The 58th Grammy awards recap

Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners at the 58th Grammy awards, taking home a collective seven awards.

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Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners at the 58th Grammy awards, taking home a collective seven awards.

Parker Reed

The 58th annual Grammy awards featured performances from some of the biggest acts in music and plenty of anticipated awards to reward some of the industry’s best artists. And while the talent was rewarded Monday night, there was plenty of talent that was not rewarded properly.

The Better

Kendrick Lamar had one of the best nights of anyone at the ceremony, winning 5 of the 11 awards he was nominated for (“Best Rap Album,” “Best Rap Performance,” “Best Rap Song,” “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Music Video”) and the best performance of the show with a medley of “The Blacker the Berry,” “Alright” and a new song he debuted live at the show.

Taylor Swift took home the “Album of the Year” award for 2014’s “1989,” as well as taking home “Best Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Music Video,” making her three-for-seven in her nominations.

On top of opening the show with a dynamic performance of “Out of the Woods,” Swift also had one of the most notable speeches of the night after winning “Album of the Year.”

“I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” Swift said after winning “Album of the Year.”

Alabama Shakes’ performance of “Don’t Wanna Fight” was one of the grooviest and most soulful performances of the night, with Brittany Howard’s vocals and persona propelling it forward. The band went three-for-four in nominations, taking home awards for “Best Rock Song,” “Best Rock Performance” and “Best Alternative Music Album,” only losing in the “Album of the Year” category.

The Lesser

While many believed that Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” should have walked home with the honor of “Album of the Year,” another notable stolen award came when Meghan Trainor was given the award of “Best New Artist.” Courtney Barnett and James Bay easily had the talent over Trainor, but it seems the mainstream appeal brought the award home for Trainor.

Lionel Richie is one of the all-time best selling artists, so his tribute performance was an anticipated one.

Unfortunately, the tribute was a crowded endeavor with John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan and Meghan Trainor wandering around the stager performing some of Richie’s greatest hits. The legend himself sat and watched for a majority of this drawn out performance, before finishing the set on-stage performing “All Night Long.”

“25” was ineligible for this year’s ceremony, but Adele decided to come perform “All I Ask” anyway. Unfortunately, the performance was plagued with audio issues. For those watching on TV, the vocal microphone cut out for more time than is acceptable and another microphone fell into the piano giving every key strike sound sharp and harsh. Hopefully Adele’s performance next year will be better for everyone.


This year’s Grammy awards were packed with performances from top to bottom but featured very little awards in comparison. With a run time of over three hours the Grammys need to focus on what everyone is tuning in to see, the awards. The editing should be improved, as long periods of time (30 minutes) would go by in between certain awards.

Overall, the 58th annual Grammy awards were an entertaining ceremony, even though it might not have been heavy on the content most people come to see. Hopefully in the future they can learn from their mistakes and craft an enjoyable show that not only entertains but rewards those artists who are working hard and creating great music.

For a full list of winners, click here