GRAMMY Awards 2015, Now with Extra Imagination

By Susan Fox

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards have now passed into history, and some of the winners are near and dear to the hearts of the geek world.

  • Pharrell Williams’ Happy, which had made its first appearance as a song from the end credits in Despicable Me 2, won Best Music Video and Best Pop Solo Performance.
  • Let It Go, written for Disney’s Frozen, won Best Song Written for a Film
  • The soundtrack album for Frozen won Best Compilation Album for Visual Medium.
  • Fan favorite John Williams won for Best Instrumental Composition, for his work on 2013’s The Book Thief.
  • The five member a capella group Pentatonix won Best Instrumental Arrangement or A Capella for their medley of Daft Punk songs titled simply, Daft Punk. Thanks to reader “oui” for pointing out that this category used to be just “Best Instrumental Arrangement”, and that this is the first year  a capella arrangements could be eligible. Could it be that Pentatonix was the inspiration for the change?
  • Weird Al Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun won for Best Comedy Album.

And in the “who’d ‘a’ thunk it?” category:  Tenacious D, The Last In Line, from their tribute album, Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life, Best Metal Performance.  Yup, part time superheroes Jack Black & Kyle Gass beat out Anthrax, Motorhead, Slipknot and Mastodon in the Metal category.  Our metalhead friends take comfort in the backhand honor to Dio, who had a hit with this song in 1984.

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  1. The official title for Pentatonix’s category is “Best Arrangement, Instrument or A Cappella”. This is the first year that it specifically recognizes A Cappella arrangement. In previous years, you are right, it was “Best Arrangement, Instrument” only.

    docacappella on tumblr has a good discussion on this category and what it means for a cappella if you like to read it.

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