Watch Beck Perform 'Heart Is a Drum' With Chris Martin at Grammys - Rolling Stone
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Watch Beck Harmonize With Chris Martin After Big Grammy Win

The singer, who performed “Heart Is a Drum,” had just won Album of the Year for ‘Morning Phrase’

Shortly after Beck won Album of the Year and deflected a literal “Kanye moment” at the Grammys, the singer performed his Morning Phase tune “Heart Is a Drum” with help from Coldplay‘s Chris Martin. Even though he was probably pumping with adrenaline, Beck kept his cool throughout the song, settling into a gentle groove and letting the song flow out of him. The Coldplay singer leaned into a microphone and crooned at the singer-songwriter, who undauntedly strummed an acoustic guitar on the folkish tune.

Beck was nominated for five awards this year, and won three, including Album of the Year, Best Rock Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. He has previously won three Grammys, including awards for his 1996 album Odelay and its hit single “Where It’s At.” The singer earned his last win in 2000, when Mutations took home the trophy for Best Alternative Music Performance.

Coldplay’s Ghost Stories garnered three nominations this year for Martin and the band. The singer has received seven Grammy awards over the course of his career, the last of which was in 2009 for Coldplay’s Viva la Vida.

Martin is no stranger to Grammy night collaborations, though. In 2012, Coldplay joined Rihanna onstage to perform “Princess of China” before taking on “Paradise” without the pop star’s assistance. In 2009, Jay-Z helped Coldplay sing “Lost.”

In 1997, Beck performed “Where It’s At” at the ceremony right before receiving his award for the track. Morning Phase, the singer’s first album since 2008’s Modern Guilt, leaned more towards folk and country like its companion piece, 2002’s Sea Change

Beck will be playing Hangout Music Festival in Alabama this May. The festival’s lineup also includes Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket and Spoon. He recently appeared on the Annie soundtrack, performing the duet “Moonquake Lake” with fellow nominee Sia.

Martin recently helped assist a Bono-less U2 as guest singer during the World AIDS Day concert in Times Square last December. Following the Grammy performance, he will be making an appearance at Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute alongside fellow Grammy nominees and performers Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and more. 

In This Article: Beck, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Grammy Awards


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