56th Annual Grammy Awards
Official poster
DateJanuary 26, 2014 (2014-01-26)
5:00–8:30 p.m. PST
LocationStaples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byLL Cool J
Most awards
Most nominationsJay-Z (9)
Website56th Annual Grammy Awards
Television/radio coverage
Viewership28.5 million viewers.[1]

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards presentation was held on January 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.[2] The show was broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT and was hosted for the third time by LL Cool J. The show was moved to January to avoid competing with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as was the case in 2010.

The eligibility period for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards was October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2013.[3] The nominations were announced on December 6, 2013 during a live televised concert on CBS, The Grammy Nominations Concert Live – Countdown to Music's Biggest Night.[4] Jay Z received the most nominations with nine. Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pharrell Williams each received seven nominations. Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams were nominated twice for both Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Sound engineer Bob Ludwig received the most nominations by a non-performing artist, with five.[5]

Daft Punk won four awards,[6] including Album of the Year for Random Access Memories and Record of the Year, with Pharrell Williams, for "Get Lucky".[7][8] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won four trophies, including Best New Artist, and led an industry show of support for gay marriage with a performance of their song "Same Love" to accompany a mass wedding of gay and heterosexual couples, which was presided over by Queen Latifah.[9] Lorde's "Royals" received awards for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year.[10][11] Carole King was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year on January 24, two days prior to the awards ceremony.[12]

On June 4, 2013, the Recording Academy approved a number of changes recommended by its Awards & Nominations Committee, including adding a new category for Best American Roots Song to the American Music field. This songwriters' award will encompass all the subgenres in this field such as Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk, and regional roots music. The Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category was renamed Best Metal Performance and became a stand-alone category. Hard rock performances will now be screened in the Best Rock Performance category. The Music Video field will become the Best Music Video/Film field. Its two categories will be renamed: Best Short Form Music Video will now be known as Best Music Video and Best Long Form Music Video will change into Best Music Film. These changes bring the total number of categories at the 2014 Grammy Awards to 82, up from 81 at the 2013 Grammy Awards.[13]


Artist(s) Song(s)
"Drunk in Love"
Lorde "Royals"
Hunter Hayes "Invisible"
Katy Perry
Juicy J
"Dark Horse"
Robin Thicke
"Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"
"Saturday in the Park"
"Blurred Lines"
Keith Urban
Gary Clark, Jr.[14]
"Cop Car"
John Legend "All of Me"
Taylor Swift[15] "All Too Well"
Nate Ruess
"Just Give Me a Reason"
Ringo Starr "Photograph"
Kendrick Lamar
Imagine Dragons[16]
"m.A.A.d city"
Kacey Musgraves "Follow Your Arrow"
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr
"Queenie Eye"
Merle Haggard
Kris Kristofferson
Willie Nelson
Blake Shelton[17]
"Okie from Muskogee"
"Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"
Daft Punk
Nile Rodgers
Stevie Wonder
Pharrell Williams
"Get Lucky"
"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
"Lose Yourself to Dance"
"Le Freak"
"Another Star"
"Around the World"
Sara Bareilles
Carole King[15]
Lang Lang[18]
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis[15]
Mary Lambert
Queen Latifah
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
"Same Love"
"Open Your Heart"
Billie Joe Armstrong
Miranda Lambert[14]
Tribute to Phil Everly
"When Will I Be Loved"
Nine Inch Nails
Queens of the Stone Age
Dave Grohl
Lindsey Buckingham[20]
"Copy of A"
"My God Is the Sun"


Winners and nominees

The winners and nominees per category were:[21]


Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist


Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Best Pop Vocal Album


Best Dance Recording
Best Dance/Electronica Album

Traditional Pop

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album


Best Alternative Music Album


Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best R&B Song
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Best R&B Album


Best Rap Performance
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album


Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

New Age

Best New Age Album


Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/Contemporary Christian

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Best Gospel Song
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
Best Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album


Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock Urban or Alternative Album
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Best Tropical Latin Album

Americana Music

Best American Roots Song
Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Roots Music Album


Best Reggae Album

World Music

Best World Music Album


Best Children's Album

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)


Best Comedy Album

Musical Show

Best Musical Theater Album

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media


Best Instrumental Composition
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Best Album Notes


Best Historical Album


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Production, Surround Sound

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, Classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical


Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance

Performers who are not eligible for an award (such as orchestras, soloists or choirs) are mentioned in parentheses

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Best Classical Vocal Solo
Best Classical Compendium
Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video
Best Music Film

