The Grammy’s serve a purpose.
They allow the upper echelons of the music industry to reward themselves for a job well done, and they allow for some spectacular performances.
I doubt anyone that really remembers the previous year goes into the night with the expectation that the best artist will always win the award.
A lot of the time it feels like the ones that win were either the ones that made the industry the most money, or at the very least the ones that shook the right hands leading up tot he night.
But regardless if you feel that Courtney Barnett should have taken the Best New Artist category or that Kendrick Lamar should have topped Taylor Swift for Album of the Year, the night served it’s purpose. It showcased some great sets by some great artists, and it allowed many people to pat themselves on the back.
Here are some of the must see performances from the night.
Kendrick Lamar shakes the foundations with his raucous set.
Lady Gaga pays homage to David Bowie in epic fashion.
Miguel pays tribute to Michael Jackson
Ellie Goulding and Andra Day make magic
Tori Kelly and James Bay deliver a beautiful and simple duet.
If you happen to care who won for each category last night, here is the full list of winners:
Album of the Year – Taylor Swift – 1989
Record of the Year – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Song of the Year – Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Best New Artist – Meghan Trainor
Best Rock Song – Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Best Rock Album – Muse – Drones
Best Rock Performance – Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Best Alternative Album – Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Best Rap Album – Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Best Rap Song – Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Best Rap Performance – Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Best Metal Performance – Ghost – “Cirice”
Best Pop Vocal Album – Taylor Swift – 1989
Best Dance/Electronica Album – Skrillex and Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü
Best Dance Recording – Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”
Best Urban Contemporary Album – The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
Best Comedy Album – Louis C.K. – Live at Madison Square Garden
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media – Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Best Song Written For Visual Media – Common and John Legend – “Glory”
Best Music Video – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Best Music Film – Amy Winehouse – Amy