Sam Smith grabs four Grammys; Beck wins best albumLOS ANGELES - Sam Smith was king of the Grammys, taking home three of the top four awards, including song and record of the year for “Stay With Me,’’ and best new artist, while Beck won album of the year.
Smith, along with Beyonce, Pharrell and Ed Sheeran, lost album of the year to Beck’s “Morning Phase,’’ which also won best rock album Sunday night.
“I want to thank the man who this record is about. Thank you so much for breaking my heart, because I have four Grammys,’’ said Smith, who also won best pop vocal album for “In the Lonely Hour.’’
Kanye West, who famously interrupted Taylor Swift when she beat Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards, almost walked onstage when Prince announced Beck’s name. Some in the audience seemed shocked, from Pharrell to Questlove.
Beck’s album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and sold about 300,000.
Pharrell and Rosanne Cash walked away with three awards each. Pharrell won best pop solo performance for a live version of “Happy,’’ released in 2013. He also won best music video for the song and best urban contemporary album for “G I R L,’’ beating Beyonce.
“I am going to moonwalk my way off the stage right now,’’ said Pharrell, wearing a blazer and shorts.
Pharrell’s performance of “Happy’’ was dramatic with background dancers in black, musicians in yellow and a choir in white. When the chorus was supposed to come in, Lang Lang played the piano skillfully. Hans Zimmer also played the guitar.
“Thank you, God,’’ Pharrell, in a bell-boy hat, said at the end of the performance. AP