2014 Grammy Winners

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
GRAMMYs, Rodney Jerkins, Jimmy Napes, Steve Price
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)

Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers; Matthew Champlin, Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, 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
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
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, Jimmy Napes
In The Lonely Hour

Jimmy Napes, producer; Steve Fitzmaurice, engineer/mixer

Best Dance Recording
Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne
Rather Be

Grace Chatto & Jack Patterson, producers; Wez Clarke & Jack Patterson, mixers

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin, producer

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, GRAMMYs
Bass & Mandolin

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

Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Tenacious D
The Last In Line
Best Rock Song
Hayley Williams, Taylor York
Ain't It Fun

Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters (Paramore)

Best Alternative Music Album
St. Vincent
St. Vincent

John Congleton, producer; John Congleton, engineer/mixer

Best R&B Performance
Beyoncé Knowles, Jay Z
Drunk In Love

Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Pharrell Williams, Andrew Coleman, Mike Larson

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

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

Babyface, producer; Paul Boutin, engineer/mixer

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Eminem, Rihanna
The Monster

Eminem Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar, Ronald Isley, Rahki

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

Best Rap Album
Eminem, GRAMMYs
The Marshall Mathers LP2

Tony Campana, Joe Strange & Mike Strange, engineers/mixers

Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood
Something In The Water
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry
Gentle On My Mind
Best Country Song
Glen Campbell
I'm Not Gonna Miss You

Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)

Best Country Album
Miranda Lambert, Chuck Ainlay

Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell & Glenn Worf, producers; Chuck Ainlay, engineer/mixer

Best New Age Album
Ricky Kej, Wouter Kellerman
Winds Of Samsara

Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, producers; Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, engineers/mixers

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Chick Corea

Chick Corea, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jeremy Loucas
Beautiful Life

Terri Lyne Carrington, producer; Jeremy Loucas, engineer/mixer

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Life In The Bubble

Gregg Field & Dan Savant, producers; Gregg Field & Tommy Vicari, engineers/mixers

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Smokie Norful
No Greater Love

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

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Best Gospel Album
Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell

Warryn Campbell, producer; Rob Chiarelli & Larry Whitt, engineers/mixers

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
For King & Country
Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.

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

Best Roots Gospel Album
Mike Farris
Shine For All The People

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

Best Latin Pop Album
Rubén Blades, Carlos Franzetti

Carlos Franzetti, producer; Chris Sulit, engineer/mixer

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Calle 13, Michael H. Brauer

Calle 13 (Eduardo Cabra & René Pérez), producers; John Blais & Michael Brauer, engineers/mixers

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Vicente Fernandez, Alejandro Ramírez Espinal, Javier Ramírez
Mano A Mano - Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernández

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

Best Tropical Latin Album
Carlos Vives, Francisco Díaz
Más + Corazón Profundo

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
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

Rick De Pofi & John Leventhal, producers; Rick De Pofi & John Leventhal, engineers/mixers

Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls Of Leicester

Bil VornDick, engineer/mixer

Best Blues Album
Johnny Winter, Paul Nelson
Step Back

Paul Nelson, producer; Mike "Metal" Goldberg & Brendan Muldowney, engineers/mixers

Best Folk Album
Old Crow Medicine Show

Ted Hutt, producer; Ted Hutt & Ryan Mall, engineers/mixers

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Jo-El Sonnier
The Legacy

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

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley
Fly Rasta

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

Best World Music Album
Angélique Kidjo, Patrick Dillett, Michael H. Brauer, Laurent Dupuy

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)

Cheryl Smith, producer; Jared O'Connell, engineer/mixer

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

Diane Mckiernan, producer; Nikki Banks Maurer & Jared O'Connell, engineers/mixers

Best Comedy Album
Weird Al Yankovic, Rafael Serrano
Mandatory Fun

Weird Al Yankovic, producer; Rafael Serrano, Brian Warwick & Dave Way, engineers/mixers

Best Musical Theater Album
Steve Sidwell
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 (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
David Boucher

(Various Artists)

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

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Alexandre Desplat, Wes Anderson, Simon Rhodes
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat, composer; Wes Anderson & Randall Poster, producers; Simon Rhodes, engineer/mixer (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Let It Go

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

Best Instrumental Composition
John Williams
The Book Thief

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Daft Punk

Ben Bram & Pentatonix (Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola), arrangers (Pentatonix)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
Billy Childs
New York Tendaberry

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

Best Recording Package
Don Pendleton, Eddie Vedder
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)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Max Martin
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
All Of Me (Tiësto's Birthday Treatment Remix)

Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)

Best Surround Sound Album
Elliot Scheiner, Beyoncé Knowles

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
Best Orchestral Performance
David Robertson, GRAMMYs
Adams, John: City Noir

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

Best Opera Recording
Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs
Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphée Aux Enfers

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

Jason Vieaux; Alan Bise, producer; Bruce Egre, engineer/mixer

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Anne Sofie von Otter
Douce France

Anne Sofie Von Otter, soloist; Jean-Pierre Loisil, producer; Thomas Dappelo, engineer/mixer

Best Classical Compendium
John Schneider
Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances

John Schneider, producer; John Baffa, engineer/mixer (Partch)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean
Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams

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

Best Music Film
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, GRAMMYs

Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers