Sam Smith storms Grammys

By admin
09 February 2015

Sam Smith made a killing at the 57th Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Sam Smith made a killing at the 57th Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The 22-year-old singer took the world by storm when he released his debut studio album In the Lonely Hour last year.

After classic rock band AC/DC opened up the ceremony with a rocking performance, Taylor Swift took the stage to present the Best New Artist Award.

Several heavy hitters were nominated in the category including Iggy Azalea, Bastille, HAIM and Brandy Clark, but Sam came out the winner.

'Mom and dad, I won a Grammy'

“I’ve got to try to say something without crying. Thank you,” he told the crowd after picking up his award from Taylor. “Mom and dad, I won a Grammy!”

Sam also picked up the Song of the Year gong for Stay with Me (Darkchild Version), the Record of the Year award and the Best Pop Vocal Album trophy, beating out Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran.

The humble star gave a candid speech as he graced the stage for this award.

"Before I made this record, I did everything to try and get my music heard. I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music. It was only when I started to be myself that the music started to flow and the people started to listen," Sam recalled as he picked up his prize.

Sam, Beyoncé Knowles and Pharrell Williams won the most nominations on the night, receiving nods for six awards each.

Pharrell performed a riveting rendition of his hit song Happy at the ceremony and he also won Best Solo Pop Performance, Best Music Video and Best Urban Contemporary Album categories for his record, G I R L.

Pharrell attempted to moonwalk off the stage really quickly after accepting his Best Solo Performance trophy, but not before he acknowledged his fellow nominees John Legend, Sia, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift.

"I'm not going to make this awkward and long. I was so prepared for everybody else, who is so talented, to walk away with that award. I'm honoured to be grouped with them,” he said.

There were over 20 performances at this year’s Grammy Awards, with Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Ed Sheeran, Mary J. Blige and other music legends taking the stage.

Madonna put on a swinging matador-themed show while belting out her new song, Living for Love. The pop icon seemed to recreate scenes from her music video for the tune live onstage. Her dancers donned goat horns and bedazzled crystal masks before Madonna literally floated into the air at the end of the show.

Several other notable performances took place, including a classic jazz duet between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, who took home Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for their record, Cheek to Cheek.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were hosted by LL Cool J for the fourth year in a row. The ceremony took place in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.

57th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List:

Record of the Year: Stay with Me, Sam Smith

Album of the Year: Morning Phase, Beck

Song of the Year: Stay with Me (Darkchild Version), Sam Smith, James Napier, William Phillips, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty

Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Best R&B Performance: Drunk in Love, Beyoncé feat. Jay Z

Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Pop Solo Performance: Happy, Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist: Sam Smith

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin for Bang Bang, Break Free, Dark Horse, Problem, Shake It Off, Unconditionally

Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy

Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread

Best American Roots Song: A Feather’s Not a Bird, Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal

Best American Roots Performance: A Feather’s Not a Bird, Rosanne Cash

Best R&B Album: Toni Braxton & Babyface, Love Marriage Divorce

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Best R&B Song: Drunk in Love, Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters (Beyoncé feat. Jay Z)

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Jesus Children, Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Malcolm Jamal Warner & Lalah Hathaway

Best Rap Album: Eminem, Marshall Mathers LP2

Best Rap Song: I, K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: The Monster, Eminem feat. Rihanna

Best Rap Performance: I, Kendrick Lamar

Best Comedy Album: Weird Al Yankovic, Mandatory Fun

Best Spoken Word Album: Joan Rivers, Diary of a Mad Diva

Best Blues Album: Johnny Winter, Step Back

Best Alternative Music Album: St. Vincent, St. Vincent

Best Rock Song: Ain’t It Fun, Hayley Williams and Taylor York

Best Metal Performance: Last in Line, Tenacious D

Best Rock Performance: Lazaretto, Jack White

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, Bass and Mandolin

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Say Something, Great Big World & Christina Aguilera

Best Bluegrass Album: The Earls of Leicester, The Earls of Leicester

Best Country Song: I'm Not Going to Miss You, Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Gentle on My Mind, The Band Perry

Best Country Solo Performance: Something in the Water, Carrie Underwood

Best Music Film: 20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill

Best Music Video: Happy, Pharrell Williams

Best Song Written for Visual Media: Let It Go, Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat, composer

Best compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers

Best Musical Theater Album: Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist)

Best Latin Jazz Album: Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Offense of the Drum

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Life in the Bubble

Best Jazz Instrumental: Trilogy, Chick Corea Trio

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dianne Reeves, Beautiful Life

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Fingerprints, Chick Corea

Best Dance/Electronic Album: Syro, Aphex Twin

Best Dance Recording: Rather Be, Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne

Best Tropical Latin Album: Carlos Vives, Mas + Corazon Profundo

Best Regional Mexican Music Album: Vicente Fernandez, Mano a Mano

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative: Calle 13, Multiviral

Best Latin Pop Album: Ruben Blades, Tangos

Best Roots Gospel Album: Mike Farris, Shine For All the People

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: For King and Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong

Best Gospel Album: Erica Campbell, Help

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Messengers, Lecrae feat. For King and Country

Best Gospel Performance/Song: No Greater Love, Smokie Norful & Aaron W. Lindsey, songwriters (Smokie Norful)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: John Luther Adams, Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Best Classical Compendium: Partch, Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Anne Sofie Von Otter, Douce France (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Jason Vieaux, Play

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe, In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores

Best Choral Performance: Craig Hella Johnson, The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Conspirare)

Best Opera Recording: Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphée Aux Enfers

Best Orchestral Performance: John Adams (City Noir)

Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Best Surround Sound Album: Beyonce, Beyonce

Best Remixed Recording Non-Classical: All of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix, Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)

Best Engineered Album Non-Classical: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Historical Album: Hank Williams, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Best Album Notes: John Coltrane, Offering: Live at Temple University

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Jack White, Susan Archie & Dean Blackwood, The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Vol. One (1917-27)

Best Recording Package: Pearl Jam, Lighting Bolt

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) : New York Tendaberry, Billy Childs feat. Renee Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Capella: Daft Punk, Pentatonix

Best Instrumental Composition: The Book Thief, John Williams

Best Children's Album: I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo, Eve

Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta

Best Regional Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier, The Legacy

Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara

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