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Australia had a rough Grammy Awards, with Keith Urban, Iggy Azalea and Sia Furler all missing out on wins.

However, Australian band For King & Country, formed by brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, did have success, winning Contemporary Christian Music Album and Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song awards.

British singer Sam Smith was the artist of the night winning four awards. The talented British singer won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album for In The Lonely Hour.

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Furler’s hit Chandelier was beaten out by Smith for the Song of the Year and Record of the Year, which he won for Stay With Me.

Furler is known as much for her hit music, whether as a performer or writer, as she is for her kooky methods to hide her face whether performing or posing for photos.

She performed her multi-platinum-selling single Chandelier for the Grammy crowd, but did so staring at a wall, with actor Shia LaBeouf providing an introductory poem and her usual muse, 12-year-old American dancer Maddie Ziegler centre stage. Comedian Kristen Wiig also played a starring role.

Kirsten Wiig performing 'Chandelier' with Sia Furler at the Grammys. Photo: Getty
Kirsten Wiig performing Chandelier with Sia Furler at the Grammys. Photo: Getty

Azalea lost the controversial Best Rap Album category to Eminem. She was criticised for being a nominee because she was said to be “appropriating” black artists.

She also missed out on Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Duo for her hit Fancy with Charlie XCX.

Urban, a winner of four Grammys in previous years, bowed out in his two nominated categories, Best Country Solo Performance for Cop Car and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for Raise ‘Em Up with Eric Church.

Earlier in the awards, Australia had a smaller victory when Winds of Samsara, by South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman and India’s Ricky Kej, won the New Age Album Grammy. The album features a song Grace by Australian composer Fiona Joy.

As well as some incredible fashion moments, the 2015 Grammy Awards saw some impressive performances.

Ed Sheeran performed with both John Mayer and the ELO (Electric Light Orchestra).

Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West performed their new song ‘FourFiveSeconds’.

And iconic Australian band AC/DC opened the show with a medley of songs.

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Here are the major nominees and victors (winners are in bold):

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

• Morning Phase, Beck

• Beyoncé, Beyoncé

 X, Ed Sheeran

• Girl, Pharrell

 In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

RECORD OF THE YEAR

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• “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX

• “Chandelier,” Sia

• “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith

• “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift

• “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

SONG OF THE YEAR

• “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor)

• “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia)

• “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith)

• “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier)

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

• “All of Me (Live Version),” John Legend

• “Chandelier,” Sia

• “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

• “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift

• “Happy,” Pharrell Williams

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Pharrell Williams accepts the award for best pop solo performance for Happy at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Photo: AAP

 

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

• “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX

• “A Sky Full Of Stars,” Coldplay

• “Say Something,” A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera

• “Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

• “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

BEST TRADITONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

Cheek To Cheek, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Nostalgia, Annie Lennox

Night Songs, Barry Manilow

Sending You A Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis

Partners, Barbra Streisand With Various Artists

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett after winning the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocals for their album Cheek to Cheek. Photo: AAP

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Ghost Stories, Coldplay

Bangerz, Miley Cyrus

My Everything, Ariana Grande

Prism, Katy Perry

• X, Ed Sheeran

In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

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Sam Smith poses with the awards for best new artist, best pop vocal album for In the Lonely Hour, song of the year for Stay With Me, and record of the year for Stay With Me. Photo: AAP

BEST DANCE RECORDING

• “Never Say Never,” Basement Jaxx

• “Rather Be,” Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne

• “F For You,” Disclosure Featuring Mary J. Blige

• “I Got U,” Duke Dumont Featuring Jax Jones

• “Faded,” Zhu

BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM

Syro, Aphex Twin

While (1 Deadmaus

Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragon

Do It Again, Röyksopp & Robyn

Damage Control, Mat Zo

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE

• “Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams

• “Do I Wanna Know?,” Arctic Monkeys

• “Blue Moon,” Beck

• “Fever,” The Black Keys

• “Lazaretto,” Jack White

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE

• “Neon Knights,” Anthrax

• “High Road,” Mastodon

• “Heartbreaker,” Motörhead

• “The Negative One,” Slipknot

• “The Last In Line,” Tenacious D

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Jack Black and Tenacious D won Best Metal Performance. Photo: AAP

BEST ROCK SONG

• “Ain’t It Fun,” Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters (Paramore)

• “Blue Moon,” Beck Hansen, songwriter (Beck)

• “Fever,” D. Auerbach, B. Burton & P. Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys)

• “Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams, songwriter (Ryan Adams)

• “Lazaretto,” Jack White III, songwriter (Jack White)

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams

Morning Phase, Beck

Turn Blue, The Black Keys

Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Songs Of Innocence, U2

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Beck accepts the award for best rock album for Morning Phase at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Photo: AAP

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

This Is All Yours, Alt-J

Reflektor, Arcade Fire

Melophobia, Cage The Elephant

St. Vincent, St. Vincent

Lazaretto, Jack White

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE

• “Drunk In Love,” Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z

• “New Flame,” Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Rick Ross

• “It’s Your World,” Jennifer Hudson Featuring R. Kelly

• “Like This,” Ledisi

• “Good Kisser,” Usher

BEST R&B SONG

• “Drunk In Love,” Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters (Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z)

• “Good Kisser,” Ronald “Flip” Colson, Warren “Oak” Felder, Usher Raymond IV, Jameel Roberts, Terry “Tru” Sneed & Andrew “Pop” Wansel, songwriters (Usher)

