Last Night At The GRAMMY's

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards are in the books, with Adele walking away the big winner, sweeping all the awards she was nominated for, including the major categories Album of the Year for “25," and Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Hello."

Interestingly, Adele didn’t quite think she deserved her big Album of the Year award because she spent the whole time fighting back tears as she talked about Beyoncé and her album “Lemonade.” (Also, not sure if everyone caught it but she did refer to her partner Simon Konecki as her “husband” so maybe she did secretly get married as some of the mags have rumored.)  

In the other major category of the night, Chance the Rapper took home Best New Artist Award, one of two awards he won last night.

When it came to sweeping, the late David Bowie pulled an Adele, winning all five awards for which he was nominated, including Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for the track “Blackstar,” and Best Alternative Music Album for his final album of the same name, all of which marked the late singer’s first musical GRAMMY wins. 

  • Host James Corden made quite an entrance basically falling down the stairs as he was making his way to stage. He eventually broke into a pretty funny rap (all the while missing one shoe) that even featured a crack atPresident Trump’s expense. Overall, Corden was a very affable host, and kept things moving nicely. His best bit, not surprising, was a Carpool Karaoke segment from the audience. James, wearing a fake car cut out, got J.Lo, Neil Diamond, Keith Urban, Jon Legend and more (even Blue Ivy) into the car and had them, and the entire Staples Center, singing Diamond’s classic “Sweet Caroline.”
  • Two of the major highlights of the GRAMMYs were the tributes toPrince and George Michael, who both passed away last year. Michael was honored by Adele, who performed his song “Fastlove.” She began singing the tune off key and swore, and then started the whole song again because she didn’t want to do it badly for Michael. Of course, once she started over she blew it out of the park as she fought back tears.
  • Meanwhile, Prince’s tribute featured The Time performing “Jungle Love” and “The Bird,” which had the audience (even Jay-Z) dancing in the aisles. Then, after Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” intro, Bruno Mars, dressed in a Prince-like purple sequined jacket, took over to perform a rousing version of the classic track, complete with Prince-like guitar solo at the end.  An absolutely fitting tribute to the legend.
  • There was also at least one outrageous, and pants-less, moment during the telecast. Twenty One Pilots accepted their award for Best Pop/Duo performance in their underwear, because one day years ago they vowed that if they ever won a GRAMMY they’d accept in their undies.  “So, not only is this amazing, but I want everyone who is watching at home to know that you could be next,” Tyler Joseph said. “Because anyone, from anywhere, can do anything!”

Last night’s show was chock-full of stand-out performances. Among them:

  • Adele kicked things off with a flawless performance of her megahit “Hello,” which certainly made up for her less than stellar performance last year.
  • The Weeknd, joined by Daft Punk, who looked like they just came out of a “Star Wars” movie, performed “I Feel It Coming,” from the R&B star’s album “Starboy.” 
  • Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood performed their collaboration “The Fighter,” after a pretty funny intro from a blinged out John Travolta.
  • Ed Sheeran, a last minute addition to the show, flew in from New York after performing on “Saturday Night Live” to perform his latest track “Shape of You,” but unlike “SNL” he did it all by himself, with no other musicians.
  • Kelsea Ballerini and Lukas Graham shared the stage for a unique mash-up of Graham’s “7 Years” and Kelsea’s “Peter Pan.”
  • A very pregnant Beyoncé, showed off her huge baby bump as she celebrated motherhood in a visually stunning and hugely dramatic performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” that featured dozens of female dancers. She also sat down for part of it, and we're guessing those twins had something to do with that. 
  • Bruno Mars, as always, blew the place up with a flirty performance of his track “That’s What I Like.” 
  • Little Big Town introduced Katy Perry by performing Katy’s “Teenage Dream.” When Katy finally got to the stage she treated the crowd to her new hit “Chained to the Rhythm” with Skip Marley. Her performance was also political, with Katy wearing an armband that read “resist,” and ended with her standing in front of a projection of the U.S. Constitution, which got the audience on their feet. 
  • Maren Morris and Alicia Keys joined forces for the song “Once,” which showed that country can have some soul and vice versa.
  • The show also featured a tribute to the Bee Gees and a celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Fever,” with Demi Lovato kicking things off with “Stayin’ Alive,” followed by Tori Kelly doing “Tragedy,” Little Big Town performing “How Deep Is Your Love” and Andra Dayperforming “Night Fever.” 
  • Metallica and Lady Gaga got together to perform the rockers’ “Moth Into Flame” from their latest album and unfortunately it wasn’t good. First off, Laverne Cox forgot to even introduce Metallica, and then James Hetfield’s mic wasn’t on at all. He eventually joined Gaga at her mic so we could finally hear him and it improved a bit but things were so hectic it was hard to take in anything. And at the end it was pretty apparent that Metallica was not happy.
  • Sturgill Simpson was joined by the late Sharon Jones’ Dap Kingshorn section for a performance of “All Around You.”
  • In the most political performance of the night, A Tribe Called Questwas joined by Anderson.Paak, Busta Rhymes and more for “Movin’ Backwards,” “We The People,” and “Award Tour,” which they dedicated their late member Phife Dog. At one point Busta called Trump “President Agent Orange,” and they also had various immigrants join them on stage, ending the show by simply saying “RESIST!” 
  • Pentatonix performed a sweet a cappella version of the Jackson 5’s“ABC”
  • Chance the Rapper was joined by Kirk Franklin, a gospel choir, an orchestra and more for the song “How Great,” proving why he deserved that Best New Artist award. 
  • John Legend and Cynthia Erivo paid tribute to artists we lost last year with a performance of  The Beach Boys' “God Only Knows.”

