Retro R&B star Bruno Mars was the surprise big winner Sunday at the Grammy Awards, with a clean sweep of the top awards including Album, Record and Song of the Year, and six overall.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar took home five Grammys on a night that featured powerful #MeToo moments, especially from Kesha, who delivered a searing performance of her song “Praying,” about her struggles with former producer Dr Luke.
Mars won all of the awards for which he was nominated.
More than 13,000 music professionals in the Recording Academy voted to determine the winners of the Grammys, which were handed out in New York at Madison Square Garden.
Here is a list of winners in key categories:
Album of the Year: Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Record of the Year (for overall performance of a song): Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Song of the Year (for songwriting): Bruno Mars along with songwriters Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy and Philip Lawrence and production team The Stereotypes, “That’s What I Like”
Best New Artist: Alessia Cara
Best Pop Vocal Album: Ed Sheeran, “Divide”
Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, “DAMN.”
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Best Rap/Sung Performance: Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna, “LOYALTY.”
Best R&B Album: Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Best R&B Song: Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Best R&B Performance: Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Best Rock Album: The War on Drugs, “A Deeper Understanding”
Best Rock Performance: Leonard Cohen, “You Want It Darker”
Best Alternative Music Album: The National, “Sleep Well Beast”
Best World Music Album: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration”
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Kraftwerk, “3-D The Catalogue”
Best Music Video: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, “From a Room, Volume 1”
Bruno Mars, who has revived retro funk and R&B for a new generation, on Sunday swept the Grammy Awards in a surprise snub for the hip-hop world, which had hoped for a major breakthrough on the music industry’s biggest night.
The industry seized on its annual gala to rally on behalf of the growing women’s movement against sexual harassment, with pop singer Kesha delivering a fierce performance about her own abuse story.
But for the awards, the feel-good Mars carried the night.
He won the top prize, Album of the Year, for “24K Magic” as well as Record of the Year, which recognizes top tune, for the title track — a tale of good times with beautiful women set to 1980s-style synths and rhythms.
The Recording Academy, the body of 13,000 music professionals, also gave him Song of the Year, which awards songwriting, for another track on the album — “That’s What I Like,” an old-school ode to making love in high style.
The 32-year-old singer, sporting a bright smile and sunglasses, recalled how he first performed as a child for tourists in his native Hawaii.
“I remember seeing it firsthand — people dancing that had never met each other from two sides of the globe, dancing with each other, toasting with each other, celebrating together,” he said.
“All I wanted to do with this album was that,” he told thousands of industry players at Madison Square Garden in New York, where the Grammys temporarily shifted after 15 years in Los Angeles.
– Anti-climax for rap –
Mars won all of the awards for which he was in the running on what was expected to be a major night for hip-hop, which for the first time dominated nominations for the major categories.
But the industry either preferred Mars or the vote for rappers split.
Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, who had led with eight nominations, ended the night empty-handed.
Kendrick Lamar for the second time swept all rap categories but failed to win the general prizes.
His five awards included Best Rap Album for “DAMN.,” a turn to a classic hip-hop sound.
Lamar opened the televised gala with a frenetic show, spitting out his verses as he was joined by U2 frontman Bono amid a sea of kung fu dancers who later fell to the ground as if struck by bullets.
– No longer ‘pretend-winning’ in shower –
Alessia Cara, who rose from making YouTube videos in her bedroom to becoming a socially conscious pop singer, won the closely watched award of Best New Artist.
“I’ve been pretend-winning Grammys since I was a kid in my shower,” the 21-year-old from suburban Toronto told the gala.
“I just wanted to encourage everyone to support real music and real artists because everyone deserves the same shot,” Cara added.
Cara has quickly found her voice as a singer with singles such as “Here,” which describes the dread of forced emotions at a party, and “Scars to Your Beautiful,” a call for healthy body image.
– Rallying for women –
Amid rising attention to gender discrimination in the entertainment industry following revelations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, top stars — notably Lady Gaga — walked the red carpet wearing white roses in solidarity with abuse victims and in an appeal for equality.
Kesha — whose pleas to break a deal with her producer, whom she accused of rape, initially fell on deaf ears in the industry — brought some audience members to tears with her deeply personal song “Praying.”
Her face intense and her voice ferocious, Kesha sang the autobiographical lyrics: “After everything you’ve done / I can thank you for how strong I have become.”
A clutch of female vocalists including Cyndi Lauper offered her both symbolic and literal support, with Kesha embracing the group in a bear-hug as she finished.
Singer Janelle Monae, introducing Kesha, said that the music industry needed to address its own abuse problems.
“To those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s Up!” Monae said, using a slogan for the movement launched on New Year’s Day by hundreds of prominent women in the entertainment industry.
