The 56th Annual Grammy Awards! 2014's Celebration of The Biggest Night in Music

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The Grammy Awards hit some of the right notes with viewers on Sunday but not everyone in Hip Hop was thrilled. On a high note according to Nielsen’s preliminary ratings, roughly 28.5 million viewers tuned in to the show on CBS. That’s up from last year’s 28.4 million viewers and marks the second largest audience since February 1993 — behind the 2012 ceremony that took place a day after the legendary Whitney Houston passed away. Some Hip Hop fans were shocked and dissappointed when the winner of the Best Rap Album category was announced. As they believed Kendrick Lamar was robbed as Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis took the trophy home.

Daft Punk won big on Sunday, walking away with album of the year. Also taking home multiple honors were, Pharrell Williams and Kacey Musgraves. LL Cool J served as host of the three-and-a-half-hour show, which took place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.


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With Daft Punk taking home the album of the year Grammy, the duo beat out the likes of Sara Bareilles, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Taylor Swift with their album Random Access Memories. Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams‘ Grammy haul also included record of the year for “Get Lucky.”

17-year-old Lorde became the youngest ever winner for song of the year with “Royals.” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also went home with the award for best new artist. Performers included Daft Punk and Williams with Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons, Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert, Ryan Lewis & Macklemore, Metallica and Lang Lang, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and Robin Thicke and Chicago. Jay Z and Beyonce opened the show with a joint performance.

The winners included:

Album Of The Year:
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk (WINNER)
The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift

Record Of The Year:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams (WINNER)
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Royals” — Lorde
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams

Song Of The Year:
“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde) (WINNER)
“Just Give Me A Reason” — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Roar” — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
“Same Love” — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)

Best Country Album:
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves (WINNER)
Night Train — Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom — Tim McGraw
Based On A True Story — Blake Shelton
Red — Taylor Swift

Best Pop Vocal Album:
“Unorthodox Jukebox” — Bruno Mars (WINNER)
“Paradise” — Lana Del Rey
“Pure Heroine” — Lorde
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke
“The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience” — Justin Timberlake

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake (WINNER)
“Power Trip” — J.Cole Featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)” — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
“Now Or Never” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Royals” — Lorde (WINNER)
“Brave” — Sara Bareilles
“When I Was Your Man” — Bruno Mars
“Roar” — Katy Perry
“Mirrors” — Justin Timberlake

Best Rock Song
“Cut Me Some Slack” — Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear) (WINNER)
“Ain’t Messin ‘Round” — Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
“Doom And Gloom” — Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, songwriters (The Rolling Stones)
“God Is Dead?” — Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne, songwriters (Black Sabbath)
“Panic Station” — Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams (WINNER)
“Just Give Me A Reason” — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay” — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
“Suit & Tie” — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

Best New Artist:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (WINNER)
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk (WINNER)
Settle — Disclosure
18 Months — Calvin Harris
Atmosphere — Kaskade
A Color Map Of The Sun — Pretty Lights

Best Rock Performance:
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons (WINNER)
“Always Alright” — Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” — David Bowie
“Kashmir” (Live) — Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun” — Queens Of The Stone Age
“I’m Shakin'” — Jack White

Best Rock Album:
Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin (WINNER)
13 — Black Sabbath
The Next Day — David Bowie
Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon
…Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age
Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse

Best Alternative Music Album:
Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend (WINNER)
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me — The National
Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism — Tame Impala

Best Rap Album:
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (WINNER)
Nothing Was The Same — Drake
Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
Yeezus — Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance:
“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker (WINNER)
“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” — Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington (WINNER)
Guided Tour — The New Gary Burton Quartet
Life Forum — Gerald Clayton
Pushing The World Away — Kenny Garrett
Out Here — Christian McBride Trio

Best Gospel Album:
Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett (WINNER)
Grace (Live) — Tasha Cobbs
Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 — Donald Lawrence
Best Days Yet — Bishop Paul S. Morton
God Chaser (Live) — William Murphy

Best Tropical Latin Album:
Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra (WINNER)
3.0 — Marc Anthony
Como Te Voy A Olvidar — Los Angeles Azules
Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants — Various Artists
Corazón Profundo — Carlos Vives

Best Americana Album:
Old Yellow Moon — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (WINNER)
Love Has Come For You — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Buddy And Jim — Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale
One True Vine — Mavis Staples
Songbook — Allen Toussaint

Best Comedy Album:
Calm Down Gurrl — Kathy Griffin (WINNER)
I’m Here To Help — Craig Ferguson
A Little Unprofessional — Ron White
Live — Tig Notaro
That’s What I’m Talkin’ About — Bob Saget

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