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/   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.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]

Staples Center Arena in California, United States

Staples Center, officially stylized as STAPLES Center, is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street. The arena opened on October 17, 1999.

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of nearly four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

Contents

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]

CBS This Morning is an American morning television program that is broadcast on CBS. The program, which shares its title with a more traditionally formatted morning program that aired on the network from 1987 to 1999, airs Monday through Saturday. It airs live from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the Eastern Time Zone. On weekdays, it airs on tape-delay in the Central and Mountain Time Zones; stations in the Pacific Time Zone receive an updated feed with a specialized opening and updated live reports. Stations outside the Eastern Time Zone carry the Saturday broadcast at varied times. It is the tenth distinct morning news-features program format that CBS has aired since 1954, having replaced The Early Show on January 9, 2012.

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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]

Sam Smith (singer) English singer-songwriter

Samuel Frederick Smith is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. His subsequent feature—on Naughty Boy's "La La La"—earned him his first number one single in May 2013. In December 2013, he was nominated for the 2014 Brit Critics' Choice Award and the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll, both of which he won.

The Grammy Award for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1959. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for records released in the previous year. The award was not presented in 1967. The official guidelines are as follows: "For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist." Note that this is not necessarily the first album released by an artist.

The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." The Record of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

for commercially released singles or tracks of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Tracks from a previous year's album may be entered provided the track was not entered the previous year and provided the album did not win a Grammy. Award to the artist(s), producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist.

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

56th Annual Grammy Awards awards show

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards presentation was held on January 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT and was hosted for the third time by LL Cool J. The show was moved to January to avoid competing with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as was the case in 2010.

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

Fox8 Australian television channel

Fox8 is an Australian pay television channel available on Foxtel, and Optus Television's subscription platforms. It is the most watched subscription television channel in Australia and broadcasts the highest rating non-sporting related program or event on subscription television in Australia, Australia's Next Top Model. A high definition version of the channel, Fox8HD, was launched on the Foxtel and Austar platforms on 15 November 2009.

Channel O is a South African-based music channel which first started transmission in 1997. Its main concept is African music in Africa and the diaspora.

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.

Performers

Artist(s)Song(s)
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"
Hozier
Annie Lennox
"Take Me to Church"
"I Put a Spell on You"
Pharrell Williams
Lang Lang
Hans Zimmer
"Happy"
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"
Rihanna
Kanye West
Paul McCartney
"FourFiveSeconds"
Sam Smith
Mary J. Blige
"Stay with Me"
Juanes "Juntos (Together)"
Sia "Chandelier"
Beck
Chris Martin
"Heart Is a Drum"
Beyoncé "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
John Legend
Common
"Glory"

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]

Presenters

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]

General

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

Pop

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

Dance/Electronic

Best Dance Recording
Best Dance/Electronic Album

Contemporary Instrumental

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Rock

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

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album

R&B

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

Rap

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

Country

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

New Age

Best New Age Album

Jazz

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

Latin

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

Reggae

Best Reggae Album

World Music

Best World Music Album

Children's

Best Children's Album

Spoken Word

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

Comedy

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

Composing/Arranging

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

Crafts

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

Historical

Best Historical Album

Production

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

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:

Three:

Two:

The following received multiple awards:

Changes

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

Notes

  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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