57th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2014)

Even for the GRAMMY Awards, which takes pride in each unique performance on its world-renowned stage — performances that have collectively come to be known as GRAMMY Moments — the 57th telecast topped expectations. The show featured an impressive 23 performances, many offering teamings that were not only inspired, but resulted in illuminating versions of deeply powerful songs.

If you thought Sam Smith's multiple GRAMMY-winning "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)" was an aching heartbreak of a song, you may have been emotionally drained after Mary J. Blige joined Smith to add tent-revival urgency.

Katy Perry's "By The Grace Of God" already defies many of the California gurl's best-known pop hits, but following a personal plea from President Barack Obama to stop domestic violence and the real-life tale of abuse from survivor and activist Brooke Axtell, its unexpected impact brought the house to its feet.

And so went this year's telecast, performance after performance proving that GRAMMY Moments live well beyond the moment of their creation.

First-time GRAMMY performers AC/DC opened the show with fireworks and firepower, with singer Brian Johnson and guitarist Angus Young igniting the stage — and the playfully devil-horned audience ­— with "Rock Or Bust" and the classic "Highway To Hell."

But it was the next performance of "Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart" by Ariana Grande that arguably served as the true tone setter of the night, a poignant moment of soul-stirring singing that was as moving as it was entertaining.

Brits Jessie J and the ever-vibrant Tom Jones followed with a similarly breathtaking "You've Lost That Loving Feelin'" in tribute to the iconic song's co-writers, 2015 Recording Academy Trustees Award recipients Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Miranda Lambert then interjected a touch of rock-inflected hoedown energy, wheeling out her upbeat "Little Red Wagon" with attitude and energy to spare, tapping into her firecracker charisma.

Kanye West returned to the show's tacit theme of emotional message music with "Only One." Shadowy under a single spotlight, West bared it all with his ode to daughter North West, sung from the perspective of his late mother, and aimed at healing and happiness.

An ageless Madonna, still enviably contorting through Pilates-required dance numbers, debuted her new "Living For Love" with a bullfighting theme and a matador's determination and finesse.

Pulling out all the stops, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Herbie Hancock, and Questlove teamed for Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud." Despite such a group of heavyweights, they retained the song’s graceful rumination on enduring love.

The quartet then gave way to Jeff Lynne's ELO. GRAMMY winner Lynne led the band through an ELO signature, "Evil Woman," before joining with Sheeran for a rousing "Mr. Blue Sky."

Adam Levine reunited with former "The Voice" judge Gwen Stefani for Maroon 5's ballad "My Heart Is Open," with each bringing their formidable chops to the plea for love.

Last year, the GRAMMYs brought 33 couples to the stage for a mass musical marriage ceremony. This year, Irish singer/songwriter Hozier took the crowd to church with his GRAMMY-nominated hit. As "Take Me To Church" built to its climax, singer Annie Lennox joined to add an exclamation point, then segued into her cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You," as she did just that to the GRAMMY audience.

By now, Pharrell Williams has built a cottage industry around his inescapable hit "Happy." For his GRAMMY performance, joined by composer Hans Zimmer on guitar and pianist Lang Lang's otherworldly finger play, Williams' turned in a dark and satisfying take on the song.

After Perry's stirring "By The Grace Of God," Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga hit the stage like the second coming of ultimate lounge-act couple Louis Prima and Keely Smith. The pair was clearly having authentic fun onstage, at times truly "Cheek To Cheek."

Backed only by teen harpist Melody Tai, Usher performed a sweet version of Stevie Wonder's "Magic" in anticipation of "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute," a two-hour special that aired on CBS Feb. 16. Truly whetting appetites for that show, Wonder emerged from the shadows at the end of the song for an excitedly received harmonica solo.

The GRAMMYs took a trip to Nashville, Tenn., next for Eric Church's "Give Me Back My Hometown." Then it was just left of Nashville for Best New Artist nominee Brandy Clark's teaming with Dwight Yoakam for her "Hold My Hand," to which Yoakam contributed haunting background vocals.

