The 56th annual GRAMMY awards took place last night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, and it was truly Music's Biggest Night. We've been waiting for the awards show for months now, ever since the nominees were announced back in December, and finally seeing the winners and performances was a definite treat. We were live-tweeting the event for your viewing pleasure, but in case you missed the show, we wanted to type up a recap to relive the entire 2014 GRAMMY awards. Let's get started!
The night began with our prediction, which was awesome to see unfold: Beyonce opened the awards show by belting out her new hit "Drunk In Love", and husband Jay Z was on hand to join her. To a lot of GRAMMY fans, this was the performance they were waiting for, and the famous pair delivered, setting the bar high for what was to come at the awards show.
The first award of the night went to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for Best New Artist, and you can watch their acceptance speech below:
With one of our favorite performances of the night, Lorde was up next on the GRAMMYs stage, singing a minimal version of her hit "Royals". We loved the rendition, simply because it wasn't over the top, and it allowed Lorde's famous lyrics to really shine through. Up-and-coming country cutie Hunter Hayes then took the stage to debut his single "Invisible", where the lyrics dig into that feeling of growing up feeling out of place.
Daft Punk really "got lucky" when they scored their first win of the night for Best Pop Duo / Group Performance: watch them accept it here!
Katy Perry then worked her black magic with a literal spooky performance of "Dark Horse", and rapper/collaborator Juicy J showed up to drop his verse in the witchy track. Speaking of collaborations, the next mix-up of artists to hit the GRAMMYs stage was legendary rock band Chicago and crooner Robin Thicke, each helping each other out on their hit songs ("Saturday In The Park" and "Blurred Lines", respectively). It was Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr.'s turn to perform next, with the unlikely duo performing Urban's new single "Cop Car" together and shredding on their guitars.
John Legend got romantic when it was just him and the piano, performing his simple track "All Of Me" with wife Chrissy Teigen in the audience wistfully looking on. Focusing on the rock side of the GRAMMYs, Best Rock Song went to Paul McCartney's collaboration with Dave Grohl for "Cut Me Some Slack" off the legendary rock's album New.
Taylor Swift was up next at the awards show, surprising everyone by playing one of her more subdued songs off Red, "All Too Well", and she was followed by Pink who performed her trademark Cirque-du-Solei moves for the uplifting track "Try". Joined by Nate Ruess on stage for "Just Give Me A Reason", the pair put their amazing pipes together and put on a truly stunning show.
Lorde took home her first GRAMMY ever when she accepted the trophy for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Royals". Take a look at her gracious acceptance below:
Legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr appeared on the GRAMMYs stage next, belting out his hit "Photograph" with shots of himself and members of the legendary rock band popping up on the screen behind him. Following the performance, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake took home the GRAMMY for Best Rap Collaboration for "Holy Grail". It may have been his only win of the night, but Jay Z was happy to win and thanked Beyonce and gave a shout out to Blue Ivy:
With one of the most talked-about performances of the night, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons came together to perform a mash-up of "Radioactive" and "m.A.A.d city" that made Taylor Swift and her pal get up to dance. Shortly following the epic performance, Kacey Musgraves brought her modern-country vibes to the middle of the GRAMMYs room and played "Follow Your Arrow", with truly touching lyrics about staying true to yourself, no matter what people say.
Everybody was wowed when famous actress Julia Roberts showed up to introduce Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performing together on Paul's song "Queenie Eye", and their reunion was followed by none other than Bruno Mars taking home the GRAMMY for Best Pop Vocal Album. Unorthodox Jukebox, indeed!
One of the biggest moments of the night went to Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton when the four country stars shared the GRAMMYs stage and countrified the entire night! Performing the classic cowboy hit "Mamas Don't Let Your Daughters Grow Up To Be Cowgirls", their set made everybody stand up in their seats to pay their respects to the country legends.
Speaking of going country, the award for Best Country Album went to newcomer Kacey Musgraves for Same Trailer, Different Park. A starstuck Musgraves gave her genuine speech which you can watch below:
Back on the GRAMMYs stage for their second live performance when it comes to Music's Biggest Night, Daft Punk was joined by collaborators Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, while R&B legend Stevie Wonder took to the stage as well. Putting out a funky rendition of "Get Lucky", as well as "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and even throwing in a little "Le Freak", it was a memorable performance indeed.
Singer/songwriter Carole King was joined by fellow singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles with back-to-back pianos on the GRAMMYs stage, with both performers lending a hand to one another's songs ("Beautiful" and "Brave") before announcing the winner of Song Of The Year. You guys predicted it would be Katy Perry's "Roar" in our user poll, but the winner was Lorde with "Royals": watch her accept the award with her songwriting partner Joel Little!
Metallica then shook things up on the GRAMMYs stage by performing with famed pianist Lang Lang, and the winner for Record Of The Year was announced shortly after. Who took home the award? Why, none other than Daft Punk with their third win of the night for "Get Lucky". They certainly did!
The tears were a-flowin' when Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert all appeared pn stage together for their rendition of "Same Love", joined by Madonna, who sang lines from her hit "Open Your Heart". What made the performance so special was the marriage of 33 couples of all shapes, sizes and sexuality. Queen Latifah led the nuptials, and artists like Keith Urban were moved to tears. Katy Perry even caught one of the bouquets! We'll never forget that touching GRAMMY moment.
Right before the coveted Album Of The Year award was announced, Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong paid tribute to fallen Everly Brother Phil by singing the classic hit "When Will I Be Loved". Over here at MetroLyrics, we were predicting that Taylor Swift would walk away with AOTY for Red, but to her mistake, when team Taylor heard "R..." when the album title was announced, she thought she won! Turns out Daft Punk's Random Access Memories was the winner of AOTY, shocking not only us but Taylor herself!
Closing the show was Queens Of The Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham with renditions of "Copy of a" and "My God Is The Sun". We could have watched that performance all night!
For a full list of all the GRAMMY winners, head on over to grammy.com. What was YOUR favorite moment from the 56th annual GRAMMY awards? Let us know in the comments.