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2014 Grammys Recap

by Kam Williams


A Royal Night to Remember!

From Queen B’s Wardrobe Malfunction to Queen Latifah’s Mass Wedding   


Although the Grammys were dominated by the French robot duo Daft Punk, rapper/producer team Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and New Zealand teen singing sensation Lorde, their wins were easily upstaged by memorable appearances by two black queens, namely, Queen B and Queen Latifah. For, the night to remember’s highlights featured a wardrobe malfunction during Beyoncé’s performance of “Drunk in Love” and Reverend Latifah’s officiating the wedding of 33 couples (with the power vested in her by the State of California) following Macklemore’s spirited rendition of the gay anthem “Same Love.”          


Did anybody think about Nas’ pronouncement that “Hip-hop is dead!” on a night when the genre’s artists netting the most accolades were no longer black gangsta rappers but white gay rights advocates preaching tolerance of sexual preferences? Talk about jumping the shark! The only other jaw-dropper was the sight of Pharrell in that oversized, Canadian Mountie hat.


Complete List of 2014 Grammy Winners


Record of the Year

“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers


Album of the Year

“Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk


Song of the Year

Joel Little and Ella Yelich-O’Connor (“Royals,” Lorde)


New Artist

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


Pop Solo Performance

“Royals,” Lorde


Pop Performance, Duo or Group

“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers


Pop Instrumental Album

“Steppin’ Out,” Herb Alpert


Pop Vocal Album

“Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars


Dance Recording

“Clarity,” Zedd and Foxes


Dance/Electronica Album

“Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk


Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“To Be Loved,” Michael Bublé


Rock Performance

“Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons


Metal Performance

“God Is Dead?,” Black Sabbath


Rock Song

Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear (“Cut Me Some Slack,” Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear)


Rock Album

“Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin


Alternative Music Album

“Modern Vampires of the City,” Vampire Weekend


R&B Performance

“Something,” Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway


Traditional R&B Performance

“Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.


R&B Song

James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake (“Pusher Love Girl,” Justin Timberlake)


R&B Album

“Girl on Fire,” Alicia Keys


Rap Performance

“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Wanz


Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Holy Grail,” Jay Z and Justin Timberlake


Rap Song

Ben Haggerty and Ryan Lewis (“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Wanz)


Rap Album

“The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


Urban Contemporary Album

“Unapologetic,” Rihanna


Country Solo Performance

“Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker


Country Performance, Duo or Group

“From This Valley,” the Civil Wars


Country Song

Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne (“Merry Go ’Round,” Kacey Musgraves)


Country Album

“Same Trailer Different Park,” Kacey Musgraves


New Age Album

“Love’s River,” Laura Sullivan


Improvised Jazz Solo

“Orbits,” Wayne Shorter


Jazz Vocal Album

“Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter


Jazz Instrumental Album

“Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington


Large Jazz Ensemble Album

“Night in Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Wlodek Pawlik Trio and Kalisz Philharmonic


Latin Jazz Album

“Song for Maura,” Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente


Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

“Break Every Chain (Live),” Tasha Cobbs


Gospel Song

Tye Tribbett (“If He Did It Before ... Same God (Live),” Tye Tribbett)


Contemporary Christian Music Song

David Garcia, Ben Glover and Christopher Stevens (“Overcomer,” Mandisa)


Gospel Album

“Greater Than (Live),” Tye Tribbett


Contemporary Christian Music Album

“Overcomer,” Mandisa


Latin Pop Album

“Vida,” Draco Rosa


Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

“Treinta Días,” la Santa Cecilia


Regional Mexican or Tejano Album

“A Mi Manera,” Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea


Tropical Latin Album

“Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra


American Roots Song

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin (“Love Has Come for You,” Steve Martin and Edie Brickell)


