Sam Smith was the toast of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (08Feb15), walking away with four of the six honors he was nominated for, including the coveted Record of the Year.
The British soul sensation kicked off his celebrations early after claiming the very first award of the televised show for Best New Artist. He soon followed it up with the Best Pop Vocal Album for In The Lonely Hour, and was back onstage towards the end of the Los Angeles ceremony to wrap up his big night with wins for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for Stay With Me.
Taking to the stage for the fourth time, Smith poked fun at the ex-boyfriend who inspired the album, saying, "This is the best night of my life. I wanna thank the man who this record is about... Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys!"
Fellow six-time nominees Beyonce and Pharrell Williams each went home as triple winners, while Beck landed Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for Morning Phase - and almost had Kanye West repeat his infamous stage invasion at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he interrupted Taylor Swift to defend his pal Beyonce's honor. This time, the rapper approached Beck as he collected the Album of the Year accolade, which Beyonce was also nominated for, and pretended to head towards the mic, before laughing and returning to his seat in the front row - much to everyone's amusement.
AC/DC got the Grammy Awards off to a rocking start with a hits medley, while Madonna dazzled the Staples Center audience in a red and black matador costume to sing her new release Living For Love, and Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney staged the first ever performance of their new collaboration, FourFiveSeconds.
Other performance highlights at the event, hosted by LL Cool J, came from Ed Sheeran and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne; Katy Perry, who honored victims of domestic violence with a powerful rendition of By The Grace of God; Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige's soulful collaboration on Stay With Me, and Pharrell Williams, who gave his Happy tune a gospel makeover, complete with Hans Zimmer on guitar and Lang Lang on piano.
The full list of winners at the 2015 Grammy Awards is:
Record Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith
Album Of The Year - Morning Phase by Beck
Song Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith
Best New Artist - Sam Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance - Happy by Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - Say Something by A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Cheek To Cheek by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Best Pop Vocal Album - In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
Best Dance Recording - Rather Be by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
Best Dance/Electronic Album - Syro by Aphex Twin
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album - Bass & Mandolin by Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
Best Rock Performance - Lazaretto by Jack White
Best Metal Performance - The Last In Line by Tenacious D
Best Rock Song - Ain't It Fun by Paramore
Best Rock Album - Morning Phase by Beck
Best Alternative Music Album - St. Vincent by St. Vincent
Best R&B Performance - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Best Traditional R&B Performance - Jesus Children by Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Best R&B Song - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Best Urban Contemporary Album - Girl by Pharrell Williams
Best R&B Album - Love, Marriage & Divorce by Toni Braxton & Babyface
Best Rap Performance - I by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - The Monster by Eminem featuring Rihanna
Best Rap Song - I by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap Album - The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem
Best Country Solo Performance - Something In The Water by Carrie Underwood
Best Country Duo/Group Performance - Gentle On My Mind by The Band Perry
Best Country Song - I'm Not Gonna Miss You by Glen Campbell
Best Country Album - Platinum by Miranda Lambert
Best New Age Album - Winds Of Samsara by Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman
Best Improvised Jazz Solo - Fingerprints by Chick Corea
Best Jazz Vocal Album - Beautiful Life by Dianne Reeves
Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Trilogy by Chick Corea Trio
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album - Life In The Bubble by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Best Latin Jazz Album - The Offense Of The Drum by Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Best Gospel Performance/Song - No Greater Love by Smokie Norful
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song - Messengers by Lecrae featuring For King & Country
Best Gospel Album - Help by Erica Campbell
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album - Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. by For King & Country
Best Roots Gospel Album - Shine For All The People by Mike Farris
Best Latin Pop Album - Tangos by Rubén Blades
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album - Multiviral by Calle 13
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) - Mano A Mano - Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernandez by Vicente Fernandez
Best Tropical Latin Album - Mas + Corazon Profundo by Carlos Vives
Best American Roots Performance - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash
Best American Roots Song - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash
Best Americana Album - The River & The Thread by Rosanne Cash
Best Bluegrass Album - The Earls Of Leicester by The Earls Of Leicester
Best Blues Album - Step Back by Johnny Winter
Best Folk Album - Remedy by Old Crow Medicine Show
Best Regional Roots Music Album - The Legacy by Jo-El Sonnier
Best Reggae Album - Fly Rasta by Ziggy Marley
Best World Music Album - Eve by Angelique Kidjo
Best Children's Album - I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai) by Neela Vaswani
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) - Diary Of A Mad Diva by Joan Rivers
Best Comedy Album - Mandatory Fun by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Best Musical Theater Album - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers; Carole King, composer & lyricist; Original Broadway Cast)
