by JOANNA ZEGARRA
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards was hosted by CBS on Sunday, Feb 8th. It was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It was reported that 28.5 million viewers tuned in to music’s biggest night. The show was hosted by L.L. Cool J for the fourth consecutive time. Notable wins included new artist Sam Smith who won four awards, including Best New Artist, and Record and Song of the Year for the new hit song, “Stay with Me.” Eminem, took home the award for Best Rap Album for The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Beyoncé took three honors, making her the second most honored female musician in Grammy history. Lifetime Achievement awards were given to the Bee Gees, George Harrison, Pierre Boulez and Buddy Guy, to name a few.
Several astounding performances were given that night by some of the biggest names in music today. Starting off the night was ACDC with “Rock or Burst” and classic, “Highway to Hell.” This was followed by a sudden change from rock to pop with Ariana Grande’s “Just A Little Bit of Your Heart.” The night proceeded with songs from artists of all genres. Kanye West with “Only One”, Madonna with “Living for Love”, Usher with “If It’s Magic”, Sia with “Chandelier”, etc. One of the most notable was the collaboration of artists Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West performing “FourFiveSeconds.”
The reception of this year’s Grammy Awards has been overall positive with no real disagreements over who should have won what awards. Overall, it was a great selection of artists this year and a thoroughly enjoyable night of musical talent.