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57th Annual Grammy Awards
Official poster
DateFebruary 8, 2015
LocationStaples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byLL Cool J
Most awardsSam Smith (4)
Most nominationsBeyoncé, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams (6 each)
Websitehttp://www.grammy.com/ Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
Viewership25.3 million viewers[1]
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The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The show was broadcast live by CBS at 5:00 p.m. PST (UTC−8). Rapper LL Cool J hosted the show for the fourth consecutive time.[2]

The Grammy nominations were open for recordings released between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014. Breaking from tradition of a prime-time concert approach, the Grammy nominees were announced during an all-day event on December 5, 2014, starting with initial announcements on the CBS This Morning telecast, followed by updates made through The Grammys' official Twitter account.[3]

Sam Smith won four awards, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year for "Stay with Me" and Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour. Beck's album Morning Phase was named Album of the Year. This prompted Kanye West, who later said he thought Beyoncé should have won, to jokingly leap onstage to interrupt Beck in a re-enactment of his 2009 MTV VMA scandal, but West left the stage without saying anything.[4] Both Pharrell Williams and Beyoncé took three honors; with her wins, Beyoncé became the second-most-honored female musician in Grammy history following Alison Krauss. Lifetime Achievement awards were given to the Bee Gees, George Harrison, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, and Flaco Jiménez.[5]

In all, 83 Grammy Awards were presented, one more than in 2014.[6]

The show aired simultaneously on Fox8 in Australia,[7] Sky TV in New Zealand,[8] and on Channel O in South Africa.[9]

Pre-telecast ceremony[edit]

Not all Grammys were presented during the live telecast. As in previous years, most awards were handed out during the so-called pre-telecast ceremony, held at the Nokia Theater next to the Staples Center, which takes place during the afternoon before the main show. From 2015 on, this ceremony has been known as the Premiere Ceremony.[10] Approximately 70 Grammys were presented at this ceremony, consisting of the "minor" categories.


Artist(s) Song(s)
AC/DC "Rock or Bust"
"Highway to Hell"
Ariana Grande "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart"
Tom Jones
Jessie J
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
Miranda Lambert "Little Red Wagon"
Kanye West "Only One"
Madonna "Living for Love"
Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud"
Jeff Lynne's ELO "Evil Woman"
"Mr. Blue Sky"
Adam Levine
Gwen Stefani
"My Heart Is Open"
Annie Lennox
"Take Me to Church"
"I Put a Spell on You"
Pharrell Williams
Lang Lang
Hans Zimmer
Katy Perry "By the Grace of God"
Imagine Dragons "Shots" (live commercial from Las Vegas)
Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga
"Cheek to Cheek"
Usher Tribute to Stevie Wonder
"If It's Magic"
Eric Church "Give Me Back My Hometown"
Brandy Clark
Dwight Yoakam
"Hold My Hand"
Kanye West
Paul McCartney
Sam Smith
Mary J. Blige
"Stay with Me"
Juanes "Juntos (Together)"
Sia "Chandelier"
Chris Martin
"Heart Is a Drum"
Beyoncé "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
John Legend

During the ceremony, United States President Barack Obama delivered a pre-recorded message in which he spoke about domestic violence against women. His message was followed by a plea from domestic violence advocate Brooke Axtell and singer Katy Perry performing her ballad "By the Grace of God" as a dedication to the victims of the crime.[11]


Winners and nominees[edit]

The eligibility period for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards was October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014.[18] The nominees were announced on December 5, 2014. The Album of the Year nominees were announced during A Very Grammy Christmas, which was broadcast on the same day.[19]


Record of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

Best New Artist


Best Pop Solo Performance

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Best Pop Vocal Album

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Best Dance Recording

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Contemporary Instrumental[edit]

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album


Best Rock Performance

Best Metal Performance

Best Rock Song

Best Rock Album


Best Alternative Music Album


Best R&B Performance

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Best R&B Song

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Best R&B Album


Best Rap Performance

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Best Rap Song

Best Rap Album


Best Country Solo Performance

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Best Country Song

Best Country Album

New Age[edit]

Best New Age Album


Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/Contemporary Christian[edit]

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Best Gospel Album

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Best Roots Gospel Album


Best Latin Pop Album

Best Latin Rock Urban or Alternative Album

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Best Tropical Latin Album

Americana Music[edit]

Best American Roots Performance

Best American Roots Song

Best Americana Album

Best Bluegrass Album

Best Blues Album

Best Folk Album

Best Regional Music Album

  • The LegacyJo-El Sonnier
  • Light the Stars – Bonsoir, Catin
  • Hanu 'A'ala – Kamaka Kukona
  • Love's Lies – Magnolia Sisters
  • Ceremony – Joe Tohonnie Jr.


