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A HUGE congratulations to Fiona Joy – who has just won the Grammy Award for her song ‘Grace’ which is on the Award winning album ‘The Winds of Samsara’. Way to go Fiona!!
The Sydney Morning Herald : Entertainment, Feb 9, 2015
“Here are just some of the winners from the 57th Grammy Awards:
That’s a wrap folks. The Grammys are over for another year. It was Sam Smith’s night – he scooped FOUR Grammys, an amazing feat considering he was only favourite in one category (Best New Artist). He also won Best Pop Vocal, Record and Song of the Year for his spine-tingling soul-pop ballad Stay With Me.
On picking up the last award (Record of the Year), Smith said: “I want to thank the man this song is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you for breaking my heart ’cause you got me four Grammys.”
Beck ‘Loser’ Hansen won fewer awards but was probably an even bigger shock, sneaking Best Rock Album but positively shocking by beating Beyonce to Album of the Year. The album in question, Morning Phase, is sure to get a huge sales boost as a result.
Beyonce still won three Grammys though: Best R&B performance and Song, and Best Surround Sound Album. Nothing however for our Australian hopefuls, although Sia got to entertain with yet another oddball performance in which she sang her hit Chandelier to the wallpaper, i.e. not to the audience. If anyone else did that security would walk them out but it’s genius coming from her. AC/DC got to open the main ceremony which they did in a manner that got Lady Gaga headbanging.
Two Australians were important contributors to Grammy wins though: Fiona Joy Hawkins wrote Grace, a song on the Best New Age Album, Samsara, by Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej. The St Louis Symphony Orchestra won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for its recording of American composer John Adams’ City Noir conducted by David Robertson, who is also the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director.
Other major winners were Pharrell Williams (Best Pop Vocal, Video for Happy and Best Urban Contemporary Album), Jack White (Best Rock Performance for Lazaretto), Kendrick Lamar (Best Rap performance and Song for I), Eminem (Best Rap Album for The Marshall Mathers LP2).
Even though there were plenty of surprises, the ceremony format – lots and lots of performances (and more performances) robbed the evening of much dramatic tension, arguably because songs by popular artists are a better sell for television? But it did feel a little like the awards were secondary to the performances.
The best of those probably came from Beyonce, followed by Common with John Legend; Hozier and Annie Lennox, Miranda Lambert and Kanye.”