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Grammy Awards 2015’s 21 Best and Worst Moments

From Kanye’s bum-rush to AC/DC’s explosive performance to Sam Smith’s big night

Prince, Mary J. Blige and Sam Smith

Prince, Mary J. Blige and Sam Smith

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Nobody swung from an actual chandelier, but the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were a three-and-a-half-hour emotional roller coaster, shifting from moments that were thrilling (AC/DC’s pyrorific opening set) to sober (President Obama’s message about domestic violence) to historic (Paul McCartney taking the stage with Kanye West and Rihanna). Legends like Annie Lennox stepped in to raise the bar, while West threatened to step onstage and cause a scene when Beck grabbed Album of the Year from Beyoncé — this time he was kidding (mostly). After Taylor Swift finished shaking it off in the front row, we were left with these 21 moments that best summarize the night’s beautiful highs and embarrassing lows. 

Josh Duhamel

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Worst: Everyone Takes Bad Trips

The arch villain of this year's Grammys? No, it wasn't Kanye, who poked fun at his own past antics — it was the top step of the circular satellite stage. First, it nearly tackled actor and Fergie beau Josh Duhamel; the Best Rock Album co-presenter gamely avoiding a humiliating face-plant in front of two New England Patriots no less. Then the stupid thing almost took down musician Nile Rodgers on his way to hand off the Best R&B Performance gramophone. Fortunately, his co-presenter, the always smooth Smokey Robinson, averted what would have been true disaster by chivalrously helping Beyoncé up the diabolical step to accept her award.

Tom Jones and Jessie J

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer-songwriters Jessie J and Tom Jones (R) perform onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)

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Best: Tom Jones and Jessie J Get Cheek to Cheek

Tom Jones and Jessie J gave Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga a run for their money as the Grammys' best May-December singing relationship with their performance of the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." As is Jones' wont, the frosty-haired Welsh crooner poured his everything into the performance, singing passionately at the "Bang Bang" singer. Rather than the end of a partnership, as the lyrics suggest, it looked like the start of something special.

Shia Labeouf

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Actor Shia LaBeouf speaks onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Worst: Shia LaBeouf Reads Pink Poetry

When he walked out onstage wearing actual clothes, with neither a paper bag nor a pair of flesh-toned undies in sight, it was tempting to think/hope that Shia LeBeouf might possibly live out the title of his recent L.A.-gallery performance piece #IAmSorry and redeem himself by not acting like an insufferable second-year art student for one public moment. Instead, the Transformer star introduced Sia's "Chandelier" performance by producing a long, pink sheet of paper and somberly reading a poem addressed to the Record of the Year nominee by a mysterious admirer "Erik" (Us Weekly reports that it was indeed a poem by Sia's new husband, filmmaker Erik Anders Lang). "If strength were made of broken pieces, you and I would always win," LeBeouf intoned. "It is, though, and buildings and statues wink at us…Punch me if I stop crying, and I'll do the same." #SorryNotSorry.

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