Well, that was....anti-climatic. My complicated relationship with the GRAMMYs is well-documented, but I continue to watch because the highs can be so high and the lows can be so very low. The GRAMMYs are provocative, they get the people going. Except this year they were, just, pretty cool. The performances were pretty cool, Iggy didn't win for Best Rap Album which was pretty cool, Kanye fake interrupted Beck's acceptance speech - that was pretty cool. It was, you know, good but not great and whatnot.
That means I don't really have some wildly passionate article about the 2015 GRAMMYs in me, but they're still worth recapping, if only so we can make jokes and talk shit in the comments section. So plain and simple, here's a rundown of everything you need to know about the 2015 GRAMMY Awards, and by need-to-know I mean what someone who cares about hip-hop needs to know (sorry best Historical Album).
Album of the Year
Winner: Morning Phase, Beck
x, Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
G I R L, Pharrell Williams
Record of the Year
Winner: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith
"Fancy," Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
"Shake It Off," Taylor Swift
"All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor
Best New Artist
Winner: Sam Smith
Pop Solo Performance
Winner: "Happy," Pharrell Williams
"All Of Me," John Legend
"Stay With Me," Sam Smith
"Shake It Off," Taylor Swift
Pop Duo/Group Performance
Winner: "Say Something," A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera
"Fancy," Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
"A Sky Full of Stars," Coldplay
"Bang, Bang," Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
"Dark Horse," Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
Winner: "Drunk In Love," Beyoncé featuring Jay Z
"New Flame," Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross
"It's Your World," Jennifer Hudson featuring R. Kelly
"Like This," Ledisi
"Good Kisser," Usher
Winner: "Drunk In Love" (Beyonce)
"Good Kisser" (Usher)
"New Flame" (Chris Brown)
"Options" (Luke James)
"The Worst" (Jhene Aiko)
Urban Contemporary Album
Winner: Girl, Pharrell Williams
Sail Out, Jhené Aiko
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is... Mali Music
Winner: "I," Kendrick Lamar
"3005," Childish Gambino
"0 To 100 / The Catch Up," Drake
"Rap God," Eminem
"All I Need Is You," Lecrae
Winner: "The Monster," Eminem featuring Rihanna
"Blak Majik," Common featuring Jhené Aiko
"Tuesday," I Love Makonnen featuring Drake
"Studio," ScHoolboy Q featuring BJ the Chicago Kid
"Bound 2," Kanye West and Charlie Wilson
Winner: "I" (Kendrick Lamar)
"Anaconda" (Nicki Minaj)
"Bound 2" (Kanye West)
"We Dem Boyz" (Wiz Khalifa)
"0 To 100 / The Catch Up" (Drake)
Winner: The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem
The New Classic, Iggy Azalea
Because The Internet, Childish Gambino
Nobody's Smiling, Common
Oxymoron, Schoolboy Q
Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa
- Pharrell "Happy"
- Kanye "Only One"
- Rihanna, Kanye & Paul McCartney "FourFiveSeconds"
- Sam Smith & Mary J Blige "Stay With Me"
- Beyonce "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
- John Legend & Common "Glory"
"If they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. Flawless Beyoncé video, and Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé."
So even though Sam Smith absolutely cleaned up this year, as always, the real talk of the GRAMMYs tomorrow will be about Kanye. This year's awards may have been largely forgettable, for better or worse, but once again it doesn't really matter when it's Yeezy season.
Alright DJBooth Nation, let's have it out in the comment section. See you there. (Oh, and by the way, Annie Lennox can motherfucking sing.)
[Nathan S. is the managing editor of The DJBooth and a hip-hop writer. He also occasionally talks in podcast form and appears on RevoltTV. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter.]