Recap- Grammys 2014


The Grammys 2014 was an interesting one. The reactions to Sunday’s awards can be broken down into 3 categories- disbelief at Macklemore’s rap wins, shock as to those who didn’t win and underground, newcomers that did. The big winners of the night include Lorde, Daft Punk, Macklemore and Pharrell Williams. Usual winners- Drake, Kanye West and Taylor Swift, left with zip.

Macklemore’s Win:

Some were already wary that Macklemore (& Ryan Lewis- I always forget about him) were in the rap categories to begin with. The questioning came from Macklemore’s mainstream, pop audience and airplay alongside pop music. It’s being said that Macklemore shouldn’t have won the rap award he received, not even Macklemore thinks he should have won. After accepting one of his many awards, he publicly and privately apologized to Kendrick Lamar. We know that he “privately” apologized to Lamar because he instagramed a picture of the text… really Macklemore? 

"You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have…I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing…and I froze."

He then backpedaled and talked about how his nom for Best Rap Album was well deserved. Those placed in the category- Kanye West, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Ummm ok, Macklemore.

I, however, wasn’t surprised. I always expect mainstream artists to win the awards so I was more surprised when they didn’t. It’s hard to say if Macklemore deserved this award because it’s hard to compare him to the other artists placed in that category. Macklemore’s win for Best New Artist seems reasonable, Macklemore taking the award for Best Rap Album over Kendrick Lamar does not. 

Macklemore walked away from the Grammys with 4 wins. Lamar, who was nominated for 7 awards, left with 0. 

Kendrick Lamar’s response in all of this- “Whatever he put his heart out to do, you know he raps…He just needs to do him. I wouldn’t listen to what nobody got to say.” (MTV News)

Newcomers That Stole the Show:

Although Lorde has become extremely popular recently, it’s still a bit shocking that she took home so many awards. She was in categories alongside artists that seem to ALWAYS win, no matter how good or bad their music. Other showstoppers Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves, and Pharrell Williams made the same feat. These artists were in categories alongside Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Katy Perry, Pink, Rihanna, Dr. Luke, Disclosure etc. In the past awards it seemed like those wins were just a given. It was exciting to see talented, new faces up on that stage. 

Who Was Left Empty Handed:

Along with the previously mentioned artists, more artists who surprisingly didn’t win- Drake, Eminem, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Calvin Harris, Zedd, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean.

Performances- (From Best to Worst)

  1. Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons- “Radioactive” and “m.A.A.d city”
  2. Beyonce and Jay-Z- “Drunk in Love”
  3. Lorde- “Royals”
  4. Daft Punk, Nile Rogers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder
  5. Kacey Musgraves- “Follow Your Arrow”
  6. Blake Shelton, Merle Haggard, Kris Kritofferson and Willie Nelson- “Highwayman,” “Okie From Muskogee,” and “Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys!” medley
  7. Sara Bareilles and Carol King- “Brave” and “Beautiful” mashup
  8. Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of The Stone Age and Lindsey Buckingham- “Copy of A!” and “My God is The Sun”
  9. Macklemore, Queen Latifah and Madonna- “Same Love”
  10. Paul McCartney and Ringo- “Queenie Eyes”
  11. Metallica and Lang Lang- “One”
  12. Miranda Lambert and Billy Joe Armstrong- “When Will I Be Loved”

Performances Not Taken into Account (cause I missed them, whoops)

  • Hunter Hayes- “Invisible”
  • Katy Perry and Juicy J- “Dark Horse”
  • Keith Urban- “Cop Car”
  • John Legend- “All of Me”
  • Taylor Swift- “All Too Well”
  • Pink and Nate Ruess- “Try” and “Just Give Me a Reason”


