The night for music, the 2015 Grammys had everything you expected and a little bit more
British artist Sam Smith came out as a huge winner, taking home four awards including the prestigious prizes for record and song of the year and best new artist.
Smith was rewarded for being the only solo artist to sell more than a million albums in both the UK and US in 2014 and has fixed his place as one of pop’s biggest stars just nine months after the release of his debut album In the Lonely Hour.
Alongside Smith, Pharrell Williams, Beyonce and Rosanne Cash, daughter of country legend Johnny, won three awards each. Other British winners included Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne and Aphex Twin.
Beck won two, including best album. This caused controversy, however, as Kanye West almost repeated the 2009 incident of stealing Taylor Swift’s thunder. However, the rapper disappeared. Later in an interview, West did admit he had intended to disrupt the proceedings stating that “Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyonce.”
He carried on to criticise the music industry and award choices of the night: “When you keep diminishing art and disrespecting the craft, smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration and we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day.”
However, Kayne West’s biggest critique was of the Grammy’s itself cutting winners’ speeches short so they could cut to an advertisement.
Beyoncé ended the show, after a poignant message from US President Barak Obama supporting the end to domestic violence, and a heartfelt speech from domestic abuse survivor Brooke Axtell then delivered a poignant message about how a seemingly “handsome, charismatic man” had threatened to kill her.
However, the Grammy’s was not just an evening to celebrate music as our favourite celebrities and artists also turned up in an array of our favourite designers. All eyes were on the show-stopping gowns and suave suits that graced the red carpet and stage at the star studded event.
As always there were a few outfits onlookers would not have been able to take their eyes off. Taylor Swift looked everso elegant in an Elie Saab gown; the designer has been receiving endless amounts of praise as of late and this is just another indicator as to why. Swift paired her mermaid blue gown with colour popping, purple shoes and showed us why she is one of today’s most stylish of icons.
Rihanna dared to be different in a candy pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress, with Chopard jewels. Whilst many may have thought she resembled a layer cake or delicious disney princess, she certainly looked delightful and as pretty as a picture. She deserves respect for mixing things up again; just as we had got used to her edgy and at times provocative style she did the unexpected and certainly caught the public eye.
The industries most talked about couple of the moment Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, looked as stylish as ever. Kim rocked a Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture gown, which glistened with military embellishments, whilst Kanye kept things simple in a black suit by Balmain. Meanwhile, Ariana Grande looked angelic in a white and silver Versace gown and Katy Perry also opted for a similar delicate dress for her performance of ‘By the Grace of God.’ Grecian is always a red carpet winner after all.
Nicki Minaj and Beyonce both wowed on the red carpet in black, plunging gowns showing off their enviable curves and looking every inch the definition of both elegant and diva, with their hair loosely down and demure. The red carpet was an all star event with endless show stopping outfits and enviable designer labels and if we are in need of any evening wear inspiration this season, The Grammy’s is the perfect style guide for any glamorous events you have coming up.
Overall, the 2015 awards ran smoothly and stylishly, without any huge upsets – other than Beck’s win over Beyoncé. 2015 looks set to be another big year in music and fashion and we can’t wait.
Album of the year: Morning Phase – Beck (above)
Record of the year: Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Song of the year: Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Best new artist: Sam Smith
Best pop vocal album: In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
Best pop solo performance: Happy (live) – Pharrell Williams
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