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Trustees Award

Technical Grammy Award

Music Educator Award

Grammy Hall of Fame inductions

Main article: Grammy Hall of Fame

Title Artist Record Label Year of Release Genre Format
After the Gold Rush Neil Young and Crazy Horse Reprise 1970 Folk Rock Album
All Things Must Pass George Harrison Apple 1970 Rock Album
The Chicago Transit Authority Chicago Columbia 1969 Progressive Rock Album
Cosmo's Factory Creedence Clearwater Revival Fantasy 1970 Rock Album
Doc Watson Doc Watson Vanguard 1964 Folk Album
"Fortunate Son" Creedence Clearwater Revival Fantasy 1969 Rock Single
"Georgia on My Mind" Hoagy Carmichael & his Orchestra (featuring Bix Beiderbecke on Cornet) Victor 1930 Jazz Single
"Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" James Brown King 1970 Funk Single
"Honky Tonk Women" The Rolling Stones London 1969 Hard Rock Single
"Jolene" Dolly Parton RCA Nashville 1973 Country Pop Single
The Joshua Tree U2 Island 1987 Rock Album
Kristofferson Kris Kristofferson Monument 1970 Country Album
"Low Rider" War United Artists 1975 Funk Single
Mary Poppins Cast including Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber and others Walt Disney 1964 Soundtrack Album
"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" Louis Armstrong Decca 1938 Negro Spiritual Single
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" B. J. Thomas Scepter 1969 Easy Listening Single
"Rapper's Delight" The Sugarhill Gang Sugar Hill 1979 Old-school hip hop Single
Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet Miles Davis & his Quintet Prestige 1958 Jazz Album
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" Gil Scott-Heron Flying Dutchman 1971 Funk Single
"Strange Things Happening Every Day" Sister Rosetta Tharpe Decca 1944 Negro Spiritual Single
"Sweet Home Chicago" Robert Johnson Vocalion 1936 Blues Single
"3 O'Clock Blues" B.B. King RPM 1951 R&B Single
"Under the Boardwalk" The Drifters Atlantic 1964 Pop Single
"Walk This Way" Run-D.M.C. featuring Aerosmith Profile 1986 Rap Rock Single
"(What a) Wonderful World" Sam Cooke Keen 1960 R&B Single
Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More Various Artists including John Sebastian, Joan Baez, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Cotillion 1970 Soundtrack Album
"Yardbird Suite" Charlie Parker & his Septet Dial 1946 Bebop Single

In Memoriam

The following people appeared in the In Memoriam segment:[23][24]

Artists with multiple wins and nominations


The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were the first in the show's history to incorporate comprehensive Live-GIF integration through Tumblr. Creative agency Deckhouse Digital was hired to facilitate the integration, producing more than 50 animated GIFs during the live broadcast and publishing them to the official Grammy tumblr page in real time.[25] The images contributed to the more than 5.1 million reblogs and likes that Grammy related posts received on the blogging site, and the record breaking 34 million combined social media interactions related to the live broadcast.[26]


  1. ^ "Grammy TV ratings remain solid for CBS". USA Today. January 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Jon Weisman, Grammy Awards Set for Jan. 26, Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2013
  3. ^ "According to an Adobe Reader file from GRAMMYS.com" (PDF). Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  4. ^ ""The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" To Be Held In L.A. On Dec. 6". GRAMMY.com. September 18, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Jay Z Tops 56th Grammy Nominations With Nine". GRAMMY.com. November 6, 2013.
  6. ^ a b EDM and Rap Duos and Prolific Producer Win Four Awards Each,[1], grammy.com Jan 26, 2014
  7. ^ "The 2014 Grammy Awards Recap: Weddings, French Robots, Paul & Ringo". Billboard.com. January 27, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "The 2014 Grammy Awards: Oldies, but not goodies". Washington Post. January 27, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "2014 Grammy awards – as it happened". The Guardian. January 27, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "Grammys 2014: as it happened". DailyTelegraph. January 27, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  11. ^ Ben Sisario (January 27, 2014). "Grammys Laud Giants and Upstarts". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Carole King Named 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year". Grammy.com. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  13. ^ "Press release, June 4, 2013". Grammy.org. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Madonna To Perform On 56th GRAMMYs". GRAMMY.com. January 24, 2014.
  15. ^ a b c Kaufman, Gil (January 14, 2014). "Some Massive Stars Just Got Added To The Grammy Lineup". MTV News. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  16. ^ Miriam Coleman (January 5, 2014). "Daft Punk to Perform With Stevie Wonder at the Grammys | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  17. ^ Reuter, Annie (December 6, 2013). "Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson & Blake Shelton to Perform Together at 2014 GRAMMYs". 96.5 TIC FM.
  18. ^ "News | Grammy Awards Performance". Metallica.com. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  19. ^ Edna Gundersen (January 24, 2014). "Grammy show delivers diversity: Madonna to Metallica". USA Today. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  20. ^ "Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham to Close Out Grammys". Pitchfork Media. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  21. ^ "The Official Site of Music's Biggest Night". GRAMMY.com. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  22. ^ a b "Special Merit Awards: Class Of 2014". GRAMMY.com. December 12, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  23. ^ "In Loving Memory …". GRAMMY.com. January 25, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  24. ^ "Grammy Awards 2013: In Memoriam". News.msn.com. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  25. ^ "Deckhouse Digital Grammy Posts". Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  26. ^ "The 56th Annual Grammy Awards® Unites Music Fans With Record-Breaking Social Media". GRAMMY.com. January 30, 2014. Retrieved August 24, 2014.