Sam Smith

Sam Smith Beats Beyonce & Pharrell at the Grammys

09 Feb 2015

The soulful Brit dominated the awards show

Brit lad Sam Smith was the toast of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, walking away with four of the six honours he was nominated for, including the coveted Record of the Year.

The British soul sensation kicked off his celebrations early after claiming the very first award of the televised show for Best New Artist.

He soon followed it up with the Best Pop Vocal Album for In The Lonely Hour, and was back onstage towards the end of the Los Angeles ceremony to wrap up his big night with wins for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for Stay With Me.

Taking to the stage for the fourth time, Smith poked fun at the ex-boyfriend who inspired the album, saying: "This is the best night of my life. I wanna thank the man who this record is about. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys!"

Fellow six-time nominees Beyonce and Pharrell Williams each went home as triple winners, while Beck landed Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for Morning Phase - and almost had Kanye West repeat his infamous stage invasion at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he interrupted Taylor Swift to defend his pal Beyonce's honour. This time, the rapper approached Beck as he collected the Album of the Year accolade and pretended to head towards the mic, before laughing and returning to his seat in the front row - much to everyone's amusement.

AC/DC got the Grammy Awards off to a rocking start with a hits medley, while Madonna dazzled the Staples Center audience in a red and black matador costume to sing her new release Living For Love, and Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney staged the first ever performance of their new collaboration, FourFiveSeconds.

Other performance highlights at the event, hosted by LL Cool J, came from Ed Sheeran and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne; Katy Perry, who honoured victims of domestic violence with a powerful rendition of By The Grace of God; Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige's soulful collaboration on Stay With Me, and Pharrell Williams, who gave his Happy tune a gospel makeover, complete with Hans Zimmer on guitar and Lang Lang on piano.

The full list of winners at the 2015 Grammy Awards is:

  Record Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith

  Album Of The Year - Morning Phase by Beck

  Song Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith

  Best New Artist - Sam Smith

  Best Pop Solo Performance - Happy by Pharrell Williams

  Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - Say Something by A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera

  Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Cheek To Cheek by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

  Best Pop Vocal Album - In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith

  Best Dance Recording - Rather Be by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne

  Best Dance/Electronic Album - Syro by Aphex Twin

  Best Contemporary Instrumental Album - Bass & Mandolin by Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

  Best Rock Performance - Lazaretto by Jack White

  Best Metal Performance - The Last In Line by Tenacious D

  Best Rock Song - Ain't It Fun by Paramore

  Best Rock Album - Morning Phase by Beck

  Best Alternative Music Album - St. Vincent by St. Vincent

  Best R&B Performance - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z

  Best Traditional R&B Performance - Jesus Children by Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner

  Best R&B Song - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z

  Best Urban Contemporary Album - Girl by Pharrell Williams

  Best R&B Album - Love, Marriage & Divorce by Toni Braxton & Babyface

  Best Rap Performance - I by Kendrick Lamar

  Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - The Monster by Eminem featuring Rihanna

  Best Rap Song - I by Kendrick Lamar

  Best Rap Album - The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem

  Best Country Solo Performance - Something In The Water by Carrie Underwood

  Best Country Duo/Group Performance - Gentle On My Mind by The Band Perry

  Best Country Song - I'm Not Gonna Miss You by Glen Campbell

  Best Country Album - Platinum by Miranda Lambert

  Best New Age Album - Winds Of Samsara by Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman

  Best Improvised Jazz Solo - Fingerprints by Chick Corea

  Best Jazz Vocal Album - Beautiful Life by Dianne Reeves

  Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Trilogy by Chick Corea Trio

  Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album - Life In The Bubble by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

  Best Latin Jazz Album - The Offense Of The Drum by Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

  Best Gospel Performance/Song - No Greater Love by Smokie Norful

  Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song - Messengers by Lecrae featuring For King & Country

  Best Gospel Album - Help by Erica Campbell

  Best Contemporary Christian Music Album - Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. by For King & Country

  Best Roots Gospel Album - Shine For All The People by Mike Farris

  Best Latin Pop Album - Tangos by Rubén Blades

  Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album - Multiviral by Calle 13

  Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) - Mano A Mano - Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernandez by Vicente Fernandez

  Best Tropical Latin Album - Mas + Corazon Profundo by Carlos Vives

  Best American Roots Performance - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash

  Best American Roots Song - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash

  Best Americana Album - The River & The Thread by Rosanne Cash

  Best Bluegrass Album - The Earls Of Leicester by The Earls Of Leicester

  Best Blues Album - Step Back by Johnny Winter

  Best Folk Album - Remedy by Old Crow Medicine Show

  Best Regional Roots Music Album - The Legacy by Jo-El Sonnier

  Best Reggae Album - Fly Rasta by Ziggy Marley

  Best World Music Album - Eve by Angelique Kidjo

  Best Children's Album - I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai) by Neela Vaswani

  Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) - Diary Of A Mad Diva by Joan Rivers

  Best Comedy Album - Mandatory Fun by "Weird Al" Yankovic

  Best Musical Theater Album - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers; Carole King, composer & lyricist; Original Broadway Cast)

  Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media - Frozen

 (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers)

  Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media - The Grand Budapest Hotel by Alexandre Desplat

  Best Song Written For Visual Media - Let It Go by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

  Best Instrumental Composition - The Book Thief by John Williams

  Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella - Daft Punk (Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers; Pentatonix)

  Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals - New York Tendaberry by Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo a)

  Best Recording Package - Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam

  Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package - The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27) by Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors (Various Artists)

  Best Album Notes - Offering: Live At Temple University by Ashley Kahn, (John Coltrane)

  Best Historical Album - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 by Hank Williams

  Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical - Morning Phase by Beck

  Producer Of  The Year, Non-Classical - Max Martin

  Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical - All Of Me (Tiesto's Birthday Treatment Remix)  (Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)

 Best Surround Sound Album - Beyoncé (Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer (Beyoncé)

 Best Engineered Album, Classical - Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending (Michael Bishop, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)

  Producer Of  The Year, Classical - Judith Sherman

  Best Orchestral Performance - Adams, John: City Noir by David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony)

  Best Opera Recording - Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphee Aux Enfers by Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)

  Best Choral Performance - The Sacred Spirit Of Russia by Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)

  Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance - In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores by Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe

  Best Classical Instrumental Solo - Play by Jason Vieaux

  Best Classical Solo Vocal Album - Douce France by Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, accompanist (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)

  Best Classical Compendium - Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances by Partch; John Schneider, producer

  Best Contemporary Classical Composition - Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean by John Luther Adams, composer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

  Best Music Video - Happy by Pharrell Williams

  Best Music Film - 20 Feet From Stardom by Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill

  Grammy Trustees Award - Richard Perry, George Wein, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

  President's Merit Award - Martin Bandier

  Lifetime Achievement Award - George Harrison, Bee Gees, Buddy Guy, Louvin Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Pierre Boulez and Flaco Jimenez.