The 2015 Grammy Awards: The Winners & The Losers

Written by Music Feeds on 10th February, 2015

The 2015 Grammy Awards: The Winners & The Losers

The 2015 Grammy Awards have just wrapped up at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, with a who’s who of popular music gathering to claim awards and pat each other on the back.

The dominating winner of the night was English singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who took out the Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year for Stay With Me. Upon accepting the his final award, Smith thanked the man who his debut album was all about. “I want to say thank you so much to the man I fell in love with last year,” Smith said. “Thank you for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.”

The award for Album of the year went to Beck for 2014’s Morning Phase. Beck himself seemed surprised about the win which saw him trump fellow nominees Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran and the man of the night Sam Smith. He was presented the Grammy by a very shiny Prince.

Beck’s acceptance speech almost saw a repeat of Kanye West’s infamous “Imma let you finish” moment from the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards moment, when tonight Yeezy jokingly rushed on stage as if to protest, yet again, against Beyonce’s loss.

Watch: Kanye stage crash Beck

It was an otherwise big night for Kanye West, who took centre stage beneath a single white spotlight to perform his Paul McCartney collaboration, Only One. Kanye returned to the stage again, this time with McCartney and Rihanna for the live debut of their collaboration FourFiveSeconds. Kanye revealed before the show that he is an executive producer of Rihanna’s new album.

Watch: Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds

Early announcements from the Grammys saw some Australians recognised for their work earlier today, including producer M-Phazes and South African born Melbourne-based composer Wouter Kellerman. Australian hopeful Iggy Azalea failed to nab any of the four Grammys she was up for, losing out to Eminem in the Best Rap Album category. Sia too was up for four awards but walked away with none.

The 2015 Grammys also saw a number of other interesting onstage performances and unique collaborations. AC/DC kicked things off by performing their recent single Rock Or Bust and old favourite Highway To Hell, helped along by old/new drummer Chris Slade and a teleprompter.

Not deterred by her Grammy loss, Sia was at it again with an expectedly bizarre Chandelier performance. Her performance was introduced by a poem read by the Elastic Heart video star Shia LaBeouf, while Sia was accompanied onstage again by dancer Maddie Ziegler and former Saturday Night Live actress Kristen Wiig.

Watch: Sia at the Grammy Awards 2015

The 2015 Grammys also saw an emotional performance by Beyoncé, who sang the gospel song Take My Hand Precious Lord as a prelude to John Legend and Common’s rendition of their Oscar-nominated song Glory from the movie Selma.

Following her grandiose Super Bowl halftime show, Katy Perry used her Grammy performance of By the Grace of God, to put a spotlight on issues of domestic abuse. The song was introduced by a video message from US President Obama and an emotional speech from domestic violence surviver and activist Brooke Axtell.

Watch: President Obama’s Message at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards

Other artists to perform at the ceremony included Madonna, Ariana Grande, Beck and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran with Electric Light Orchestra and Questlove, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani, Sam Smith with Mary J. Blige, Pharrell and Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett.

Watch: Ed Sheeran and ELO

Watch: Madonna – Living For Love

Watch: Beck Chris Martin Heart Is a Drum Grammy Awards 2015 performance

See the full list of 2015 Grammy Award winners below.

2015 Grammy Awards

Album of the Year

Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Pharrell Williams – GIRL
Ed Sheeran – X
Beck – Morning Phase – WINNER
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Record of the Year

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me” – WINNER
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”

Song of the Year

Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me” – WINNER
Hozier – “Take Me to Church”

Best New Artist

Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Sam Smith – WINNER

Best Pop Solo Performance

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

Best Rock Song

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

Best Rock Album

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

Best Rock Performance

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

Best Alternative Album

Alt J – This is All Yours
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Cage the Elephant – Melophobia
St. Vincent – St. Vincent – WINNER
Jack White – Lazaretto

Best Rap Album

Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP 2 – WINNER
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
Childish Gambino – Because the Internet
Common – Nobody’s Smiling
ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron
Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood

Best Rap Song

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Kanye West – “Bound 2?
Kendrick Lamar – “i” – WINNER
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”
Drake – “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”

Best Rap Performance

Donald Glover – “3005”
Drake – “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Kendrick Lamar -“i” – WINNER
Lecrae – “All I Need Is You”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Eminem feat. Rihanna – “The Monster” – WINNER
Common Featuring Jhené Aiko – “Blak Majik”
I Love Makonnen Featuring Drake – “Tuesday”
Schoolboy Q Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid – “Studio”
Kanye West & Charlie Wilson – “Bound 2?

Best R&B Performance

Beyonce ft. Jay Z – “Drunk in Love” – WINNER
Chris Brown ft. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”
Jennifer Hudson ft. R. Kelly – “It’s Your World”
Ledisi – “Like This”
Usher – “Good Kisser”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli – “Fancy”
Coldplay – “A Sky Full of Stars”
A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera – “Say Something” – WINNER
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”
Katy Perry feat. Juicy J – “Darkhorse”

Best Pop Vocal Album

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

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Aphex Twin – Syro – WINNER
deadmau5 – While (1
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
Mat Zo – Damage Control

Best Dance Recording

Basement Jaxx – “Never Say Never”
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – “Rather Be” – WINNER
Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige – “F For You”
Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – “I Got You”
Zhu – “Faded”

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Jhené Aiko – Sail Out
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Chris Brown – X
Mali Music – Malis Is…
Pharrell Williams – GIRL – WINNER

Best Country Solo Performance

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

Best Comedy Album

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun – WINNER
Jim Gaffigan – Obsessed
Louis C.K. – Oh My God
Patton Oswalt – Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time
Sarah Silverman – We Are Miracles

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

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

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Christophe Beck – Frozen
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Steven Price – Gravity
Thomas Newman – Saving Mr. Banks

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island – “Everything Is Awesome!!!”
Ed Sheeran – “I See Fire”
Glen Campbell – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Idina Menzel – “Let It Go” – WINNER
Karen O – “The Moon Song”

Best Music Video

Arcade Fire – “We Exist”
DJ Snake and Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy” – WINNER
Woodkid feat. Max Richter – “The Golden Age”

Best Music Film

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


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