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The 2014 Grammys aired live in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center. It was a great night as LL Cool J hosted the show for a third time around.

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The ceremony opened up with a great highly anticipated performance from the Queen Beyonce Knowles Carter as she offered a sexy dance routine and chair dance with her first live performance of “Drunk in Love” with an assist from her leading man hubby, rapper and top 100 Billboard Powerhouse Sean “Jay Z” Carter. The hip hop couple looked FLAWLESS!

Clearly, Beyonce was ready to set the mark high for the performances for the night. Of course, there was an array of showmanship among the stage with : Kendrick Lamar who wowed the crowd and had them rocking and dancing, John Legend’s heartfelt serenade to his wife Chrissy Teigen singing “All of Me”, Pink who left us thinking we all need to get some gymnastics and strength exercises in our lives, Katy Perry and Juicy J who provided great stage props and a cute dance routine, Taylor Swift with her moving piano number, Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams who set the bar high with Stevie Wonder being added. And if that weren’t enough of course, the icing on the top of our cake was when Madonna served as a bridesmaid singing while 30 couples displayed their love in holy matrimony with Queen Latifah officiating.

Needless, to say the night was full of surprises with performances and with the big winners of the night. This was definitely a “Lucky” night for Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams who claimed the title for “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”

The big winner for Nashville was 25 year old Kacey Musgraves who walked away with “Best Country Album” for “Same Trailer Different Park” and “Country Song” titled “Merry Go’Round.”

Other big winners of the night were Lordes, Jay Z, Macklemore which still has critics and celebrities buzzing since he walked away with an award for Best Rap? Of course, the music world felt as though Kendrick Lamar was robbed and should have won!

BEST PERFORMANCES

Beyonce

John Legend

Kendrick Lamar

Pink

Daft Punk ,Pharrell and Stevie Wonder

Madonna,Mary Lambert, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis

Katy Perry

WINNERS LIST via CNN:

Song of the year "Just Give Me a Reason" -- P!nk featuring Nate Ruess "Locked Out of Heaven" -- Bruno Mars "Roar" -- Katy Perry "Royals" -- Lorde -- WINNER "Same Love" -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best new artist James Blake Kendrick Lamar Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- WINNER Kacey Musgraves Ed Sheeran

Best pop solo performance Sara Bareilles -- "Brave" Lorde -- "Royals" -- WINNER Bruno Mars -- "When I Was Your Man" Katy Perry -- "Roar" Justin Timberlake -- "Mirrors"

Best pop duo/group performance Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers -- "Get Lucky" -- WINNER P!nk featuring Nate Ruess -- "Just Give Me a Reason" Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko -- "Stay" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell -- "Blurred Lines" Justin Timberlake and Jay Z -- "Suit & Tie"

Best pop instrumental album Herb Alpert -- "Steppin' Out" -- WINNER Boney James -- "The Beat" Earl Klugh -- "Handpicked"Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot -- "Summer Horns" Jeff Lorber Fusion -- "Hacienda"

Best pop vocal album Lana Del Rey -- "Paradise" Lorde -- "Pure Heroine" Bruno Mars -- "Unorthodox Jukebox" -- WINNER Robin Thicke -- "Blurred Lines" Justin Timberlake -- "The 20/20 Experience -- The Complete Experience"

Best dance recording "Need U (100%)" -- Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK "Sweet Nothing" -- Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch "Atmosphere" -- Kaskade "The is What it Feels Like" -- Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie "Clarity" -- Zedd featuring Foxes -- WINNER

Best dance/electronica album "Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk -- WINNER "Settle" -- Disclosure "18 Months" -- Calvin Harris "Atmosphere" -- Kaskade "A Color Map of the Sun" -- Pretty Lights

Best traditional pop vocal album "Viva Duets" -- Tony Bennett and various artists "To Be Loved" -- Michael Bublé -- WINNER"The Standards" -- Gloria Estefan "Cee Lo's Magic Moment" -- Cee Lo Green "Now" -- Dionne Warwick

Best rock performance Alabama Shakes -- "Always Alright" David Bowie -- "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" Imagine Dragons -- "Radioactive" -- WINNER Led Zeppelin -- "Kashmir" Queens of the Stone Age -- "My God is the Sun" Jack White -- "I'm Shakin' "

Best metal performances Anthrax -- "T.N.T." Black Sabbath -- "God is Dead?" -- WINNER Dream Theater -- "The Enemy Inside"Killswitch Engage -- "In Due Time" Volbeat featuring King Diamond -- "Room 24"

Best rock song "Ain't Messin' 'Round" -- Gary Clark Jr. "Cut Me Some Slack" -- Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear -- WINNER "Doom and Gloom" -- The Rolling Stones"God Is Dead?" -- Black Sabbath "Panic Station" -- Muse

Best rock album Black Sabbath -- "13" David Bowie -- "The Next Day" Kings of Leon -- "Mechanical Bull" Led Zeppelin -- "Celebration Day" -- WINNER Queens of the Stone Age -- "... Like Clockwork" Neil Young with Crazy Horse -- "Psychedelic Pill" Best alternative music album Neko Case -- "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You" The National -- "Trouble Will Find Me" Nine Inch Nails -- "Hesitation Marks" Tame Impala -- "Lonerism" Vampire Weekend -- "Modern Vampires of the City" -- WINNER

