Ladies Love Cool James and apparently the GRAMMYs love him, too, because he was chosen as a second-time host for both 2013 and 2014. Music fans and artists gathered for the 7 p.m., Sun., Jan. 26, annual awards show to enjoy the performances and snatch up golden record players.
Even though R&B got snubbed for performances and televised awards, one R&B singer slipped through the cracks with a pop song.
Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z opened the show with "Drunk In Love." The performance was full of predictable writhing, posing, leotard butt peeks and eye gazes that Beyonce did on her iTunes videos. However, her performance picked up tremendously once she stood up from the chair and started to dance. When her husband came out to join her, the performance finally popped.
Critics complained that the performance was too raunchy but anybody who purchased her iTunes December release was probably desensitized to it. The highlight between the two was the face smooching Jay Z gave Beyonce when "On the Run" played while comedian Jamie Foxx announced the nominees for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Jay Z again showed his affection for his wife by saying, "I want to thank God, I mean, a little bit for this award but mostly for that, and all the universe for conspiring and putting that beautiful light of a young lady in my life."
The cuteness continued when Jay Z, in true "new dad" form," continued his speech with, "I want to tell Blue that, 'Look, Daddy got a gold sippie cup for you.'"
All of the performances were full of talented, soulful routines, but it was rapper Kendrick Lamar and rock group Imagine Dragons who brought the kind of energy that was really needed to make the 2014 Grammy awards worth watching. Rock and rap, which have long been the most rebellious in music history, blend beautifully when they collaborate. Smoke, lighting, white outfits, drum banging, screaming, singing and rapping were met with thunderous applause.
Check out other highlights from the show, including a photo gallery (above) and the full rundown of winners.
Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Best Rock Song: "Cut Me Some Slack" by Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
Best Pop Solo Performance: "Royals" by Lorde
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Holy Grail" by Jay Z and Justin Timberlake
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical): Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Vocal Album: "Unorthodox Jukebox" by Bruno Mars
Best Country Album: "Same Trailer Different Park" by Kacey Musgraves
Song of the Year: "Royals" by Lorde
Record of the Year: "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Trustees Award Honorees: Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone
President's Merit Award: Lucian Grainge
Lifetime Achievement honorees: The Beatles, Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, Maud Powell
Music Educator Award: Kent Knappenberger
(A few highlighted winners not televised, click here for the entire list)
Best R&B Performance: "Something" by Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Best Traditional R&B Performance: "Please Come Home" by Gary Clark Jr.
Best R&B Song: "Pusher Love Girl" by James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake
Best Urban Contemporary Album: "Unapologetic" by Rihanna
Best R&B Album: "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys
Best Rap Performance: "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Song: "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Album: "The Heist" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Country Solo Performance: "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: "Orbits" by Wayne Shorter
Best Jazz Vocal Album: "Liquid Spirit" by Gregory Porter
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: "Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue" by Terri Lyne Carrington
Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: "Break Every Chain (Live)" by Tasha Cobbs
Best Gospel Song: "If He Did It Before...Same God" by Tye Tribbett
Best Contemporary Christian Song: "Overcomer" by David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: "Overcomer" by Mandisa
Best Reggae Album: "Ziggy Marley In Concert" by Ziggie Marley
Best Music Video: "Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
"Royals" by Lorde
"Invisible" by Hunter Hayes
"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
"Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" "Beginnings" "Saturday in the Park" by Robin Thicke and Chicago
"Cop Car" by Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr.
"All of Me" by John Legend
"All Too Well" by Taylor Swift
"Try" by Pink, "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink feat. Nate Ruess
"Every Time I See Your Face" by Ringo Starr
"Radioactive" and "M.A.A.D. City" by Imagine Dragon feat. Kendrick Lamar
"Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves
"Queenie Eye" by Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
"Highwayman" by Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson
"Okie from Muskogee" by Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton
"Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton
"Get Lucky" by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell and Stevie Wonder
"Beautiful" and "Brave" by Carole King and Sara Bareilles
"One" by Metallica
"Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert (During the performance, rapper/talk show host Queen Latifah announced that 33 LGBT couples were in the audience to exchange wedding vows.)
"Open Your Heart" by Madonna
"Piano Concerto No. 1" by Lang Lang (dedication to the late pianist Van Cliburn)
"When Will I Be Loved" by Miranda Lambert and Billy Joe Armstrong
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