The Grammys stayed with Sam Smith throughout the 57th awards show Sunday in Los Angeles.
“Thank you all for the best night of my life” remarked a grateful Smith as he took home four top awards: best new artist, song of the year and record of the year for Stay with Me, and best pop vocal album for In the Lonely Hour.
“Before I made this record I was doing everything to try and get my music heard,” Smith said. “I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music. It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen.”
The awards for album of the year, best rock album and best engineered non-classical album went to Beck’s Morning Phase, and Kanye West faked going up to the stage to join him a la his infamous Taylor Swift incident.
Beck played off it well. “I need some help. Come back!” the singer quipped to begin his acceptance speech.
“We made this record at my house for the most part so I’d like to thank my kids for letting me keep them awake a little bit extra longer.”
Beyoncé made history by winning three Grammys (giving her 20 lifetime) — for best surround-sound album and best R&B song and performance for Drunk in Love — passing Aretha Franklin to become the second-most honored woman in the awards’ history behind Alison Krauss’ 27 wins.
“This has been such an incredible year. I love y’all,” Beyoncé said. “I’d like to say thank you to my Beyhive. Thank you guys for riding so hard.”
Miranda Lambert won best country album for Platinum.
“I poured my heart and soul into this record,” said Lambert, who got bleeped during her performance of Little Red Wagon.
It was also a pretty Happy night for Pharrell Williams, too, as his ubiquitous hit won for best solo pop performance, though he seemed to be shocked by the whole thing.
“This is super awkward and I’m gonna moonwalk my way off the stage right now,” Williams said with a smile to end his acceptance speech.
Among the musical highlights of the performance-heavy awards show: AC/DC rocked the crowd with Rock or Bust/Highway to Hell; Jessie J and Tom Jones teamed for a shimmering duet on You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling as a tribute to songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil; Madonna’s Living for Love heated everything up with a bullfighting-inspired spectacle; Kristen Wiig made a surprise appearance in a performance of Sia’s Chandelier; and Sheeran shared the stage with Jeff Lynne and ELO for a rendition of the band’s classic Mr. Blue Sky.
President Obama also appeared in a public service announcement about domestic violence before a testimony from abuse survivor Brooke Axtell and Katy Perry’s powerful performance of By the Grace of God.
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SOURCE: USA Today