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56th Annual Grammy Awards recap

Beyoncé and Jay Z kicked off the 56th Annual Grammy Awards tonight, Jan. 26, with a performance of “Drunk In Love.” LL Cool J then took the stage as the show’s host for the third year in a row.

LL Cool J hosted tonight's awards show for the third time.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Anna Kendrick and Pharell Williams presented the first award of the night, which was for Best New Artist. James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, and Ed Sheeran were nominated, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won.

Lorde performed “Royals,” and Hunter Hayes performed “Invisible,” his new single.

Anna Farris and Juanes were up next to give the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The nominees were: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers for “Get Lucky,” Pink featuring Nate Ruess for “Just Give Me A Reason,” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko for “Stay,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams for “Blurred Lines,” and Justin Timberlake and Jay Z for “Suit and Tie.” The winner was Daft Punk, for “Get Lucky.”

Katy Perry performed “Dark Horse,” and Robin Thicke performed a medley of Chicago songs and “Blurred Lines” with Chicago. Keith Urban and Gary Clark, Jr. performed “Cop Car,” and John Legend followed, with “All Of Me.”

Charlie Wilson and Kevin Hart presented the award for Best Rock Song. Gary Clark, Jr. was nominated for “Ain’t Messin ‘Round;” Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear for “Cut Me Some Slack;” The Rolling Stones for “Doom and Gloom;” Black Sabbath for “God Is Dead?;” and Muse for “Panic Station.” The Grammy Award went to “Cut Me Some Slack.”

Taylor Swift performed “All Too Well,” and Pink sang “Try” while suspended in mid-air and was joined by Nate Ruess for “Just Give Me A Reason.”

Ariana Grande and Miguel presented the next award, for Best Pop Solo Performance. The nominees were: Sara Bareilles for “Brave,” Lorde for “Royals,” Bruno Mars for “When I Was Your Man,” Katy Perry for “Roar,” and Justin Timberlake for “Mirrors.” Lorde was the winner.

Ringo Starr performed “Photographs,” and Kendrick Lamar took the stage with Imagine Dragons for a mash-up of “Radioactive” and "M.A.A.D City." Kacey Musgraves performed “Follow Your Arrow.” Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr then took the stage together, with a performance of “Queenie Eye.”

Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony presented the Best Pop Vocal Album award. Lana Del Rey was nominated for “Paradise,” Lorde for “Pure Heroine,” Bruno Mars for “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Robin Thicke for “Blurred Lines,” and Justin Timberlake for “The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience,” and it was Bruno Mars who won.

Blake Shelton, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson all performed together.

Martina McBride and Zac Brown were up next, to present the award for Best Country Album. The nominees were: “Night Train” by Jason Aldean, “Two Lanes Of Freedom” by Tim McGraw, “Same Trailer Different Park” by Kacey Musgraves, “Based On A True Story” by Blake Shelton, and “Red” by Taylor Swift. Kacey Musgraves was the winner.

Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, and Pharrell Williams performed “Get Lucky.” Carole King and Sara Bareilles performed a mash-up of “Beautiful” and “Brave” at two pianos together before presenting the award for Song of the Year. Nominated were Pink featuring Nate Ruess for “Just Give Me A Reason,” Bruno Mars for “Locked Out Of Heaven,” Katy Perry for “Roar,” Lorde for “Royals,” and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert for “Same Love.” Lorde’s “Royals” won once again.

Metallica and pianist Lang Lang performed “One.”

Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson gave the award for Record of the Year. The nominees were: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, “Royals” by Lorde, “Locked Out Of Heaven” by Bruno Mars, and “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell. Daft Punk were the winners.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, along with Mary Lambert, performed “Same Love.” They stopped singing, and Queen Latifah introduced 33 couples who exchanged vows right there, live on the Grammy’s. Madonna appeared on stage and sang “Open Your Heart.”

Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong performed “When Will I Be Loved” in tribute to The Everly Brothers.

Alicia Keys, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison presented the last award of the night – Album of the Year. The nominees were: Sara Bareilles for “The Blessed Unrest,” Daft Punk for “Random Access Memories,” Kendrick Lamar for “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for “The Heist,” and Taylor Swift for “Red.” Daft Punk won the final award of the night.

For the night’s last performance, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age took the stage and were joined by Dave Grohl and Lindsay Buckingham.

What did you think of tonight’s show? Did any of your favorites take home an award? Was there anyone you thought deserved to win who did not? What performance was your favorite? Leave a comment below!

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