Jeremy Renner, Adele's 'Skyfall,' David Fincher: Hollywood's 2014 Grammys presence
Adele's 007 power ballad "Skyfall" won in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category nearly a year after taking the Academy Award for the same track, while the film's composer, Thomas Newman, won for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Though Newman remains Oscarless to date (one 12 nominations), this was his third Grammy win to date. He previously won for his work on 1999's "American Beauty" and 2008's "WALL-E." Sunday he beat out fellow Oscar nominees from last year such as Alexandre Desplat ("Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty") and John Williams ("Lincoln"), as well as Oscar winner Mychael Danna ("Life of Pi"). Craig Armstrong was also nominated in the category for "The Great Gatsby."
Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams had a sensational evening in keeping with his exemplary year, sharing wins for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Dance/Electronica Album with Daft Punk for his work on the album "Random Access Memories." Hit track "Get Lucky" also won the Record of the Year prize and Williams received the Producer of the Year award for his work across a wide spectrum in 2013, including the Oscar-nominated original song "Happy" from the animated film "Despicable Me 2."
Elsewhere, Fincher won Best Music Video for Justin Timberlake's black-and-white "Suit & Tie." Other music video/film directors who have made the transition to feature filmmaking who were nominated for their work this year included Jonas Åkerlund (Paul McCartney's "Live Kisses") and Mark Romanek (Jay-Z's "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film").
Steve Martin also shared the Best American Roots Song award with Edie Brickell for "Love Has Come for You."
There was an overall Hollywood awards season presence on the show as Oscar nominees such as Jared Leto and Steve Coogan as well as "American Hustle" star Jeremy Renner graced the stage to introduce acts like Metallica, Katy Perry and the Highwaymen. Julia Roberts also made a surprise appearance, welcoming Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to the stage. And in between performances and kudos presentations, in certain markets, there were epic new commercial spots for Best Picture nominee "Gravity," currently in re-release.
If you missed the Grammys telecast or you just want to re-live it, check out Dan Fienberg's live-blog of the show.