Best R&B performance Tamar Braxton -- "Love and War" Anthony Hamilton -- "Best of Me" Hiatus Kaiytoe featuring Q-Tip -- "Nakamarra" Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar -- "How Many Drinks?" Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway -- "Something" -- WINNER

Best traditional R&B performance Gary Clark Jr. -- "Please Come Home" -- WINNER Fantasia -- "Get It Right" Maysa -- "Quiet Fire" Gregory Porter -- "Hey Laura" Ryan Shaw -- "Yesterday"

Best R&B song "Best of Me" -- Anthony Hamilton "Love and War" -- Tamar Braxton "Only One" -- PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder"Pusher Love Girl" -- Justin Timberlake -- WINNER "Without Me" -- Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott

Best urban contemporary album Tamar Braxton -- "Love and War" Fantasia -- "Side Effects of You" Salaam Remi -- "One: In the Chamber" Rihanna -- "Unapologetic" -- WINNER Mack Wilds -- "New York: A Love Story"

Best R&B album Faith Evans -- "R&B Divas" Alicia Keys -- "Girl on Fire" -- WINNER John Legend -- "Love in the Future" Chrisette Michele -- "Better" TGT -- "Three Kings"

Best rap performance Drake -- "Started From the Bottom" Eminem -- "Berserk" Jay Z -- "Tom Ford" Kendrick Lamar -- "Swimming Pools (Drank)" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz -- "Thrift Shop" -- WINNER

Best rap/sung collaboration J. Cole featuring Miguel -- "Power Trip" Jay Z featuring Beyoncé -- "Part II (On the Run)" Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake -- "Holy Grail" -- WINNER Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige -- "Now or Never" Wiz Khalifa featuring the Weeknd -- "Remember You"

Best rap song "F***in' Problems" -- A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar "Holy Grail" -- Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake "New Slaves" -- Kanye West "Started From the Bottom" -- Drake "Thrift Shop" -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- WINNER

Best rap album Drake -- "Nothing Was the Same" Jay Z -- "Magna Carta ... Holy Grail" Kendrick Lamar -- "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- "The Heist" -- WINNER Kanye West -- "Yeezus"

Best country solo performance Lee Brice -- "I Drive Your Truck"Hunter Hayes -- "I Want Crazy" Miranda Lambert -- "Mama's Broken Heart" Darius Rucker -- "Wagon Wheel" -- WINNER Blake Shelton -- "Mine Would Be You"

Best country duo/group performance The Civil Wars -- "From This Valley" -- WINNER Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill -- "Don't Rush" Little Big Town -- "Your Side of the Bed" Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban -- "Highway Don't Care" Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton -- "You Can't Make Old Friends"

Best country song "Begin Again" -- Taylor Swift "I Drive Your Truck" -- Lee Brice "Mama's Broken Heart" -- Miranda Lambert"Merry Go 'Round" -- Kacey Musgraves -- WINNER "Mine Would Be You" -- Blake Shelton

Best country album Jason Aldean -- "Night Train" Tim McGraw -- "Two Lanes of Freedom" Kacey Musgraves -- "Same Trailer Different Park" -- WINNER Blake Shelton -- "Based on a True Story" Taylor Swift -- "Red"

Best Latin pop album Frankie J -- "Faith, Hope y Amor" Ricardo Montaner -- "Viajero Frecuente" Draco Rosa -- "Vida" -- WINNERAleks Syntek -- "Syntek" Tommy Torres -- "12 Historias"

Best Latin rock, urban or alternative album Café Tacvba -- "El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco" El Tri -- "Ojo Por Ojo" Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas -- "Chances" La Santa Cecilia -- "Treinta Dias" -- WINNER Los Amigos Invisibles -- "Repeat After Me"Producer of the year, nonclassical Rob Cavallo Dr. Luke Ariel Rechtshaid Jeff Tweedy Pharrell Williams -- WINNER

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media "Django Unchained" "The Great Gatsby" (deluxe edition) "Les Miserables" (deluxe edition "Muscle Shoals" "Sound City: Real to Reel" -- WINNER Best score soundtrack for visual media "Argo" "The Great Gatsby" "Life of Pi" "Lincoln" "Skyfall" -- WINNER "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best song written for visual media Coldplay -- "Atlas" -- "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" Jessie J -- "Silver Lining" -- "Silver Linings Playbook" Adele -- "Skyfall" -- "Skyfall" -- WINNER Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw -- "We Both Know" -- "Safe Haven"Lana Del Rey -- "Young and Beautiful" -- "The Great Gatsby" (deluxe edition) Regina Spektor -- "You've Got Time" -- "Orange is the New Black"

Best music video Captial Cities -- "Safe and Sound" Jay Z -- "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton -- "Can't Hold Us" Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z -- "Suit & Tie" -- WINNER Jack White -- "I'm Shakin'"

Best music film Coldplay -- "Live 2012" Green Day -- "¡Cuatro!"Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite -- "I'm in I'm Out and I'm Gone: The Making of Get Up!" Paul McCartney -- "Live Kisses" -- WINNER Mumford & Sons -- "The Road to Red Rocks"

Overall, this was a night full of magic and there were definitely a lot of tricks pulled out of the hat and bag. As a music connoisseur one could appreciate the variety and stagesets. On the other hand, I definitely would have liked to change some of the winners.

If you watched the Grammy’s what did you think? Who was your favorite and least favorite performance? Did you agree with the winners or not?

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