The 47th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 13, 2005 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. They were hosted by Queen Latifah, and televised in the United States by CBS. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. Ray Charles, whom the event was dedicated in memory of, posthumously won five Grammy Awards while his album, Genius Loves Company, won a total of eight. Kanye West received the most nominations with ten, winning three. Usher received eight nominations and won three including Best Contemporary R&B Album for his diamond selling album Confessions. Britney Spears received her first Grammy of Best Dance Recording for her 2004 smash hit "Toxic".
- Jennifer Lopez, Usher, James Brown, Norah Jones, Scott Weiland, Marc Anthony, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Billie Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys, Supla, Steven Tyler and Slash performed "Across the Universe" in a tribute to The Beatles.
- The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, Eve, Maroon 5, Los Lonely Boys and Franz Ferdinand performed a medley together.
- Usher performed with James Brown
- Kanye West performed "Jesus Walks".