56th Annual Grammy Awards

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56th Annual Grammy Awards
Official poster
DateJanuary 26, 2014 (2014-01-26)
5:00–8:30 p.m. PST
LocationStaples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byLL Cool J
Most awards
Most nominationsJay-Z (9)
Website56th Annual Grammy Awards
Television/radio coverage
Viewership28.5 million viewers.[1]
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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards presentation was held on January 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.[2] The show was broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT and was hosted for the third time by LL Cool J. The show was moved to January to avoid competing with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as was the case in 2010.

The eligibility period for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards was October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2013.[3] The nominations were announced on December 6, 2013 during a live televised concert on CBS, The Grammy Nominations Concert Live – Countdown to Music's Biggest Night.[4] Jay-Z received the most nominations with nine. Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pharrell Williams each received seven nominations. Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams were nominated twice for both Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Sound engineer Bob Ludwig received the most nominations by a non-performing artist, with five.[5]

Daft Punk won five awards,[6] including Album of the Year for Random Access Memories and Record of the Year, with Pharrell Williams, for "Get Lucky", Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and an additional win for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical completing a clean sweep for the project that night.[7][8] Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won four trophies, including Best New Artist, and led an industry show of support for gay marriage with a performance of their song "Same Love" to accompany a mass wedding of gay and heterosexual couples, which was presided over by Queen Latifah.[9] Lorde's "Royals" received awards for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year.[10][11] Carole King was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year on January 24, two days prior to the awards ceremony.[12]

On June 4, 2013, the Recording Academy approved a number of changes recommended by its Awards & Nominations Committee, including adding a new category for Best American Roots Song to the American Music field. This songwriters' award will encompass all the subgenres in this field such as Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk, and regional roots music. The Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category was renamed Best Metal Performance and became a stand-alone category. Hard rock performances will now be screened in the Best Rock Performance category. The Music Video field will become the Best Music Video/Film field. Its two categories will be renamed: Best Short Form Music Video will now be known as Best Music Video and Best Long Form Music Video will change into Best Music Film. These changes bring the total number of categories at the 2014 Grammy Awards to 82, up from 81 at the 2013 Grammy Awards.[13]


Artist(s) Song(s)
"Drunk in Love"
Lorde "Royals"
Hunter Hayes "Invisible"
Katy Perry
Juicy J
"Dark Horse"
Robin Thicke
"Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"
"Saturday in the Park"
"Blurred Lines"
Keith Urban
Gary Clark, Jr.[14]
"Cop Car"
John Legend "All of Me"
Taylor Swift[15] "All Too Well"
Nate Ruess
"Just Give Me a Reason"
Ringo Starr "Photograph"
Kendrick Lamar
Imagine Dragons[16]
"m.A.A.d city"
Kacey Musgraves "Follow Your Arrow"
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr
"Queenie Eye"
Merle Haggard
Kris Kristofferson
Willie Nelson
Blake Shelton[17]
"Okie from Muskogee"
"Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"
Daft Punk
Nile Rodgers
Stevie Wonder
Pharrell Williams
"Get Lucky"
"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
"Lose Yourself to Dance"
"Le Freak"
"Another Star"
"Around the World"
Sara Bareilles
Carole King[15]
Lang Lang[18]
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis[15]
Mary Lambert
Queen Latifah
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
"Same Love"
"Open Your Heart"
Billie Joe Armstrong
Miranda Lambert[14]
Tribute to Phil Everly
"When Will I Be Loved"
Nine Inch Nails
Queens of the Stone Age
Dave Grohl
Lindsey Buckingham[20]
"Copy of A"
"My God Is the Sun"


Winners and nominees[edit]

The winners and nominees per category were:[21]


Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist


Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Best Pop Vocal Album


Best Dance Recording
Best Dance/Electronica Album

Traditional Pop[edit]

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album


Best Alternative Music Album


Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best R&B Song
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Best R&B Album


Best Rap Performance
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album


Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

New Age[edit]

Best New Age Album


Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/Contemporary Christian[edit]

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Best Gospel Song
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
Best Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album


Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock Urban or Alternative Album
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Best Tropical Latin Album

Americana Music[edit]

Best American Roots Song
Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
  • The Streets of BaltimoreDel McCoury Band
  • It's Just a Road — The Boxcars
  • Brothers of the Highway — Dailey & Vincent
  • This World Oft Can BeDella Mae
  • Three Chords and the Truth — James King
Best Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Roots Music Album
  • Dockside SessionsTerrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
  • The Life & Times Of...The Hot 8 Brass Band — Hot 8 Brass Band
  • Hula Ku'i — Kahulanui
  • Le Fou — Zachary Richard
  • Apache & Crown Dance Songs — Joe Tohonnie Jr.


