▪ 10:25: p.m. Accompanied by a dozen men in white tuxedos, Beyonce performs the gospel hymn “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” then brings out John Legend and Common, who perform “Glory,” a gospel/hip-hop civil rights anthem that references Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Ferguson, Mo.
▪ 10:05 p.m.: Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder present the record of the year, which, as expected, goes to “Stay With Me.” Yawn.
▪ 10 p.m.: Beck and Chris Martin perform “Heart Is A Drum,” a ballad from “Morning Phase.”
▪ 9:52 p.m.: Enrique Iglesias presents song of the year, a songwriting award. Smith wins for “Stay With Me,” despite its recent legal issues. (Tom Petty was not credited as a songwriter.)
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▪ 9:48 p.m.: Shia LaBeouf introduces Sia, oddly. Then, her back turned to the audience as she sat in what looked like a ransacked bedroom, Sia performed “Chandelier” as Kristen Wiig (formerly of “Saturday Night Live”) and Maddie Ziegler (“Dance Moms”) performed an interpretive dance routine. Uhhh ... slow golf clap.
▪ 9:40 p.m.: Prince emerges to announce album of the year, after proclaiming: “Albums, like books and black lives, still matter.” Beck wins for “Morning Phase,” a big surprise, and awkwardly accepted the award, asking Prince to rejoin him at the mic before getting ushered off the stage. It looked like Kanye West contemplated another stage rush. Meanwhile, Prince looked displeased.
▪ 9:35 p.m.: With a stout band behind him, Juanes performs a groovy Latin rock tune in Spanish.
▪ 9:30 p.m.: Taylor Swift introduces Sam Smith, who performs his hit, “Stay With Me” with Mary J. Blige, about a dozen background singers and a small orchestra. Blige owns it, the way Annie Lennox did over Hozier.
▪ 9:19 p.m.: Rihanna, with help from Paul McCartney and Kanye West, performs a new song, “FourFiveSeconds,” a middling pop tune with a light R&B accent. West’s average vocals don’t get in the way of his good time. Taylor Swift was excited.
▪ 9:13 p.m.: Keith Urban introduces Eric Church, who performs “Give Me Back My Hometown.” He gets upstaged by what follows: Brandy Clark’s duet on “Hold My Hand” with Dwight Yoakam. Best country performance of the night.
▪ 9:03 p.m.: Accompanied by a lone harpist, Usher performs “If It’s Magic” as a tribute to Stevie Wonder, who joins the song towards the end to add some harmonica. Madonna was pleased.
▪ 8:57 p.m.: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, nominees in best traditional pop album, perform “Cheek to Cheek.” It’s a bit rough, but he does a classy job tolerating her grandstanding.
▪ 8:50 p.m.: From Las Vegas, Imagine Dragons delivers what felt like an interminable rendition of “Shot” that is really a commercial for Target.
▪ 8:38 p.m.: After a public service announcement from President Obama about domestic violence and passionate testimony from a survivor of domestic abuse, Katy Perry sings “By the Grace of God,” a song about redemption, recovery and salvation.
▪ 8:33 p.m.: With assistance from a small legion of dancers, singers and film composer Hans Zimmer, Pharrell turns “Happy” into a show-stopping spectacle, then thanks God, who must have been very pleased.
▪ 8:32 p.m.: Miranda Lambert wins best country album for “Platinum” in a field where three of the five nominees were women, despite male dominance on the country charts.
▪ 8:25 p.m.: Hozier shows off his gospel/soul chops in “Take Me to Church.” Annie Lennox joins him halfway through and takes over the song, kicking it up many notches.
▪ 8:15 p.m.: Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine duet on the Maroon 5 ballad, “My Heart is Open.” Their vocals are fine but they can’t rescue the song from its doldrums.
▪ 8:10 p.m.: Jeff Lynne leads an ersatz version of Electric Light Orchestra (including Richard Tandy) in “Evil Woman,” which makes Paul McCartney very happy. Then Sheeran jumps in for “Mr. Blue Sky,” one of the bubbliest pop songs ever, which got some Beyonce love. I love E.L.O.
▪ 8:05 p.m. Ed Sheeran performs the satiny love ballad “Thinking Out Loud” with John Mayer, who is wearing Clark Kent glasses, and Questlove. The ladies love Ed Sheeran. They used to adore John Mayer.
▪ 8:03 p.m.: Nile Rodgers and Smokey Robinson present a lifetime achievement Grammy to the late George Harrison, then present the award for best R&B performance. Beyonce (featuring Jay-Z) deservedly wins for “Drunk In Love” because ... she should be on camera as much as possible.
▪ 7:55 p.m.: Two members of the Super Bowl champs, Julian Edelman and Malcom Butler, help present the award for best rock album, a field that included Ryan Adams, Tom Petty and U2, who couldn’t give away their album. The winner: Beck, for his excellent but very down-tempo “Morning Phase.”
▪ 7: 48 p.m.: Miley Cyrus Lovingly calls Madonna a “bitch” as she introduces her. Amid a sea of bare-chested dancers wearing masks and horns, Madonna performs “Living For Love.” She looks great for a 56-year-old, but she has way more pizazz than the song, a by-the-numbers dance anthem. She manages to get most of the crowd out of their seats to clap and sing-along.
▪ 7:44 p.m.: Kayne West makes his first Grammy appearance in six years, performing “Only One,” a song he co-wrote with Paul McCartney (and others). It’s an uplifting ballad he wrote for his mother and daughter.
▪ 7:35 p.m.: Barry Gibbs helps present best pop vocal album. None of the nominees lives up to the best of the Bee Gees work, but Sam Smith picks up his second Grammy for his album “In the Lonely Hour.” Tom Petty is happy.
▪ 7:30 p.m.: Miranda Lambert tears into “Little Red Wagon.” It’s refreshing to hear country music not from a guy in a baseball cap singing about trucks and beer. She gets the first bleep of the evening for a bad word. She rocks.
▪ 7:25 p.m.: Pharrell Williams wins best pop solo performance for “Happy,” one of the catchiest songs ever. However, Angus Young looks better in shorts.
▪ 7:20 p.m.: Jessie J and Tom Jones deliver the first duet: a tribute to songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, who won a Trustees Award. They sing “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” Jones can still bring it, but it doesn’t match the Righteous Brothers definitive version.
▪ 7:15 p.m.: Ariana Grande performs “Just A Little Bit of Your Heart.” Nice voice, generic song. She’s at the Independence Events Center on Feb. 25.
▪ 7:08 p.m.: Taylor Swift emerges to present the award for Best New Artist, advising the nominees she survived her loss in that category in 2008. Sam Smith wins, expectedly. He’s up for five other awards. Eh. Not a fan yet. My choice: Brandy Clark.
▪ 7:02 p.m.: AC/DC launches the Grammys with its new single, “In Rock We Trust,” then its classic “Highway to Hell.” Hard to watch without Malcom Young, who as left the band for health reasons, or Phil Rudd, who is facing some legal troubles. Angus Young still has it going, though. It’s the first of 23 performances.
▪ 6:55 p.m.: Before the cameras roll, Rosanne Cash is already a big winner. She wins three Grammys for her album “The River and the Thread”: for best American roots performance and best American roots song (“A Feather’s Not a Bird”) and for best American roots album (“The River and the Thread”). She beat critics’ darling Sturgill Simpson in the album category (“Metamodern Sounds in Country Music”), a bit of an upset.