From Sam Smith’s four Grammy steals for “Stay with Me” to Sia’s breathtaking hallucinogenic performance of “Chandelier”, the 57th Grammy’s stunned viewers across the nation. The awards ceremony featured more extravagant performances and glamorous styles than ever before.
Musical mash-ups included “FourFiveSeconds” performed by Kanye West, Paul McCartney and Rihanna, “My Heart is Open” sung by Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani and “Cheek-to-Cheek” by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. Though the singers and dancers made the night an unforgettable one, the award recipients’ glowing faces lit up the stage in a special way.
In case you missed the show, here are some highlights:
At his first Grammy’s ever, Sam Smith stole the show by winning Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his song “Stay with Me,” and Best Pop Vocal Album for “In the Lonely Hour.”
Two Cleveland artists won awards at the ceremony for their works in Classical music. Jason Vieaux, a professor at Cleveland Institute of Music, won a Grammy for the Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his CD, “Play.” Michael Bishop, the cofounder of Five/Four Productions, won a Grammy for the Best Engineered Album in the Classical category.
Much of the Grammy’s audience was surprised when Aphex Twin won Best Dance/Electronic Album for “Syro.” The strange noise-ish album beat out other contenders, but the band’s revolutionary techno experiments have made them a more obvious choice for the esteemed award.
Beyoncé received two Grammy awards even before she set foot on the red carpet during the pre-Grammy ceremony for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance for her song “Drunk in Love.” Later, she was handed the award Best Surround Sound Album. Receiving these three awards was a personal record for Sasha Fierce.
Producer of the Year award was Max Martin’s first Grammy. His work on “Dark House” by Katy Perry, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, “Break Free” by Ariana Grande, “First Love” by Jennifer Lopez and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj helped him achieve this prestigious title.