The Wall Street Journal reports the win underscored the diminishing importance of record sales, which continue to shrink across the board as music streaming services such as Spotify AB amass listeners.
Miranda Lambert took home Best Country Album for Platinum, Eminem won Best Rap Album for The Marshall Mathers LP2 and Beck won the big award of the night with Album of the Year for Morning Phase.
Record of the Year
“Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version), Sam Smith
Album of the Year
“Morning Phase,” Beck
Song of the Year
James Napier, William Phillips and Sam Smith (“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith)
Pop Solo Performance
“Happy (Live),” Pharrell Williams
Pop Performance, Duo or Group
“Say Something,” A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
Pop Vocal Album
“In the Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith
“Rather Be,” Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne
“Syro,” Aphex Twin
Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“Cheek to Cheek,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
“Lazaretto,” Jack White
“The Last in Line,” Tenacious D
Hayley Williams and Taylor York (“Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore)
“Morning Phase,” Beck
Alternative Music Album
“St. Vincent,” St. Vincent
“Drunk in Love,” Beyoncé and Jay Z
Traditional R&B Performance
“Jesus Children,” Robert Glasper Experiment, Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor and Brian Soko, (“Drunk in Love,” Beyoncé and Jay Z)
“Love, Marriage & Divorce,” Toni Braxton and Babyface
“I,” Kendrick Lamar
“The Monster,” Eminem and Rihanna
K. Duckworth and C. Smith (“I,” Kendrick Lamar)
“The Marshall Mathers LP2,” Eminem
Urban Contemporary Album
“G I R L,” Pharrell Williams
Country Solo Performance
“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood
Country Duo/Group Performance
“Gentle on My Mind,” the Band Perry
Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond (“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell)
“Platinum,” Miranda Lambert
New Age Album
“Winds of Samsara,” Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman
Improvised Jazz Solo
“Fingerprints,” Chick Corea
Jazz Vocal Album
“Beautiful Life,” Dianne Reeves
Jazz Instrumental Album
“Trilogy,” Chick Corea Trio
Large Jazz Ensemble Album
“Life in the Bubble,” Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
Latin Jazz Album
“The Offense of the Drum,” Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Aaron W. Lindsey and Smokie Norful (“No Greater Love,” Smokie Norful)
Contemporary Christian Music
Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone (“Messengers,” Lecrae and For King & Country)
“Help,” Erica Campbell
Contemporary Christian Music Album
“Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.” For King & Country
Latin Pop Album
“Tangos,” Rubén Blades
Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
“Multiviral,” Calle 13
Regional Mexican or Tejano Album
“Mano a Mano — Tangos a la Manera de Vicente Fernández,” Vicente Fernández
Tropical Latin Album
“Más & Corazón Profundo,” Carlos Vives
American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal (“A Feather’s Not a Bird,” Rosanne Cash)
“The River & the Thread,” Rosanne Cash
“The Earls of Leicester,” The Earls of Leicester
“Step Back,” Johnny Winter
“Remedy,” Old Crow Medicine Show
Regional Roots Music Album
“The Legacy,” Jo-El Sonnier
“Fly Rasta,” Ziggy Marley
World Music Album
“Eve,” Angelique Kidjo
“I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Malala Yousafzai),” Neela Vaswani
Spoken Word Album
“Diary of a Mad Diva,” Joan Rivers
“Mandatory Fun,” Weird Al Yankovic
Musical Theater Album
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell and Billy Jay Stein, producers; Carole King, composer and lyricist
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
“Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall and Chris Montan, compilation producers
Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
Song Written for Visual Media
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “Let It Go,” from “Frozen” (Idina Menzel)
“The Book Thief,” John Williams (John Williams)
Producer of the Year, Nonclassical
Producer of the Year, Classical
Remixed Recording, Nonclassical
“All of Me (Tiësto’s Birthday Treatment Remix),” Tijs Michiel Verwest (John Legend)
“Adams, John: City Noir,” David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony)
“Charpentier: La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers,” Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
“20 Feet From Stardom,” Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill
- AC/DC kicked off the night of music with performances of "Rock or Bust" and "Highway to Hell."
- After hitting the red carpet, Ariana Grande did an outfit change into a navy blue gown to perform "Just A Little Bit of Your Heart" with a live mini orchestra.
- With her hair blowing in the wind, with fire shooting from the stage Miranda Lambert performed "Little Red Wagon."
- Contributing to the theme of the evening, blending new-school with old-school, Jessie J and Tom Jones performed "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."
- Then, for the first time in six years, Kanye West hit the stage and performed "Only One" -- which is dedicated to his baby girl North West.
- Shortly after, introduced by Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus, Madonna performed her new single "Living for Love" with minotaurs and a live choir. Let's not forget how she defied gravity and was lifted into the sky on a rope.
- Ed Sheeran performed his record "Thinking Out Loud" with John Mayer on the guitar, Questlove on the drums, Herbie Hancock on the keys. Following Ed was ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) to perform "Evil Woman." Ed then joined them for Mr. Blue Sky.
- Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani performed Maroon 5's "My Heart Is Open"
- Hozier performed "Take Me To Church" with Annie Lennox. She then performed "I Put A Spell On You."
- Pharrell gave us a new rendition of "Happy" with dancers in robes, black hooded sweatshirts, violinists and a pianist. Basically, the whole nine yards.
- Katy Perry performed "By The Grace of God" -- which was dedicated to domestic violence.
- Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett performed a 1920s inspired rendition of "Cheek to Cheek."
- Usher performed a touching acoustic tribute to Steve Wonder singing "If It's Magic" and was joined by Stevie himself on the harmonica.
- Eric Church sang "Give Me Back My Hometown."
- Rocking black suits, Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye hit the stage to perform "FourFive Seconds."
- While facing the wall the entire performance, Sia let Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler perform an interpretive dance "Chandelier."
- Beck and Chris Martin performed "Heart is a Drum."
- Beyonce closed the show with a chilling performance of "Take My Hand Precious Lord" with help from an all male choir. Bey concluded her performance and introduced John Legend and Common's performance of "Glory" which brought the show home.