57th Annual Grammy Awards
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Official poster
DateFebruary 8, 2015
LocationStaples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byLL Cool J
Most awardsSam Smith (4)
Most nominationsBeyoncé, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams (6 each)
Websitehttp://www.grammy.com/ Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
Viewership25.3 million viewers[1]

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The show was broadcast live by CBS at 5:00 p.m. PST (UTC−8). Rapper LL Cool J hosted the show for the fourth consecutive time.[2]

The Grammy nominations were open for recordings released between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014. Breaking from tradition of a prime-time concert approach, the Grammy nominees were announced during an all-day event on December 5, 2014, starting with initial announcements on the CBS This Morning telecast, followed by updates made through The Grammys' official Twitter account.[3]

Sam Smith won four awards, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year for "Stay with Me" and Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour. Beck's album Morning Phase was named Album of the Year. This prompted Kanye West, who later said he thought Beyoncé should have won, to jokingly leap onstage to interrupt Beck in a re-enactment of his 2009 MTV VMA scandal, but West left the stage without saying anything.[4] Both Pharrell Williams and Beyoncé took three honors; with her wins, Beyoncé became the second-most-honored female musician in Grammy history following Alison Krauss. Lifetime Achievement awards were given to the Bee Gees, George Harrison, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, and Flaco Jiménez.[5]

In all, 83 Grammy Awards were presented, one more than in 2014.[6]

The show aired simultaneously on Fox8 in Australia,[7] Sky TV in New Zealand,[8] and on Channel O in South Africa.[9]

Pre-telecast ceremony

Not all Grammys were presented during the live telecast. As in previous years, most awards were handed out during the so-called pre-telecast ceremony, held at the Nokia Theater next to the Staples Center, which takes place during the afternoon before the main show. From 2015 on, this ceremony has been known as the Premiere Ceremony.[10] Approximately 70 Grammys were presented at this ceremony, consisting of the "minor" categories.


Artist(s) Song(s)
AC/DC "Rock or Bust"
"Highway to Hell"
Ariana Grande "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart"
Tom Jones
Jessie J
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
Miranda Lambert "Little Red Wagon"
Kanye West "Only One"
Madonna "Living for Love"
Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud"
Jeff Lynne's ELO "Evil Woman"
"Mr. Blue Sky"
Adam Levine
Gwen Stefani
"My Heart Is Open"
Annie Lennox
"Take Me to Church"
"I Put a Spell on You"
Pharrell Williams
Lang Lang
Hans Zimmer
Katy Perry "By the Grace of God"
Imagine Dragons "Shots" (live commercial from Las Vegas)
Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga
"Cheek to Cheek"
Usher Tribute to Stevie Wonder
"If It's Magic"
Eric Church "Give Me Back My Hometown"
Brandy Clark
Dwight Yoakam
"Hold My Hand"
Kanye West
Paul McCartney
Sam Smith
Mary J. Blige
"Stay with Me"
Juanes "Juntos (Together)"
Sia "Chandelier"
Chris Martin
"Heart Is a Drum"
Beyoncé "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
John Legend

During the ceremony, United States President Barack Obama delivered a pre-recorded message in which he spoke about domestic violence against women. His message was followed by a plea from domestic violence advocate Brooke Axtell and singer Katy Perry performing her ballad "By the Grace of God" as a dedication to the victims of the crime.[11]


Winners and nominees

The eligibility period for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards was October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014.[18] The nominees were announced on December 5, 2014. The Album of the Year nominees were announced during A Very Grammy Christmas, which was broadcast on the same day.[19]


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 Vocal Album

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Best Dance Recording

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Contemporary Instrumental

Best Contemporary Instrumental 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 Performance/Song

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Best Gospel Album

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Best Roots Gospel 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 Performance

Best American Roots Song

Best Americana Album

Best Bluegrass Album

Best Blues Album

Best Folk Album

Best Regional 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 and 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 Arrangement, Instrumental or a Cappella

Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals


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 Solo Vocal Album

Best Classical Compendium

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video

Best Music Film

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year

Main article: MusiCares Person of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Main article: Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Trustees Award

Main article: Grammy Trustees Award

Technical Grammy Award

Main article: 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
Autobahn Kraftwerk Vertigo 1974 Krautrock Album
"Big Girls Don't Cry" The Four Seasons Vee-Jay 1962 Rock Single
Blood on the Tracks Bob Dylan Columbia 1975 Folk Rock Album
The Bridge Sonny Rollins Bluebird 1962 Jazz Album
Calypso Harry Belafonte RCA Victor 1956 Mento Album
"Dancing Queen" ABBA Polar 1976 Europop Single
Harvest Neil Young Reprise 1972 Rock Album
"Honky Tonkin'" Hank Williams MGM 1948 Country Single
"I Fought the Law" The Bobby Fuller Four Mustang 1965 Garage Rock Single
"Jitterbug Waltz" Fats Waller & his Rhythm Band Bluebird 1942 Jazz Single
John Prine John Prine Atlantic 1971 Folk Album
"Le Freak" Chic Atlantic 1978 Disco Single
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols Sex Pistols Virgin 1977 Punk Rock Album
Nick of Time Bonnie Raitt Capitol 1989 Rock Album
"Rescue Me" Fontella Bass Chess 1965 Soul Single
"San Antonio Rose" Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys Vocalion 1939 Western Swing Single
"School's Out" Alice Cooper & his Band Warner Bros. 1972 Rock Single
The Shape of Jazz to Come Ornette Coleman Atlantic 1959 Avant-Garde Jazz Album
"Sixty Minute Man" Billy Ward and his Dominoes Federal 1951 R&B Single
Songs of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen Columbia 1967 Contemporary Folk Album
Stand! Sly and the Family Stone Epic 1969 Funk Album
Stardust Willie Nelson Columbia 1978 Pop Album
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Fisk Jubilee Singers Victor 1909 Negro Spiritual Single
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Paul Robeson His Master's Voice 1926 Gospel Single
"Tell It Like It Is" Aaron Neville Par-Lo Records 1966 R&B Single
"Try a Little Tenderness" Otis Redding Atco 1966 Soul Single
"Walk On the Wild Side" Lou Reed RCA 1972 Glam Rock Single

In Memoriam

Multiple nominations and awards

The following received multiple nominations:



The following received multiple awards:


As usual, had a number of small changes in the voting and awarding process:

The Best American Roots Performance is a new category in the American Roots genre field. It was presented to the creators of the best performance in this genre field, which includes traditional Northern American (or regional roots) musical styles such as cajun, zydeco, polka and others. Another new category is the Best Roots Gospel Album in the Gospel genre field, for gospel albums in the aforementioned musical styles, including traditional southern Gospel music.

The Gospel genre field was redefined to make a clearer distinction between the traditional gospel music and the style known as Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). As mentioned above, the Best Roots Gospel Album category is new. The categories in the Gospel field will now be known as Best Gospel Performance/Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best Gospel Album, Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and Best Roots Gospel Album.

For the first time, the use of samples and/or interpolations of other works in a new track was permitted in the various songwriters categories. Until now, samples were only allowed in the Best Rap Song category, but these are now also eligible in the Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best R&B Song, Best Country Song, Best Gospel Performance/Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best American Roots Song and Best Song Written For Visual Media categories.

See also


  1. ^ Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, writers of the song "I Won't Back Down" (1989) and credited co-writers of "Stay with Me", were given special award certificates by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in place of a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.[21]


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