Best and Worst Moments at 2015 Grammy Awards
If you watched the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 8), chances are you still have a memorable performance, a striking outfit or awkward moment caught on camera playing in your head. From the fashion moments on the red carpet to inside the main event, there were tons of moments -- both good and bad. Was Kanye West running onstage during Beck’s Album of the Year speech as horrible as it sounds? Why was Iggy Azalea’s hair such an epic fail? And did Pharrell really throw shade at Taylor Swift? Read on for the Best and Worst Moments of 2015 Grammy Awards.
While fans were elated Kanye West blessed the world with his long-awaited return to the Grammy Awards, he reminded people why he took time away from the ceremony when he almost interrupted yet another acceptance speech.
The award recipient for Album of the Year was announced and to most of the world’s dismay, Beyonce’s self-titled album was not the Academy's top choice. Instead, composer and musician Beck Hansen’s ‘Morning Phase’ won.
The entire audience and viewers at home got a flashback to his 2009 MTV VMAs mic-stealing moment during Taylor Swift’s speech, when West ran up on the stage following behind Beck. However, Ye turned right back around and sat back in his seat, laughing about the incident. We admit it was funny, even though he was actually serious when we all thoght he was joking. Everyone loves Beyonce, but it doesn't make it okay for him to take Beck’s shining moment away from him.
The Purple One took the stage at the 2015 Grammy Awards shining bright in a dazzling orange ensemble and using a crystal-encrusted cane. Without even performing, the singer stole the show at the awards ceremony. Prince, who has also been nominated for Album of the Year during the course of his career, was on hand to announce this year’s award recipient. But before announcing Beck as the winner, Prince made headlines with his epic opening. "Like books and black lives, albums still matter,” he said. Prince caused a standing ovation for addressing the movement, which is call to action and response to anti-black racism created after unjust deaths of young black men like Mike Brown.
Although braided hair can be pulled off on the red carpet, Iggy Azalea’s crown was remembered not because it put her on Best Dressed lists but rather for its unflattering effect on her overall look. The style did nothing for her face and actually took away from the elegance of the gown, which was gorgeous. We commend her hair stylist Ursula Stephens (the genius behind Rihanna's famous bob) for taking a risk, but we love Iggy’s wavy blonde locks. In true internet fashion, hilarious memes popped up once she hit the red carpet. The eggs give an indication that this was a rather foul choice.
If anyone has seen Taylor Swift at an awards show, then it's common knowledge that T-Swizzle likes to get down in her seat to whomever is performing onstage. However, Pharrell wasn’t feeling her enthusiasm. The 'Happy' singer was caught on camera giving the blonde beauty some major side-eye while she continued with her usual audience sing-a-long.
Sam Smith took home four Grammys at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, two of which were for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for his song ‘Stay With Me.’ The British powerhouse took the stage with Mary J. Blige to perform the hit record and the duo effortless slayed the vocals. These two should totally go one tour together after this amazing performance.
After confirming his executive production credit on Rihanna’s forthcoming album, 'R8,' on the red carpet, Kanye West took the stage at the Grammys with the singer and Paul McCartney to perform their collabo ‘FourFiveSeconds.’
The trio put on an epic set, which showcased Rihanna’s newly improved vocals. As Ye and Rih sang their hearts out in all-black suits -- Rih in a double-breasted Maison Margiela Artisanal Couture suit and Chopard jewels -- Paul jammed along with his acoustic guitar. The performance went so well that the Bajan beauty took to Twitter to share her enthusiasm. “What a night! Still can't believe we @kanyewest shared a stage with a f---ing BEATLE tonight! #bucketlistshit Thank you Sir @PaulMcCartney," she wrote.
While Kanye should never have ran onstage during Beck’s acceptance speech for Album of the Year, the crowd sure got a kick out Yeezy’s sense of humor. He poked fun at 2009's Taylor Swift-gate at the MTV VMAs and ran off the stage jokingly, as if he were just doing it for laughs. The utter shock of Jay Z and Beyonce’s face during that moment was priceless. Their faces clearly read, “Ye is back up to his old tricks.” Surely, this was a Grammy moment for the books.
Backed by a full choir and orchestra, Common and John Legend brought down the house with a stellar performance of their Golden Globe award-winning track ‘Glory.’ As John belted out the hook -- accompanied by the harmonious keys of his piano -- Common rapped his verses in semi-spoken word style. It was one of the most moving performances of the evening; a perfect way to end the night. The black-and-white images playing in the background also added to the uplifting vibe of the set.
Skateboard P was a big winner of the night, but when he hit the stage he seemed to let go of the entertainer fans were more familiar with seeing. Dressed as a bellhop with the white gloves to match, Pharrell performed a new rendition of his 2014 hit ‘Happy.’ While we appreciate the underlying political feel with the hoodie-clad dancers and the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" message, overall the arrangement and elements were bit all over the place. Also, his outfit just didn’t do it for us. Leave it to Pharrell to take the ultimate fashion risks. It's truly what makes him a unique superstar.
Rocking a newly-designed velour sweatsuit he created for adidas, Kanye West took the Grammy stage for the first time in six years to perform his Paul McCartney-assisted jam ‘My Only One.’ The song, dedicated to his daughter North West and mother, Donda West, was a stirring one. Ye was illuminated by a spotlight while smoke and darkness surrounded him as well. Short and sweet is the best way to describe his set. It wasn’t as elaborate as other Yeezy performances, however it was great to see him back at the Grammys.