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media - Frozen (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers)
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media - The Grand Budapest Hotel by Alexandre Desplat
Best Song Written For Visual Media - Let It Go by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Best Instrumental Composition - The Book Thief by John Williams
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella - Daft Punk (Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers; Pentatonix)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals - New York Tendaberry by Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma)
Best Recording Package - Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package - The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27) by Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors (Various Artists)
Best Album Notes - Offering: Live At Temple University by Ashley Kahn, (John Coltrane)
Best Historical Album - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 by Hank Williams
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical - Morning Phase by Beck Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical - Max Martin
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical - All Of Me (Tiesto's Birthday Treatment Remix) (Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)
Best Surround Sound Album - Beyoncé (Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer (Beyoncé)
Best Engineered Album, Classical - Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending (Michael Bishop, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
Producer Of The Year, Classical - Judith Sherman
Best Orchestral Performance - Adams, John: City Noir by David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony)
Best Opera Recording - Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphee Aux Enfers by Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)
Best Choral Performance - The Sacred Spirit Of Russia by Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance - In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores by Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe
Best Classical Instrumental Solo - Play by Jason Vieaux Best Classical Solo Vocal Album - Douce France by Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, accompanist (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)
Best Classical Compendium - Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances by Partch; John Schneider, producer
Best Contemporary Classical Composition - Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean by John Luther Adams, composer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
Best Music Video - Happy by Pharrell Williams
Best Music Film - 20 Feet From Stardom by Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Grammy Trustees Award - Richard Perry, George Wein, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil President's Merit Award - Martin Bandier
Lifetime Achievement Award - George Harrison, Bee Gees, Buddy Guy, Louvin Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Pierre Boulez and Flaco Jimenez.
Singers Ed Sheeran and John Mayer have gone under the needle to get tattoos designed by one another inked onto their bodies. Rocker Mayer was preparing for the final night of his three-day guest-hosting stint on America's The Late Late Show on Friday (06Feb15) when he proposed he and his interviewee Sheeran draw something small to have tattooed on each other's bodies.
The Thinking Out Loud hitmaker agreed and they both had the work done backstage at the talk show's studio by artists from West Hollywood's Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlour.
However, the stars were not allowed to look at the designs until they did the big reveal on air.
Mayer's sketch for Sheeran, inked onto his right bicep, featured a small arrow pointing towards the Brit's face, alongside the words 'Kool Guy', while the Your Body is a Wonderland rocker, who has a reputation as a ladies' man, had to unbutton his shirt to reveal an "amazing" chest tattoo of a small cat.
Explaining the reasoning for his drawing, a cheeky Sheeran said, "Mine has double meaning because like, when you show it to kids you can be like, 'Oh, it's a little kitty cat' and when you chat up women, you can be like, 'Oh, I'm into p**sy'."
Mayer famously dated Sheeran's close pal Taylor Swift for a brief period in 2010 and even poked fun at their relationship at the top of Friday's The Late Late Show as he discussed Sunday's (08Feb15) Grammy Awards.
The 37 year old, who has reportedly reunited with on/off girlfriend and Swift rival Katy Perry, quipped, "You can see me at the Grammy Awards doing what I do best. Being avoided by Taylor Swift."
"I've changed my ways. Now I'm known as a guy who used to be known as a horrible, horrible womaniser... I don't even like the word womaniser; I prefer the word serial promise remover. Back in my dirty dog days, I needed a 'clear history' button for my whole house; it was called my doorbell. I used to have to do the pre-cleaning lady pre-clean. There's certain things nobody should see, not even me." Former bad boy John Mayer pokes fun at his wild reputation from his youth during a guest-hosting stint on America's The Late Late Show on Thursday night (05Feb15). The rocker, who is reportedly back with on/off girlfriend Katy Perry, previously dated Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift.
Blockbuster crime author James Patterson is offering a thrill-seeking fan the chance to purchase a copy of his new novel which will self-destruct exactly 24 hours after the buyer begins reading it. The explosive one-off book will be sold off for just under $300,000 (£187,500) as part of an elaborate prize which also includes a first-class flight to an exotic mystery location and a stay in a luxury hotel, as well as a pair of gold-plated binoculars and dinner with the author.
The exploding copy of Private Vegas will detonate 24 hours after opening, and reports suggest the stunt will be carried out with the help of a bomb squad.
A less dangerous prize is to be offered to 1,000 readers, who will be able to download a copy of the book for free, but the novel will delete itself from their device after a 24-hour deadline.