 

59th Annual GRAMMY Winners(click here for a complete winners list)

 

Album Of The Year

  • “25” — Adele - WINNER
  • “Lemonade” — Beyoncé
  • “Purpose” — Justin Bieber
  • “Views” — Drake
  • “A Sailor's Guide To Earth” — Sturgill Simpson

Record Of The Year

  • "Hello" — Adele - WINNER
  • "Formation" — Beyoncé
  • "7 Years" — Lukas Graham
  • "Work" — Rihanna Featuring Drake
  • "Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots

Song Of The Year

  • "Formation" — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • "Hello" — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) - WINNER
  • "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
  • "Love Yourself" — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
  • "7 Years" — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Chance The Rapper - WINNER
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • 25” — Adele - WINNER
  • “Purpose” — Justin Bieber
  • “Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande
  • “Confident” — Demi Lovato
  • “This Is Acting” — Sia

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • "Hello" — Adele - WINNER
  • "Hold Up" — Beyonce
  • "Love Yourself" — Justin Bieber
  • "Piece By Piece (Idol Version)" — Kelly Clarkson
  • "Dangerous Woman" — Ariana Grande

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • "Closer" — The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
  • "7 Years" — Lukas Graham
  • "Work" — Rihanna Featuring Drake
  • "Cheap Thrills" — Sia Featuring Sean Paul
  • "Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots - WINNER

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Lemonade” — Beyoncé - WINNER
  • “Ology” — Gallant
  • “We Are King” — KING
  • “Malibu” — Anderson .Paak
  • “Anti” — Rihanna

Best R&B Song

  • "Come and See Me" — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
  • "Exchange" — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
  • "Kiss It Better" — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
  • "Lake By the Ocean" — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) - WINNER
  • "Luv" — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Best R&B Performance

  • "Turnin' Me Up" — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • "Permission" — Ro James
  • "I Do" — Musiq Soulchild
  • "Needed Me" — Rihanna
  • "Cranes in the Sky" — Solange - WINNER

Best Rap Performance

  • "No Problem" — Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz - WINNER
  • "Panda" —Desiigner
  • "Pop Style" — Drake Featuring The Throne
  • "All The Way Up" — Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
  • "That Part" — ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Performance

  • "Freedom" — Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • "Hotline Bling" — Drake - WINNER
  • "Broccoli" — D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
  • "Ultralight Beam" — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
  • "Famous" — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song

  • "All The Way Up" — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
  • "Famous" — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
  • "Hotline Bling" — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake) - WINNER
  • "No Problem" — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
  • "Ultralight Beam" — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico "Donnie Trumpet" Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

Best Rap Album

  • “Coloring Book” — Chance The Rapper - WINNER
  • “And the Anonymous Nobody” — De La Soul
  • “Major Key” — DJ Khaled
  • “Views” — Drake
  • “Blank Face LP” — ScHoolboy Q
  • “The Life of Pablo” — Kanye West

Best Dance Recording:

  • "Tearing Me Up" — Bob Moses
  • "Don't Let Me Down" — The Chainsmokers featuring Daya - WINNER
  • "Never Be Like You" — Flume featuring Kai
  • "Rinse & Repeat" — Riton featuring Kah-Lo
  • "Drinkee" — Sofi Tukker

Best Rock Performance

  • “Joe” (Live From Austin City Limits) — Alabama Shakes
  • “Don’t Hurt Yourself” — Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
  • Blackstar” — David Bowie - WINNER
  • “The Sound Of Silence” (Live On Conan) — Disturbed
  • “Heathens” — Twenty One Pilots

Best Metal Performance

  • “Shock Me” — Baroness
  • “Silvera” — Gojira
  • “Rotting In Vain” — Korn
  • Dystopia” — Megadeth - WINNER
  • “The Price Is Wrong” — Periphery

Best Rock Song

  • “Blackstar” — David Bowie - WINNER
  • “Burn The Witch” — Radiohead
  • “Hardwired” — Metallica
  • “Heathens” — Twenty One Pilots
  • “My Name Is Human” — Highly Suspect

Best Rock Album

  • "California" — Blink-182
  • "Tell Me I’m Pretty" — Cage The Elephant - WINNER
  • "Magma" — Gojira
  • "Death Of A Bachelor" — Panic! At The Disco
  • "Weezer" — Weezer

Best Alternative Music Album

  • "22, A Million" — Bon Iver
  • "Blackstar" — David Bowie - WINNER
  • "The Hope Six Demolition Project" — PJ Harvey
  • "Post Pop Depression" — Iggy Pop
  • "A Moon Shaped Pool" — Radiohead
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