2014 Grammys Recap: Highlights, Lowlights, and a Full List of Winners


The 2014 Grammys have come and gone; the music world’s grand poobahs have once again congregated to crown the best of the best in last year’s popular music world. Here are the highlights—and a few lowlights—from last night’s telecast.

Sexiest Moment: Jay-Z and Beyoncé getting touchy feely
With the stealth release of her fifth solo album, the Queen of All Music somehow upped her sexual ante while holding on to her good girl image. Last night, she was in full effect performing a steamy duet of “Drunk in Love” with the hubs. How does anyone top a show opener that hot? They don’t—but they sure as hell tried.

Most Talked About Fashion Accessory: Pharrell Williams’ mountie hat
The custom creation designed by Vivienne Westwood went viral in record time, spawning Twitter accounts and a full-on internet meme. The only downside? It threatened to outshine its stylish wearer.

Most Annoying Audience Dancer: Taylor Swift
Can we convince the camera operators to stop panning to her during every award show performance? We get it, Taylor. You’re down with Kendrick Lamar.

Most Awkward Audience Dancer: Yoko Ono
We’ll have what she’s having.

Best Musical Collaborations: Willie Nelson with Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Blake Shelton
This made perfect harmonious sense. Metallica with Lang Lang on keys seemed like an unlikely fit, but was really quite good and the two acts came together seamlessly. Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, & Nile Rogers also managed to pull off a medley of songs that gave homage to each one’s respective careers.

Worst Musical Collaborations: Weird genre-crossing medleys
Does Chicago really need to play with Robin Thicke? Gary Clark Jr. with Keith Urban? Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons? Yeah, this has become one of the Grammys’ patented shticks over the last few years, but c’mon, have a little common sense.

Most Anticipated Reunion: Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
It was nice to see the two former Beatles share the stage to perform the wonderful “Queenie Eye” off McCartney’s latest release, New. Earlier in the broadcast Paul won a Grammy for Best Rock Song for his collaboration with Dave Grohl, Krist Novaselic and Pat Smear, proving that he’s as relevant today as he was in the Beatles’ heyday.

Oh My Goth!: Black Is Back
Between Lorde’s gothy look and Katy Perry’s hellfire-themed performance of her hit “Dark Horse,” it seems the dark side has once again seeped into the Grammys.

 Best Acceptance Speech Face: Lorde
Just watch it.

 Make It Stop: The Flying Pink
Congratulations, Pink. You had a baby and you still look great in a leotard. But you’re doing the same aerialist performance at every award show. How many times can we be wowed by your twirling above the audience?

Complete List of Winners:

Record of the year
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — WINNER
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons 
“Royals” — Lorde 
“Locked out of Heaven” — Bruno Mars 
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

Album of the year
“The Blessed Unrest” — Sara Bareilles 
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk — WINNER
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” — Kendrick Lamar 
“The Heist” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 
“Red” — Taylor Swift

Song of the year
“Just Give Me a Reason” — P!nk featuring Nate Ruess 
“Locked Out of Heaven” — Bruno Mars 
“Roar” — Katy Perry 
“Royals” — Lorde — WINNER
“Same Love” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best new artist
James Blake 
Kendrick Lamar 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — WINNER
Kacey Musgraves 
Ed Sheeran

Best pop solo performance
Sara Bareilles — “Brave” 
Lorde — “Royals” — WINNER
Bruno Mars — “When I Was Your Man” 
Katy Perry — “Roar” 
Justin Timberlake — “Mirrors”

Best pop duo/group performance
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — “Get Lucky” — WINNER
P!nk featuring Nate Ruess — “Just Give Me a Reason” 
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko — “Stay” 
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell — “Blurred Lines” 
Justin Timberlake and Jay Z — “Suit & Tie”

Best pop instrumental album
Herb Alpert — “Steppin’ Out” — WINNER
Boney James — “The Beat” 
Earl Klugh — “Handpicked” 
Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot — “Summer Horns” 
Jeff Lorber Fusion — “Hacienda”

Best pop vocal album
Lana Del Rey — “Paradise” 
Lorde — “Pure Heroine” 
Bruno Mars — “Unorthodox Jukebox” — WINNER
Robin Thicke — “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake — “The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience”

Best dance recording
“Need U (100%)” — Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK 
“Sweet Nothing” — Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch 
“Atmosphere” — Kaskade 
“The is What it Feels Like” — Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie 
“Clarity” — Zedd featuring Foxes – WINNER

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 traditional pop vocal album
“Viva Duets” — Tony Bennett and various artists 
“To Be Loved” — Michael Bublé — WINNER
“The Standards” — Gloria Estefan 
“Cee Lo’s Magic Moment” — Cee Lo Green 
“Now” — Dionne Warwick

Best rock performance
Alabama Shakes — “Always Alright” 
David Bowie — “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” 
Imagine Dragons — “Radioactive” — WINNER
Led Zeppelin — “Kashmir” 
Queens of the Stone Age — “My God is the Sun” 
Jack White — “I’m Shakin’ “

Best metal performances
Anthrax — “T.N.T.” 
Black Sabbath — “God is Dead?” — WINNER
Dream Theater — “The Enemy Inside” 
Killswitch Engage — “In Due Time” 
Volbeat featuring King Diamond — “Room 24”

Best rock song
“Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round” — Gary Clark Jr. 
“Cut Me Some Slack” — Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear — WINNER
“Doom and Gloom” — The Rolling Stones 
“God Is Dead?” — Black Sabbath 
“Panic Station” – Muse

Best rock album
Black Sabbath — “13” 
David Bowie — “The Next Day” 
Kings of Leon — “Mechanical Bull” 
Led Zeppelin — “Celebration Day” — WINNER
Queens of the Stone Age — “… Like Clockwork” 
Neil Young with Crazy Horse — “Psychedelic Pill” 

Best alternative music album
Neko Case — “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You” 
The National — “Trouble Will Find Me” 
Nine Inch Nails — “Hesitation Marks” 
Tame Impala — “Lonerism” 
Vampire Weekend — “Modern Vampires of the City” – WINNER

Best R&B performance
Tamar Braxton — “Love and War” 
Anthony Hamilton — “Best of Me” 
Hiatus Kaiytoe featuring Q-Tip — “Nakamarra” 
Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar — “How Many Drinks?” 
Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway — “Something” – WINNER

Best traditional R&B performance
Gary Clark Jr. — “Please Come Home” — WINNER
Fantasia — “Get It Right” 
Maysa — “Quiet Fire” 
Gregory Porter — “Hey Laura” 
Ryan Shaw — “Yesterday”

Best R&B song
“Best of Me” — Anthony Hamilton 
“Love and War” — Tamar Braxton 
“Only One” — PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder 
“Pusher Love Girl” — Justin Timberlake — WINNER
“Without Me” — Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott

Best urban contemporary album
Tamar Braxton — “Love and War” 
Fantasia — “Side Effects of You” 
Salaam Remi — “One: In the Chamber” 
Rihanna — “Unapologetic” — WINNER
Mack Wilds — “New York: A Love Story”

Best R&B album
Faith Evans — “R&B Divas” 
Alicia Keys — “Girl on Fire” — WINNER
John Legend — “Love in the Future” 
Chrisette Michele — “Better” 
TGT — “Three Kings”

Best rap performance
Drake — “Started From the Bottom” 
Eminem — “Berserk” 
Jay Z — “Tom Ford” 
Kendrick Lamar — “Swimming Pools (Drank)” 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz — “Thrift Shop” – WINNER

Best rap/sung collaboration
J. Cole featuring Miguel — “Power Trip” 
Jay Z featuring Beyoncé — “Part II (On the Run)” 
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake — “Holy Grail” — WINNER
Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige — “Now or Never” 
Wiz Khalifa featuring the Weeknd — “Remember You”

Best rap song
“F***in’ Problems” — A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar 
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake 
“New Slaves” — Kanye West 
“Started From the Bottom” — Drake 
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – WINNER

Best rap album
Drake — “Nothing Was the Same” 
Jay Z — “Magna Carta … Holy Grail” 
Kendrick Lamar — “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — “The Heist” — WINNER
Kanye West — “Yeezus”

Best country solo performance
Lee Brice — “I Drive Your Truck” 
Hunter Hayes — “I Want Crazy” 
Miranda Lambert — “Mama’s Broken Heart” 
Darius Rucker — “Wagon Wheel” — WINNER
Blake Shelton — “Mine Would Be You”

Best country duo/group performance
The Civil Wars — “From This Valley” — WINNER
Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill — “Don’t Rush” 
Little Big Town — “Your Side of the Bed” 
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban — “Highway Don’t Care” 
Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton — “You Can’t Make Old Friends”

Best country song
“Begin Again” — Taylor Swift 
“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice 
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert 
“Merry Go ‘Round” — Kacey Musgraves — WINNER
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

Best country album
Jason Aldean — “Night Train” 
Tim McGraw — “Two Lanes of Freedom” 
Kacey Musgraves — “Same Trailer Different Park” — WINNER
Blake Shelton — “Based on a True Story” 
Taylor Swift — “Red”

Best Latin pop album
Frankie J — “Faith, Hope y Amor” 
Ricardo Montaner — “Viajero Frecuente” 
Draco Rosa — “Vida” — WINNER
Aleks Syntek — “Syntek” 
Tommy Torres — “12 Historias”

Best Latin rock, urban or alternative album
Café Tacvba — “El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco” 
El Tri — “Ojo Por Ojo” 
Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas — “Chances” 
La Santa Cecilia — “Treinta Dias” — WINNER
Los Amigos Invisibles — “Repeat After Me” 

Producer of the year, nonclassical
Rob Cavallo 
Dr. Luke 
Ariel Rechtshaid 
Jeff Tweedy 
Pharrell Williams – WINNER

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media
“Django Unchained” 
“The Great Gatsby” (deluxe edition) 
“Les Miserables” (deluxe edition 
“Muscle Shoals” 
“Sound City: Real to Reel” — WINNER

Best score soundtrack for visual media
“The Great Gatsby” 
“Life of Pi” 
“Skyfall” — WINNER
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best song written for visual media
Coldplay — “Atlas” — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” 
Jessie J — “Silver Lining” — “Silver Linings Playbook” 
Adele — “Skyfall” — “Skyfall” — WINNER
Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw — “We Both Know” — “Safe Haven” 
Lana Del Rey — “Young and Beautiful” — “The Great Gatsby” (deluxe edition) 
Regina Spektor — “You’ve Got Time” — “Orange is the New Black”

Best music video
Captial Cities — “Safe and Sound” 
Jay Z — “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton — “Can’t Hold Us” 
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z — “Suit & Tie” — WINNER
Jack White — “I’m Shakin'”

Best music film
Coldplay — “Live 2012” 
Green Day — “¡Cuatro!” 
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite — “I’m in I’m Out and I’m Gone: The Making of Get Up!” 
Paul McCartney — “Live Kisses” — WINNER
Mumford & Sons — “The Road to Red Rocks”