LOS ANGELES — Mineola native Kacey Musgraves took home two Grammys Sunday evening.
The country artist was nominated for a total of four awards including best new artist, best country album and best country song.
“Oh my goodness. Oh my god. I can’t even. I can’t even,” said a teary-eyed, but happy Musgraves, who won best country album. “I got to make a record that I poured myself into and I’m so proud of.”
Ms. Musgraves’ “Merry Go ‘Round” won for best country song, defeating Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again,” Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck,” and Lindale native Miranda Lambert’s “Momma’s Broken Heart,” which Ms. Musgraves co-wrote. She actually was nominated twice within the category.
Her first album for Mercury Records, “Same Trailer Different Park,” won for best country album of the year.
The album defeated Blake Sheldon’s “Based on a True Story,” Tim McGraw’s “Two Lanes of Freedom,” Taylor Swift’s “Red,” and Jason Aldean’s “Night Train”.
The album was released in 2013, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard top 200 and No. 1 on the Top Country Album chart.
Lambert was nominated for two Grammys but did not take any home. Her song “Momma’s Broken Heart” was nominated for best solo performance and best country song.
A 17-year-old from New Zealand has won the Grammy Award for song of the year.
Lorde’s “Royals” beat out big hits from Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Pink and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to win the top prize. Lorde also won best pop solo performance for her No. 1 hit.
“Thank you everyone who has let this song explode because it’s been mental,” she said. “Royals” is also nominated for record of the year.
Lorde is still behind Macklemore & Lewis, who won four Grammy Awards so far Sunday, including best new artist and rap album for “The Heist,” beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake.
“Wow, we’re here on the stage right now,” said Macklemore, thanking fans first, then his fiancee and team. “I want to say we made this album without a record label, we made it independently and we appreciate all the support.”
Beyonce kicked off the Grammy Awards with a steamy and smoky performance of “Drunk In Love:” She started on a chair and then grinded in a revealing black outfit. Jay Z emerged in a fitted suit to rap his verse, and the couple — parents of little Blue Ivy — held hands and danced together.
Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar collaborated onstage to create an electrifying performance, as the acts sported all-white and went from rap song to rock song. Robin Thicke performed with Chicago, singing the group’s songs before going into “Blurred Lines,” which energized the crowd. Thicke finished the performance singing on the floor.
Katy Perry sang “Dark Horse” in an eerie forest with fire that mirrored the song’s vibe, and John Legend and Taylor Swift — who whipped her head, and hair, back and forth — played pianos during their slow songs. Pink twirled in the air in her signature Cirque du Soleil-form.
Swift, who was nominated for album of the year, lost best country album in a surprise upset to rising singer-songwriter Musgraves.
Daft Punk were triplewinners, picking up honors for record of the year, best dance/electronica album for “Random Access Memories” and pop duo/group performance for “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
“Dude, on the behalf of the robots ... thank you, thank you, thank you,” said Williams, who also won non-classical producer of the year.
Looking to Daft Punk, sporting their signature helmets, Williams said: “They want to thank their families. And of course, the incredible Nile.”
Macklemore & Lewis’ wins, which include best rap song and rap performance for “Thrift Shop,” come after the Grammy rap committee almost ousted the group from its categories.
source told The Associated Press that the rap committee rejected the duo, but that was later overruled by the general Grammy committee.
The rap committee felt Macklemore & Lewis should qualify for the pop awards instead because of their massive success on Top 40 radio. The source, who attended the general Grammy meeting, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.
Macklemore & Lewis were also nominated for album of the year.
Justin Timberlake, who isn’t up for any of the major awards, won three trophies, including best R&B song for “Pusher Love Girl” and music video for “Suit & Tie,” which also earned Jay Z a Grammy. Jay Z and Timberlake also won best rap/sung collaboration for “Holy Grail.”
Like Macklemore & Lewis, Lamar is nominated for album of the year, marking a high note for hip-hop. Outkast and Lauryn Hill are the only two rap performers to win the coveted album of the year; Hill and Arrested Development are the only rap-based stars to take home best new artist.
Musicians with East Texas roots were honored during the ceremony, including the late country-recording artist Ray Price and the late world-renowned pianist Van Cliburn.
A rapper has never won song or record of the year.
Jay Z, keeping up the decade-long Grammy tradition of rappers leading in nominations, was the night’s front-runner with nine.
For top album, Macklemore & Lewis and Lamar’s platinum-selling debuts, “The Heist” and “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” will battle Swift’s earth-shattering sales force “Red,” Daft Punk’s electronic adventure “Random Access Memories” and the surprise nominee — “The Blessed Unrest” from the piano-playing Bareilles.
Mars won best pop vocal album with his sophomore release, “Unorthodox Jukebox.”
“Ma, I know you’re watching. I hope you’re smiling. I love you very much,” said Mars, remembering his mother, who passed away last year. Mars’ father attended the awards show.
McCartney, engineer Bob Ludwig and gospel singer Tye Tribett are double winners. Imagine Dragons and Rihanna also picked up trophies.
LL Cool J is hosting the 56th annual awards, airing live on CBS.