The 2014 Grammy Awards, held Sunday in Los Angeles, proved to be quite the "lucky" show for those watching in the audience and from their homes. The event was packed with a remarkable amount of inspired performances, bona fide musical legends, a few unexpected surprises (one that brought tears to nearly every eye there), and one very lucky act indeed (can you guess who we are talking about?).
From LL Cool J's hosting duties all the way to Album of the Year — plus all the performances, surprises, tributes, and excitement in between — Yahoo Music had you covered with a complete play-by-play of the 2014 Grammys live from Los Angeles. If you weren't "up all night" watching the show, we've got a full blow-by-blow recap right here!
[Check out a complete list of winners here!]
5 p.m.: And we are off! Starting things out with a sultry, seated Beyoncé giving us a rendition of "Drunk in Love" in a revealing bodysuit. Nice gams!
5:05: Oh, and look who joined Bey... we'll give you a hint: Power couple.
5:10: Host LL Cool J gives a little shout-out to Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, Keith Urban, Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar, Pink, the Beatles... phew!
5:11: Anna Kendrick and Pharrell Williams present first award — Best New Artist. We're still digesting Williams's Mountie hat.
5:15: And the Best New Artist Grammy goes to... Macklemore & Ryan Lewis! "Before there was any buzz about us...there was our fans and it spread organically. ... We made this album without a record label ... and we appreciate all the support."
5:16: Record and Song of the Year nominee Lorde takes the stage to perform her hit "Royals."
5:25: The phenomenally talented Hunter Hayes performs, debuting his new song, "Invisible." He's backed by powerful quotes from John Lennon, Lady Gaga ... the song is about bullying, very powerful.
5:30: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance winner is announced...wait for it... wait for it... It's Daft Punk, "Get Lucky!"
5:31: First we had the guy from Slipknot in a clown mask, now Daft Punk in their robotic helmets. "On behalf of the robots," Pharrell Williams gives the thank-you speech.
5:35: Katy Perry performs a witchy "Dark Horse," starting out from inside a crystal ball-like orb and finishing up with a red-eyed animatronic horse and a ominous stormy backdrop.
5:36: And flames! The stage is on fire!
5:45: Robin Thicke is on fire now, doing a medley with the legendary Chicago. Remember all the hits, like "Saturday in the Park?" This is just a little different from Thicke's performance with Miley a while ago...!
5:48: This is followed immediately by American Idol judge Keith Urban, joined by Gary Clark Jr., doing Urban's "Cop Car." Two fine-looking (and sounding!) men ... and now the guitars are on fire. These guys can PLAY.
6: We're an hour into the show already! John Legend is serenading us with a beautiful version of "All of Me."
6:05: Time for Best Rock Song. Good lineup of contenders here, but the winners are the hard-to-beat mashup of The Beatles and Nirvana... Paul McCartney with former Nirvana mates Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear for their jam "Cut Me Some Slack." Awww... watching Dave and Paul give each other a big hug! "We wouldn't be here if it weren't for Paul and Ringo," Dave says.
6:06: Album of the Year nominee Taylor Swift is accompanying herself on piano for "All Too Well."
6:10: She whips her hair back and forth. Twittersphere explodes with comments about "Headbanging Taylor" and prayers she hasn't injured her neck.
6:15: Pink is on stage now with fun.'s Nate Ruess. No need to "Try" too hard...the crowd is LOVING them. But sorry, fans--that shirtless dude is not Nate!
6:25: And the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance goes to Lorde, "Royals." Not a big surprise!
6:30: Black Sabbath (featuring a marble-mouthed Ozzy) on stage to announce none other than Ringo Starr, performing "Photograph." Will the other living Beatle join him on stage?! (Nope. Darn.)
6:35: Let's see who wins for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. It's "Holy Grail," Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake. "Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you," the proud papa shouts out to baby Blue Ivy.
6:44: LL Cool J gives a shout out to Def Jam Recordings. "DEF JAM FOREVER!" Following that, he announces a collab between Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons. "The first time ever!" Yes, we can believe that. Anyway — they're blowing up with "Radioactive/M.A.A.D. City." Taylor Swift seems to think it's groove-worthy in the audience. Will we have more "Taylor dancing gifs" to add to our collection tonight?
