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Summary

  1. British singer Sam Smith wins four awards
  2. Pharrell Williams, Beyonce and Rosanne Cash win three each
  3. Performances from Madonna, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Sia

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By Ian Youngs and Genevieve Hassan

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Grammy highlights

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter

The Grammys are over. Sam Smith has truly arrived on the international stage thanks to his four awards.

Beck was a surprise but well-deserved winner, while Pharrell and Beyonce continue to dominate the world of pop.

Performance highlights included Sia (even though she was facing a wall) and Pharrell (can the next album be full of pseudo European film soundtracks please?) Madonna returned, but needs to find a new way to shock.

There was also a serious undertone, with sections highlighting domestic abuse and civil rights.

I'm now going to continue writing

our main news story. You can also see a
list of key winners and a
picture gallery. Good night.

Kanye does it again

Beck and Kanye West
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With so much going on, we initially missed the split second when Kanye West

rushed the stage when Beck was awarded the best album prize, beating Beyonce.

It was reminiscent of the incident when Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs in 2009 after she beat Beyonce to best female video.

Kanye was apparently joking though, and walked away again.

Beyonce and Jay-Z's

reaction to the stunt was priceless.

Grammy double acts

There were some unlikely meetings of great musical minds both on stage and backstage at the Grammys.

Pharrell Williams and Paul McCartney
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The defining hitmakers of two eras? Pharrell Williams and Sir Paul McCartney.

Beck and Prince
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Prince presented Beck with the album of the year trophy.

Hozier and Taylor Swift
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Tortured Irish singer-songwriter Hozier didn't win an award - but a cuddle with Taylor Swift isn't a bad consolation.

Kristen Wiig's cameo

Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler
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Bridesmaids actress Kristen Wiig was one of the dancers during Sia's performance of Chandelier, alongside 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler. Definitely one of the performance highlights of the night.

Rousing rights message

Beyonce
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Beyonce has just been on stage singing a poignant version of gospel song Take My Hand, Precious Lord, which was a favourite of Martin Luther King and was performed at his funeral.

She has just introduced Glory, from the film Selma, which is about Dr Luther King. The song is being performed by John Legend and Common.

Sam style

Sam Smith has gone through three Beyonce-style outfit changes over the course of the evening.

He first started out in a black suit with a white bow tie, then a red suit, then a blue tartan-style three-piece. We're guessing it's the same shirt.

Sam Smith
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Sam's the man

Sam Smith
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The headlines will be about Sam Smith.

Accepting the record of the year prize, he said: "Dear Lord - thank you so much. Thank you to the academy, thank you all. This is the best night of my life.

"Just a quick one - I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys."

We've had all the awards - there still seem to be some performances to come though.

Record of the year - Sam Smith, Stay With Me (Darkchild version)

The score

Record of the year is the only award yet to be announced.

By my calculations, here are the running totals. No runaway winner this year, but I reckon Sam Smith might edge ahead:

  • Sam Smith - 3 awards
  • Pharrell - 3
  • Rosanne Cash - 3
  • Beyonce - 3
  • Beck - 2
  • Kendrick Lamar - 2
  • Eminem - 2
  • Chick Corea - 2

Song vs record

If you're wondering what the difference is between the awards for song and record of the year - song of the year is for the songwriters and record of the year is for the performers.

Four songs are nominated for both - Sia's Chandelier, Sam Smith's Stay With Me, Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass.

Fancy by Iggy Azalea feat Charli XCX completes the record of the year shortlist. Hozier's Take Me To Church was the fifth song of the year nominee.

Song of the year - Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, Stay With Me (Darkchild version)

Sia faces the music

Sia - the pop star whose gimmick is that she doesn't like being a pop star - is singing her hit Chandelier while facing a wall.

She's in a set that has been made to look like a grotty flat as two dancers bounce around and in a fabulous contemporary route.

Prime time performance art. Brilliant.

Sia
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Grammys - reaction

Jeremy Shink tweets: "Prince looks like a mix between a member of the Jackson 5 and a homeless woman."

Tanya J Smith: "Prince gets a standing ovation just walking out on stage- But of course."

khlokhlo: "Ugh Beck just beat Sam Smith and Beyonce ?! How?! Just how."

LV: "I would be very happy if Beyonce or Sam had win but Beck? No thanks."

Beck triumphs

A surprise result as long-serving indie troubadour Beck scoops the album of the year award for his 12th studio LP.

I never thought I would see Beck embracing Prince.

"We made this record at my house for the most part so I'd like to thank my kids," Beck says, alongside thanks to various other people.

He beat Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams. Go Beck.

Album of the year - Beck, Morning Phase

It's album time

Here we go - Prince is here to announce album of the year - one of the biggies.

More awards please

I make it more than an hour since the last award was awarded.

I love Juanes (who's performing a jaunty number in Spanish now) as much as the next man, but could they not give out more than nine awards in a three-and-a-half hour award ceremony?

Sam Smith's star turn

Sam Smith and Mary J Blige
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Sam Smith has that "Oh my God am I really singing at the Grammys" look in his eyes as he sings a gorgeous version of his hit Stay With Me with Mary J Blige, backed by a large string section.

I was hoping for a duet between Sam Smith and Tom Petty on a medley of Stay With Me and I Won't Back Down, but I guess that's not going to happen.

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Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Rihanna
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Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Kanye West
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Now that's what I call a supergroup.

