There was no doubt that the 57th Grammy Awards were going to be sensational, and according to reports, they were, with Beck, Beyonce, and newcomer Sam Smith all receiving awards at the esteemed event.
The young British singer, aged just 22, hadn’t even been heard of by most Americans just a year ago, yet Sam Smith surprised everyone when he secured three of the top four prizes, while Beck won Album of the Year.
For his part, Smith took the awards for Best New Artist as well as both Record and Song of the Year for his much-loved hit, “Stay With Me.” He also received the Best Vocal Album award for In the Lonely Hour, one of last year’s biggest hits.
As he graciously accepted his awards, Sam Smith said, “I want to thank the man who this record is about, Thank you so much for breaking my heart, ’cause you got me four Grammys.”
The big shocker though was Beck’s Morning Phase, which won Album of the Year over competitors like Smith’s In the Lonely Hour and Beyoncé’s self-titled, multimedia album.
According to country star Dwight Yoakam, who performed at the event, Beck was the worthy recipient of the award.
“Beck is genuinely one of the great purveyors of the pure love of music,” he said.
Pharrell Williams was another big winner on the night, having taken home three prizes, as “Happy” won Best Music Video and, in a live version, Best Pop Solo Performance, while his G I R L won Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Beyoncé also had a good night, snatching three awards, having been nominated for six, including Best R&B Performance and R&B Song for “Drunk in Love,” and Best Surround Sound Album for Beyoncé.
In accepting her reward, Beyoncé thanked God and her husband, Jay Z, as well as her fans.
“I’d like to say thank you to my Beyhive,” she said. “Thank you guys for riding so hard.”