Americana Album

“Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell


Bluegrass Album

“The Streets of Baltimore,” Del McCoury Band


Blues Album

“Get Up!,” Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite


Folk Album

“My Favorite Picture of You,” Guy Clark


Regional Roots Music Album

“Dockside Sessions,” Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience


Reggae Album

“Ziggy Marley in Concert,” Ziggy Marley


World Music Album

“Savor Flamenco,” Gipsy Kings

“Live: Singing for Peace Around the World,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo (tie)


Children’s Album

“Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well,” Jennifer Gasoi


Spoken Word Album

“America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t,” Stephen Colbert


Comedy Album

“Calm Down Gurrl,” Kathy Griffin


Musical Theater Album

“Kinky Boots,” Billy Porter and Stark Sands, artists; Sammy James Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus and William Wittman, producers; Cyndi Lauper, composer/lyricist


Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

“Sound City: Real to Reel,” Butch Vig, compilation producer


Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

“Skyfall,” Thomas Newman, composer


Song Written for Visual Media

Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth, “Skyfall,” from “Skyfall” (Adele)


Instrumental Composition

“Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra,” Clare Fischer (the Clare Fischer Orchestra)


Instrumental Arrangement

“On Green Dolphin Street,” Gordon Goodwin (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)


Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

“Swing Low,” Gil Goldstein (Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding)


Producer of the Year, Nonclassical

Pharrell Williams


Producer of the Year, Classical

David Frost


Remixed Recording, Nonclassical

“Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix),” Cedric Gervais, remixer


Orchestral Performance

“Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4,” Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)


Opera Recording

“Adès: The Tempest,” Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna and Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer (the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; the Metropolitan Opera Chorus)


Choral Performance

“Pärt: Adam’s Lament,” Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv and Rainer Vilu, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Sinfonietta Riga and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Latvian Radio Choir and Vox Clamantis)


Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

“Roomful of Teeth,” Brad Wells and Roomful of Teeth


Classical Instrumental Solo

“Corigliano: Conjurer — Concerto for Percussionist and String Orchestra,” Evelyn Glennie


Classical Vocal Solo

“Winter Morning Walks,” Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough and Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)


Classical Compendium

“Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” Christoph Eschenbach, conductor


Contemporary Classical Composition

“Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks,” Maria Schneider (Dawn Upshaw, Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson and Australian Chamber Orchestra)


Music Video

“Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake and Jay Z


Music Film

“Live Kisses,” Paul McCartney


Recording Package

“Long Night Moon,” Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)


Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

“Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition),” Simon Earith and James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney and Wings)


Album Notes

“Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded),” Neil Tesser (John Coltrane)


Historical Album

“Charlie Is My Darling — Ireland 1965,” Teri Landi, Andrew Loog Oldham & Steve Rosenthal, compilation producers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (the Rolling Stones)

“The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums,” Leo Sacks, compilation producer; Joseph M. Palmaccio, Tom Ruff and Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Bill Withers) (tie)


Engineered Album, Nonclassical

“Random Access Memories,” Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta and Daniel Lerner, engineers; Antoine Chabert and Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Daft Punk)


Surround Sound Album

“Live Kisses,” Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)


Best Engineered Album, Classical

“Winter Morning Walks,” David Frost, Brian Losch and Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)



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Funny thing about the Grammys I have less than zero interest in watching the broadcast.  I used to watch it to discover new music, but now even the potential to find some new good music is not even worth the effort sitting through the broadcast.  I spend the evening updating the Power List database with the new best-selling titles.


There was a time the Gammys would to interest me.  Sometimes, it was just the opportunity for me to see a Black artist I would rarely see on TV.  I remember feeling good to see rap artist being recognized for the first time...


The folks at Jet send me some publicity .  Honestly, I did not know who Kendrick was, but figured since Jet is pumping him he must be someone popular.  The promotional copy indicated he was up for a Grammy.  I got my youngest to give me the run down on Kendrick, she played some music, I had previously hear some of it but would never have tied it to his name.


My daughter said she liked his music and thought he would probably win a Grammy.  She performed at her school recently, word is that is is a nice young man -- even worked out with the student in the gym.  I hope the issue did well for Jet. Though an article one Kendrick does not interest me at all ether.

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