57th Annual Grammy Awards

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57th Annual Grammy Awards
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DateFebruary 8, 2015
Location Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted by LL Cool J
Most awards Sam Smith (4)
Most nominations Beyoncé, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams (6 each)
Website http://www.grammy.com/   Blue pencil.svg
Television/radio coverage
Network CBS
Viewership25.3 million viewers [1]

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The show was broadcast live by CBS at 5:00 p.m. PST (UTC−8). Rapper LL Cool J hosted the show for the fourth consecutive time. [2]


The Grammy nominations were open for recordings released between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014. Breaking from tradition of a prime-time concert approach, the Grammy nominees were announced during an all-day event on December 5, 2014, starting with initial announcements on the CBS This Morning telecast, followed by updates made through The Grammys' official Twitter account. [3]

Sam Smith won four awards, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year for "Stay with Me" and Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour . Beck's album Morning Phase was named Album of the Year. This prompted Kanye West, who later said he thought Beyoncé should have won, to jokingly leap onstage to interrupt Beck in a re-enactment of his 2009 MTV VMA scandal, but West left the stage without saying anything. [4] Both Pharrell Williams and Beyoncé took three honors; with her wins, Beyoncé became the second-most-honored female musician in Grammy history following Alison Krauss. Lifetime Achievement awards were given to the Bee Gees, George Harrison, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, and Flaco Jiménez. [5]

In all, 83 Grammy Awards were presented, one more than in 2014. [6]

The show aired simultaneously on Fox8 in Australia, [7] Sky TV in New Zealand, [8] and on Channel O in South Africa. [9]

Pre-telecast ceremony

Not all Grammys were presented during the live telecast. As in previous years, most awards were handed out during the so-called pre-telecast ceremony, held at the Nokia Theater next to the Staples Center, which takes place during the afternoon before the main show. From 2015 on, this ceremony has been known as the Premiere Ceremony. [10] Approximately 70 Grammys were presented at this ceremony, consisting of the "minor" categories.


AC/DC "Rock or Bust"
"Highway to Hell"
Ariana Grande "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart"
Tom Jones
Jessie J
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
Miranda Lambert "Little Red Wagon"
Kanye West "Only One"
Madonna "Living for Love"
Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud"
Jeff Lynne's ELO "Evil Woman"
"Mr. Blue Sky"
Adam Levine
Gwen Stefani
"My Heart Is Open"
Annie Lennox
"Take Me to Church"
"I Put a Spell on You"
Pharrell Williams
Lang Lang
Hans Zimmer
Katy Perry "By the Grace of God"
Imagine Dragons "Shots" (live commercial from Las Vegas)
Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga
"Cheek to Cheek"
Usher Tribute to Stevie Wonder
"If It's Magic"
Eric Church "Give Me Back My Hometown"
Brandy Clark
Dwight Yoakam
"Hold My Hand"
Kanye West
Paul McCartney
Sam Smith
Mary J. Blige
"Stay with Me"
Juanes "Juntos (Together)"
Sia "Chandelier"
Chris Martin
"Heart Is a Drum"
Beyoncé "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
John Legend

During the ceremony, United States President Barack Obama delivered a pre-recorded message in which he spoke about domestic violence against women. His message was followed by a plea from domestic violence advocate Brooke Axtell and singer Katy Perry performing her ballad "By the Grace of God" as a dedication to the victims of the crime. [11]


Nominees and winners

The eligibility period for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards was October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014. [18] The nominees were announced on December 5, 2014. The Album of the Year nominees were announced during A Very Grammy Christmas Special , which was broadcast on the same day. [19]


Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist


Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Best Dance Recording
Best Dance/Electronic Album

Contemporary Instrumental

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album


Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album


Best Alternative Music Album


Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best R&B Song
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Best R&B Album


Best Rap Performance
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album


Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

New Age

Best New Age Album


Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/Contemporary Christian

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Best Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Best Roots Gospel Album


Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock Urban or Alternative Album
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Best Tropical Latin Album

