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The First Hour Of The 57th Annual Grammys Reviewed

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Tom Petty WIns

It’s a tradition.

I watch the first hour of the Grammy’s and then go to sleep. But it has changed over the years for me, for one thing the Grammy’s have involved into some sort of radio station Christmas show. A mad dash to cram in as many live performances as humanly possible into many many hours,  and while if that means cutting LL Cool J’s -the least charismatic MC on earth, opening monologue, I am all for it, if it means cutting out the Bee Gees lifetime achievement acceptance award for career retrospective so Ariana Grande can sing a song, I am scratching my head.

I love  AC/DC and was happy to see them opening the night and can’t wait to catch em at MSG, however, in keeping with a sort of slim downed new Grammy’s aesthetic, how does it compare with this from 2010?

 

I also have no problems with the awards given out this year or the other live performances I saw. Tom Jones and Jesse J’s “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” was very strong, and Ariana Grande and Madonna were fine -Ariana has a big voice and it is fascinating to hear it come out of such a small body and Madonna was a nice intro to the tour and a warning not to go unless you take the next day off work. Best of all was Kanye West, I liked didn’t love “Only One” but I loved this performance where with just one spotlight he powerfully evoked his late mother returning to him.

Sam Smith got best newcomer and pop album, and Beck got best rock album. No problems there though I am entirely agnostic over Morning Phase. Up close, Beck looks a little on the weird side, right? It’s like he looks like a babyfaced middle aged eagle.

So what did I think? It was OK but not OK enough to keep me up past my bed time!!!

Grade: B

Here are all the winners via Billboard.

Album of the Year

Beck, Morning Phase — WINNER
Beyonce, Beyonce
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Pharrell Williams, Girl

Best New Artist

Bastille
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith — WINNER

Best R&B Performance

“Drunk In Love,” Beyoncé ft. Jay Z — WINNER
“New Flame,” Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross
“It’s Your World,” Jennifer Hudson ft. R. Kelly
“Like This,” Ledisi
“Good Kisser,” Usher

Best Rock Album

Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Morning Phase, Beck — WINNER
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence, U2

Best Pop Solo Performance

“All of Me,” John Legend
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams — WINNER

Best Country Album

Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
Platinum, Miranda Lambert — WINNER

Best Pop Vocal Album

Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
My Everything, Ariana Grande
Prism, Katy Perry
x, Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith — WINNER

Record of the Year

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith — WINNER
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Song of the Year

“Chandelier,” Sia
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith — WINNER
“Take Me to Church,” Hozier

Best Rap Album

The New Classic, Iggy Azalea
Because the Internet, Childish Gambino
Nobody’s Smiling, Common
The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem — WINNER
Oxymoron, ScHoolboy Q
Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“A Sky Full of Stars,” Coldplay
“Say Something,” A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera — WINNER
“Bang Bang,” Ariana Grande, Jessie J & Nicki Minaj
“Dark Horse,” Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

Best Rap Performance

“3005,” Childish Gambino
“0 to 100/The Catch Up,” Drake
“Rap God,” Eminem
“i,” Kendrick Lamar — WINNER
“All I Need Is You,” Lecrae

Best Alternative Music Album

This Is All Yours, alt-J
Reflektor, Arcade Fire
Melophobia, Cage the Elephant
St. Vincent, St. Vincent — WINNER
Lazaretto, Jack White

Best Rock Song

“Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore — WINNER
“Blue Moon,” Beck
“Fever,” The Black Keys
“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams
“Lazaretto,” Jack White

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Blak Majik,” Common ft. Jhené Aiko
“The Monster,” Eminem ft. Rihanna — WINNER
“Tuesday,” I Love Makonnen ft. Drake
“Studio,” ScHoolboy Q ft. BJ The Chicago Kid
“Bound 2,” Kanye West & Charlie Wilson

Best Rap Song

“Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj
“Bound 2,” Kanye West & Charlie Wilson
“i,” Kendrick Lamar — WINNER
“We Dem Boyz,” Wiz Khalifa
“0 to 100/The Catch Up,” Drake

Best Country Song

“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell — WINNER
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Gentle On My Mind,” The Band Perry — WINNER
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
“Day Drinking,” Little Big Town
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban ft. Eric Church

Best Country Solo Performance

“Give Me Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Invisible,” Hunter Hayes
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Something In the Water,” Carrie Underwood — WINNER
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Sail Out, Jhene Aiko
Beyonce, Beyonce
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is, Mali Music
G I R L, Pharrell Williams — WINNER

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Syro, Aphex Twin — WINNER
While (1, Deadmaus
Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragon
Do It Again, Röyksopp & Robyn
Damage Control, Mat Zo

Best Dance Recording

“Never Say Never,” Basement Jaxx
“Rather Be,” Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne — WINNER
“F for You,” Disclosure ft. Mary J. Blige
“I Got U,” Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones
“Faded,” Zhu

Best Latin Pop Album

Tangos, Ruben Blades — WINNER
Elypse, Camila
Raiz, Lila Downs, Niña Pastori & Soledad Pastorutti
Loco de Amor, Juanes
Gracias Por Estar Aqui, Marco Antonio Solis

Grammy Latin Nominations Cast a Wide Net

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

American Hustle
Guardians of the Galaxy
Frozen — WINNER
Get On Up: The James Brown Story
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Music Video

“We Exist,” Arcade Fire
“Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams — WINNER
“The Golden Age,” Woodkid ft. Max Richter

Best Music Film

Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill — WINNER
Metallica: Through The Never, Metallica
The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne, Pink

Best Reggae Album

Fly Rasta, Ziggy Marley — WINNER
Back on the Controls, Lee “Scratch” Perry
Full Frequency, Sean Paul
Out of Many, One Music, Shaggy,
The Reggae Power, Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate,
Amid the Noise and the Haste, Soja

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Cheek to Cheek, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett — WINNER
Sending You a Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox
Partners, Barbra Streisand
Night Songs, Barry Manilow

Best Americana Album

The River & The Thread, Rosanne Cash — WINNER
Terms of My Surrener, John Hiatt
Bluesamericana, Keb’ Mo’
A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill Simpson

Best Spoken Word Album

Actors Anonymous, James Franco
A Call to Action, Jimmy Carter
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, John Waters
A Fighting Chance, Elizabeth Warren
Diary of a Mad Diva, Joan Rivers — WINNER
We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song, Gloria Gaynor

Joan Rivers & 5 More Posthumous Grammy Award Nominees

Best Gospel Album

Help, Erica Campbell — WINNER
Amazing, Ricky Dillard & New G
Withholding Nothing: Live, William McDowell
Forever Yours, Smokie Norful
Vintage Worship, Anita Wilson

Best Rock Performance

“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams
“Do I Wanna Know?”, Arctic Monkeys
“Blue Moon,” Beck
“Fever,” The Black Keys
“Lazaretto,” Jack White — WINNER

Best Metal Performance

“Neon Knights,” Anthrax
“High Road,” Mastodon
“Heartbreaker,” Motörhead
“The Negative One,” Slipknot
“The Last In Line,” Tenacious D — WINNER

Best R&B Song

“Drunk In Love,” Beyonce ft. Jay Z — WINNER
“Good Kisser,” Usher
“New Flame,” Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross
“Options (Wolfjames Version),” Luke James ft. Rick Ross
“The Worst,” Jhené Aiko

Best R&B Album

Islander, Bernhoft
Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc
Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni Braxton & Babyface — WINNER
Black Radio 2, Robert Glasper Experiment
Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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