The 2015 Grammy award show was expected to have a vast number of viewers and was also expected to have some of the best musical performances of the new year so far.
There are a total of 83 categories in the Grammy’s ranging from “Best Opera Recording” to “Best Gospel Album.”
Nominees for record of the year were “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Chandelier” by Sia, “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift and “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. The winner of record of the year was Sam Smith with “Stay With Me.”
Sam Smith won big at his first Grammys, including awards for “Best New Artist,” “Best Pop Vocal Album,” “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”
One of the biggest upsets throughout the whole show was Beck beating Beyoncé for album of the year. Kanye West jokingly ran up the stage and pretended to interrupt Beck’s acceptance speech, as he did to Taylor Swift when she beat Beyoncé at the 2009 VMA’s.
It was later that night that Kanye admitted he was joking in his actions but not in his motivations. He does believe Beyoncé should have won over Beck. Beck released a statement saying he was surprised he won and still has ample respect for West.
There were also awards given out for the rap, country and rock genres.
In the country genre, Miranda Lambert won best country album for her most recent album “Platinum,” Glen Campbell won best country song with “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” best country duo/group performance went to “Gentle On My Mind” by The Band Perry and the Grammy for best country solo performance went to Carrie Underwood with “Something In The Water.”
In the rap/R&B genre, Eminem won best rap album for “The Marshall Mathers LP2,” Kendrick Lamar took home the Grammy for best rap performance and best rap song with his hit single “i.” Best rap/sung collaboration was won by Eminem ft. Rihanna with “The Monster.”
There were not only awards given out for individual artists, there were awards given out for music films and compilation soundtrack for visual media. There were also some awards for music in other languages, such as Spanish.
The late Joan Rivers was celebrated by winning the Grammy for best spoken album for her audiobook “Diary of a Mad Diva.”
Rivers is not the only artist that has received a Grammy after death. Others include Ray Charles, George Carlin, Amy Winehouse, Elvis Presley and Notorious B.I.G.
There were a total of 26 performances at the Grammys.
The first performance of the night was AC/DC as the opener. The band was ranked the 19th best performance of the night by The Hollywood Reporter. The number one performance per The Hollywood Reporter was Beyoncé, even though her self-titled album did not win for album of the year.
Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige’s performance ranked second and Sia’s performance with Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler dancing ranked third.
The 2015 Grammy awards were a big television success and pulled in an estimated 26 million viewers.