Americana Music

Best American Roots Performance
Best American Roots Song
Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Music Album


Best Reggae Album

World Music

Best World Music Album


Best Children's Album

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Story Telling)


Best Comedy Album

Musical Show

Best Musical Theater Album

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media


Best Instrumental Composition
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Cappella
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Best Album Notes
Best Historical Album


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Production, Surround Sound

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, Classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical


Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance

Performers who are not eligible for an award (such as orchestras, soloists or choirs) are mentioned in parentheses

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Best Classical Compendium
Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video
Best Music Film

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Trustees Award

Technical Grammy Award

Music Educator Award

Grammy Hall of Fame inductions

TitleArtistRecord LabelYear of ReleaseGenreFormat
Autobahn Kraftwerk Vertigo 1974KrautrockAlbum
"Big Girls Don't Cry" The Four Seasons Vee-Jay 1962RockSingle
Blood on the Tracks Bob Dylan Columbia 1975Folk RockAlbum
The Bridge Sonny Rollins Bluebird 1962JazzAlbum
Calypso Harry Belafonte RCA Victor 1956MentoAlbum
"Dancing Queen" ABBA Polar 1976EuropopSingle
Harvest Neil Young Reprise 1972RockAlbum
"Honky Tonkin'" Hank Williams MGM 1948CountrySingle
"I Fought the Law" The Bobby Fuller Four Mustang 1965Garage RockSingle
"Jitterbug Waltz" Fats Waller & his Rhythm Band Bluebird 1942JazzSingle
John Prine John Prine Atlantic 1971FolkAlbum
"Le Freak" Chic Atlantic 1978DiscoSingle
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols Sex Pistols Virgin 1977Punk RockAlbum
Nick of Time Bonnie Raitt Capitol 1989RockAlbum
"Rescue Me" Fontella Bass Chess 1965SoulSingle
"San Antonio Rose" Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys Vocalion 1939Western SwingSingle
"School's Out" Alice Cooper & his Band Warner Bros. 1972RockSingle
The Shape of Jazz to Come Ornette Coleman Atlantic 1959Avant-Garde JazzAlbum
"Sixty Minute Man" Billy Ward and his Dominoes Federal 1951R&BSingle
Songs of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen Columbia 1967Contemporary FolkAlbum
Stand! Sly and the Family Stone Epic 1969FunkAlbum
Stardust Willie Nelson Columbia 1978PopAlbum
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Fisk Jubilee Singers Victor 1909Negro SpiritualSingle
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Paul Robeson His Master's Voice 1926GospelSingle
"Tell It Like It Is" Aaron Neville Par-Lo Records1966R&BSingle
"Try a Little Tenderness" Otis Redding Atco 1966SoulSingle
"Walk On the Wild Side" Lou Reed RCA 1972Glam RockSingle

In Memoriam

Multiple nominations and awards

The following received multiple nominations:



The following received multiple awards:


As usual, had a number of small changes in the voting and awarding process:

The Best American Roots Performance is a new category in the American Roots genre field. It was presented to the creators of the best performance in this genre field, which includes traditional Northern American (or regional roots) musical styles such as cajun, zydeco, polka and others. Another new category is the Best Roots Gospel Album in the Gospel genre field, for gospel albums in the aforementioned musical styles, including traditional southern Gospel music.

The Gospel genre field was redefined to make a clearer distinction between the traditional gospel music and the style known as Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). As mentioned above, the Best Roots Gospel Album category is new. The categories in the Gospel field will now be known as Best Gospel Performance/Song , Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song , Best Gospel Album , Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and Best Roots Gospel Album .

For the first time, the use of samples and/or interpolations of other works in a new track was permitted in the various songwriters categories. Until now, samples were only allowed in the Best Rap Song category, but these are now also eligible in the Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best R&B Song, Best Country Song, Best Gospel Performance/Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best American Roots Song and Best Song Written For Visual Media categories.

See also


  1. ^ Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, writers of the song "I Won't Back Down" (1989) and credited co-writers of "Stay with Me", were given special award certificates by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in place of a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. [21]


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