Skip to main content
Report this ad

See also:

2014 GRAMMYs: Imagine Dragon and Kendrick bring high energy, the Carters smooch

Singer Beyonce and rapper Jay Z perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Singer Beyonce and rapper Jay Z perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif.
(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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.

Winners (televised):

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

Shamontiel is also The Wire Examiner, and for the gladiators, she's the Scandal Examiner, too.

Follow Shamontiel on Pinterest for all of her latest TV, book, music and movie reviews; photo galleries; entertainment saving tips and other entries, or subscribe to her National African American Entertainment channel at the top of this page. Also, follow her @BlackHealthNews, and follow this Pinterest board to read her celebrity interviews.

Report this ad