Kanye Pulls Another Kanye, Iggy Azalea’s Bird Nest & 11 Other Highlights From Grammys 2015

The annual Grammy awards, now in its 57th installment, was held last night in LA. to celebrate the most outstanding achievements in the music industry.

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1. Things were pretty toned down on the red carpet, but Iggy Azalea's very unfortunate "birdnest" hairstyle quickly became the butt of the Internet's jokes

2. Mashable set up the first ever selfie stick station to hit an awards show red carpet, but it still wasn't enough to hold Kanye West's attention

3. AC/DC kicked off the show with a bang and probably busted a few pairs of ears in the process

But we're a little puzzled as to why the rock band needed a teleprompter...?

Though Katy Perry and Lady Gaga don't seem to mind it very much!

4. Making a clean sweep of almost every award he was nominated for, Sam Smith made sure he thanked his "muse"...

The 22-year-old took home Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Stay With Me", Best Pop Vocal Album for "In The Lonely Hour", and the coveted once-in-a-lifetime award for Best New Artist.

... And reminded us that sacrificing your true self is not the way to get yourself heard. For the record, Sam Smith is the first ever openly gay artist to win Best New Artist at the Grammys!

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5. Beyoncé may have been snubbed for Album of the Year, but three Grammys this year made Queen Bey the second most-honoured woman in Grammy history!

Famous for her powerful vocals and bootylicious dance moves, the pop diva also delivered her rendition of the gospel, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord".

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6. Pop legend Madonna is living proof of the phrase "age is just a number". From keeping up with dancers in bejewelled bull masks and hanging in mid-air, this matador's still got it!

7. Many expected Lady Gaga to show up in yet another outrageous outfit, but the pop star channelled her inner jazz siren in a classy, gorgeous silver dress...

In case you're wondering what Gaga previously wore to the Grammys...

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... And proved that she's not just another blinged-up pop star with questionable fashion choices in a duet performance with jazz crooner Tony Bennett

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The pair, who collaborated on "Cheek To Cheek", picked up a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

8. Duets and collaborations were all the rage in this year's Grammy performances. Ed Sheeran and John Mayer combined their guitar-playing forces, erupting ovaries everywhere...

Sir Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West made up the most unlikely trio in any pop collaboration ever

Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige blew everyone away with copious amounts of soul

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An unexpected appearance from comedienne Kristen Wiig, who pitted her dancing skills against that of Maddie Ziegler during Sia's "Chandelier" set

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Though Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine's set looked more like a promo for The Voice more than anything

9. Pop darling Taylor Swift went home empty-handed last night, but that did not stop her enjoying the show and dancing along to the performances

Pharrell Williams wasn't very amused by her antics though

10. Powerful social statements were made on the Grammy stage this year. For one, President Obama's surprise televised message to discuss the anti-violence campaign, "It's On Us".

Writer, activist and performance artist Brooke Axtell - who was a victim of sexual assault and sex trafficking herself - took the stage to deliver a poem about her own experience with abuse...

... With Katy Perry joining in to shed light on domestic violence and rape amongst women with an emotional performance of "By the Grace of God"

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11. Bellhop-inspired costume aside, Pharrell Williams and his backup dancers paid tribute to the #BlackLivesMatter movement with a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" stance in the middle of "Happy"

12. The ever-elusive Prince also delivered a pointed statement prior to presenting the Album of the Year award

13. Beck may have won the award for Album of the Year, only to be upstaged by Kanye seemingly about to pull another "Imma let you finish..." stunt

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As you can see, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are visibly horrified.

Anyhow, it's all good between Kanye and Taylor Swift now!

You're always a delight to have in any awards show. Never change, Kanye.

Here's the full list of winners from last night's ceremony:

Album of the Year: Beck - Morning Phase
Song of the Year: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Record of the Year: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Best Rap Album: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, “i”
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, “i”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
Best Pop Solo Performance: Pharrell Williams - “Happy”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera, “Say Something”
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - Cheek to Cheek
Best Country Solo Performance: Carrie Underwood, “Something In the Water”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Band Perry, “Gentle On My Mind”
Best Country Song: Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert - Platinum
Best Rock Album: Beck - Morning Phase
Best Rock Song: Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”
Best Rock Performance: Jack White - “Lazaretto”
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Pharrell Williams - G I R L
Best R&B Performance: Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Best R&B Song: Beyonce ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Best R&B Album: Toni Braxton & Babyface - Love, Marriage & Divorce
Best Dance Recording: Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne, “Rather Be”
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Aphex Twin - Syro
Best Alternative Music Album: St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Best Latin Pop Album: Ruben Blades - Tangos
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen
Best Song Written For Visual Media: Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
Best Music Video: Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Best Music Film: 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Gospel Album: Erica Campbell - Help
Best Metal Performance: Tenacious D, “The Last In Line”
Best Comedy Album: “Weird Al” Yankovic - Mandatory Fun
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classial: Max Martin

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