On the music industry's biggest night, an up-and-comer and an underrated star stole the show.

Newcomer Sam Smith took home three of the evening's top awards, winning Best New Artist, Best Record and Best Song at the 57th Grammy Awards on Sunday evening.

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Had Smith won Album of the Year, he would have been only the second artist to ever win the four top awards at the Grammys in the same year.

In eight months, Smith went from unknown commodity to one of the music business' biggest stars. The song for which he won best record and song, "Stay With Me" was performed by Smith and Mary J. Blige in one of the best performances of the night.

Though the song came under controversy several weeks ago when it was ruled that Tom Petty would receive a songwriting credit because of the song's similarities to Petty's "I Won't Back Down," Smith was still the toast of the evening, with his debut album, "In the Lonely Hour," taking home Best Pop Vocal Album honors.

Smith is an incredible talent who seems to have the same staying power as Adele, who was the last artist to win best record and song in the same year. The two Brits with powerful voices appear primed to be mainstays in the music industry for years to come.

While Smith was expected to take home a number of awards, the big surprise of the night was Beck taking home Album of the Year honors, besting Smith, Pharrell Williams, Beyonce and Ed Sheeran.

The night's most shocking moment came from Kanye West nearly interrupting Beck's acceptance speech for the best album award.

It was widely believed that Beyonce was the favorite to take home the award. Her self-titled album was the fastest-selling album in the history of iTunes and garnered praise from the music community and critics alike.

While Beck's "Morning Phase" flew under the radar (it was the lowest-selling Album of the Year winner since 2008), it was an incredible piece of music and worthy of this distinction.

Earlier in the evening, Beck took home the Best Rock Album Grammy with a win over Ryan Adams, The Black Keys, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and U2.

This year's show featured 23 live performances, the most ever at the Grammys. Among them were Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, AC/DC and ELO.

Before the award show was televised, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar both took home two awards in the rap categories. Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP2" took home Best Rap Album, which is the rap artist's sixth such award.

The Grammys drew criticism a year ago when they selected Macklemore's album over Lamar's, leading some to question why more minorities haven't won this award in the past.

While Eminem's album was solid, it wasn't nearly the best of the year. In my opinion, "Oxymoron" by Schoolboy Q should have taken the trophy.

One of the highlights of the night for local residents included Grand Forks native Brent Paschke performing with Williams. Paschke has toured extensively with Williams as his lead guitarist.

Red carpet

For a round-up of the best and worst looks on the Grammys red carpet, read Sunday's Accent on Life and Style.