Best Reggae Album

World Music[edit]

Best World Music Album


Best Children's Album

Spoken Word[edit]

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Story Telling)


Best Comedy Album

Musical Show[edit]

Best Musical Theater Album

Music for Visual Media[edit]

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Best Song Written for Visual Media


Best Instrumental Composition

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Cappella

  • "Daft Punk"
  • "Beautiful Dreamer"
    • Pete McGuinness, arranger (The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra)
  • "Get Smart"
    • Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
  • "Guantanamera"
    • Alfredo Rodríguez, arranger (Alfredo Rodríguez)
  • "Moon River"
    • Chris Walden, arranger (Amy Dickson)

Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals

  • "New York Tendaberry"
    • Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma)
  • "All My Tomorrows"
  • "Goodnight America"
    • Vince Mendoza, arranger (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
  • "Party Rockers"
    • Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
  • "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?"
    • Pete McGuinness, arranger (The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra)


Best Recording Package

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

  • The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917–27)
    • Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood and Jack White, art directors (various artists)
  • Cities of Darkscorch
    • Leland Meiners and Ken Shipley, art directors (various artists)
  • A Letter Home (vinyl box set)
    • Gary Burden and Jenice Heo, art directors (Neil Young)
  • Sparks (deluxe album box set)
  • Spring 1990 (The Other One)
    • Jessica Dessner, Lisa Glines, Doran Tyson and Steve Vance, art directors (Grateful Dead)

Best Album Notes


Best Historical Album

  • The Garden Spot Programs, 1950
  • Black Europe: The Sounds And Images Of Black People In Europe Pre-1927
    • Jeffrey Green, Ranier E. Lotz and Howard Rye, compilation producers; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Happy: The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides
    • Meagan Hennessey and Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra)
  • Longing for the Past: The 78 RPM Era In Southeast Asia
    • Steven Lance Ledbetter and David Murray, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • There's A Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 – 1971 (Deluxe Edition)
    • Hunter Lea, Patrick McCarthy and Matt Sullivan, compilation producers; John Baldwin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Production, Surround Sound[edit]

Best Surround Sound Album

  • Beyoncé
  • Beppe: Remote Galaxy
    • Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Vladimir Ashkenazy and Philharmonia Orchestra)
  • Chamberland: The Berlin Remixes
    • David Miles Huber, surround mix engineer; David Miles Huber, surround mastering engineer; David Miles Huber, surround producer (David Miles Huber)
  • The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set)
    • Damon Iddins and Andy Jackson, surround mix engineers; Damon Iddins and Andy Jackson, surround mastering engineers (Pink Floyd)
  • Epics Of Love
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection
    • Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Elaine Martone, surround producer (Benjamin Zander and Philharmonia Orchestra)

Production, Classical[edit]

Best Engineered Album, Classical

  • Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending
  • Adams, John: City Noir
    • Richard King, engineer; Wolfgang Schiefermair, mastering engineer (David Robertson and St. Louis Symphony)
  • Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean
    • Dmitriy Lipay and Nathaniel Reichman, engineers; Nathaniel Reichman, mastering engineer (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
  • Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1; Tout Un Monde Lointain; The Shadows Of Time
    • Dmitriy Lipay, engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, mastering engineer (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
  • Riccardo Muti Conducts Mason Bates and Anna Clyne
    • David Frost and Christopher Willis, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical

  • Judith Sherman
    • Beethoven: Cello and Piano Complete (Fischer Duo)
    • Brahms By Heart (Chiara String Quartet)
    • Composing America (Lark Quartet)
    • Divergence (Plattform K + K Vienna)
    • The Good Song (Thomas Meglioranza)
    • Mozart and Brahms: Clarinet Quintets (Anthony McGill and Pacifica Quartet)
    • Snapshot (American Brass Quintet)
    • Two X Four (Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, Vinay Parameswaran and Curtis 20/21 Ensemble)
    • Wagner Without Words (Llŷr Williams)
  • Morten Lindberg
    • Beppe: Remote Galaxy (Vladimir Ashkenazy and Philharmonia Orchestra)
    • Dyrud: Out Of Darkness (Vivianne Sydnes and Nidaros Cathedral Choir)
    • Ja, Vi Elsker (Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl, Ingar Bergby, Staff Band Of The Norwegian Armed Forces and Schola Cantorum)
    • Symphonies Of Wind Instruments (Ingar Bergby & Royal Norwegian Navy Band)
  • Dmitriy Lipay
    • Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
    • Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1; Tout Un Monde Lointain; The Shadows of Time (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
    • Fauré: Masques Et Bergamasques; Pelléas Et Mélisande; Dolly (Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony Chorale and Seattle Symphony)
    • Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione; Five Pieces For String Orchestra (Gerard Schwarz and Seattle Symphony)
    • Ives: Symphony No. 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American In Paris (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
    • Ravel: Orchestral Works; Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
  • Elaine Martone
    • Hallowed Ground (Louis Langrée, Maya Angelou, Nathan Wyatt and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection (Benjamin Zander, Stefan Bevier, Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra)
    • Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7; Tapiola (Robert Spano and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
    • Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus)
  • David Starobin
    • All The Things You Are (Leon Fleisher)
    • Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 16 (Ann Crumb, Patrick Mason, James Freeman and Orchestra 2001)
    • Game of Attrition – Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2 (Jac Van Steen and BBC National Orchestra of Wales)
    • Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert (Gilbert Kalish)
    • Mozart: Piano Concertos, No. 12, K. 414 and No. 23, K. 488 (Marianna Shirinyan, Scott Yoo and Odense Symphony Orchestra)
    • Music Of Peter Lieberson, Vol. 3 (Scott Yoo, Roberto Diaz, Steven Beck and Odense Symphony Orchestra)
    • Rochberg, Chihara and Rorem (Jerome Lowenthal)
    • Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Op. 18 and Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 (Joyce Yang, Alexander Lazarev and Odense Symphony Orchestra)


Best Orchestral Performance

Best Opera Recording

Best Choral Performance

Performers who are not eligible for an award (such as orchestras, soloists or choirs) are mentioned in parentheses

  • The Sacred Spirit of Russia
  • Bach: Matthäus-Passion
    • René Jacobs, conductor (Werner Güra and Johannes Weisser; Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin; Rias Kammerchor and Staats-Und Domchor Berlin)
  • Dyrud: Out of Darkness
    • Vivianne Sydnes, conductor (Erlend Aagaard Nilsen and Geir Morten Øien; Sarah Head and Lars Sitter; Nidaros Cathedral Choir)
  • Holst: First Choral Symphony; The Mystic Trumpeter
    • Andrew Davis; Stephen Jackson, chorus master (Susan Gritton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Symphony Chorus)
  • Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor
    • John Butt, conductor (Matthew Brook, Rowan Hellier, Thomas Hobbs and Joanne Lunn; Dunedin Consort)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Best Classical Compendium

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

  • Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean
  • Clyne, Anna: Prince of Clouds
    • Anna Clyne, composer (Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, Vinay Parameswaran and Curtis 20/21 Ensemble)
  • Crumb, George: Voices From The Heartland
    • George Crumb, composer (Ann Crumb, Patrick Mason, James Freeman and Orchestra 2001)
  • Paulus, Stephen: Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band
    • Stephen Paulus, composer (Eric Berlin, Richard Kelley, James Patrick Miller and UMASS Wind Ensemble)
  • Sierra, Roberto: Sinfonía No. 4

Music Video/Film[edit]

Best Music Video

Best Music Film

Special Merit Awards[edit]

MusiCares Person of the Year[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Trustees Award[edit]

Technical Grammy Award[edit]

Music Educator Award[edit]

Grammy Hall of Fame inductions[edit]

