The 56th Annual Grammy Awards began this evening (January 26) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony kicked off with a performance from Jay Z and Beyonce. This year’s ceremony is hosted by LL Cool J for the third consecutive year.

Jay and Beyonce performed their collaborative hit “Drunk In Love to a crowd that included nominees Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, and more.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won an early award for Best New Artist. While accepting the award, Macklemore celebrated the independent nature of their album The Heist. “We made this album without a record label, we made it independently, and we appreciate all the support,” he said.

Jay Z received the most nominations of any artist this year with his name up for nine awards, including within the of Best Rap Album category. Both Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, alongside Kanye West and Drake, are nominated for the same award.

Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the only Hip Hop artists who were nominated within the coveted Album of the Year category this year, an award that has been given to Hip Hop artists only twice in the past in the cases of OutKast and Lauryn Hill. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were also the only Hip Hop artists nominated within the Song of the Year category for their chart-topper “Same Love.”

Earlier this week, rappers Joey Bada$$ and Nipsey Hussle weighed in on the Rap Album of the Year and Album of the Year categories. In an interview with MTV, Joey said that while he thinks Macklemore’s commercial appeal will win him the award, he thinks good kid, m.A.A.d. city deserves the nod. “That’s Grammys,” he said. “That’s what you got, but I personally feel like Kendrick deserves that more.” In an interview with XXL, Hussle said that he’s rooting for both nominees. “They both have their reasons to be recognized,” he said. “I’m curious to see how it goes. And they both from the West so I’m rooting for both of them.”

In an interview with The Source earlier this month, Macklemore himself admitted that he thinks the Best Rap Album award should be given to Kendrick Lamar. “In terms of [that category], I think it should go to Kendrick,” he said. “He’s family. TDE is family, and I understand why Hip-Hop would feel like Kendrick got robbed [if he didn’t win]. I’m not trying to compare albums; I think you can make an argument for both. With that being said, I am a huge supporter of what Kendrick does. And because of that, I would love to win in a different category. We obviously had massive success on commercial radio, and I think that, in ways, The Heist was a bigger album, but Kendrick has a better rap album.”

UPDATE: Jay Z and Justin Timberlake have been awarded a Grammy for their collaboration “Holy Grail.” The award was given within the Rap/Sung Collaboration category and Jay Z was also nominated for his collaboration with Beyonce. In his acceptance speech, Jay offered the award to his daughter Blue Ivy as a “gold sippy cup.” 

Pharrell Williams was awarded a Grammy as Producer of the Year and appeared on stage alongside Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder to perform a medley of songs that included the French duo’s hit “Get Lucky.” 

The selection committee passed over the two Hip Hop artists up for Album of the Year with Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories claiming the honors.

Performers at the awards show included Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who appeared alongside Queen Latifah and Madonna. The duo’s performance included a ceremony in which 33 couples were married. Kendrick Lamar also performed alongside the Las Vegas Rock band Imagine Dragons

(January 26)

UPDATE #2: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been awarded three of the four Grammy awards within the Rap categories at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The duo beat out Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, and Drake with their award for Best Rap Album. The Seattle artists also won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for their 2013 hit “Thrift Shop” which was also Billboard’s #1 song of the year. Their award as Best New Artist outside of the Rap categories brought their total tally to four awards.

Jay Z and Justin Timberlake’s video for another of their 2013 collaborations, “Suit & Tie,” was awarded the Grammy for Best Music Video. Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and Alicia Keys all won awards within R&B categories.

The full list of 2014 Grammy Winners is available below per Billboard


Album Of The Year:

“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk

Record Of The Year:

“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Song Of The Year:

“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

Best New Artist:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Royals” — Lorde  

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album:

“Unorthodox Jukebox” — Bruno Mars

Best Pop Instrumental Album:

“Steppin’ Out” — Herb Alpert

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“To Be Loved” — Michael Bublé


Best Dance/Electronica Album:

Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

Best Dance Recording

“Clarity” — Zedd Featuring Foxes


Best Rock Performance:

“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons

Best Rock Album:

“Celebration Day” — Led Zeppelin

Best Metal Performance

“God Is Dead?” — Black Sabbath

Best Rock Song

“Cut Me Some Slack” — Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)


Best Alternative Music Album

“Modern Vampires Of The City” — Vampire Weekend


Best R&B Performance:

“Something” — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

“Unapologetic” — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:

Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys

Best Traditional R&B Performance

“Please Come Home — Gary Clark Jr.

Best R&B Song (A Songwriters Award)

“Pusher Love Girl” — James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)


Best Rap Performance:

“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

“Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake  

Best Rap Album:

The Heist — Macklemore  & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Song

“Thrift Shop” — Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)


Best Country Solo Performance:

“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker

Best Country Album:

Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“From This Valley” — The Civil Wars

Best Country Song (A Songwriters Award)

“Merry Go ‘Round” — Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)


Best New Age Album

“Love’s River” — Laura Sullivan


Best Jazz Instrumental Album:

Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Orbits” — Wayne Shorter, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album

“Liquid Spirit” — Gregory Porter

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

“Night In Calisia” — Randy Brecker, W,odek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic

Best Latin Jazz Album

“Song For Maura” — Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente


Best Gospel Album:

Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

“Break Every Chain [Live]” — Tasha Cobbs

Best Gospel Song

“If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]” — Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

“Overcomer” — David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

“Overcomer” — Mandisa


Best Latin Pop Album

“Vida” — Draco Rosa

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

“Treinta Días” — La Santa Cecilia

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

“A Mi Manera” — Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

Best Tropical Latin Album:

Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra


Best Americana Album:

Love Has Come For You — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

Best Bluegrass Album

“The Streets Of Baltimore” — Del McCoury Band

Best Blues Album

“Get Up!” — Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite

Best Folk Album

“My Favorite Picture Of You” — Guy Clark

Best Regional Roots Music Album

“Dockside Sessions” — Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience


Best Reggae Album

“Ziggy Marley In Concert” — Ziggy Marley


Best World Music Album (tie)

“Savor Flamenco” — Gipsy Kings

“Live: Singing For Peace Around The World” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo


Best Children’s Album

“Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well” — Jennifer Gasoi


Best Spoken Word Album

“America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t” — Stephen Colbert


Best Comedy Album:

“Calm Down Gurrl” — Kathy Griffin


Best Musical Theater Album

“Kinky Boots”


Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Sound City: Real To Reel

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Skyfall — Thomas Newman, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media

“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”– Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)


Best Instrumental Composition

Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra — Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)

Best Instrumental Arrangement

On Green Dolphin Street– Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Swing Low — Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)


Best Recording Package

Long Night Moon — Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition) — Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)


Best Album Notes

Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded) — Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)


Best Historical Album (tie)

Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965

The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums

PRODUCTION, Non-Classical

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Random Access Memories — Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Daft Punk)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Pharrell Williams

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) — Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)


Best Surround Sound Album

Live Kisses — Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)


Best Engineered Album, Classical

Winter Morning Walks — David Frost, Brian Losch & Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)

Producer Of The Year, Classical

David Frost


Best Orchestral Performance

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 — Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording

Adès: The Tempest

Best Choral Performance

Pärt: Adam’s Lament — Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Roomful Of Teeth — Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra — Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)

Best Classical Vocal Solo

Winter Morning Walks — Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)

Best Classical Compendium

Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik — Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks — Maria Schneider, composer


Best Music Video

Suit & Tie — Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z (David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer)

Best Music Film

Live Kisses — Paul McCartney (Jonas Akerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers)

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