After country stars Eric Church and Brandy Clark, the camera cuts to Sir Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Rihanna performing their collaboration FourFiveSeconds in front of a plain backdrop.

Sir Macca was strumming along and singing backing vocals and looked like he wanted to launch into Back in the USSR when the song finished and the camera cut away to an ad. A bit of a waste of a Beatle.

I would have liked to have seen Kanye and Rihanna sing backing vocals on Back in the USSR.

Grammys - reaction

MH tweets: "Guys Kayne is so kind helping this guy.. his name is Paul McCartney or something?! a real up & comer!"

Juan G Gusart: "Is it me or these Grammy's except AC/DC has been all ballads?"

Mike Thompson: "Tough call on pop song of year, but Chandelier by @Sia was so tremendous I would've liked to have seen it win."

Morgan Johnston: "I'd like to thank the #Grammys' Sleepy-Time Music Special for ensuring we'll all be tucked in and well rested for work tomorrow."

Ian Denton: "I'm about #FourFiveSeconds from sleeping, these #GRAMMYs are boring me the death."

US President Barack Obama

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Barack Obama
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Watch the message that aired tonight during the #Grammys from President Obama: #ItsOnUs to stop sexual assault."

Stripped back songs

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
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I'm not sure if they've cut the Grammys budget this year, but Pharrell and Madonna have been the only big numbers with lots of dancers and there have been quite a few stripped-back performances.

I'm sure they'd say it's all about the music and the voice.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have just been on, looking stylish as they sang a swinging version of Irving Berlin's Cheek To Cheek.

Usher's on now, accompanied only by a harp and a short but sweet cameo from Stevie Wonder's harmonica.

Abuse message

Brooke Axtell
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One of the most moving sections of the ceremony was not a performance by another rich and famous pop star - it was the speech about domestic abuse by Brooke Axtell, from Austin, Texas.

She spoke about her "romance with a handsome, charismatic man".

"I was stunned when he began to abuse me," she continued. "Authentic love does not devalue another human being. Authentic love does not silence, shame or abuse."

Katy Perry then followed her Super Bowl shenanigans last weekend with a more solemn performance, singing her ballad By the Grace of God.

She and Axtell got a standing ovation.

Obama's appeal

A surprise appearance from US President Barack Obama - on a screen - to introduce a segment aimed at helping those suffering domestic violence.

"It's not OK and it has to stop," he said. "Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes and get us talking about what matters."

He urged people to support the campaign by visiting

ItsOnUs.org before a survivor of abuse, Brooke Axtell, took to the stage to tell her story.

Pharrell's Happy clappy

Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer
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Best performance of the night so far - Pharrell Williams joined forces with composer Hans Zimmer and pianist Lang Lang to turn Happy into an epic, European-flavoured hymnal celebration.

It started with Pharrell reciting the opening lines from his song in sombre tones, with other voices speaking what I assume were European translations. Then dramatic, soundtrack-style strings kicked in - presumably Zimmer's contribution.

It was a bit of a shame when the tempo and key picked up and the normal version kicked in, to be honest.

Annie's spell

Annie Lennox and Hozier
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The next superstar collaboration was between Irish singer Hozier and Annie Lennox.

Hozier's anthem about obsessive romance Take Me To Church morphed into Annie singing I Put A Spell On You, which seemed to feature the former Eurythmic playing air harmonica.

Best country album - Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Gwen and Adam duet

Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine
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For a performance "everyone will be talking about tomorrow" (we were promised), the rendition of Maroon 5's My Heart Is Open by The Voice co-stars Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine was a tad underwhelming.

After that build-up, I was expecting pyrotechnics and acrobats - but I'm being churlish. It was an excellent vocal performance.

Lady Gaga with Tony

@ladygaga

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AC/DC was killer can't wait to see Beck and Sam Smith!"

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
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Sam Smith with Taylor Swift

@samsmithworld

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What is my life."

Sam Smith with Taylor Swift
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Ed's Light Orchestra

Ed Sheeran and Jeff Lynne
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Ed Sheeran performed his hit Thinking Out Loud before joining ELO's Jeff Lynne for Evil Woman and Mr Blue Sky.

Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and that renowned pop star Nicole Kidman were grooving along in the audience.

(Well, she did release a single with Robbie Williams in 2001.)

Corden introduces Sheeran

James Corden
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British comedian James Corden - who is taking over from Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show in the US - just appeared to introduce Ed Sheeran.

Despite having hosted the Brit Awards for several years, he made a slightly nervous start to his link.

He went on to take credit for Ed's big break, having tweeted a link to his music while the singer was still unsigned. Ed owes him one.

Beyonce and Jay-Z 4 Ever

That's Beyonce's third award of the night. "I'd like to thank my beloved husband," she said. "I love you deep."

Best R&B performance - Beyonce feat Jay-Z, Drunk in Love

Grammys backstage

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Best rock album - Morning Phase, Beck

Coming up - a duet between Gwen Stefani and Maroon 5's Adam Levine which apparently "everyone will be talking about tomorrow".

Typical Madonna

Madonna
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Madonna, on the other hand, has a big production - she is touching herself suggestively on a podium with a couple of dozen half-naked male dancers wearing glittering masks and horns.

Good old Madonna.

She's singing Living For Love, from her new album Rebel Heart.

Kanye's first appearance

Kanye West
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The stage is black, save for Kanye West uplit by a single beam and some dry ice. He's singing Only One, which he wrote with Sir Paul McCartney.

He's due to return to perform with Sir Paul and Rihanna later.