Indo-Brit filmmaker Asif Kapadia wins golden gramophone for his film ‘Amy’
Los Angeles : The 58th Grammy Awards ceremony saw rapper Kendrick Lamar win big with five trophies for his album “To Pimp a Butterfly” here on Monday. The gala, attended by the who’s who of the global music industry, also saw Indo-British filmmaker Asif Kapadia win the golden gramophone for his film “Amy”.
Kapadia’s “Amy”, a documentary on the life of late singer Amy Winehouse, got the Best Music Film Award. The filmmaker, born and brought up in London, was excited more so as the Grammy Award comes to him after his victory at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards.
“Amazing! Thank you Grammys! ‘Amy’ wins Best Music Film,” tweeted Kapadia, known for “The Warrior” and “Senna”. Sitarist Anoushka Shankar, who was nominated for the fifth time at the Grammys this year, failed to bag an award in the Best World Music Album category for “Home”. She has never won a Grammy, but was happy as this time she became the first Indian musician to be a presenter at the event.
The star of the night, where separate tributes were paid to David Bowie, Eagles’s Glenn Frey and Michael Jackson, was Lamar. He not just impressed with his five-Grammy trove but also with his performance.
For the first time in three Grammy ceremonies, Ed Sheeran walked home with Song of the Year Award and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Thinking Out Loud”. Also, singer Taylor Swift was honoured with the Album of the Year Grammy Award for “1989” at the ceremony, held at Staples Centre here.
Interestingly, Lamar and Taylor Swift were in a face-off in multiple categories of the awards, but both emerged winners when the Best Music Video category honour was announced as the all-star video for Swift’s “Bad Blood” remix features Lamar.
The show began with an energetic performance by Swift, 26, on her “Out of the Woods” number.
She used her album of the year acceptance speech to throw some shade on Kanye West, though indirectly for his controversial “Famous” lyrics where he claims that he made Swift popular. “As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success,” she said in her acceptance speech. “But if you focus on the work, someday when you get when you’re going, you’ll know it is you and the people who love you who put you there,” said the pop star,South African musician Wouter Kellerman’s latest album “Love language”, for which Bengaluru-based Grammy winner Ricky Kej composed, produced and mixed “Aishwarya”, lost the Grammy for the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category to “Sylva” by Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest. The Best Intrumental Composition award went to “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite”, composed by Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, featuring Indian artiste Rudresh Mahanthappa. Singers Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk” nabbed the Record of the Year as well as Best Pop Group/Duo Performance; singer Meghan Trainor was named Best New Artist; while “Baby” hitmaker Justin Bieber walked away with his first ever Grammy in the Best Dance Recording for “Where Are Ãœ Now”, his collaborative work with Jack Ãœ (Skrillex and Diplo).
Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ãœ also took home the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album. The event also saw Chris Stapleton winning the Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance for “Traveller”, and lost out to Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” in the Best Country Song category. The Weeknd, who had seven nominations, bagged Grammys for Best R&B Performance for “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” and Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Beauty Behind the Madness”.
Singer Lady Gaga remembered late singer David Bowie with a sprawling tribute, while performing a medley of his hit songs.
Gaga donned Bowie-inspired make-up, bright red hair and an elaborate white outfit as she sang Bowie’s most memorable singles including “Space oddity”, “Changes”, “Ziggy stardust”, “Suffragette city”, “Rebel, rebel”, “Fashion”, “Fame”, “Let’s dance”, “Heroes” and “Under pressure”.