Music's biggest night has come and gone and, like most other award shows, it featured over-the-top spectacle, a plethora of A-listers, and Kanye being a dickhead. However, this year's Grammys (despite opening with AC/DC) was perhaps also a little...gayer?
First off, the winners: Sam Smith cleaned up, taking home Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artists, and Best Pop Vocal Album.
It would have been a clean sweep except for the "Stay With Me" singer, but darkhorse Beck nabbed Album of the Year. This was somewhat of an upset--he also beat out Beyonce--and let's just say Kanye was none too happy about it. But let's hear it for the boy: Sam Smith thanked the man who broke his heart and inspired the tune.
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As for Queen Bey, she did win Best R&B Performance and Best R&B song for "Drunk in Love," thanking her tireless Beyhive for all they do.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett -- who performed Irving Berlin's 80-year-old tune "Cheek to Cheek" at the event -- took home the trophy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Clean Bandit won Best Dance Recording for "Rather Be."
Finally the late Joan Rivers won Best Spoken Word Album for Diary Of A Mad Diva and the Frozen soundtrack--featuring acceptance anthem "Let It Go"--won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
As for the performances. There were some spectacular moments that deserve repeat viewing.
Annie Lennox was a surprise hit of the show with her duet with Hozier.
Though we all like to have a little fun at Madonna's expense, she's got many talents--although dressing her age ain't one of them--the fact of the matter is that she's still the reigning Queen of Pop. Case in point: her performance of "Living for Love," in which she basically brought the music video featuring an erotic bullfight, to the stage. It was masterful, proving once again that the original Material Girl has still got it. Bow down!
Then Sam Smith, rather than hog all the spotlight, had Mary J. Blige join him on the stage, and the two brought the house down with their performance of "Stay With Me."
Last, and certainly not least, Sia "performed" her mega-hit "Chandelier." Well she didn't perform it so much as Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler did.