy album- "Mandatory Fun," "Weird Al" Yankovic

Musical theater album- "Beautiful, The Carole King Musical"

Compilation soundtrack for visual media- "Frozen" (Various Artists)
Score soundtrack for visual media- "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Alexandre Desplat, composer.
Song written for visual media- "Let it Go," Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, songwriters.

Instrumental composition- "The Book Thief," John Williams, composer.
Arrangement, instrumental or a capella- "Daft Punk," Pentaonix and Ben Bram, arrangers (Pentatonix).
Arrangement, instruments and vocals- "New York Tendaberry, " Billy Childs, arranger (B. Childs, Yo-Yo Ma and Renee Fleming).

Recording package- "Lightning Bolt" Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors (Pearl Jam)
Boxed or special limited edition package- "The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records- Volume One 1917-27," Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood and Jack White, art directors.

Album notes- "Offering: Live at Temple University," Ashley Kahn, album notes writer (John Coltrane).

Historical album- "The Garden Spot Programs 1950," Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer. (Hank Williams)

Engineered album, non-classical- "Morning Phase," (Beck)
Producer of the year, non-classical- Max Martin
Remixed recording, non-classical- "All of Me (Tiesto's Birthday Treament Remix)," Tiesto, remixer. (John Legend)

Surround sound album- "Beyoncé," Ellikot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Tom Coyne, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer. (Beyoncé).

Engineered album, classical- "Vaughan WIlliams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No.4; The Lark Ascending."
Producer of the year, classical- Judith Sherman

Orchestral performance- "Adams, John: City Noir," David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony)
Opera recording- "Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphée Aux Enfers".
Choral performance- "The Sacred Spirit of Russia," Craig Hella Johnson, conductor.
Chamber music/small ensemble performance- "In 27 Pieces- The Hilary Hahn Encores," (Hilary Hahn and Cory Smythe).
Classical instrumental solo- "Play," Jason Vieaux.
Classical solo vocal album- "Douce France."
Classical compendium- "Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances" (Partch).
Contemporary classical composition- "Become Ocean," John Luther Adams, composer.

Music video- "Happy," Pharrell Williams
Music film-"20 Feet From Stardom"

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