  • Album Of The Year- Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories”
  • Record Of The Year- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky”
  • Song Of The Year- Ella Yelich O’Conner and Joel Little (songwriters), “Royals”
  • Best Country Album- Kacey Musgraves, “Same Trailer Different Park”
  • Best Pop Vocal Album- Bruno Mars, “Unorthodox Jukebox”
  • Producer Of The Year- Pharrell Williams 
  • Best Rap/ Sung Collab- Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail”
  • Best Pop Solo Performance- Lorde, “Royals”
  • Best Rock Song- Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, “Cut Me Some Slack”
  • Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky”
  • Best New Artist- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • Best Dancing Recording- Zedd featuring Foxes, “Clarity”
  • Best Dance/ Electronica Album- Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories”
  • Best Comedy Album- Kathy Griffin, “Calm Down Gurrl”
  • Best Rap Performance- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
  • Best Rap Song- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Thrift Shop” (Ben Haggerty and Ryan Lewis)
  • Best Rap Album- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “The Heist”
  • Best R&B Performance- Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway, “Something”
  • Best Traditional R&B Performance- Gary Clark Jr., “Please Come Home”
  • Best R&B Song- Justin Timberlake, “Pusher Love Girl” (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake)
  • Best Urban Contemporary Album- Rihanna, “Unapologetic”
  • Best R&B Album- Alicia Keys, “Girl On Fire”
  • Best Blues Album- Ben Harper with Carlie Musselwhite, “Get Up!”
  • Best Music Video- Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie,” (David Fincher, video director; Timothy King, video producer)
  • Best Music Film- Paul McCartney, “Live Kisses” (Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers)
  • Best Country Solo Performance- Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
  • Best Country Duo/ Group Performance- The Civil Wars, “From This Valley”
  • Best Gospel Song- "If He Did It Before … Same God (Live)," Tye Tribbett
  • Best Gospel Album- "Greater Than (Live)," Tye Tribbett
  • Best Country Song- Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go ‘Round” (Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne)
  • Best Rock Performance- Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
  • Best Hard Rock/ Metal Performance- Black Sabbath, “God Is Dead”
  • Best Rock Album- Led Zeppelin, “Celebration Day”
  • Best Alternative Music Album- Vampire Weekend, “Modern Vampires of the City”
  • Producer of the Year, Non Classical- Pharrell Williams 
  • Best Pop Instrumental Album- Herb Alpert, “Steppin’ Out”
  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album- Michael Buble, “To Be Loved”
  • Best Reggae Album- Ziggy Marely, “Ziggy Marley in Concert”
  • Best World Music Album- Gipsy Kings, “Savor Flamenco” & Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Live: Singing For Peace Around The World”
  • Best Children’s Album- Jennifer Gasoi, “Throw A Penny in the Wishing Well”
  • Best Spoken Word Album- Stephen Colbert, “America Again: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t”
  • Best Instrumental Composition- Claire Fischer, “Samientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra”
  • Best Latin Pop Album- Draco Rosa, “Vida”
  • Best Tropical Latin Album- Pacific Mambo Orchestra, “Pacific Mambo Orchestra”
  • Best Compilation Soundtrack Album- "Sound City: Real to Reel," Dave Grohl and various artists, Butch Vig
  • Best New Age Album- Laura Sullivan, “Love’s River”
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album- Gregory Porter, “Liquid Spirit”
  • Best Song Written For Visual Media- Adele & Paul Epworth, “Skyfall”
  • Best Musical Theatre Album- Cyndi Lauper, “Kinky Boots”
  • Best American Roots Album- Edie Bickell & Steve Martin, “Love Has Come For You”
  • Best American Album- Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, “Old Yellow Moon”
  • Best Bluegrass Album- Del McCoury Band, “The Streets of Baltimore”
  • Best Folk Album- Guy Clark, “My Favorite Picture of You” 
  • Producer of the Year, Classical- David Frost
  • Best Instrumental Composition- "Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra," Clare Fischer
  • Best Orchestral Performance- "Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4," Osmo Vanska, conductor
  • Best Opera Recording- "Ades: The Tempest," Thomas Ades, Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna, Alan Oke, Jay David Saks
  • Best Choral Performance- "Part: Adam’s Lament," Tonu Kaljuste, conductor
  • Best Short-form Music Video- "Suit & Tie," Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, David Fincher, Timory King
  • Best Long-form Music Video- "Live Kisses," Paul McCartney, Jonas Akerlund, Violaine Etienne, Aron Levin and Scott Rodger
  • Best Historical Album- "The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums" of Bill Withers, Leo Sacks, Joseph M. Palmaccio, Tom Ruff and Mark Wilder, and "Charlie is My Darling," Teri Landi, Andrew Loog Oldham, Steve Rosenthal and Bob Ludwig

Side Note: This always confused me so I finally looked it up- What’s the difference between record of the year and song of the year?

Record of the year reward’s a songs production and performance (more for the artist and the producer). Song of the year rewards the songwriter (not always the same person as the performer).