What a night! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the top moments and most memorable performances from the 57th annual Grammy Awards show, held at L.A.’s Staples Center and hosted by rapper LL Cool J.
1. Annie Lennox’s and Hozier had an incredible performance together.
Annie Lennox brought down the house with her mesmerizing performance during the show.
2. Madonna was a flying matador
Madonna performed “Living for Love” while dressed as a sexy matador in red and black Givenchy. Toward the end of her performance — which brought the crowd to its feet — she was hoisted into the air above her minotaur-costumed backup dancers.
3. Domestic violence survivor Brooke Axtell gave a moving introduction to Katy Perry
Prior to Katy Perry’s performance of “By the Grace of God,” domestic violence survivor Brooke Axtell took the stage to share her story of an abusive relationship. “Authentic love does not devalue another human being,” she said. “Authentic love does not silence, shame, or abuse.”
4. Sam Smith won basically everything
No one had a bigger night at the Grammys than Sam Smith, who won in four of the categories presented during Sunday’s telecast, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best New Artist.
5. Rihanna, Paul McCartney, and Kanye West teamed up
After six years away, Kanye West returned to the Grammys stage with not one but two performances on Sunday night. His second was a collaboration with Rihanna and Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds,” which featured the former Beatle on guitar.
6. Kanye West almost did it AGAIN
West freaked everyone out when he rushed to the stage after Beck beat out Beyonce for Album of the Year — a move he famously pulled on Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs. Instead of grabbing the mic, though, he grinned and returned to his seat.
7. Prince owned the room without even trying
The A-list audience went crazy when Prince strutted onto the stage to present the Album of the Year award. Rocking a glittering orange outfit and black beads, the “Purple Rain” singer proved he’s still a total boss, even when he’s not doing anything.
8. Sia, SNL’s Kristen Wiig, and Maddie Ziegler arguably had the best performance
After a fittingly weird intro from Shia LaBeouf, Sia gave a fantastic performance of “Chandelier,” with guest stars Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler wearing matching blonde wigs and doing an interpretive dance together — all while the Grammy-nominated singer stood facing the wall to hide her face.
9. Melissa Rivers accepted a Grammy for her late mother Joan Rivers
Five months after Joan Rivers’ tragic death, her daughter Melissa Rivers accepted the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album Album on her behalf. “My mother would be absolutely thrilled to be here,” the Fashion Police executive producer said of the honor. “She loved getting anything — if she thought she could get something at a Waffle House in Secaucus,she would be there.”
10. Beyonce closes the show with a powerful performance
After picking up the award for Best R&B Performance (for “Drunk in Love”), Beyonce closed out the 2015 Grammys with an angelic rendition of the gospel song “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” which preceded John Legend and Common’s performance of the Oscar-nominated tune “Glory.”