Beyoncé, Sam Smith, Kanye West, Rihanna, Paul McCartney and many others perform at Grammys

Staff Writer

Surprise winners, stellar performances and powerful messages dominated this years 57th Annual Grammy Awards. LL Cool J returned to host, but he was hardly on stage as different artists won and performed throughout the night.

The biggest winner, of course, was unsurprisingly Sam Smith. Smith took home four Grammys including Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album for his album “In the Lonely Hour.”

Smith even made a shout-out to his ex-boyfriend after winning his fourth Grammy.

“Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys,” Smith said after winning his last Grammy of the night.

Smith’s multiple Grammys may not have surprised everyone, but people were definitely shocked when Beck won Album of the Year for “Morning Phase.”

It was obvious to see that Beck himself was even surprised by the look on his face as he walked up to the stage. Beck beat out Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, and even the queen herself, Beyoncé.

No one was more shocked than Kanye West. As Beck walked on stage to accept the award, West followed him and almost grabbed the microphone.

Thankfully, West did not follow through with reenacting the 2009 MTV VMAs; he laughed and sat back down.

Even though West was only joking, the gesture could be seen as rude, as West once again avoiding respecting the chosen winner.

Besides the wins and losses, the Grammys also had multiple performances that made music history.

The majority of the performances this year were slow moving, but powerful. Ed Sheeran teamed up with John Mayer to perform Sheeran’s hit song “Thinking Out Loud.”

Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West performed “FourFiveSeconds” and Rihanna showed off her singing ability while West tried to find his.

Even Pharrell tried to dramatize his Grammy-winning song “Happy” by adding Gospel music and tons of background dancers.

While Pharrell drowned in the chaos of his elaborate performance, other artists embraced fast-paced songs and special effects.

Madonna proved that she still has what it takes to be a performer when she sang and danced to “Living For Love.”

Sia shocked audiences when comedian Kristen Wiig danced with Maddie Ziegler while Sia sang her song “Chandelier” in the background. Wiig’s cameo was quite a surprise, but she pulled it off and proved to viewers that she can be serious.

Just like Wiig, the Grammys also proved that they could carry a serious sentiment. In a video message to the Grammys, President Obama implored audiences to work to end domestic violence against women.

Domestic abuse survivor Brooke Axtell took the stage following the president’s recorded clip and gave a powerful speech about her experience with domestic violence.

Katy Perry followed her speech with an extremely moving performance of “By the Grace of God.” All together, it was an impressive stand against domestic violence especially given that Chris Brown was in the audience.

The Grammys took another serious turn with the final two performances.

First, Beyoncé went in a very different direction from her performance at last year’s Grammys, and gave a beautiful rendition of the Gospel song, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”

This was followed by John Legend and Common performing the song “Glory” from the movie “Selma.” The two songs worked to close the Grammys on a very solemn note on racial equality.