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Sam, Pharrell score big at Grammy

Singers Sam Smith, Beck, Beyonce Knowles and Pharrell Williams Sunday night dominated the 57th Grammy Awards ceremony, which saw Indian artists Ricky Kej and Neela Vaswani winning too.

The Stay with me fame singer Smith had a huge night as he scooped four Grammy awards - Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best New Artist.

Williams’s single Happy gave him a reason to smile as he got Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video for the song. Best Urban Contemporary Album award also went to Williams for his album G I R L.

The award ceremony had another surprise package with musician Beck nixing popular names like Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith to take away the Album Of The Year trophy for his album Morning Phase. Beck took home another trophy in the Best Rock Album category for his album. The album was also awarded with the Best Engineered Album in the non-classical category as well.

Kej’s collaborated album with South African musician Wouter Kellerman Winds Of Samsara won the Best New Age Album trophy, and Vaswani walked away with an award in the Best Children’s Album category for being the narrator of the audio version of book I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai).

Hosted by rapper LL Cool J, the ceremony was attended by stars like Taylor Swift, Enrique Iglesias, Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman and Barry Gibb. Meanwhile, Knowles dominated the R&B categories by winning Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for Drunk in love. Her self-titled album also won the Best Surround Sound Album.

Among other awards, rapper Eminem’s The monster featuring Rihanna won a trophy in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and his The Marshall Mathers LP2 was awarded the Best Rap Album trophy, making it his sixth win in the category.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album was given to Cheek to Cheek by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, who also performed on stage. Frozen also bagged two awards. The film’s Let it go won Best Song Written for Visual Media. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media also went to Frozen.

US President Barack Obama made a video appearance at the ceremony to share a powerful message, urging Americans to end violence against women and girls.

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