• “New Flame,” Eric Bellinger, Chris Brown, James Chambers, Malissa Hunter, Justin Booth Johnson, Mark Pitts, Usher Raymond IV, William Roberts, Maurice “Verse” Simmonds & Keith Thomas, songwriters (Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Rick Ross)

• “Options (Wolfjames Version),” Dominic Gordon, Brandon Hesson, William Roberts & Jamaica “Kahn-Cept” Smith, songwriters (Luke James)

• “The Worst,” Jhené Aiko Chilombo, songwriter (Jhené Aiko)

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Beyonce won Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance with Drunk In Love, her tale of marital bliss sung with her husband Jay-Z, as well as for the more technical Best Surround Sound Album. Photo: AAP

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Sail Out, Jhené Aiko]

Beyoncé, Beyoncé

• X, Chris Brown

Mali Is…,Mali Music

Girl, Pharrell Williams

BEST R&B ALBUM

Islander, Bernhoft
[Big Picnic Records]

Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc

Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni Braxton & Babyface

Black Radio 2, Robert Glasper Experiment

Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

BEST RAP SONG

• “Anaconda,” Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios & J. Solone-Myvett, songwriters (Nicki Minaj)

• “Bound 2,” Mike Dean, Malik Jones, Che Pope, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, John Stephens, Kanye West, Charlie Wilson & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West & Charlie Wilson)

• “I,” K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

• “We Dem Boyz,” N. Fisher & C. Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa)

• “0 To 100 / The Catch Up,” A. Feeney, Aubrey Graham, A. Hernandez, P. Jefferies, M. Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)

BEST RAP ALBUM

The New Classic, Iggy Azalea

Because The Internet, Childish Gambino

Nobody’s Smiling, Common

The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem

Oxymoron, Schoolboy Q

Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa

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Eminem won Best Rap Album for The Marshall Mathers LP2. Photo: AAP

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

Riser, Dierks Bentley

The Outsiders, Eric Churc

• 12 Stories, Brandy Clark

Platinum, Miranda Lambert

• “The Way I’m Livin’,” Lee Ann Womack

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

The River & the Thread, Roseanne Cash

Terms of My Surrender, John Hiatt

Bluesamericana, Keb’ Mo’

A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill Simpson

BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM

The Earls of Leicester, The Earls of Leicester

Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, Noam Pikelny

Cold Spell, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Into My Own, Bryan Sutton

Only Me, Rhonda Vincent

BEST BLUES ALBUM

Common Ground – Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin

Promise of a Brand New Day, Ruthie Foster

Juke Joint Chapel, Charlie Musselwhite

Decisions, Bobby Rush With Blinddog Smokin’

Step Back, Johnny Winter

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Johnny Winter won Best Blues Album for Step BackPhoto: AAP

BEST FOLK ALBUM

Three Bells, Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas & Rob Ickes

Follow The Music, Alice Gerrard

The Nocturne Diaries, Eliza Gilkyson

 • Remedy, Old Crow Medicine Show

A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble, Jesse Winchester

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

“We Exist,” Arcade Fire

• “Turn Down For What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon

• “Chandelier,” Sia

• “Happy,” Pharrell Williams

• “The Golden Age,” Woodkid Featuring Max Richte

BEST MUSIC FILM

Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z
Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Svana Gisla, video producer
[Columbia Records]

Ghost Stories, Coldplay

20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hil

Metallica Through The Never, Metallica

The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne, Pink

BEST REGGAE ALBUM

Fly Rasta, Ziggy Marley

Full Frequency, Sean Paul

Back On The Controls, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Out Of Many, One Music, Shaggy

The Reggae Power, Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate

Amid The Noise And Haste, Soja

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Ziggy Marley won Best Reggae Album called Fly Rasta. Photo: AAP

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM

Toumani & Sidiki, Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté

Eve, Angelique Kidjo

Our World In Song, Wu Man, Luis Conte & Daniel Ho

Magic, Sérgio Mendes

Traces Of You, Anoushka Shankar

BEST SPOKEN WORLD ALBUM

Actors Anonymous, James Franco

A Call To Action, Jimmy Carter

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, John Waters

Diary Of A Mad Diva, Joan Rivers

A Fighting Chance, Elizabeth Warren

We Will Survive: True Stories Of Encouragement, Inspiration, And The Power Of Song, Gloria Gaynor

BEST COMEDY ALBUM

Mandatory Fun, “Weird Al” Yankovic

Obsessed, Jim Gaffigan

Oh My God, Louis C.K.

Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, Patton Oswalt

We Are Miracles, Sarah Silverman

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‘Weird Al” Yankovic won Best Comedy Album for Mandatory Fun. Photo: AAP

BEST NEW AGE ALBUM

Bhakti, Paul Avgerinos

Ritual, Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai

Winds Of Samsara, Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman

Symphony Live In Istanbul, Kitaro

In Love And Longing, Silvia Nakkach & David Darling

BEST CLASSICAL SOLO VOCAL ALBUM

Douce France

Porpora: Arias

Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin

Stella Di Napoli

Virtuoso Rossini Arias

BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM

Britten To America

Mieczysław Weinberg

Mike Marshall & The Turtle Island Quartet

Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances

• The Solent – Fifty Years Of Music By Ralph Vaughan Williams

BEST OPERA RECORDING

Charpentier: La Descente D’Orphée Aux Enfers

• Milhaud: L’Orestie D’Eschyle

Rameau: Hippolyte Et Aricie

Schönberg: Moses Und Aron

Strauss: Elektra

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