Title Artist Record Label Year of Release Genre Format
Autobahn Kraftwerk Vertigo 1974 Krautrock Album
"Big Girls Don't Cry" The Four Seasons Vee-Jay 1962 Rock Single
Blood on the Tracks Bob Dylan Columbia 1975 Folk Rock Album
The Bridge Sonny Rollins Bluebird 1962 Jazz Album
Calypso Harry Belafonte RCA Victor 1956 Mento Album
"Dancing Queen" ABBA Polar 1976 Europop Single
Harvest Neil Young Reprise 1972 Rock Album
"Honky Tonkin'" Hank Williams MGM 1948 Country Single
"I Fought the Law" The Bobby Fuller Four Mustang 1965 Garage Rock Single
"Jitterbug Waltz" Fats Waller & his Rhythm Band Bluebird 1942 Jazz Single
John Prine John Prine Atlantic 1971 Folk Album
"Le Freak" Chic Atlantic 1978 Disco Single
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols Sex Pistols Virgin 1977 Punk Rock Album
Nick of Time Bonnie Raitt Capitol 1989 Rock Album
"Rescue Me" Fontella Bass Chess 1965 Soul Single
"San Antonio Rose" Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys Vocalion 1939 Western Swing Single
"School's Out" Alice Cooper & his Band Warner Bros. 1972 Rock Single
The Shape of Jazz to Come Ornette Coleman Atlantic 1959 Avant-Garde Jazz Album
"Sixty Minute Man" Billy Ward and his Dominoes Federal 1951 R&B Single
Songs of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen Columbia 1967 Contemporary Folk Album
Stand! Sly and the Family Stone Epic 1969 Funk Album
Stardust Willie Nelson Columbia 1978 Pop Album
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Fisk Jubilee Singers Victor 1909 Negro Spiritual Single
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Paul Robeson His Master's Voice 1926 Gospel Single
"Tell It Like It Is" Aaron Neville Par-Lo Records 1966 R&B Single
"Try a Little Tenderness" Otis Redding Atco 1966 Soul Single
"Walk On the Wild Side" Lou Reed RCA 1972 Glam Rock Single

In Memoriam[edit]

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

The following received multiple nominations:



The following received multiple awards:


As usual, had a number of small changes in the voting and awarding process:

  • New categories

The Best American Roots Performance is a new category in the American Roots genre field. It was presented to the creators of the best performance in this genre field, which includes traditional Northern American (or regional roots) musical styles such as cajun, zydeco, polka and others. Another new category is the Best Roots Gospel Album in the Gospel genre field, for gospel albums in the aforementioned musical styles, including traditional southern Gospel music.

  • Changes in the Gospel categories

The Gospel genre field was redefined to make a clearer distinction between the traditional gospel music and the style known as Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). As mentioned above, the Best Roots Gospel Album category is new. The categories in the Gospel field will now be known as Best Gospel Performance/Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best Gospel Album, Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and Best Roots Gospel Album.

  • Samples allowed

For the first time, the use of samples and/or interpolations of other works in a new track was permitted in the various songwriters categories. Until now, samples were only allowed in the Best Rap Song category, but these are now also eligible in the Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best R&B Song, Best Country Song, Best Gospel Performance/Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best American Roots Song and Best Song Written For Visual Media categories.

  • A few minor name changes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, writers of the song "I Won't Back Down" (1989) and credited co-writers of "Stay with Me", were given special award certificates by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in place of a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.[21]


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  11. ^ "Grammys: President Obama Delivers Domestic Violence PSA During Ceremony (Video)" Archived February 6, 2018, at the Wayback Machine from Variety (February 8, 2015)
  12. ^ "Taylor Swift - Grammy Talk". tumblr.com. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  13. ^ Lewis, Hilary (February 8, 2015). "Grammys: Ariana Grande Performs "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart"". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  14. ^ "Meghan Trainor on Twitter". Twitter. Archived from the original on February 10, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "Nick Jonas Will Present at GRAMMYs This Sunday!". Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  16. ^ Washington, Arlene (February 9, 2015). "Grammys 2015: Juanes Performs "Juntos"". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
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  18. ^ "57TH GRAMMY AWARDS® SEASON IS UNDERWAY WITH CLOSE TO 13,000 SUBMISSIONS". The GRAMMYs. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  19. ^ "ARIANA GRANDE, MAROON 5, TIM MCGRAW, AND PHARRELL WILLIAMS SET TO PERFORM ON "A VERY GRAMMY CHRISTMAS" DEC. 5 ON CBS". The GRAMMYs. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
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  21. ^ Caulfield, Keith (January 26, 2015). "Tom Petty Won't Win a Grammy for Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.

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