Best Reggae Album

World Music[edit]

Best World Music Album


Best Children's Album

Spoken Word[edit]

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)


Best Comedy Album

Musical Show[edit]

Best Musical Theater Album

Music for Visual Media[edit]

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media


Best Instrumental Composition
  • "Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra"
    • Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)
  • " Away"
    • Chuck Owen, composer (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)
  • "California Pictures For String Quartet"
    • Gordon Goodwin, composer (Quartet San Francisco)
  • "Koko On The Boulevard"
  • "String Quartet No. 1: Funky Diversion In Three Parts"
    • Vince Mendoza, composer (Quartet San Francisco)
Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • "On Green Dolphin Street"
    • Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
  • "Invitation"
    • Kim Richmond, arranger (The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra)
  • "Side Hikes – A Ridge Away"
    • Chuck Owen, arranger (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)
  • "Skylark"
    • Nan Schwartz, arranger (Amy Dickson)
  • "Wild Beauty"
    • Gil Goldstein, arranger (Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
  • Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)
  • The Brussels Affair
  • How Do You Do (Limited Edition Box Set)
  • The Road To Red Rocks (Special Edition)
  • The Smith Tapes
    • Masaki Koike, art director (Various Artists)
Best Album Notes


Best Historical Album
  • Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965 (tie)
  • The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums (tie)
    • Leo Sacks, compilation producer; Joseph M. Palmaccio, Tom Ruff & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Bill Withers)
  • Call It Art 1964–1965
    • Joe Lizzi & Ben Young, compilation producers; Steve Fallone, Joe Lizzi & Ben Young, mastering engineers (New York Art Quartet)
  • Pictures Of Sound: One Thousand Years Of Educed Audio: 980–1980
    • Patrick Feaster & Steven Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Deluxe Edition)
    • Philip Siney, compilation producer; Ben Turner, mastering engineer (Sir Georg Solti)


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Production, Surround Sound[edit]

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, Classical[edit]

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical
  • David Frost
    • Andres: Home Stretch (Timo Andres, Andrew Cyr & Metropolis Ensemble)
    • Angel Heart, A Music Storybook (Matt Haimovitz & Uccello)
    • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 (Jonathan Biss)
    • Ben-Haim: Chamber Works (ARC Ensemble)
    • Celebrating The American Spirit (Judith Clurman & Essential Voices USA)
    • Elgar: Enigma Variations; Vaughan Williams: The Wasps; Greensleeves (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony)
    • Guilty Pleasures (Renée Fleming, Sebastian Lang-Lessing & Philharmonia Orchestra)
    • Verdi: Otello (Riccardo Muti, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Krassimira Stoyanova, Carlo Guelfi, Chicago Symphony Chorus & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
    • Winter Morning Walks (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
  • Manfred Eicher
    • Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen (András Schiff)
    • Canto Oscuro (Anna Gourari)
    • Pärt: Adam's Lament (Tõnu Kaljuste, Latvian Radio Choir, Vox Clamantis, Sinfonietta Riga, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra)
    • Tabakova: String Paths (Maxim Rysanov)
  • Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
    • Bizet: Symphony In C; Jeux D'Enfants; Variations Chromatiques (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)
    • Traveling Sonata – European Music For Flute & Guitar (Viviana Guzmán & Jérémy Jouve)
    • Voyages (Conrad Tao)
    • Zia (Del Sol String Quartet)
  • James Mallinson
    • Berlioz: Grande Messe Des Morts (Colin Davis, London Symphony Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Bloch: Symphony In C-Sharp Minor & Poems Of The Sea (Dalia Atlas & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Fauré: Requiem; Bach: Partita, Chorales & Ciaccona (Nigel Short, Tenebrae & London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble)
    • Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 (Colin Davis & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Wagner: Das Rheingold (Valery Gergiev, René Pape, Stephan Rügamer, Nikolai Putilin & Mariinsky Orchestra)
    • Wagner: Die Walküre (Valery Gergiev, Anja Kampe, Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Nina Stemme & Mariinsky Orchestra)
    • Weber: Der Freischütz (Colin Davis, Christine Brewer, Sally Matthews, Simon O'Neill, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Jay David Saks


Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance

Performers who are not eligible for an award (such as orchestras, soloists or choirs) are mentioned in parentheses

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Best Classical Vocal Solo
Best Classical Compendium
  • Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic; Konzertmusik
  • Holmboe: Concerto
    • Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor), Preben Iwan (producer)
  • Tabakova: String Paths
Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Music Video/Film[edit]

Best Music Video
Best Music Film
  • Live KissesPaul McCartney
    • Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers
  • Live 2012Coldplay
    • Paul Dugdale, video director; Jim Parsons, video producer
  • ¡Cuatro!Green Day
    • Tim Wheeler, video director; Tim Lynch, video producer
  • I'm in I'm out and I'm Gone: The Making of Get Up!Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
    • Danny Clinch, video director; Ben Harper, video producer
  • The Road to Red RocksMumford & Sons
    • Nicolas Jack Davies & Frederick Scott, video directors; Dan Bowen, video producer

Special Merit Awards[edit]

MusiCares Person of the Year[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Trustees Award[edit]

Technical Grammy Award[edit]

Music Educator Award[edit]

Grammy Hall of Fame inductions[edit]

Title Artist Record Label Year of Release Genre Format
After the Gold Rush Neil Young and Crazy Horse Reprise 1970 Folk Rock Album
All Things Must Pass George Harrison Apple 1970 Rock Album
The Chicago Transit Authority Chicago Columbia 1969 Progressive Rock Album
Cosmo's Factory Creedence Clearwater Revival Fantasy 1970 Rock Album
Doc Watson Doc Watson Vanguard 1964 Folk Album
"Fortunate Son" Creedence Clearwater Revival Fantasy 1969 Rock Single
"Georgia on My Mind" Hoagy Carmichael & his Orchestra (featuring Bix Beiderbecke on Cornet) Victor 1930 Jazz Single
"Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" James Brown King 1970 Funk Single
"Honky Tonk Women" The Rolling Stones London 1969 Hard Rock Single
"Jolene" Dolly Parton RCA Nashville 1973 Country Pop Single
The Joshua Tree U2 Island 1987 Rock Album
Kristofferson Kris Kristofferson Monument 1970 Country Album
"Low Rider" War United Artists 1975 Funk Single
Mary Poppins Cast including Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber and others Walt Disney 1964 Soundtrack Album
"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" Louis Armstrong Decca 1938 Negro Spiritual Single
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" B. J. Thomas Scepter 1969 Easy Listening Single
"Rapper's Delight" The Sugarhill Gang Sugar Hill 1979 Old-school hip hop Single
Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet Miles Davis & his Quintet Prestige 1958 Jazz Album
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" Gil Scott-Heron Flying Dutchman 1971 Funk Single
"Strange Things Happening Every Day" Sister Rosetta Tharpe Decca 1944 Negro Spiritual Single
"Sweet Home Chicago" Robert Johnson Vocalion 1936 Blues Single
"3 O'Clock Blues" B.B. King RPM 1951 R&B Single
"Under the Boardwalk" The Drifters Atlantic 1964 Pop Single
"Walk This Way" Run-D.M.C. featuring Aerosmith Profile 1986 Rap Rock Single
"(What a) Wonderful World" Sam Cooke Keen 1960 R&B Single
Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More Various Artists including John Sebastian, Joan Baez, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Cotillion 1970 Soundtrack Album
"Yardbird Suite" Charlie Parker & his Septet Dial 1946 Bebop Single

In Memoriam[edit]

The following people appeared in the In Memoriam segment:[23][24]

Artists with multiple wins and nominations[edit]


The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were the first in the show's history to incorporate comprehensive Live-GIF integration through Tumblr. Creative agency Deckhouse Digital was hired to facilitate the integration, producing more than 50 animated GIFs during the live broadcast and publishing them to the official Grammy tumblr page in real time.[25] The images contributed to the more than 5.1 million reblogs and likes that Grammy related posts received on the blogging site, and the record breaking 34 million combined social media interactions related to the live broadcast.[26]


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