On Sunday February 10th, millions of music fans across the country tuned in to watch the 55th annual Grammy Awards. The event was hosted by singer and actor LL Cool J.
The night opened with a performance by Taylor Swift, with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” off of her relatively new album Red. This song was nominated for Record of the Year, though the award went to “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra. Other nominations included Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout You,” and Fun’s “We Are Young.”
Following Swift was a performance by Elton John and Ed Sheeran, who did a rendition of Sheeran’s “The A Team.” Though this song was nominated for Song of the Year, the award was given to Fun’s “We are Young.” Fun also won the Best New Artist award, over fellow nominees Frank Ocean, Hunter Hayes, Alabama Shakes, and the Lumineers. You may be asking yourself how Song of the Year differs from Record of the Year. In the Grammy awards, the gramophone for Song of the Year is awarded to the composer of the song, whereas the Record of the Year is awarded everyone who had an input on the song (such as producer, engineer and artist).
Fun later performed. There were also duets performed by Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, Alicia Keys and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, and Miguel with Wiz Khalifa. Justin Timberlake also performed with an old fashioned 1950’s theme, complete with black and white lights and a bow tie. However, one of the most memorable moments of the night was the Bob Marley tribute. This tribute included performances from artists such as Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna, and Marley’s sons Ziggy and Damien, who all shared the stage to honor Marley and sing some of his greatest hits.
Next, Kelly Rowland and Nas gave the Best Urban Contemporary Album award to Frank Ocean, for his album “Channel Orange.” This album was also nominated for Album of the Year, though the award was given to Mumford & Sons for their album “Babel.” However, Ocean was featured in the song “No Church in the Wild,” which won “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.” Other artists involved in this song were Jay-Z, The Dream, and Kanye West.
Zac Brown Band won its third grammy for Best Country Album. Of the eleven songs on this album, “Uncaged,” Brown co-wrote ten. Brown emotionally accepted the award, and thanked “all of country radio, Southern Ground, all our folks back home.”
The Grammys ended with Frank Ocean performing “Forrest Gump,” off of his album “Channel Orange.” The screen behind him and the piano he played on projected a rural scene, and set the illusion that he was running. The final performance was by host LL Cool J, Tom Morello, Travis Barker, Chuck D, and Z-Trip.