GRAMMY AWARDS 2014: WINNERS AND HIGHLIGHTS

Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis, Queen Latifah

 

Last night the 56th annual Grammy Awards had people shocked, amused and wildly entertained. Featuring memorable performances by Lorde, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Robin Thicke and many more, the night was filled with the biggest and most talented stars of the music industry.

The night’s most coveted award, Song of the Year, went to a very surprised and bashful Lorde, making her the youngest person to ever be honoured with this award. Lorde took to the stage and thanked her fellow nominees before shyly running off the stage, clutching her award. Later, she gave a simple yet haunting performance of her award-winning single, Royals, and also took home the award for Best Pop Solo Performance.

The biggest surprise of the night was experienced by Taylor Swift who momentarily thought her album Red had won Album Of The Year when actually the honour went to French electro-pop duo, Daft Punk for their Random Access Memories. True to their tradition, the helmet-clad duo refused to reveal their faces or speak in public leaving album collaborators Pharrell Williams (who gained popularity for his unique choice in hats) and Paul Williams to speak on their behalf. The duo’s wildly catching summer single, “Get Lucky” also won both the Record of the Year and Pop Duo/Group Performance.

56th GRAMMY Awards - ShowOther big winners of the night were Macklemore and Ryan Lewis who went home with four Grammys including one for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance. On top of their quadruple win, the duo made headlines when, during their performance of “Same Love,” 33 gay and straight couples were married live on stage, officiated by Queen Latifa. Madonna, Trombone Shorty and Mary Lambert joined the duo on stage for the song and ceremony.

Beyonce and Jay-Z opened the award show with a hot and steamy performance of their newest song “Drunk In Love” proving that being married and having a daughter has not dampened their romance one bit. Later in the evening, Jay-Z scooped up a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Holy Grail” and dedicated the award to his daughter, Blue Ivy, saying “Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.”

The other noteworthy performance that had everyone in the Twitterverse talking was the reunion of former and only surviving Beatles members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The duo performed McCartney’s song “Queenie Eye” before McCartney, Dave Grohl and the surviving members of Nirvana took home the award for Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack.” Earlier in the evening it was announced that the Beatles will be receiving the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award next month.

Justin-Timberlake-Grammys-2014Justin Timberlake’s “Suit And Tie,” directed by David Fincher, was, unsurprisingly, the winner for Best Music Video while Bruno Mars took home a well-deserved grammy for his chart-topping album, Unorthodox Jukebox.

Glam rocker and former Velvet Underground member, Lou Reed, who passed away in late 2013, was honoured at the ceremony by actor/musician and Oscar nominee, Jared Leto. Leto introduced the Lou Reed tribute by reciting Reed’s hit song “Walk On The Wild Side” and while the gesture was appreciated, many people thought Leto’s lack of affection should have him banned from introducing further tributes.

The four hour ceremony closed with first a stunning and memorable performance of “Copy of A” by Nine Inch Nails before Queens of the Stone Age and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham took to the stage to perform “My God Is The Sun” featuring Dave Grohl on drums.

 

 

 

 

 

—By Sarah Khan

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