By Nadia Ahmad |Staff Writer|
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards premiered Sunday, Feb. 8 and included a variety of quality performances and iconic moments from nominees.
AC/DC opened the show and after that, each contemporary artist was paired with an artist that has made music history.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett performed “Cheek To Cheek” and won the award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Usher performed a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “If It’s Magic” and the crowd went wild when the legend himself appeared on stage.
Hozier performed his haunting hit “Take Me To Chuch” and teamed up with Annie Lennox, who sung “I Put A Spell On You.”
Hozier and Lennox gave me chills and in my opinion, was the best collaboration of the night because the two songs complimented each other so well.
Each artist was full of smiles and excitement on stage that made each and every performance worth watching.
My favorite Grammy moment was when actor, Shia LaBeouf, introduced Sia’s performance with a hand-written poem.
Sia is known for having her back to the stage while performing, as she did Sunday night, but continued to deliver an emotional performance.
Sia surprised audiences with Kristen Wiig, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, and Maddie Ziegler, a young dancer from the hit show, “Dance Moms”.
Wiig and Ziegler portrayed Sia as a child and as an adult and battled with each other throughout the performance, representing Sia’s battle with alcoholism.
She may have gone home empty handed, but her performance was something to be proud of.
Sia was nominated for four Grammys, three of which, were taken home by artist Sam Smith.
Smith took home awards for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, and Best Pop Vocal Album.
I didn’t expect him to win so many awards, but I couldn’t possibly be mad.
Smith has a voice of an angel and so many catchy tunes.
In his first speech, Smith said “Before I made this record, I was doing everything to try and get my music heard. I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music. It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen.”
Smith taught us that there is no better way to succeed than to be true to ourselves.
Many were surprised Smith won four awards.
The biggest surprise of the night was the winner of Album Of The Year.
Everyone expected Beyoncé’s self titled album to win and were shocked when multi-instrumentalist Beck took home the award instead.
Rapper Kanye West stormed the stage as if he was going to interrupt Beck but took his seat at the last minute.
Kanye later said in an interview that Beck should have given his award to Beyoncé and that he needs to respect artistry, even though he isn’t necessarily respecting Beck’s artistry.
The Grammys can be unpredictable, but are always a treat.