Sam Smith, Beck and Beyoncé were the biggest winners at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Smith took home with him four Grammys. He was awarded Song of the Year for his hit track “Stay With Me” (Darkchild version), as well as record of the year. His other two Grammys include Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Confounding everyone’s expectations was Beck, who won the golden gramophone for Album of the Year, the award show’s highest accolade. “Morning Phase”, his 12th studio release, beat albums from artists Beyoncé, Smith and Ed Sheeran.
Pharrell Williams, to no one’s surprise, picked up an award for Best Pop Solo performance for last year’s mega hit “Happy”. Williams went on to perform the catchy record, this time ditching his famous mountain hat, swapping it instead for a bell-boy hat.
The Best R&B Performance Grammy went to power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z for “Drunk in Love”. Beyoncé made her acceptance speech short, thanking God and family. She also went on to thank her fans saying: “I’d like to say thank you to my ‘beyhive’, thank you guys for riding so hard.”
The Grammy’s featured 23 performances in the three and half hour event. AC/DC, the Australian rock-stars, opened up the show and infused the crowd with energy from hits “Rock or Bust” and “Highway to Hell”.
Also notably, was Beyoncé’s gospel performance of “Precious Lord, take my hand”. Performing in all white, accompanied by a chorus of young men wearing white tuxedos, Beyoncé proved once again her vocal dominance in the music scene.
Katy Perry, dressed in a white gown, performed “By the Grace of God”, her ode to a survivor of domestic violence.
Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga sang “Cheek to Cheek”, and their album, also called “Cheek to Cheek”, went on to win Best Traditional Pop Album. Beck duets with Coldplay’s front man Chris Martin on “Heart is a Drum”.
Madonna performed “Livin’ For Love”, her latest single. Her performance pretty much mirrored the music video for the song. Kanye West, dressed in a red jump suit with a single spotlight on him performed the single “Only One” that features Paul McCartney, however, McCartney despite being in attendance, did not perform alongside West.
The awards are given to tracks released from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014 and voted on by the members of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.