Best Grammys Ever…Crazy Good Collaborations Make It So!

The Grammy Awards this year was really more about putting on a killer show for the audience than just collecting statues and swag!

(55th Grammy Awards Winner’s List below)

ISH had one of the best times ever! Mixing it up with artists from different genres was really powerful. Some of ISH’s favorite collaborations were: Justin Timberlake‘s performance of his new single “Suit and Tie” it was clearly a loving throw back to the Rat Pack era with Timberlake in a tux backed by a big band billed as “JT and the Tennessee Kids.” Jay-Z gave him a more than able assist – cooly walking up from his seat in the audience…Sinatra style for his rap portion of the song. And Timberlake was seamless as he moved into his new single “Pusher Love Girl.”

Alicia Keys killed it in her collaboration with Maroon 5 with her single “Girl on Fire.”

A stand out was the Bob Marley tribute opened by Bruno Mars with a reggae-infused performance of “Locked Out of Heaven” featuring an appearance by Sting, who went on to sing “Walking on the Moon” with Mars. Next Rihanna took the stage with the late singer’s sons, Ziggy and Damian, who are also musicians. They performed Marley’s “Could You Be Loved,” bringing the crowd to its feet. Marley would have turned 68 last week.

Rihanna‘s emotional performance and elegant wardrobe and hair made her ”Stay,” one of the evening’s high points. The stripped-down ballad off Unapologetic,  accompanied only by singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko made the night.

Jack White lit up the stage with a stunning performance.

Elton John‘s tribute to the Sandy Hook victims was very moving saying their “songs ended way too soon.” Joined by country singer Zac Brown,  singer Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons and Mavis Staples and the legendary T-Bone Burnett performing The Band’s ‘The Weight,’  brought the audience in the Staple’s Center to their feet.

55th Grammy Awards Winner’s List -

 

Album of the Year

Mumford & Sons, “Babel”

Song of the Year

Fun, feat. Janelle Monáe, “We Are Young”

Record of the Year

Gotye, feat. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”

Best New Artist

Fun.

Pop Vocal Album

Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”

Pop Solo Performance

Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain”

Pop Duo/Group Performance

Gotye feat. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”

Pop Instrumental Album

Chris Botti, “Impressions”

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Paul McCartney, “Kisses On The Bottom”

Country Album

Zac Brown Band, “Uncaged”

Country Solo Performance

Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Country Duo/Group Performance

Little Big Town, “Pontoon”

Country Song

Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Rock Performance

The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”

Hard Rock/Metal Performance

Halestorm, “Love Bites (So Do I)”

Rock Song

The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”

Rock Album

The Black Keys, “El Camino”

Alternative Music Album

Gotye, “Making Mirrors”

R&B Performance

Usher, “Climax”

Traditional R&B Performance

Beyonce, “Love On Top”

R&B Song

Miguel, “Adorn”

Urban Contemporary Album

Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”

R&B Album

Robert Glasper Experiment, “Black Radio”

Rap Performance

Jay-Z and Kanye West, “N****s In Paris”

Rap/Sung Collaboration

Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream, “No Church In The Wild”

Rap Song

Jay-Z and Kanye West, “”N****s In Paris”

Rap Album

Drake, “Take Care”

Dance Recording

Skrillex feat. Sirah, “Bangarang”

Dance/Electronica Album

Skrillex, “Bangarang”

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