By Katelyn Billings
For my country music fans out there, the Best Country Album category was filled with talent, and had I been on the judging board, I would have had such a hard time picking a winner. Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack and Eric Church were all beaten out by the amazing Miranda Lambert for her “Platinum” album. She performed “Little Red Wagon” from the album earlier in the show, proving to everyone that childhood campfire songs can be remade and help you win a Grammy.
Pharrell then performed “Happy,” the winner of the Best Pop Live Performance, complete with a bellhop costume and a full orchestra, which made a lot of the audience ask, “Why?” Other notable performances included Lady Gaga and the legendary Tony Bennet, Sia featuring SNL’s Kristen Wiig and Dance Mom’s Maddie Ziegler. Gaga and Bennet collaborated on a variety of timeless jazz tunes, which were featured on their album “Cheek to Cheek,” winner of Best Pop Album. Sia and Wiig collaborated on a weird performance of Sia’s song, “Chandelier,” complete with chopped blonde wigs, Sia singing with her back to the audience and dance moves that resembled electrocution.
Despite a few odd moments, this year’s Grammy’s was also a plane for social justice, and performances by Katy Perry and Beyoncé demonstrated this. Prefaced by a speech by President Obama on domestic violence, Katy Perry performed a moving rendition of “The Grace of God.” And later, Beyoncé chose to sing for those who feel their voices are unheard, performing “Take My Precious Hand, Lord,” with a gospel choir. Featured in the recent film “Selma,” the group changed the song’s lyrics to focus on the events of Ferguson.
The final award of the night came as a shock to everyone, with Beck taking Album of the Year, prompting everyone to say, “Who?” Beck won over Beyoncé, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams, surprising everyone, even Kanye, who jokingly was about to interrupt a second Grammy speech. This prompted Beyonce and all to say “Oh no, Kanye!”
All in all, the 2015 Grammy Awards were a night filled with wonderful artists, empowering performances and, as always, odd fashion and hair choices.