The 56th annual Grammy Awards, which were held Sunday night, are sure to go down in music-making history. It was a night for firsts among many musical performances and duos.
It kicked off with a heated performance of “Drunk In Love” by Beyonce and her husband, Jay Z. Then LL Cool J gave an opening speech on how music brings everyone together. “Do what musicians do. Make some beautiful noise!,” he said.
The first award of the night, Best New Artist, was given to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who also went home with three more Grammys. They performed during the ceremony with Mary Lambert and pop legend Madonna. During their performance, Queen Latifah officiated 33 marriages on stage. The people getting married had to sign a confidentiality agreement before the show, so it was a surprise.
Lorde, the 17-year-old from New Zealand, performed “Royals,” the song that won her Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Best Pop Duo was awarded to Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers, for “Get Lucky.” Daft Punk took home five awards, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Daft Punk rocked the stage and got the audience dancing later in the broadcast.
Performances also included Katy Perry singing “Dark Horse,” followed by Robin Thicke and Chicago performing a medley of Chicago tunes and Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
Best Rock Song went to “Cut Me Some Slack” by Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. In addition to his win, McCartney performed with former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr.
Taylor Swift was stunning during her performance of “All Too Well.” Swift, who has won seven Grammys, went home empty-handed.
Bruno Mars introduced Pink who did an acrobatic, Cirque du Soleil-inspired routine while singing “Try,” followed by a performance of “Just Give Me a Reason” with fun.’s Nate Ruess.
Jay Z and Justin Timberlake’s “Holy Grail” won for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Imagine Dragons took the stage with Kendrick Lamar for a mashup of “Radioactive” and “M.A.A.D. City.”
Kacey Musgraves performed her song “Merry Go ‘Round” which won Best Country Song.
Other highlights of the evening included Mars winning Best Pop Vocal Album for “Unorthodox Jukebox” and performances by Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, John Legend, Sara Bareilles with Carole King, pianist Lang Lang, Metallica, Miranda Lambert with Billie Joe Armstrong, and Blake Shelton with Willie Nelson.
Audean Jimerson is a home-schooled junior from Hamburg.