Some marquee names picked up honors at the Grammy Awards’ Premiere Ceremony at the Nokia Theater on Sunday afternoon, but the big winner was the daughter of a country legend.
Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, took three trophies. Her “The River and the Thread” was named best Americana album, while the track “A Feather’s Not a Bird” reaped best American roots performance and best American roots song.
Beyonce, tied with Sam Smith as the day’s top nominee with nods in six slots, took the R&B song slot with “Drunk In Love,” her collaboration with hubby Jay Z. The win brought her career Grammy tally to 18. Her self-titled album was named best surround album (an award presented to engineers Bob Ludwig and Elliot Scheiner).
The singer was edged as best urban contemporary album by Pharrell Williams’ “Girl”; Williams’ splashy video for “Happy” captured best music video.
Rocker Jack White, winner of nine previous Grammys, saw his album “Lazaretto” selected as best rock performance. He also shared in the best boxed or limited edition package award, with designer Susan Archie and Revenant Records chief Dean Blackwood, for the elaborate “The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Volume 1.” White’s Third Man Records co-released the set with Revenant.
Rapper Eminem also took home two trophies to add to his previous total of 13. “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” took the best rap album category, while his duet with Rihanna, “The Monster,” took best rap/sung collaboration.
Rising rap star Kendrick Lamar’s “I” swept up awards for best rap performance and best rap song.
The Disney animated hit “Frozen” drew the best compilation soundtrack Grammy, while its smash song “Let It Go” – inexplicably absent from the song of the year category – was this year’s winner as best song written for visual media. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez were the writers.
Composer Alexandre Desplat’s work for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was cited as best score soundtrack for visual media.
Glen Campbell’s song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” co-written with his producer Julian Raymond, was selected as best country song. Drawn from the soundtrack to the documentary “I’ll Be Me,” it was crossover country star Campbell’s first Grammy since 1969, when his “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” claimed album of the year.
John Williams, winner of 22 previous Grammys – mainly for his film-related work — received a trophy for best instrumental composition for his titular work for the film “The Book Thief.”
The cross-generational odd couple of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga collected best traditional pop vocal album with “Cheek to Cheek.” It was Bennett’s 17th Grammy and Gaga’s sixth.
Ziggy Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, collected his seventh Grammy, taking best reggae album for “Fly Rasta.”
Pianist Chick Corea added to his bountiful Grammy tally, running his total to 22. His three-CD set “Trilogy” was tabbed best jazz instrumental album, while the track “Fingerprints,” from was named best improvised jazz solo.
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” was selected as best musical theater album. Songwriter King won four Grammys in 1972 behind her smash hit album “Tapestry.”
Director Morgan Neville’s 2014 Oscar winner “20 Feet From Stardom” was named best music film.
Some recently deceased talents were honored posthumously. Blues guitarist Johnny Winter received the best blues album award for his final recording “Step Back,” while comedian Joan Rivers’ “Diary of a Mad Diva” took best spoken word album.
Afternoon co-host Hilary Hahn, a classical violinist, collected her own award for best chamber music/small ensemble performance, with pianist Cory Smythe, for “In Pieces.” Another p.m. host, Smokie Norful, was feted as performer and co-writer of the best gospel performance/song, “No Greater Love.” Afternoon performers Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Remedy” collected best folk album.
Premiere Ceremony host Hunter Hayes kicked off the afternoon show with an instrumental performance. The p.m. show’s other attractions included theater artists Alexandra Silber and Cheyenne Jackson, Latin star Ana Tijoux, jazzmen Nathan East, Robert Glasper, Billy Hart and Joe Lovano and R&B vocalist Angie Fisher.
Max Martin was honored as non-classical producer of the year for his work with Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.