The biggest night in music was also a huge win for #TeamInternet.
No doubt anyone reading this has heard of the iconic five-part a cappella group Pentatonix. If not, this video really sums up everything you need to know:
Before the 57th Annual Grammy Awards main ceremony had even begun, these YouTube sensations already had a Grammy in hand after winning Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella for their Daft Punk mash-up above.
“This is the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to us,” Pentatonix lead Scott Hoying said in his acceptance speech. “We recorded this in a bedroom closet, filmed it in the kitchen, and now we’re winning a Grammy. It just goes to show you that anything is possible.”
These YouTube sensations first rose to fame after winning $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony on NBC’s a cappella talent search “The Sing Off” in 2011. However, the group were quick to part ways with the label after, it seems, executives tried to change their image and sound.
After spending some time plotting their next move, the group started posting raw acoustic videos to YouTube before releasing their début album PTX, Volume 1 with an independent label in 2012.
In the years that followed, PTX’s video production values got better, their vocal arrangements got more complex, and they now offer an incredible mix of visual wonder and vocal magic that has audiences captivated and their a cappella peers rushing to emulate.
Their last album, a holiday release called That’s Christmas To Me, Penatonix became one of only three acts to sell more than 1 million copies of an album in 2014.
After their Grammy win, PTX caught up with fellow YouTube sensations Tyler Oakley, who was presenting the Grammy Red Carpet for CBS, and Todrick Hall who was doing the same for MTV News. 24-year-old YouTube personality Kingsley also rode with country-star Hunter Hayes to the Grammys before taking over Access Hollywood’s social media reporting for the night, bringing in almost 1.5 million views to the their platform during the night.
Now all we have to do is wait for MattyBRaps to take home the Grammy for Best Rap Album in a few decades time and all will be right in the universe.