Grammys: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar win big


Swift's '1989' won album of the year, while Sheeran's hit song 'Thinking Out Loud' bagged the song of the year Grammy. Hip-hop star Lamar won five awards.

Taylor Swift kicked off the Grammy Awards with a performance of her latest hit single, Out of the Woods, from her album 1989 which also won the album of the year Grammy.

Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud won Grammy song of the year. “We wrote it on a couch in my house,” he said of his hit song, which also won him best pop solo performance. It was the first time Sheeran won a Grammy.

Meghan Trainor won the Grammy Award for best new artist, while Kendrick Lamar collected his fifth trophy for the night.

Lamar won best rap album for his second album, To Pimp a Butterfly. It was the first award televised on Monday.

“Hip-hop, Ice Cube, this for hip-hop, this for Snoop Dogg ...this for Nas. We will live forever, believe that,” said Lamar, who also won best rap song, rap performance, rap/sung collaboration and music video earlier in the day.

Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars won the record of the year Grammy.

Girl Crush won songwriters Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna best country song and Little Big Town best country duo/group performance.

Rihanna pulls out

R&B superstar Rihanna canceled her Grammys performance at the last minute due to bronchitis. The singer, who was to sing ‘Kiss It Better’ from her recent release Anti at the 58th annual awards ceremony, has been advised to give her vocals rest for 48 hours, Billboard reported quoting her representative.

Taylor Swift's show

Swift, who won two awards in the pre-telecast, wore a glittery one-piece with a long slit on each side of her body as she sang her pop smash.

After welcoming the audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to the Grammys, Swift said, “But it’s right now it’s 1989. Put your hands up.”

She then moved from the main stage to a smaller one to finish the song. Swift’s wins included best music video for Bad Blood with Lamar and best pop vocal album for 1989.

Swift’s Blank Space was also in the running for song of the year, along with Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s See You Again and Little Big Town’s Girl Crush.

Anoushka loses

Sitarist Anoushka Shankar once again lost in the World Music category at the Grammys while Indo—British director Asif Kapadia registered a win in Best Music Film section for his documentary “Amy“. Anoushka, 34, was nominated in the Best World Music Album category for her solo album ‘Home’, a pure Indian classical album. A tribute to her late father Ravi Shankar, the song featured two ragas.

Anoushka, who was nominated in the category for the fifth time, lost it out to Angelique Kidjo for “Sings“.

Pre-telecast awards

Alabama Shakes and the Weeknd, who won two awards each in the pre-telecast, are nominated against Swift and Lamar for album of the year, along with Chris Stapleton, who won best country solo performance for Traveller.

The pre-telecast gave first Grammys wins to Alabama Shakes, Stapleton and Weeknd. It also marked a first for Justin Bieber — He won best dance recording for Where Are U Now, a collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo.

Lamar walked into the Grammys with the most nominations 11. Swift’s other win was for best pop vocal album for 1989. She wasn’t in the audience to pick up the award, but Jack Antonoff, the guitarist from the band and a producer on 1989, went onstage to accept the honour and called Swift on the phone.

“Taylor wants to be here so badly ...One sec, she’s gonna freak,” he said as his phone rang.

Once she answered and Antonoff delivered the good news, Swift yelled, “What?! We won! We won pop vocal album!”

“Is James Taylor there?” Swift asked. “Can you tell James Taylor I love him?”

When it was announced that Bad Blood won best music video, video producer Ron Mohrhoff joked about calling Swift like Antonoff did.

“Oh, hold on I want to call Taylor. Oh shoot, I don’t have her number,” he said onstage.


The Eagles’ Glenn Frey and Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire received touching tributes from longtime friends at the Grammy Awards, while Rihanna pulled out of the awards show.

Stevie Wonder, joined with Grammy—winning a capella group Pentatonix, sang “That’s the Way of the World” in honor of White, while members of the Eagles and Jackson Browne sang “Take It Easy” for Frey at the Staples Center.

White died on Feb. 4 and Frey died on Jan. 18. Natalie Cole will also be remembered during the telecast, while Lady Gaga is set to pay tribute to David Bowie.

Other double winners in the pre-telecast include D’Angelo, Skrillex, Diplo and Jason Isbell.

LL Cool J is hosting the 58th annual Grammy Awards.

Select winners at the Grammy Awards

Record of the year- “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

Album of the year- “1989,” Taylor Swift.

Best new artist- Meghan Trainor.

Song of the year (songwriter’s award)- “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge.

Best pop solo performance- “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran.

Best pop duo/group performance- “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

Best traditional pop vocal album- “The Silver Lining- The Songs of Jerome Kern,” Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap.

Best pop vocal album- “1989,” Taylor Swift.

Best dance recording- “Where Are U Now,” Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber.

Best dance/electronic album- “Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack U,” Skrillex and Diplo.

Best rock performance- “Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes.

Best rock song- Alabama Shakes’ “Don’t Wanna Fight.”

Best rock album- “Drones,” Muse.

Best metal performance- “Cirice,” Ghost.

Best alternative music album- “Sound & Color,” Alabama Shakes.

Best urban contemporary album- “Beauty Behind the Madness,” The Weeknd.

Best R&B song- D’Angelo and The Vanguard’s “Really Love.”

Best R&B performance- “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” The Weekend.

Best R&B album- “Black Messiah,” D’Angelo and The Vanguard.

Best rap performance- “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar.

Best rap/sung collaboration- “These Walls,” Kendrick Lamar Featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat.

Best rap album- “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar.

Best rap song- Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.”

Best country album- “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton.

Best country solo- “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton.

Best country duo/group performance- “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town.

Best country song- Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush.”

Best musical theater album- “Hamilton.”

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