Rapper Logic added his own voice later on stage, telling women: “Stand tall and crush all predators under the weight of your heart that is full of the love they will never take away from you.”
The Grammys also featured a tribute to music fans killed in attacks in Las Vegas and Manchester last year with country stars Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osbourne together performing Eric Clapton’s mournful “Tears in Heaven.”
– Trump skewered –
The Grammys didn’t hold back from more light-hearted political commentary.
Noting President Donald Trump’s reported disdain for reading — and the Grammy award for spoken word — host James Corden introduced a video of famous names reciting from “Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House,” the sensational account of the tycoon-turned-president’s first year in office.
Musicians known for their criticism of Trump started reading from the book including John Legend, Cher and — smoking from his trademark joint — Snoop Dogg.
The video ends with Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in the bitter 2016 election.
“The Grammy’s in the bag,” quips Clinton, whose confidence during her race against Trump proved ill-advised.
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday February 8, 2015.
It delivered many memorable moments as series of entertaining events took the crowd.
There were standout performances and signature GRAMMY Moments to the poignant acceptance speeches.
1. RECORD OF THE YEAR Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) Sam Smith Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Songs LLC obo Naughty Worlds Ltd./Universal-Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Salli Isaak Songs, Ltd./Universal Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Method Paperwork
2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR Morning Phase Beck Beck Hansen, producer; Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer Label: Capitol Records
3. SONG OF THE YEAR Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Songs LLC obo Naughty Words Ltd./Universal-Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Method Paperwork
4. BEST NEW ARTIST Sam Smith Label: Capitol Records
5. BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE Happy (Live) Pharrell Williams Label: Columbia Records
6. BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE Say Something A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera Track from: Is There Anybody Out There? Label: Epic Records
7. BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM Cheek To Cheek Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Label: Streamline/Columbia/RPM/Interscope
8. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM In The Lonely Hour Sam Smith Label: Capitol Records
9. BEST DANCE RECORDING Rather Be Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne Grace Chatto & Jack Patterson, producers; Wez Clarke & Jack Patterson, mixers Track from: New Eyes Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
10. BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM Syro Aphex Twin Label: Warp Records
11. BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM Bass & Mandolin Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer Label: Nonesuch
12. BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE Lazaretto Jack White Track from: Lazaretto Label: Third Man Records/Columbia Records
13. BEST METAL PERFORMANCE The Last In Line Tenacious D Track from: Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life Label: Rhino
14. BEST ROCK SONG Ain’t It Fun Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters (Paramore) Track from: Paramore Label: Fueled By Ramen; Publishers: WB Music Corp./But Father, I Just Want To Sing/FBR Music And Hunterboro Music/WB Music Corp/Justin’s Polite Music
15. BEST ROCK ALBUM Ryan Adams Ryan Adams Label: Blue Note Records
16. BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM St. Vincent St. Vincent Label: Loma Vista Recordings / Republic
17. BEST R&B PERFORMANCE Drunk In Love Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z Track from: Beyoncé Label: Columbia Records
18. BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE Jesus Children Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner Track from: Black Radio 2 Label: Blue Note Records
19. BEST R&B SONG Drunk In Love Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters (Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z) Track from: Beyoncé Label: Columbia Records; Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. obo Itself and If You Need Me Don’t Leave Me/WB Music Corp./Oakland 13 Music/Carter Boys Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./The Order Music/VB Rising Music Publishing/ole/Jerome Harmon Publishing
20. BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM Girl Pharrell Williams Label: Columbia Records
21. BEST R&B ALBUM Love, Marriage & Divorce Toni Braxton & Babyface Label: Def Jam Recordings
22. BEST RAP PERFORMANCE I Kendrick Lamar Label: Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope Records
23. BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION The Monster Eminem Featuring Rihanna Track from: The Marshall Mathers LP2 Label: Aftermath
24. BEST RAP SONG I K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar) Label: Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope Records Anaconda
25. BEST RAP ALBUM The Marshall Mathers LP2 Eminem Label: Aftermath
26. BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE Something In The Water Carrie Underwood Label: Sony Nashville
27. BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE Gentle On My Mind The Band Perry Track from: Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me Soundtrack EP Label: Big Machine Records
28. BEST COUNTRY SON I’m Not Gonna Miss You Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell) Track from: Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me Soundtrack Label: Big Machine Records
29. BEST COUNTRY ALBUM Platinum Miranda Lambert Label: RCA Nashville
30. BEST NEW AGE ALBUM Winds Of Samsara Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman Label: Listen 2 Africa
31. BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO Fingerprints Chick Corea, soloist Track from: Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio) Label: Concord Jazz
32. BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM Beautiful Life Dianne Reeves Label: Concord Records
33. BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM Trilogy Chick Corea Trio Label: Concord Jazz
34. BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM Life In The Bubble Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Label: Telarc International
35. BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM The Offense Of The Drum Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Label: Motema
36. BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE/SONG No Greater Love Smokie Norful Smokie Norful; Aaron W. Lindsey & Smokie Norful, songwriters Label: Tre’Myles/Motown Gospel; Publishers: Capitol CMG Paragon, Aaron Lindsey Pub. admin. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com/Meadowgreen Music Company, Norful Music Publishing
37. BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE/SONG Messengers Lecrae Featuring For King & Country Lecrae Featuring For King & Country; Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone, songwriters Label: Reach Records; Publishers: Fellowship Of The Unashamed Music, WB Music Corp./Method To The Madness/Shankel Songs/Warner Tamerlane/Kilns Music/Aly Plane Music/Evident Music/Before I Die Publishing/Joseph Prielozny Music/Track Or Die Music LLC
38. BEST GOSPEL ALBUM Help Erica Campbell Label: EOne/My Block
39. BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. For King & Country Label: Fervent/Word/Curb
40. BEST ROOTS GOSPEL ALBUM Shine For All The People Mike Farris Label: Compass Records
41. BEST LATIN POP ALBUM Tangos Rubén Blades Label: Sunnyside Records
42. BEST LATIN ROCK, URBAN OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM Multiviral Calle 13 Label: Sony Music Latin
43. BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC ALBUM (INCLUDING TEJANO) Mano A Mano – Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernández Vicente Fernández Label: Sony Music Latin
44. BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM Más + Corazón Profundo Carlos Vives Label: Sony Music Latin
45. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE A Feather’s Not A Bird Rosanne Cash Track from: The River & The Thread Label: Blue Note Records
46. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG A Feather’s Not A Bird Rosanne Cash Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash) Track from: The River & The Thread Label: Blue Note Records; Publishers: Chelcait Music admin. by Measurable Music LLC, a Notable Music Co./Lev-A-Tunes
47. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM The River & The Thread Rosanne Cash Label: Blue Note Records
48. BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM The Earls Of Leicester The Earls Of Leicester Label: Rounder
49. BEST BLUES ALBUM Step Back Johnny Winter Label: Megaforce Records
50. BEST FOLK ALBUM Remedy Old Crow Medicine Show Label: ATO Records
51. BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM The Legacy Jo-El Sonnier Label: Takau Records
52. BEST REGGAE ALBUM Fly Rasta Ziggy Marley Label: Tuff Gong Worldwide
53. BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM Eve Angelique Kidjo Label: 429 Records
54. BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai) Neela Vaswani Label: Hachette Audio
55. BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM (INCLUDES POETRY, AUDIO BOOKS & STORYTELLING) Diary Of A Mad Diva Joan Rivers Label: Penguin Audio
56. BEST COMEDY ALBUM Mandatory Fun “Weird Al” Yankovic Label: RCA Records
57. BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast) Label: Ghostlight/Razor & Tie
58. BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA Frozen Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers Label: Walt Disney Records
59. BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA The Grand Budapest Hotel Alexandre Desplat, composer Label: Abkco Music & Records
60. BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA Let It Go Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel) Track from: Frozen Label: Walt Disney Records; Publisher: Wonderland Music Company, Inc.
61. BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION The Book Thief John Williams, composer (John Williams) Track from: The Book Thief Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Label: Sony Classical, Fox Music; Publisher: Fox Film Music Corp.
62. BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL OR A CAPPELLA Daft Punk Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers (Pentatonix) Track from: PTX, Vol. 2 Label: RCA Records
63. BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS New York Tendaberry Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma) Track from: Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro Label: Masterworks
64. BEST RECORDING PACKAGE Lightning Bolt Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors (Pearl Jam) Label: Republic Records
65. BEST BOXED OR SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27) Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors (Various Artists) Label: Third Man Records/ Revenant Records
66. BEST ALBUM NOTES Offering: Live At Temple University Ashley Kahn, album notes writer (John Coltrane) Label: Resonance/Impulse
67. BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Hank Williams) Label: Omnivore Recordings
68. BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL Morning Phase Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Beck) Label: Capitol Records
69. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL Max Martin Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj) (S) Break Free (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd) (S) Dark Horse (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J) (S) Problem (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea) (S) Shake It Off (Taylor Swift) (S) Unconditionally (Katy Perry) (S)
70. BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix) Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend) Label: Columbia Records
71. BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM Beyoncé Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer;Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer (Beyoncé) Label: Columbia Records
72. 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) Label: ASO Media
73. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL Judith Sherman Beethoven: Cello & Piano Complete (Fischer Duo) Brahms By Heart (Chiara String Quartet) Composing America (Lark Quartet) Divergence (Plattform K + K Vienna) The Good Song (Thomas Meglioranza) Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets (Anthony McGill & Pacifica Quartet) Snapshot (American Brass Quintet) Two X Four (Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, Vinay Parameswaran & Curtis 20/21 Ensemble) Wagner Without Words (Ll_r Williams)
74. BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE Adams, John: City Noir David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony) Label: Nonesuch
75. BEST OPERA RECORDING Charpentier: La Descente D’Orphée Aux Enfers Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble) Label: CPO
76. BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE The Sacred Spirit Of Russia Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare) Label: Harmonia Mundi
77. BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE In 27 Pieces – The Hilary Hahn Encores Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe Label: Deutsche Grammophon
78. BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO Play Jason Vieaux Label: Azica Records
79. BEST CLASSICAL SOLO VOCAL ALBUM Douce France Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, accompanist (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit) Label: Naïve
80. BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances Partch; John Schneider, producer Label: Bridge Records, Inc.
81. BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean John Luther Adams, composer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony) Label: Cantaloupe Music
82. BEST MUSIC VIDEO Happy Pharrell Williams We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger, video producers Label: Columbia Records
83. BEST MUSIC FILM 20 Feet From Stardom Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers Label: Anchor Bay
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards delivered many memorable moments as series of entertaining events took the crowd. There were standout performances and signature GRAMMY Moments to the poignant acceptance speeches.
Sam Smith won the first four GRAMMYs in his career. Beck took home the prestigious award for Album Of The Year for Morning Phase. Other big winners include Beyoncé, Rosanne Cash and Pharrell Williams, who won three GRAMMYs each.
British soul singer, Sam Smith, bagged four Grammy Awards in the US, including the prestigious prizes for Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Smith was rewarded for being the only solo artist to sell more than a million albums in both the UK and US in 2014.
Beck also won two awards, including Best Album. Other British winners included Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne and Aphex Twin.
Madonna, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney were among those who performed at the Los Angeles ceremony.
The night belonged to Sam Smith, who has occupied his place as one of pop’s biggest stars just nine months after the release of his debut album In the Lonely Hour.
Sam Smith said: “Before I made this record, I was doing everything to try to get my music heard… I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music. It was when I started to be myself that the music flowed.”
Smith’s ballad, ‘Stay With Me’ won both Song of the Year and Record of the Year – the former recognizes the songwriters, while the latter goes to the performer and producer. Accepting the record of the year trophy, he said: “I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year.
“Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys,” he said.
Smith also performed the song on stage with Mary J Blige; while his other awards were Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.
“We made this record at my house for the most part, so I would like to thank my kids for letting me keep them awake a little bit longer,” he said.
Pharrell’s ‘Girl’ won Best Urban Contemporary Album, while Happy won Best Music Video and Best Pop Solo Performance. He performed that hit on the night with pianist Lang Lang and composer Hans Zimmer.
Drunk In Love, Beyonce’s collaboration with her husband Jay-Z, was named Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. Beyonce also won Best Surround Sound Album.
The other triple winner, Rosanne Cash, picked up the best American roots performance and song awards for A Feather’s Not A Bird and Best American Album.
Among the British artists, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne won Best Dance Recording, while Aphex Twin won Best Dance/Electronic Album for Syro, his first album in 13 years.
Ed Sheeran, who had three nominations, went home empty-handed, but did join ELO’s Jeff Lynne on stage to perform at the ceremony.
Other performers on the night included Sir Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Rihanna, who teamed up to play their joint composition Four-Five Seconds.
Madonna was joined by half-naked male dancers wearing glittering masks and horns to perform Living For Love, from her new album Rebel Heart.
There were also duets between Jessie J and Sir Tom Jones; Hozier and Annie Lennox; and Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.
The ceremony digressed from pure entertainment for a segment in which US President Barack Obama sent a recorded video message in support of a campaign against domestic violence.
Domestic abuse survivor Brooke Axtell then delivered a poignant message about how a seemingly “handsome, charismatic man” had threatened to kill her.
R&B singer Chris Brown will be questioned as part of an investigation into allegations that he punched a man during a fight over a parking space in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Monday.
Deputies responded to a call on Sunday about a fight involving six men on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Witnesses said Chris had assaulted a man during the brief altercation.
No arrests were made. The alleged victim was not named in a department statement that said Brown and his entourage had left the scene before deputies arrived.
Investigators plan to contact the singer about the incident at a later time, according to the department.
Brown, 23, is serving a five-year probation sentence after pleading guilty to assaulting fellow R&B star and former girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammy awards.