While watching last night’s 57th Grammy Awards, I was surprised at how much time passed between announcing winners. Maybe it’s been like this and I just didn’t notice previous years, but it seems like they added performances (23) and reduced the actual award giving to just an afterthought.
The night was Sam Smith’s, but that wasn’t too much of a surprise for anyone. Smith won four Grammys and performed his hit song Stay With Me alongside Mary J. Blige. What was surprising was Beck’s award for Best Album (beating Beyoncé, Smith, Pharrell Williams, and Ed Sheeran) and Best Rock Album (beating The Black Keys, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, U2, and Ryan Adams). Kanye was about to step in and explain (again) how Beyoncé should have won Best Album, but refrained. Here:
Had Kanye left it alone there, everyone probably would probably still be laughing about it, except that Mr. West chose to blast Beck post-ceremony, saying Beck should give the Grammy to Beyoncé:
Beck took the high road and says he has much respect for Kanye. To me, the saddest part of all this was that “Who is Beck” was trending on twitter because millennials don’t know any better.
In other news, St. Vincent won Best Alternative Album, Tenacious D won Best Metal Performance, Weird Al won Best Comedy Album, Eminem won Best Rap Album, Kendrick Lamar won both Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, Miranda Lambert won Best Country Album, Glen Campbell took home Best Country Song, and Paramore left with the Grammy for Best Rock Song. You can check out the full list of winners here.
As stated earlier, the night was filled with performances, and things got started with first-time Grammy performers AC/DC. A few of the standout performances included Ed Sheeran and Jeff Lynne’s ELO played Evil Woman and Mr. Blue Sky, Hozier and Annie Lennox teamed up for Take Me To Church and I Put A Spell On You, Kristen Wiig starred as a dancer during Sia’s Chandelier, and Madonna did something weird with the horned beasts from True Detective.
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