The Grammy Awards is music’s biggest night. It is as much about the legendary performances that happen live as it is about who wins the coveted awards. Tonight saw performances by everyone from AC/DC to Paul McCartney with Kanye West and Rihanna to Tom Jones with Jessie J.
The night consisted of 26 songs performed on 23 different stage set-ups. AC/DC opened the show in their first performance ever on the Grammys Stage. Jessie J and Sir Tom Jones sang one of the most beloved songs ever, “Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, to honor Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil who received the Trustees Award tonight. Miranda Lambert sang a rocking version of her latest single “Little Red Wagon” and Kanye West performed “Only One” with a single floor light. Madonna sang “Living For Love” surrounded by dancers in bedazzled horned masks. Ed Sherran performed “Thinking Out Loud” with John Mayer on guitar and Sheeran joined Jeff Lynne’s ELO to sing “Mr. Blue Sky”. Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine sang “My Heart is Open” with a live orchestra which was pretty spectacular. Pharrell performed a very interesting version of “Happy”. Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige performed “Stay With Me”. Beyonce sang “Take My Hand Precious Lord” and Common and John Legend then performed “Glory”, the award winning song from the motion picture Selma.
A powerful conversation took place about domestic violence including a video from President Obama, and a story from a survivor of domestic violence. Katy Perry capped off the conversation by performing a moving rendition of “By The Grace of God“.
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Beyonce’s six Grammy nominations going into tonight’s show officially made her the most nominated woman in Grammy history, passing Dolly Parton. Beck took home one of the night’s top honors for Album of the Year for Morning Phase and Best Rock Album. Sam Smith won four Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour, Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Stay With Me”.