The camera then shifted quietly to three silhouetted figures, in what is quickly becoming an iconic pose, for a debut performance of "FourFiveSeconds," Rihanna's new single with Paul McCartney and West. The trio represented almost unprecedented star power and the song was captivatingly striking in its stark presentation.

After Smith (who emerged as the night's top winner with four GRAMMYs) and Blige's roof-raising performance of "Stay With Me," Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes hit the stage for a performance of his reggae-tinged "Juntos," en español.

Actress Kristen Wiig served as the face of Sia for the latter's performance of "Chandelier," miming a comic version of the song's GRAMMY-nominated music video with young dancer Maddie Ziegler, while Sia earnestly sang from a corner of the set, in her customary back-to-the-audience stance.

Album Of The Year winner Beck teamed with Coldplay's Chris Martin for a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-inspired version of his acoustic gem "Heart Is A Drum." Though backed only by acoustic instruments, the song's tale of heartbreak and acceptance had an electric impact.

"We live in complicated times," said Gwyneth Paltrow in introducing Beyoncé's take on the gospel standard "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," "and now more than ever we need understanding and to acknowledge the feelings of others.”

Looking angelic in a white dress that gave the appearance of wings, Bey took the crowd to church literally, as Hozier had done metaphorically earlier.

The 57th GRAMMY Awards closed poignantly with John Legend and Common's stunning Selma theme, "Glory." The performance not only came two weeks prior to their Oscar turn, but taken together with Beyoncé’s preceding tour de force vocal performance, the finale drew a connection in the battle for equal rights from the '60s to the present — capping the night's powerful message about music's ability to stir people to greater awareness and action.


Record Of The Year
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)

Sam Smith, artist. Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers. Matthew Champlin, Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers. Tom Coyne, mastering engineer.

Album Of The Year
Morning Phase

Beck, artist. Beck Hansen, producer. Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Florian Lagatta, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer.

Song Of The Year
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)

James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters. (Sam Smith)

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Sam Smith, artist.

Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
A Great Big World, GRAMMY winners, Christina Aguilera
Say Something

A Great Big World (Ian Axel & Chad Vaccarino) & Christina Aguilera, artists.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga
Cheek To Cheek

Dae Bennett, producer; Dae Bennett, engineer/mixer

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sam Smith
In The Lonely Hour

Sam Smith, artist. Jimmy Napes, producer. Steve Fitzmaurice, engineer/mixer.

Best Dance Recording
Rather Be

Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne

Clean Bandit (Neil Amin-Smith, Grace Chatto, Jack Patterson & Luke Patterson) & Jess Glynne, artists. Grace Chatto & Jack Patterson, producers. Wez Clarke & Jack Patterson, mixers.

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin, artist. Aphex Twin, producer.

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Bass & Mandolin

Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, artists. Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, producers. Richard King & Dave Sinko, engineers/mixers.

Best Rock Performance
Jack White

Jack White, artist.

Best Metal Performance
Tenacious D
The Last In Line

Tenacious D (Jack Black & Kyle Gass), artists.

Best Rock Song
Ain't It Fun

Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters.(Paramore)

Best Rock Album
Morning Phase

Beck, artist. Beck Hansen, producer. Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Florian Lagatta, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers.

Best Alternative Music Album
St. Vincent
St. Vincent

St. Vincent, artist. John Congleton, producer. John Congleton, engineer/mixer.

Best R&B Performance
Beyonce, Jay-Z
Drunk In Love

Beyoncé & Jay Z, artists. (Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z)

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Lalah Hathaway, Robert Glasper
Jesus Children

Lalah Hathaway, Robert Glasper Experiment (Casey Benjamin, Mark Colenburg, Robert Glasper & Derrick Hodge) & Malcolm-Jamal Warner, artists.

Best R&B Song
Jay-Z, Beyonce
Drunk In Love

Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosley, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters.

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams, artist. Pharrell Williams, producer. Andrew Coleman, Mick Guzauski & Mike Larson, engineers/mixers.

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

Babyface & Toni Braxton, artists. Babyface, producer. Paul Boutin, engineer/mixer.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Eminem, Rihanna
The Monster

Eminem & Rihanna, artists.

