The Grammys. The awards show of awards shows. At least, in my opinion—though, as music editor, I may be a bit biased.
This year, we witnessed a number of interesting performances, including the weddings of 33 couples, officiated by none other than Queen Latifah, following a performance of “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Madonna joined the stage to perform “Open Your Heart” during the ceremony.
This act served to prove that opposition to same-sex marriage is crumbling, as evidenced by Virginia’s Atty. Gen. refusing to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
Other notable performances include Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr’s acts, as well as performance of “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers. The producers, wearing robot helmets as usual, stayed off the main stage.
As for the results, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis swept the categories, taking Best New Artist, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album, and Best Performance. Daft Punk also took a number of awards. The silent duo took home awards for Best pop duo/group performance, Record of the year, amd Best Dance/Electronic Album. The only other artists to take home multiple awards were Kacey Musgraves and Justin Timberlake.
Of course, there was the “Award Robbery” that comes with every show. Fans take to the internet to argue that their favored artist should have won and such.
But this year, the apologies for robbery came from Macklemore, in the form of a text and instagram photo to Kendrick Lamar. Lamar, whose album “good kid, M.A.A.D City” was up for a number of rap awards, left the show empty handed. Macklemore apologized to his fellow rapper via a text after the awards, and then chose to post said text on instagram.
This action alone has caused even more controversy, with some fans lauding his respect. It also spawned a Gawker article titled, Macklemore is a Ho Bag.
2014 GRAMMY SHOW RESULTS
Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best pop duo/group performance: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — “Get Lucky”
Best rock song: “Cut Me Some Slack” — Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear
Best pop solo performance: Lorde — “Royals”
Best rap/sung collaboration: Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake — “Holy Grail”
Best pop vocal album: Bruno Mars — “Unorthodox Jukebox”
Best country album: Kacey Musgraves — “Same Trailer Different Park”
Song of the year: “Royals” — Lorde
Record of the year: “Get Lucky” — Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Album of the year: “Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk
2014 PRE-GRAMMY WINNERS
Best Rock Album: Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin
Best Metal Performance: “God Is Dead?,” Black Sabbath
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell Williams
Best Alternative Music Album: Modern Vampires Of The City, Vampire Weekend
Best Rock Performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
Best Country Song: “Merry Go Round,” Kacey Musgraves
Best Country Solo Performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “From This Valley,” The Civil Wars
Best Music Film: Live Kisses, Paul McCartney
Best Music Video: “Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
Best Blues Album: Get Up!, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
Best R&B Album: Girl On Fire, Alicia Keys
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Unapologetic, Rihanna
Best R&B Song: “Pusher Love Girl,” Justin Timberlake
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.
Best R&B Performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy & Lalah Hathaway
Best Rap Album: The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Song: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Performance: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Comedy Album: Calm Down Gurrl, Kathy Griffin
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
Best Dance Recording: “Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes
Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You, Guy Clark
Best Americana Album: Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Best Song Written For Visual Medium: “Skyfall,” Adele & Paul Epworth
Best Musical Theater Album: Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album: Sound City: Real To Reel, Butch Vig
Best Latin Jazz Album: Song For Maura, Paquito D’Rivera & Trio Corrente
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue, TerriLyne Carrington
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Liquid Spirit, Gregory Porter
Best New Age Album: Love’s River, Laura Sullivan
Best Latin Pop Album: Vida, Draco Rosa
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “Treinta Días,” La Santa Cecilia
Best Regional Mexican Music Album: “A Mi Manera,” Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
Best Tropical Latin Album: “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: “Overcomer,” David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Overcomer,” Mandisa
Best Gospel Album: Greater Than [Live], Tye Tribbett
Best Gospel Song: “If He Did It Before… Same God [Live],” Tye Tribbett
Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: “Break Every Chain [Live],” Tasha Cobbs
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)”
Best Spoken World Album: America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t, Stephen Colbert
Best World Music Album(s): Gipsy Kings’ Savor Flamenco & Lady Smith Black Mambazo’s Live: Singing For Peace Around The World
Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley In Concert, Ziggy Marley
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: To Be Loved, Michael Buble
Best Pop Instrumental Album: Steppin’ Out, Herb Alpert