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57th Grammy Awards: Winners, performances and everything in between

LOS ANGELES — Sam Smith’s songs have brought fans to tears, but he was choked up when he earned his first Grammy Award for best new artist.

LOS ANGELES — Sam Smith was the king of the Grammys, taking home three of the top four awards, including song and record of the year for Stay With Me, and best new artist, while Beck won album of the year.

"I want to thank the man who this record is about ... Thank you so much for breaking my heart because I have four Grammys,'' said Smith, who also won best pop vocal album for In the Lonely Hour.

William Phillips, from left, James Napier and Sam Smith accept the award for song of the year for Stay With Me. Photo: AP

Smith, along with Beyonce, Pharrell and Ed Sheeran, lost album of the year to Beck's Morning Phase, which also won best rock album.

Kanye West, who famously interrupted Taylor Swift when she beat Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards, almost walked onstage when Prince announced Beck's name. Some in the audience seemed shocked, from Pharrell to Questlove.

Beck's album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and sold about 300,000 units.

Beck calls out to Kanye West, who pretended to take the stage after Beck won album of the year for Morning Phase. Photo: Reuters

Pharrell and Rosanne Cash walked away with three awards each. Pharrell won best pop solo performance for a live version of Happy, released in 2013. He also won best music video for the song as well as best urban contemporary album for G I R L, beating Beyonce.

"I am going to moonwalk my way off the stage right now,'' said Pharrell, wearing a blazer and shorts.    

Pharrell's performance of Happy was dramatic with background dancers in black, musicians in yellow and a choir in white.

When the chorus was supposed to come in, Lang Lang played the piano skillfully. Hans Zimmer also played the guitar. 

Pharrell Williams, left, and Hans Zimmer. Photo: AP

"Thank you, God,'' Pharrell, in a bell-boy hat, said at the end of the performance. "I am at your service lord.''

Rihanna gave an impressive vocal performance of FourFiveSeconds with Paul McCartney to her right and Kanye West to her left. Her hair was slicked back, and she rocked a black suit like her co-stars.

Paul McCartney (left), Rihanna and Kanye West perform FourFiveSeconds. Photo: Reuters

Katy Perry, in all white, sang the ballad By the Grace of God after a woman who had been abused talked about getting help and moving on with her life. A video of President Barack Obama appeared before she spoke, and he encouraged artists to help out. 

"It's on us, all of us, to create a culture where violence isn't tolerated,'' he said.

Katy Perry performs By The Grace of God. Photo: Reuters

Another serious moment came with Prince, who earned a standing ovation when he walked onstage to introduce album of the year.

"Albums - you remember those? They still matter. Like books and black lives, they still matter.''

Madonna, dressed as a matador, performed Living for Love on top of platform surrounded by a plethora of background dancers wearing bull masks. A choir did most of the singing, while Madonna danced and the audience at the Staples Center clapped in unison. She ascended into the air as the performance finished. 

"Let's give it up for our bitch Madonna,'' Cyrus said as she introduced Madonna. "She made me call her that.''

Madonna performs at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Photo: AP

Kanye West performed on a nearly pitch-black stage, with a light glowing from under his feet (he also sported the new sneakers he designed). He sang the new song about his late mother, Only One, which features Paul McCartney. 

Kanye West performs at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Photo: AP

Annie Lennox was a powerhouse when she sang I Put A Spell On You' and joined Hozier for Take Me to Church, nominated for song off the year.

Beyonce won best R&B song and R&B performance for Drunk In Love and surround sound album for Beyonce.

"This has been such an incredible year,'' she said, thanking her "beloved husband'' and "my daughter who is watching".

Smokey Robinson, left, presents Beyonce with the award for best R&B performance for Drunk in Love. Photo: AP

In one of 23 performances set for the awards show, AC/DC kicked off the show with a performance of their latest single, Rock or Bust, and then transitioned into the classic Highway to Hell. It earned a rousing applause from Pharrell, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, who wore devil horns.

Ariana Grande gave a stripped, piano-led performance of Just a Little Bit of Your Heart, a song co-written by One Direction's Harry Styles, while Miranda Lambert brought a rock-heavy vibe when she sang Little Red Wagon. She won best country album for Platinum.

"I put my heart and soul in this record," she said. "Thank you so much for this amazing night. I love yall!''

Ariana Grande performs at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Photo: AP

As the Grammys pre-show ended, Rosanne Cash led with three Grammys, while Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Chick Corea and the Frozen soundtrack earned two awards apiece.

"Reagan was president last time I won a Grammy,'' said Cash, who won best American roots performance, American roots song and Americana album Sunday. "I just showed up for work for 35 years and this is what happened.''

Kendrick Lamar, who lost in seven categories last year, marked a redemption by winning best rap performance and rap song for i. Eminem won best rap album, beating Common and Iggy Azalea. He also won best rap/sung collaboration for The Monster with Rihanna.

The late Joan Rivers won best spoken word album for Diary of a Mad Diva, and her daughter, Melissa Rivers, was on hand to accept the award. AP

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