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar

K. Duckworth, Ronald Isley & C. Smith, songwriters. (Kendrick Lamar)

Best Rap Album
The Marshall Mathers LP2

Eminem, artist. Tony Campana, Joe Strange & Mike Strange, engineers/mixers.

Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood
Something In The Water
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Gentle On My Mind

The Band Perry (Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry & Reid Perry), artists.

Best Country Song
Glen Campbell
I'm Not Gonna Miss You

Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters. (Glen Campbell)

Best Country Album
Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert, artist. Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell & Glenn Worf, producers. Chuck Ainlay, engineer/mixer.

Best New Age Album
Winds Of Samsara

Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, artists. Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, producers. Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, engineers/mixers.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Chick Corea

Chick Corea, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Beautiful Life

Dianne Reeves, artist. Terri Lyne Carrington, producer. Jeremy Loucas, engineer/mixer.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chick Corea

Chick Corea Trio (Brian Blade, Chick Corea & Christian McBride), artists. Bernie Kirsh & Brian Vibberts, engineers/mixers.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Life In The Bubble

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (Gordon Goodwin), artists. Gregg Field & Dan Savant, producers. Gregg Field & Tommy Vicari, engineers/mixers.

Best Latin Jazz Album
The Offense Of The Drum

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (Arturo O'Farrill), artists. Todd Barkan, Eric Oberstein & Kabir Sehgal, producers. Katherine Miller, engineer/mixer

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Smokie Norful
No Greater Love

Smokie Norful, artist. Aaron W. Lindsey & Smokie Norful, songwriters.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Lecrae Featuring For King & Country

For King & Country (Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone) & Lecrae, artists. Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone, songwriters.

Best Gospel Album

Erica Campbell, artist. Warryn Campbell, producer. Rob Chiarelli & Larry Whitt, engineers/mixers.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.

For King & Country (Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone), artists. For King & Country (Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone), producers. Ainslie Grosser & Mike X O’Connor, engineers/mixers.

Best Roots Gospel Album
Shine For All The People

Mike Farris, artist. Mike Farris, producer. Chad Brown, Mike Farris & Ross Gower, engineers/mixers.

Best Latin Pop Album
Rubén Blades

Rubén Blades, artist. Carlos Franzetti, producer. Chris Sulit, engineer/mixer.

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Calle 13

Calle 13 (Eduardo Cabra & Rene Perez), artists. Calle 13, producers. John Blais & Michael Brauer, engineers/mixers.

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Mano A Mano - Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernández

Vicente Fernández, artist. Vicente Fernández, producer. Alejandro Ramírez Espinal & Javier Ramírez, engineers/mixers.

Best Tropical Latin Album
Más + Corazón Profundo

Carlos Vives, artist. Andrés Castro & Carlos Vives, producers. Edgar Barrera,  Scott Canto, Andrés Castro, Francisco Díaz, Javier Garza, Guikanko Gomez, Shafik Palis & Curt Schneider engineers/mixers.

Best American Roots Performance
Rosanne Cash
A Feather's Not A Bird

Rosanne Cash, artist.

Best American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash
A Feather's Not A Bird

Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters. (Rosanne Cash)

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash
The River & The Thread

Rosanne Cash, artist. Rick De Pofi & John Leventhal, producers. Rick De Pofi & John Leventhal, engineers/mixers.

Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls Of Leicester

The Earls Of Leicester (Barry Bales, Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien & Johnny Warren), artists. Bill Vorndick, engineer/mixer.

Best Blues Album
Step Back

Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter, artist. Paul Nelson, producer. Mike "Metal" Goldberg & Brendan Muldowney, engineers/mixers.

Best Folk Album

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show (Critter Fuqua, Kevin Hayes, Morgan Jahnig, Gill Landry, Chance McCoy, Ketch Secor & Cory Younts), artists. Ted Hutt, producer. Ted Hutt & Ryan Mall, engineers/mixers.

Best Regional Roots Music Album
The Legacy

Jo-EL Sonnier, artist. Jo-EL Sonnier & Shane Theriot, producers. Tony Daigle, Jo-EL Sonnier & Shane Theriot, engineers/mixers

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley
Fly Rasta

Ziggy Marley, artist. Ziggy Marley, producer. Isha Erskine & Andrew Scheps, engineers/mixers.