6:51: Kacey Musgraves, who won a Grammy for "Merry Go Round" tonight, takes the stage for her critically acclaimed "Follow Your Arrow." Roll up a joint... (That's what she said!)
7: Julia Roberts (looking gorgeous) talks about the Beatles and the upcoming Grammy tribute to the Fab Four. Then she introduces ... guess who?
7:01: Yes, Sir Paul McCartney. And guess what? Ringo will finally join him on stage. Talk about some history revisited... RIP, John and George...
7:04: Camera pans to Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon grooving in the audience. Anyone dying to see Yoko attempt Taylor Swift's headbanging moves?
7:08: Best Pop Vocal Album goes to..."Unorthodox Jukebox" by Bruno Mars! Bruno gets a hug from Taylor Swift. He dedicates his win to his late mother: "I know you're watching, I hope you're smiling."
7:16: Didn't get enough real country from Kacey Musgraves's awesome performance? Never fear — Willie Nelson is now on stage with Kris Kristofferson. Quite possibly the two coolest men alive.
7:20: And now it's Merle Haggard (!) with Blake Shelton (!). Outlaw doesn't even cover this awesomeness. See, folks, Nashville isn't as conservative as you've been led to believe!
7:22: A little more country for everyone. Martina McBride and Zac Brown pay tribute (verbally) to the late Ray Price and George Jones before announcing noms for Best Country Album.
7:24: And the Grammy goes to... KACEY MUSGRAVES. This is really her night! She is a first-time Grammy nominee and has scored two tonight. "I got to make a record that I poured myself into and I'm so proud of it."
7:27: Still reeling a little bit at the Musgraves upset (Swift was the favorite — that was a big one!) but recovering quickly to get down with Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
7:37: Cyndi Lauper is still so unusual with her fuschia hair, but even better, she announces Carole King's duet with Sara Bareilles.
7:40: Now it's time for Song of the Year. This is a huge category with some serious contenders. It's anyone's guess who it will go to...
7:42: It's "Royals"as performed by Lorde! This is a songwriter's award, so Lorde (you can call her queen bee for real) is taking the stage with her co-writer.
7:49: Jared Leto pays tribute to the late Lou Reed. We have lost too many legends in the past 12 months.
7:50: We have not lost Metallica, however, who are joined on stage by classical pianist Lang Lang to perform the classic late-'80s "One." Fans of the band will know this song is based on the '30a anti-war novel "Johnny Got His Gun" by Dalton Trumbo.
7:58: Another rock legend, Steven Tyler, attempts to out Smokey Smokey Robinson with a hoarse "You Really Got A Hold on Me" before announcing Record of the Year. Can you guess?
7:59: They're really up all night to get lucky. Yup, another one for Daft Punk! Pharrell does the honors of accepting for the robots yet again...
8:06: Queen Latifah announces four-time winners tonight, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, with Mary Lambert, to perform "Same Love."
8:10: But wait... the already serious song takes an even more serious turn. Thirty-three commited couples (of all kinds) exchange rings and vows right there in the audience.
8:11 And then... Madonna comes on stage and sings her 1986 hit "Open Your Heart!"
8:18: That all really happened, folks! Wow! What a Grammy night!
8:24: Now, more tears — not of joy and pride, but of sadness. Going over all the musicians we have lost in the past year. It was a very heavy year for losses.
8:27: Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong take the stage together to perform in honor one of these legends, Phil Everly, who passed earlier this month. They do a rendition of the Everly Brothers hit "When Will I Be Loved."
8:34: It's now time for Album of the Year. Hey, Yoko is up there presenting! Here's another list of very close contenders. This is the big moment of the night... the biggest... who will win?
8:36: DAFT PUNK!
8:40: It's an amazing four Grammys for Daft Punk. But, the robots want to acknowledge "the height of fairness and love" — referencing the beautiful marriages that took place during Macklemore's performance. What a wonderful way to end the night!
8:41: But wait, not over yet. "We never stop rocking" — and that means Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, and Dave Grohl close out the night with an inspired performance of "Copy of A" and "My God Is the Sun." This was truly a night where the audience "got lucky!"
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