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The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were a record breaking night in entertainment. Sunday night's show featured the most music performances of any Grammy's packed into the evening. Kanye West came back to the Grammy stage after six years, there were powerful performances regarding social change, and Beyoncé was fierce but soulful. See our performance recap below!
The show opened with a stellar performance of "Highway to Hell" performed by AC/DC. Stars of the night including Katy Perry and Lady GaGa participated in the performance from their seats wearing devil horns and singing along.
Anna Kendrick introduced the performance by Ariana Grande singing her newest hit, "Just a Little Bit Of Your Heart." The slow but powerful song complimented Grande’s enormous voice with accompanying instruments including violins and a piano.
Miranda Lambert performed "My Little Red Wagon." The country superstar portrayed her classic feisty stage persona. Blake Shelton’s wife was nominated for four Grammy’s and won for Best Country Album for her newest record, Platinum.
21-time Grammy winner Kanye West performed at the award show for the first time in six years. West sang "Only One" featuring Paul McCartney, a song about his late mother and daughter North.
Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj introduced Madonna’s back-to-back performances. Led by warrior-like men to the stage, Madge graced the stage in a red Givenchy leotard singing "Living for Love."
Ed Sheeran, a three-time Grammy nominee for the night, performed "Thinking Out Loud," making girls swoon across the country during the live performance. Even more swoon-worthy? Sheeran performed alongside John Mayer who played guitar. Mayer rendered a guitar solo before Sheeran ended the song on a high note. The performance was complimented with a standing ovation from everyone in the audience including Kanye West!
Sheeran returned to perform "Mr. Blue Sky" with the Electric Light Orchestra. Sir Paul McCartney was one of the Grammy guests standing up and singing along!
The Voice judges Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine performed a duet of Maroon 5’s "My Heart is Open." Their heartfelt rendition of the song was welcomed by Maroon 5 fans.
Take me to church! Hozier performed the majority of his beloved song before the legendary Annie Lennox joined him on stage to finish it off. The two then transitioned into "I Put A Spell On You," – a favorite of Lennox’s longtime fans. Although she admitted to Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet that she’s not into the industry part of her job, she’s passionate about singing and was looking forward to her on-stage performances.
Pharrell showed up with a transformative (and a tad spooky) performance of last year’s biggest hit, "Happy." The three-time Grammy winner of the night hit the stage in a bellhop outfit along with dancers dressed in black and yellow. After a slow start to the song, Williams jumped into his old perky self for the performance. The performance encapsulated almost the entire theater with dancers stretching out into the audience.
Tony Bennett and Lady GaGa, Grammy winners of the night for Best Traditional Pop Album, performed "Cheek to Cheek." The adorable and talented duo two-stepped as they sang. The super upbeat song had a classic touch!
Four-time Grammy nominee for the night Usher paid tribute to Stevie Wonder singing the classic, "If It’s Magic." Wonder himself joined Usher on the harmonica, which was followed by a standing ovation and warm applause!
Kanye returned to the stage for the second time of the night with Rihanna and Sir Paul McCartney. The trio performed their newest hit "Four Five Seconds." West serves as executive producer for Rihanna’s upcoming album.
The biggest winner of the night, Sam Smith, and Mary J. Blige performed together for one of the biggest songs of the year. "Stay With Me" is the emotional roller coaster of a song that fans are loving and connecting with. Blige was a perfect compliment to the already incredibly soulful song.
"When people from various backgrounds work together, they can achieve so much more" was the introduction for Colombian singer Juanes’ song, "Juntos" ("Together").
After winning Album of the Year, Beck performed "Heart is a Drum" with Coldplay’s Chris Martin. The number, originally played by Beck, featured an eclectic rendition of the song.
Singing "Take My Hand" and "Precious Lord," Beyoncé preceded the performance of the Oscar-nominated song "Glory" by John Legend and Common.
"Glory" served as an extraordinary finale for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.