The 56th Grammys was a whirlwind of excitement, weird outfits, and a lot of audience “what the actual hell is going” responses.
It was a year like any other: people sang, audiences clapped, artists were snubbed, and Taylor Swift danced the night away. But if by some unfortunate mishap you happened to miss the 16-hour CBS telecast, here are a few specifics to catch you up to speed.
Beyonce and Jay Z started the night off with a simple but fantastic bang. As the power couple of the century, expectations were high and the Queen delivered as usual. Singing “Drunk In Love” off her new album, she showed us that all you need to be fierce is a spinning chair, a bikini with a lot of holes in it (her Friday casuals) and some wet hair. A hip-hop mogul husband doesn’t hurt either, but that’s a technicality. The beauty of this five-minute performance probably left most viewers (read as: me and the writers of BuzzFeed) in a puddle of sweat, screaming on the ground. They can do no wrong. Jay would later go on to claim a golden “sippy cup” for Blue for his hit “Holy Grail.”
Hunter Hayes was able to nab a spot debuting his new song “Invisible” as well as a Grammy later on, only to be poorly confused by the Twitterverse as professional pretty boy and Teen Wolf alum Colton Haynes.
Katy Perry went full-on Goth vixen for her performance of “Dark Horse” featuring Juicy J, which may or not be an appropriately timed tribute to the soon-to-be-ending American Horror Story: Coven. Though I’m not quite sure how the broomstick pole dancing fits in.
Robin Thicke performed a medley with Chicago including his hit “Blurred Lines,” probably because that was the only other artist they figured he couldn’t get away with twerking on.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited to sing McCartney’s new song “Queenie Eye.” It was a touching reunion and a precursor to the Grammy special dedicated to the British band airing on February 9th.
Best performances of the night go to two group efforts. First, the interestingly matched Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons for their smoke and paint-filled rendition of “Radioactive” that had the room at what was probably the highest energy level all night. Secondly, to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s performance of heartwarming tune “Same Love” featuring Madonna and the ministry stylings of Queen Latifah, who married 33 couples amongst the crowd, leaving no dry eyes in the audience or on social media.
Daft Punk took home Record and Album of the Year for song “Get Lucky” and album Random Access Memories, a much-deserved win for the speechless duo whose efforts garnered them Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance.
Lorde won Song of the Year and Best Solo Pop Performance of the year for her viral hit “Royals,” despite the creepy hand movements that usually come with her live shows. The New Zealand newcomer is only 17 and obviously doing quite well for herself.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were nominated for seven categories, winning four in what was easily the biggest upset of the night. The duo beat out crowd favorite Kendrick Lamar and went home with Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song for their album The Heist and song “Thrift Shop” over Lamar’s album good kid, m.A.A.d city and single “Swimming Pools.” Macklemore himself was even surprised, Instagramming a text he sent to Lamar afterwards telling him so.
Kacey Musgraves took home the Best Country Album award for Same Trailer Different Park after a sparkling performance in light-up cowboy boots and a dress that looks more like lampshade made out of kimonos.
Other winners (some not announced) include blast from the past Black Sabbath for Best Metal Performance, Pharrell for Producer of the year, Justin Timberlake for best R&B song, Rihanna for best Urban Contemporary Album, Bruno Mars for Best Pop Vocal Album, Imagine Dragons for Best Rock Performance, Dave Grohl and company for Best Rock Song, and a bunch of people you’ve never heard of for awards you didn’t know existed (see: Best Instrumental Arrangements for Accompanying Vocalists and the like.)
Other noteworthy happenings:
Pharrell Williams graced the Grammys with not only his presence, but also the weirdest hats he could find, looking like a character straight out of Rocky and Bullwinkle. The people were not impressed.
Taylor Swift, and more so the people sitting next to her, were captured mid-cheer for what they thought was going to be their Album of the Year award. Whoops. Not this time, Tay Tay.
Pink did more acrobatics and everyone is still wondering how that even works.
Miley Cyrus was not in attendance. I REPEAT, QUEEN OF THE TWERKZ WAS NOT WRECKING HER WAY TO THE GRAMMY STAGE. This is not a drill. We are worried.
Ozzy Osborne still needs subtitles to be understood.
Lana Del Ray’s cover of Sleeping Beauty song “Once Upon A Dream” premiered during new commercial trailer for Angelina Jolie movie Maleficent and it. Was. HAUNTING. (In a beautiful sort of way.) Who knew Disney could be so scary?
And so the Grammy’s once again come to a close, but don’t be too quick to put away your controversial Thought Catalog articles and judgmental tweets. Artists like Pharrell and Bono will continue their fight for eternal glory and heavy, gold objects at the Oscars on March 2. Fear not, awards season has scarcely begun.
Post written by Natalie Maggiore, Blue Note contributing writer.