Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars appeared at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night to attend The 55th Annual Grammy Awards. LL cool J played host for the second year in a row and even closed the show by performing for the first time live in years.
This year, CBS initiated a new dress code insisting that stars keep their attire appropriate by not dressing risqué. Although, some stars tried to push the button by showing a little skin, the majority obeyed the new policy.
The evening kicked off with an “Alice in Wonderland” style performance by Miss Taylor Swift. Her colorful set design and adorable Mad Hatter inspired costume energized the room. Swift was the opening performance, however, throughout the whole night the cameras would cut to her repeatedly performing the other act’s songs. It’s rumored that Swift poked fun at her ex, Harry Styles from One Direction, in her song “We are Never Getting Back Together,” by using a British accent and bragging about opening up the Grammys.
The first award of the evening, “Best Pop Solo,” was awarded to Adele. Something a little strange happened during Adele’s walk to the stage. Did anyone else happen to notice the random man who cut in front of Jennifer Lopez to speak into the microphone? It sounded as if he was expressing his admiration for the singer, but it was distorted from Adele’s hit “Set Fire to the Rain” playing in the background. JLo looked incredibly confused as she watched him run off the stage behind her.
The night was jam-packed with killer performances from Fun., The Black Keys, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, and many more. There were many tribute performances throughout the evening.
Kelly Clarkson’s amazing voice overpowered the Staples Center while singing a tribute to two legendary performers, Patti Page and Carol King.
Bob Marley’s sons Ziggy and Damian paid tribute to their late, great father, Bob Marley. The Marley brothers sang along with Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Sting. Even though the collaboration seemed a little off the wall, their energy and talent had everyone on their feet singing along to the classic Marley songs.
Let us not forget to welcome back to the stage, Mr. Justin Timberlake. While Timberlake was busy bringing sexy back, and making a movie career, fans of his music missed his charismatic charm as a pop sensation. Timberlake performed two of his new songs, “Suit and Tie” featuring Jay-Z and “Pusher Lover Girl.” You nailed it, JT.
Listed below are the lucky ladies and gents who were able to take home the gold-plated trophies:
Album of the Year: Mumford & Sons — Babel
Best New Artist: Fun.
Record of the Year: Gotye — “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Song of the Year: fun. — “We Are Young”
Best Pop Vocal Album: Kelly Clarkson — Stronger
Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele — “Set Fire to the Rain” [Live]
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Gotye — “Somebody That I Used to Know” feat. Kimbra
Best Alternative Music Album: Gotye — Making Mirrors
Best Rap Album: Drake — Take Care
Best Rap Song: Jay-Z and Kanye West — “Niggas in Paris”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream — “No Church in the Wild”
Best Rap Performance: Jay-Z and Kanye West — “Niggas in Paris”
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Frank Ocean — Channel ORANGE
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Beyoncé — “Love on Top”
Best R&B Song: Miguel — “Adorn”
Best R&B Album: Robert Glasper Experiment — Black Radio
Best Rock Album: The Black Keys — El Camino
Best Rock Performance: The Black Keys — “Lonely Boy”
Best Dance Recording: Skrillex — “Bangarang” feat. Sirah
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Skrillex — Bangarang
Best Country Solo Performance: Carrie Underwood — “Blown Away”
Best Country Album: Zac Brown Band — Uncaged
Best Spoken Word Album: Janis Ian — Society’s Child: My Autobiography
Best Comedy Album: Jimmy Fallon — Blow Your Pants Off