Susan Holden of Mother New York, the advertising agency behind the ambitious marketing campaign, says, "He said to me that he wouldn't be surprised if one in his circle of friends might be interested. He's a super down-to-earth guy, but he runs with a billion-dollar crowd, so for some person that's a huge Patterson fan, this could be chump change and could be funny... He likes to market. He's an ex ad guy. He believes in advertising and he believes that's a significant reason why his books have been so successful."
Patterson is one of the world's most successful authors, and his Alex Cross novels have been made into a series of films starring Morgan Freeman, while Tyler Perry took over the role in the flop 2012 reboot Alex Cross.
The Bee Gees, Latino accordionist Flaco Jimenez and late Beatle George Harrison will be among the music icons honoured with Grammy Special Merit awards next year (15). The three acts will join French composer Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, the Louvin Brothers and jazz great Wayne Shorter on the merit list as part of the pre-Grammy Awards festivities in February (14).
Meanwhile, producer Richard Perry, songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and jazz promoter and producer George Wein will be honoured with Trustees Awards, and author, scientist and inventor Ray Kurzweil will pick up the 2015 Technical Grammy Award.
The trophies will be handed out during a special invitation-only ceremony which will be held during Grammy Week on 7 February (15), and a formal acknowledgement will be made during the 57th annual Grammy Awards telecast the following day.
Have you ever been a particular mood that you can watch only one movie to relieve it? We've certainly been there.
1. When you feel like your life is just really tough:
Watch: The Hunger Games. Feeling better about your life yet?
2. When you really wish you had a long-lost twin:
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Watch: The Parent Trap (1998).
3. If you really feel like you need some time to think:
Watch: Atonement. How did that extra time work for you?
4. When you're in love with someone and secretly plan a life together:
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Watch: While You Were Sleeping. Maybe you embellished your life with them while they're in a coma, but we wont judge.
5. When you wish wish you were an elf but you're just a human:
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Watch: Elf. You cotton-headed-ninny-muggins you!
6. When you really just wish you were a human, but your dad (the King) says no:
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Watch: The Little Mermaid. But you're not going to listen to him, are you?
7. When you wish you could marry a rich man, but he thinks you're rich too (and you're really not):
Watch: Maid In Manhattan. Bonus points if you have an adorable child.
8. Or, alternatively you want to marry a guy but you're his wedding planner:
Watch: The Wedding Planner.
9. If you ever get the strong urge to move to Washington:
Watch: Twilight. Don't do it. Vampires.
10. When you think your life turned out terribly and accidentally travel back in time:
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Watch: 17 Again. But, in what world does Zac Efron turn into Matthew Perry? Yikes.
11. When you're trying to prove to someone you're able to handle big responsibilities:
Watch: Big Daddy. Kids aren't that hard, right?
12. When you wonder what it would be like to have fulfilled your childhood dream of hanging out with animals:
Watch: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. A grown up that saves animals? All our childhood dreams come true!
13. If you ever feel like your family is so crazy and no one understands you:
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Watch: August Osage County. Your family is probably pretty normal, now that you think about it.
14. When you're curious about what your toys do when you're not home:
Watch: Toy Story. Do they just lay there all day or...?
15. When you messed up at your job and are inches from being fired, so you decide you need to pull a huge stunt to save yourself:
Watch: White Chicks. Cause what says "I want to keep my job" better than dressing up as two spoiled white girls?
16. When you really feel like you just need some time to yourself:
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Watch: I Am Legend. Missing your "crazy" family yet?
17. When all of your friends are getting engaged this Christmas:
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Watch: 27 Dresses. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.
Pop stars Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Lily Allen and Katy Perry got into the Halloween spirit on Friday by donning costumes and posting photos online. Beyonce channelled Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation look for her trick-or-treat day attire, which she unveiled at a Power 1051.1 Powerhouse event in New York on Thursday night (30Oct14), while her daughter Blue Ivy donned a Michael Jackson-inspired costume, complete with a mini red military jacket, black fedora, matching sunglasses and white gloves.
Perry and Allen also got a jump on the spookiest day of the year by attending actress Kate Hudson's Thursday night party as a Flaming Hot Cheeto snack and a midriff-baring gynaecologist, respectively.
Allen's surgeon donned scrubs, a stethoscope and a name badge that read 'Dr. Luke' - a nod to top hitmaker and producer Lukasz Gottwald.
Meanwhile, Swift posted a shot of herself dressed up like a mystical "pegacorn" - a flying unicorn - on Friday morning (31Oct14). She added the caption, "Cause, darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a PEGACORN. #HappyHalloween!"
Madonna's ex-husband Guy Ritchie and their son Rocco also dressed up for a Halloween party in London - the father and son went as Breaking Bad characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, and U.S. comedienne Ellen DeGeneres opened her Halloween TV special as George Clooney's new bride Amal.
