Sam Smith, Beyonce, Beck, Rosanne Cash Big Winners At 2015 Grammy Awards!


Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammy’s!!‘ – beamed a cheeky Sam Smith after officially pulling an Adele (Gaydele?) at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards last night, held at The Staples Center in LA. There’s clearly no better way of getting back at your ex – so take a bow Sam! Also, hurrah for equality! #GayPride

Sam Smith picked up 4 pieces of hardware out of 6 nominations – all for the biggest categories of the night including Record and Song Of The Year for his global smash ‘Stay With Me‘ as well as the coveted Best New Artist nod. His Platinum-certified multi-million selling smash ‘In The Lonely Hour‘ picked up the award for Best Pop Vocal Album.


The category he lost out on? The prestigious Album Of The Year nod – which he lost out to, of all people, rocker Beck who pulled a surprise win with his album ‘Morning Phase‘ – beating out biggies (and way more deserving winners) Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran. Beck picked up 2 more pieces of hardware, including Best Rock Album. As per usual, The Grammy’s choices remain a mystery – but then again, Beck’s an industry veteran with 22 years worth of Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum albums marking his impressive discography. Hence, I’m not too surprised. I love ‘Blue Moon‘ – easily one of the year’s most under-rated single. Go Beck!


Beyoncé, of course, remains the Grammy Queen. With 3 wins last night – including Best R’n’B Performance, Best R’n’B Song (both for ‘Drunk In Love‘ with Jay-Z) and Best Surround Sound Album for her ground-breaking  ‘Beyoncé‘, which has scanned a massive 5 million units globally. With her latest win last night, Beyoncé now officially boasts of the second most number of Grammy’s among female vocalists – behind Bluegrass legend Alison Krauss and surpassing Aretha Franklin. Team #BeyHive

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Pharrell picked up 3 awards last night, including Best Pop Solo Performance for his runaway smash ‘Happy‘ – so did singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash for ‘A Feather’s Not A Bird‘ – well deserved and truly under-rated. Eminem and Kendrick Lamar picked up 2 awards each – Igloo Australia fans must be seething right now (justified)! ‘Fancy‘ was by far the year’s most game-changing single that brought forth the Great Iggy Azalea Rap Debate that everyone and their grandmas participated in – definitely better than the generic ‘The Monster‘ that was mostly bleh.

Irrespective of a few upsets – some of the year’s nods were truly befitting. I’ve been harping away about the genius of an album ‘Love, Marriage And Divorce‘ by R’n’B veterans Toni Braxton and Babyface – the year’s most under-rated R’n’B album. Thankfully, the album won in the only category it was nominated for – the coveted Best R’n’B Album award.

The Country music categories at the Grammy Awards continue to restore my faith in the fact that Country Radio is not on an anti-vagina tirade. While last year, newbie Kacey Musgraves swept the much debated Country category, this year Miranda Lambert triumphed over the truckers and beer-drinkers (really, y’all need to stop with the testosterone rush) in the Best Country Album category with ‘Platinum‘, while Carrie Underwood picked up yet another piece of hardware with Best Country Solo Performance for ‘Something In The Water‘.


Other winners of the night included a much deserved win for Ms Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World’s ‘Say Something‘ (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance), Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s ‘Cheek To Cheek‘ (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album), St Vincent’s ‘St Vincent‘ (Best Alternative Rock Album), Paramore’s ‘Ain’t It Fun‘ (Best Rock Song) and The Band Perry’s ‘Gentle On My Mind‘ (Best Country Duo/Group Performance).

Sia, Ed Sheeran and Iggy Azalea’s complete snub throughout the ceremony was the night’s biggest disappointment (even Rihanna picked up an award along with Eminem for the rather undeserving and generic ‘The Monster‘ – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration). Sia’s ‘Chandelier‘ was by far the night’s most deserving winner, along with her album ‘1000 Forms Of Fear‘.

Check out the entire list of winners at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards right here :

Record of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Songs LLC obo Naughty Worlds Ltd./Universal-Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Salli Isaak Songs, Ltd./Universal Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Method Paperwork

Song of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters

Album of the Year
Beck – Morning Phase
Beck Hansen, producer; Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek

Best Pop Solo Performance
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Best Rock Performance

Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album
Beck – Morning Phase

Best Rock Song
Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters

Best Alternative Rock Album
St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Best Metal Performance
Tenacious D – “The Last In Line”

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Eminem Featuring Rihanna – “The Monster”

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – “I”
K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters

Best Rap Album
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2

Best R&B Performance
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Jesus Children”
Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Best R&B Song

Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Pharrell Williams – Girl

Best R&B Album
Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage & Divorce

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – Bass & Mandolin

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin – Syro

Best Dance Recording
Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“Let It Go” from Frozen
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)

Best Country Album
Miranda Lambert – Platinum

Best Country Solo Performance 

Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry – “Gentle On My Mind”

Best Country Song
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)

Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls Of Leicester – The Earls Of Leicester

Best American Roots Performance
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread

Best Folk Album
Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Music Film
20 Feet From Stardom
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers
We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger, video producers

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Max Martin
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
“Break Free” (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd)
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J)
“Problem” (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea)
“Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
“Unconditionally” (Katy Perry)

Best Instrumental Composition
John Williams – “The Book Thief”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Pentatonix – “Daft Punk”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals
Billy Childs – “New York Tendaberry”

Best Recording Package
Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)

Best Album Notes
Ashley Kahn
John Coltrane – Offering: Live At Temple University

Best Historical Album
Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer
Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Beck – Morning Phase
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer
John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)”

Best Surround Sound Album
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Jo-El Sonnier – The Legacy

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta

Best World Music Album
Angelique Kidjo – Eve

Best Children’s Album
Neela Vaswani – I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)

Best Musical Theatre Album
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Blues Album
Johnny Winter – Step Back

Best Spoken Word Album
Joan Rivers – Diary Of A Mad Diva

Best Comedy Album
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Best New Age Album
Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds Of Samsara

Best Improved Jazz Solo
Chick Corea – “Fingerprints”

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chick Corea Trio – Trilogy

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Life In The Bubble

Best Latin Jazz Album
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – The Offense Of The Drum