Swift’s “1989” also won best pop vocal album, and she won a video award for “Bad Blood“.
He’d won four in the pre-show honors, for rap performance, rap song, rap/sung collaboration and music video.
Credit and fame was shared elsewhere though as another pop hit, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ worldwide success Uptown Funk (best pop duo/group performance and record of the year) and Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud (song of the year and best pop solo performance) were multiple winners alongside the surging soul/rock group Alabama Shakes (best rock performance, rock song and alternative album, the category that included Tame Impala).
The big one, album of the year, features not only Swift, Lamar and The Weeknd but also bluesy rockers Alabama Shakes (“Sound Color”) and rising country singer Chris Stapleton (“Traveller“).
Meanwhile, drummer and bandleader Antonio Sanchez, who was denied an opportunity to win an Oscar previous year for Best Original Score after his work for the film “Birdman” was declared ineligible, was awarded Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media.
Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry’s band The Hollywood Vampires made their television debut, performing a tribute to Motorhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, who died in December.
As his performance transitioned to “Alright“, Lamar – his face painted with a bruise – metaphorically walked back to his African roots in a performance with rhythmic dancers in traditional garb before a firepit.
Adele sang her powerful new ballad “All I Ask“, although her performance was marred by a technical glitch when a microphone fell and she drifted out of tune. Or to the rap of the “Butterfly”?
The 28-year-old rapper beat out J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive, ‘ Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint, ‘ Dr. Dre’s ‘Compton” and Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” to win the Grammy Award, reports E!
She remained unfazed and ended it with a tribute to Lamar, shouting: “I love you Kendrick, you’re incredible”.
Accompanied by a major promotional campaign, “1989” was the top-selling album for the year.
Accepting the award, she said: “I’m a mess, I have to go cry”.
Lady Gaga paid homage to David Bowie, playing snippets of some of Bowie’s greatest hits, such as “Space Oddity“, “Changes“, “Ziggy Stardust”, “Suffragette City”, “Rebel Rebel”, “Fashion”, “Fame”, “Let’s Dance” and “Heroes“. Even Lionel Richie got a tribute from Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, John Legend and others – and last time we checked, he’s not even dead. And the cast of “Hamilton” gave us the most creative acceptance speech of the night for best musical album.
After the messy release of and ambiguous response to Anti, Rihanna was hit by more bad luck when she had to cancel her performance at the last minute.
“Thank you to the Grammys, I love you so much”, said a teary-eyed Trainor, who also thanked her parents and Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid. He won the best RB performance and his album “Beauty Behind the Madness” won “Best Urban Contemporary Album“.