CALIFORNIA, United States, Friday January 31, 2014 – Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna added an eighth Grammy to her collection on Sunday, beating out Tamar Braxton, Fantasia, Salaam Remi and Mack Wilds to take home the Best Urban Contemporary Album award for “Unapologetic.”
After putting in an appearance at Saturday’s pre-Grammys bash, however, the “We Found Love” singer was apparently as unapologetic as her winning album about skipping music’s biggest night at Los Angeles’ Staples Center the following night.
Rihanna, moreover, was one of many artists, including multiple award-winner Justin Timberlake, who gave the prestigious annual ceremony a miss this year.
Timberlake bagged the Best Music Video award, in addition to Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” for Best Rap-Sung Collaboration, but Jay Z picked up the award alone. Thirty-two-year-old Timberlake is said to have his hands full with his 20/20 Experience world tour.
Last year, Rihanna and Timberlake performed at the ceremony, with Rihanna taking the stage in a Bob Marley tribute alongside Ziggy and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Sting and Bruno Mars, as well as to deliver a touching rendition of “Stay” with Mikky Ekko that earned her a standing ovation. Timberlake, meanwhile, marked his big comeback to music with a “Suit & Tie” performance.
Also noticeably absent was Miley Cyrus who performed at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys bash on Saturday, but gave not so much as a single twerk to the following night’s ceremony.
Cyrus reportedly spent the night at home playing Guitar Hero and then shared her “video of tonight’s performance” with Twitter followers in response to questions about her absence. Her recent chart-toppers “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball” were snubbed by the Grammys voters.
Justin Bieber, who has been snubbed by the Grammys for the past two years, opted to chill out in Panama, where he fled and spent the weekend with his team, including singer Usher, after his DUI arrest drama. Reputedly no big Grammy fan, Bieber hasn’t attended the show since 2011.
Lady Gaga was also a no-show at Sunday’s festivities, despite performing at the show last year. She was in Los Angeles a day earlier performing for Carole King at the MusiCares Gala, but gave the Grammys a miss, possibly due to her “Applause” snub in the pop category.
Meanwhile, although Kanye West was nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album, the anti-Grammys artist boycotted the event after his “Yeezus” hit was snubbed in the Album of the Year category. West is said to have spent the day in Malibu with his Kardashian clan instead.
At least one celebrity had a valid reason for not showing up. Kelly Clarkson tweeted throughout the awards show, but explained that her pregnancy meant she couldn’t travel.
A list of major winners follows:
Song of the Year: Lorde, “Royals” (Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters)
Best Country Abum: Kacey Musgraves, “Same Trailer Different Park”
Best Pop Vocal Album: Bruno Mars, “Unorthodox Jukebox”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail”
Best Pop Solo Performance: Lorde, “Royals”
Best Rock Song: Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, “Cut Me Some Slack”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, “Get Lucky”
Best New Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best Rock Album: Led Zeppelin, “Celebration Day”
Best Metal Performance: Black Sabbath, “God Is Dead?”
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell Williams
Best Alternative Music Album: Vampire Weekend, “Modern Vampires of the City”
Best Rock Performance: Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Best Country Song: Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go ‘Round” (Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne)
Best Country Solo Performance: Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Civil Wars, “From This Valley”
Best Music Film: Paul McCartney, “Live Kisses” (Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine and Scott Rodger, video producers)
Best Music Video: Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z, “Suit and Tie” (David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer)
Best Blues Album: Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite, “Get Up!”
Best RandB Album: Alicia Keys, “Girl on Fire”
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Rihanna, “Unapologetic”
Best RandB Song: Justin Timberlake, “Pusher Love Girl” (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake, songwriters)Best Traditional RandB Performance: Gary Clark, Jr., “Please Come Home”
Best RandB Performance: Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway, “Something”
Best Pop Instrumental Album: Herb Alpert, “Steppin’ Out”
Best Dance Recording: Zedd Featuring Foxes, “Clarity”
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories”
Best Rap Performance: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
Best Rap Song: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz, “Thrift Shop” (Ben Haggerty and Ryan Lewis, songwriters)
Best Rap Album: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “The Heist”
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé, “To Be Loved”