Carrying a blow-up dummy with Clooney's face pasted on the head, DeGeneres greeted her studio audience and said, "Happy Halloween! You can probably tell who I am. I'm Amal, the luckiest woman in the world, Mrs. George Clooney."
The lesbian star, who hosted the 2014 Oscars, then quipped, "I like Halloween because it's the one time of year you can dress up however you want, and pretend you're someone you'd never be in real life. For me, that's married to a man."
She was joined on the show by Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who came dressed as Star Wars character Boba Fett and explained he had never been trick-or-treating.
He said, "It's kind of catching on now (in England), but when I was a kid it was really not big, for whatever reason. I've never been trick-or-treating in my life, which is a fact that sort of amazes a lot of people and I think I'm maybe missing out a little bit."
Australian pop star Kylie Minogue also got into the Halloween spirit ahead of her Friday night gig in Kaunas, Lithuania by donning skeletal Day of the Dead face paint for the show's soundcheck. She posted a creepy picture of herself on Twitter.com.
Katy Perry has broadened her horizons when it comes to romance after realizing many suitors lie about dating a superstar.
The Teenage Dream singer, who was married to funnyman Russell Brand and dated John Mayer, admits she has made huge mistakes when it comes to falling in love, but as she prepares for her 30s, she's determined to find the perfect guy.
The 29 year old tells the new issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine, "What I've learned is that if you don't have the foundation of self-love first, you really have nowhere to pull love from to give it away. I had to learn about taking care of myself before I could take care of others. I want to mommy everyone. I want to take care of them. I want to save them, and I forget myself in the meantime. I learned that through therapy. "As I'm heading into my 30s, I have less time for bulls**t. I look for the same characteristics: a sense of humour - someone who makes me laugh off the charts - someone who is sensitive, someone who loves and understands music, and who is really smart."
She adds, "A lot of times I've ended up with people who have been intimidated by me, unfortunately. They say they're not, but it comes out in the long run. They're threatened, or there's resentment because they don't know how to handle it." But Perry admits she's not in the market for online dating just yet, stating, "I'm not really on the street. It's usually just through friends of friends. We have a lot of dinner parties. I'm definitely not on Tinder, even though I joke about it."
Sir Paul McCartney has hit the studio with Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith star Joe Perry to work on a top secret new project.
The Beatles legend recently headed to the U.S. to restart his postponed tour after a bout of ill health which landed him in hospital in Japan. It has now emerged McCartney has been taking part in secret studio sessions with a trio of famous stars inbetween his tour dates.
Perry reveals the group recorded together but he refuses to give any more detail about the top secret project, telling the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, "It's the great ego leveler. I was in the studio with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, playing guitar, and the three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids."
"Paul was really nice. He's all about business (when he's recording). At 72 he can still hit all those notes... It's a project that we're keeping under wraps for now. There will be (an announcement when the time is right)."
He adds of working with McCartney, "I met him once or twice (over the years) to say hello. To spend six or eight hours in (a) studio with him recording! He makes you feel like (you're recording with just another guy). He just happens to be a motherf**king huge talent!"
The news comes just days after Hollywood actor Depp joined Perry's band Aerosmith on stage at their gig in Massachusetts to play guitar.
Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett is still pinching himself after sharing a stage with reclusive rock legend Steve Perry at the weekend. The former Journey vocalist made a return to the spotlight after a 19-year absence from the stage when he joined Eels at their gig in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday night (25May14) and performed three tracks, including rock classics Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'.
Everett, aka E, insists the guest spot was a long time coming - because Perry has been an Eels fan for over a decade.
He tells Stereogum.com, "Steve's the greatest guy... and he started showing up unannounced to our tour rehearsals every year.
"Slowly, over the years, guys in the band would try to bait him by playing a Journey song, hoping he would grab the microphone and start singing, but he never would. One tour rehearsal, probably three or four years ago, it happened, where he surprised us all and grabbed the microphone. And for the first time in 18 years or something, he started singing a Journey song.
"It sent shivers down my spine, and I instantly gained an appreciation for his voice and Journey, something that I never got before. And now when I hear Journey on the radio, I turn it up."
But Everett is still stunned that Perry chose his band's stage in Minnesota on which to make his comeback: "I don't know why he chose St. Paul. Only he could tell you that.
"It was such a beautiful moment. Again, it sent chills down my spine just to be there with him in his element doing what he was made to do. And, as my friend, it felt good to see him feeling so good about that."
Everett admits he has no idea if Perry will join the band again at upcoming shows.