Best World Music Album

Angelique Kidjo, artist. Patrick Dillett, producer. Michael Brauer, Patrick Dillett & Laurent Dupuy, engineers/mixers.

Best Children's Album
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)

Neela Vaswani, artist. Cheryl Smith, producer. Jared O'Connell, engineer/mixer.

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Diary Of A Mad Diva

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers, artist. Diane Mckiernan, producer. Nikki Banks Maurer & Jared O'Connell, engineers/mixers.

Best Comedy Album
Weird Al Yankovic
Mandatory Fun

"Weird Al" Yankovic, artist. "Weird Al" Yankovic, producer. Rafael Serrano, Brian Warwick & Dave Way, engineers/mixers.

Best Musical Theater Album
Carole King
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Jessie Mueller, principal soloist. Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers. Joel Moss, engineer. Jason Howland & Billy Jay Stein, engineers/mixers. (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers. David Boucher, engineer/mixer.

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat, composer. Wes Anderson & Randall Poster, producers. Simon Rhodes, engineer/mixer.

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Let It Go

Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters. (Idina Menzel)

Best Instrumental Composition
The Book Thief

John Williams, composer. (John Williams)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Daft Punk

Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers.


Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
Yo-Yo Ma
New York Tendaberry

Billy Childs, arranger.

(Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma)

Best Recording Package
Lightning Bolt

Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors.

(Pearl Jam)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Jack White
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)

Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors.

(Various Artists)

Best Album Notes
Offering: Live At Temple University

Ashley Kahn, album notes writer.

(John Coltrane)

Best Historical Album
The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers. Michael Graves, mastering engineer.

(Hank Williams)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Morning Phase

Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Florian Lagatta, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers. Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer. (Beck)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Max Martin

Max Martin, producer.

• Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj) (S) • Break Free (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd) (S) • Dark Horse (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J) (S) • Problem (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea) (S) • Shake It Off (Taylor Swift) (S) • Unconditionally (Katy Perry) (S)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
John Legend
All Of Me (Tiësto's Birthday Treatment Remix)

Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)

Best Surround Sound Album

Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer. Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer. Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer (Beyoncé)

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending

Michael Bishop, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Judith Sherman

Judith Sherman, producer.

• Beethoven: Cello & Piano Complete (Fischer Duo) • Brahms By Heart (Chiara String Quartet) • Composing America (Lark Quartet) • Divergence (Plattform K + K Vienna) • The Good Song (Thomas Meglioranza) • Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets (Anthony McGill & Pacifica Quartet) • Snapshot (American Brass Quintet) • Two X Four (Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, Vinay Parameswaran & Curtis 20/21 Ensemble) • Wagner Without Words (Ll_r Williams)

Best Orchestral Performance
Adams, John: City Noir

David Robertson, conductor. Friedemann Engelbrecht, producer. Richard King, engineer/mixer. (St. Louis Symphony)

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

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors. Aaron Sheehan, soloist. Siegbert Ernst, engineer/mixer. (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)

Best Choral Performance
The Sacred Spirit Of Russia

Craig Hella Johnson, conductor. Robina G. Young, producer. Brad Michel, engineer/mixer. (Conspirare)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores

Hilary Hahn & Andreas K. Meyer, producers. Andreas K. Meyer & Julian Schwenker, engineers/mixers.

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Jason Vieaux, soloist. Alan Bise, producer. Bruce Egre, engineer/mixer.

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Douce France

Anne Sofie Von Otter, soloist. Jean-Pierre Loisil, producer. Thomas Dappelo, engineer/mixer. (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)

Best Classical Compendium
Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances

John Schneider, producer. John Baffa, engineer/mixer.

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean

John Luther Adams, composer. (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams, artist. We Are From LA (Pierre Dupaquier & Clement Durou), video directors. Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger & Cedric Troadec, video producers.

Best Music Film
20 Feet From Stardom

Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill

Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill & Darlene Love, artists. Morgan Neville, video director. Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers.