2015 Grammys Recap

hip-hop-264396_1280Well, by now, I’m sure you’ve heard that Kanye West made a tool of himself again.  AGAIN!  Beck came away with Album of the Year win and once again, Kanye felt the need to embarrass himself, as well as Beyonce, claiming she deserved the win.  There’s a wonderful meme going around the interwebz point-for-point explaining why Beck was the clear winner over Beyonce.  Shirley Manson of Garbage even penned an open letter to Mr. Kim Kardashion.

Sam Smith was the big winner of the night.  He took home the award for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.  He’s not my particular cup of tea, but clearly I’m the minority.

Beyonce did win three awards all on her own (no thanks to Kanye) including Best R&B Performance for “Drunk in Love.”    Pharrell also had three wins including Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video for “Happy.”

Check out below for the complete list of Grammy Winners:


Record of the Year
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Song of the Year
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Album of the Year
Beck, “Morning Phase”

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”

Best Rap Album
Eminem, “The Marshall Mathers LP2”

Best R&B Performance
Beyonce featuring Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”

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

Best R&B Song
Beyonce featuring Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”

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
“Frozen,” 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”

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Max Martin

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
Pearl Jam, “Lightning Bolt,” Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors

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

Best Album Notes
Ashley Kahn for John Coltrane, “Offering: Live At Temple University”

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

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Beck, “Morning Phase”

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

Best Surround Sound Album
Beyonce, “Beyonce”
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyonc? 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”

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