Sam Smith, Eminem and Beck Snag Big Wins at Grammys

This year’s 57th annual star-studded Grammy awards ceremony turned out to be a huge success for British soul singer, Sam Smith, local Detroit rap artist, Marshall Bruce Mathers III (the rapper also known as Eminem)R&B and Beyoncé, among other musical artists who walked away with shiny golden trophies Sunday evening. The 2015 Grammy awards hosted by LL Cool J at the Los Angeles Staples Center in Los Angeles featured award presentations and musical performances that showcased the talents of the likes of Katy Perry, Madonna, and Beyoncé.

Sam Smith kicked off Sunday night’s ceremony by winning a total of four Grammys, including the award for best new artist of the year. Smith, who was nominated for six Grammys, took home best pop vocal album for “In the Lonely Hour.” When Smith went on stage to accept his Grammy, he talked about how he discovered himself through his love of music as quoted in The Detroit News ,

“I just want to say that before I made this record, I was doing everything to try to get my music heard,” Smith said. “It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen. So thank you guys for accepting me for just being me,” he added.

Eminem, a local Detroit rapper, producer, songwriter and actor, had an amazing night at the Grammys as well. He snagged a couple of Grammys including best rap album of the year, his sixth win in the same category, as well as best rap/sung collaboration for “The Monster” alongside fellow collaborator Rihanna. Eminem could have won his 16th Grammy that evening, but lost out to fellow rapper, Kendrick Lamar who took the win for best rap performance for the song “I”.

Beyoncé was nominated for six Grammys Sunday night. She won best R&B performance for “Drunk in Love” featuring rapper and current partner Jay-Z, best surround sound album and best R&B song for “Drunk in Love.” The singer songwriter also performed a soulful melody entitled “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”, which earned her the number one spot for best performance at the Grammys this year.

According Etonline.com, this year’s other Grammy winners included Beck ,who surprisingly beat out Beyoncé for best album of the year, Miranda Lambert for best country album, Beck for best rock album, Pharrell Williams for best pop solo performance, Toni-Braxton and Baby Face for best R&B album, Weird Al Yankovic for best comedy album, Jack White for best rock performance, Great Big World and Christina Aguilera for best pop duo/group performance, Carrie Underwood for best country solo performance, Pharrell Williams for best video and the popular animated film “Frozen”  for best compilation soundtrack for visual media. A complete listing of this year’s winners and nominees can be found directly at www.etonline.com.

This year’s show had some surprising snubs and some unforgettable moments One of the biggest surprises this year was Beck winning best album of the year for “Morning Phase” after returning from a six-year hiatus from his band. One of the biggest shockers of the evening, however, was the palpable snubbing of Taylor Swift, who came in the door with three nominations but left with nothing to show for her troubles.  Katy Perry, who has had a remarkable string of 15 straight Grammy losses behind her, came into the building with just two nominations and left without any Grammy nods but did have two songs among those for which Martin Max won produer of the year kudos.  However, sound-alike upstart The Band Perry did pick up a win for Best Country Duo for their cover of the Glenn Campbell classic, “Gentle On My Mind.” Iggy Azalea, a female rap artist,  was beaten out by Eminem three times, beginning with Best Rap Album of the Year.

Finally, a major snub was directed at the Grammy Award Show itself, with several entertainment watchers questioning whether the annual awards ceremony was actually an awards show, a concert, both or neither. Dave McCoy, writing for the Hollywood Reporter. noted that only ten awards were handed on during the televised portion of the program interrupting a total of 23 live performances, while 73 others, including some major awards, were handed out during the three-hour “pre-game show” that preceded the televised portion of the proceedings.  McCoy praised the decision to go “naked,” without an opening monologue, but skewered the Academy for deciding to offload categories that included  rap, metal, alternative, Americana, and most country from the televised portion of the award program.

Kanye West, who apparently enjoys stirring up controversy at award shows, has done it yet again, this time by interrupting Beck’s acceptance speech for winning the best album of the year award. West ran onstage and, while it looked like he was going to grab the microphone away from Beck in a repetition of  onstage mugging of Taylor Swift in 2009, West instead walked away without saying a word. He later stated that Beck winning the award over R&B singer Beyoncé was “disrespectful to inspiration.”

When West did precisely the exact same thing  to Taylor Swift in 2009 while was giving her acceptance speech for best music video award, he ended up causing himself a world of hurt inside the music business.  This time, when asked why he interrupted Beck’s speech, West specifically told Ryan Seacrest that “the voices in my head told me go, and then I just walked up, like, halfway up the stage … But I just didn’t really want to take away from Beck’s moment, or the time he has to talk.”  Swift and West appear to have buried the hatchet and, now on good terms, are planning to collaborate together sometime down the road.

The streamlined presentation may have been for naught, however. According to The USA Today and Nielsen, Sunday’s Grammys only racked in a total average of 24.8 million viewers, down 13% from last year, making it the lowest turnout since 2009.

 

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