The 59th Grammy Awards took place yesterday and it was quite the show! The night was full of memorable performances and moments from various artists but of course with the good also comes the bad. Here are a few memorable moments from music’s biggest night.
Adele – Adele had a very big night at the awards show. She took home all five Grammy awards that she was nominated for including: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance. She opened the show by performing her major hit, “Hello”, and she also paid tribute to the late George Michael by singing “Fastlove”. Adele stopped mid-song to restart the performance saying “I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him” along with some curse words here and there. She recovered and gave the performance all she had. Even though she received a standing ovation, she was still visibly upset with messing up. She had a smile on her face later in the evening after receiving her major awards, but she became emotional when she said that Beyoncé deserved the award for Album of the Year.
Bruno Mars – Bruno Mars lit up the Grammy stage two times and he certainly wowed the crowd. He first performed one of his new hits “That’s What I Like” off of his new album, 24K Magic. His vocals and dance moves got the crowd going and he did not disappoint. Later on in the evening, Mars paid tribute to Prince along with one of Prince’s old bandmates, The Time, by performing one of his hits, “Let’s Go Crazy”. Mars surprised many people by playing the guitar and he ended the performance with an epic guitar solo. The crowd was very pleased and people were buzzing about his moment all over social media.
Beyoncé – Probably one of the most anticipated moments of the night, Beyoncé had a performance that continues to have people talking. She made her first televised appearance since the announcement of her expecting twins. Her performance was certainly visual with lots of projected screen images, vibrant colors, and a long table that came along with a chair that tilted Queen B back (which was super risky). She graced the stage with an interesting looked that seemed to resemble something of an African, Hindu, and Roman goddess. Her performance lasted nine minutes and left many wondering when she was going to start singing at one point. The crowd was very pleased with the performance and Blue Ivy was thrilled with her mother’s performance.
The good, the bad, and the scary – The night was full of moments that were great but others left us scratching our heads. The good: Grammy winners Twenty One Pilots shocked people by removing their pants while going up to accept their award. They had a good excuse for doing what they did saying, “If we ever go to the Grammys, if we ever win a Grammy, we should receive it just like this”. Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper won three Grammys, which was a first for him. There was another tribute which shined the light on the group The Bee Gees. Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, and Andra Day all paid tribute by singing a medley of some of The Bee Gees greatest hits, one of them being “Stayin’ Alive”. The bad: Throughout the night, there were many technical issues that left people very upset. One of them being cutting people off during their acceptance speech. Chance the Rapper and Adele’s co-writer were the victims of this but this did not stop Chance and when Adele’s co-writer got cut off, the crowd erupted by booing. Another technical issue occurred during Metallica and Lady Gaga’s performance. Metallica band member James Hetfield’s mic did not work at the beginning of the performance and many people were not thrilled, calling it sabotage. The scary: During the show, James Corden came up to Jennifer Lopez to do a mini carpool karaoke session with her. Suddenly, Corden asks Neil Diamond along with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Ryan Tedder, John Legend, Jason Derulo, and Keith Urban to sing Diamond’s hit, “Sweet Caroline”. This song is a classic and what made this moment scary was that many of them did not know the words! One other scary moment came from Cee Lo Green. He has been under the radar lately but he made quite the entrance to the Grammys showing up in an all gold outfit along with a gold mask which prompted people to come up with some crazy memes.
This year’s Grammys may have been a little rocky but it was filled with many moments that will have people talking for years to come. What was your favorite moment of the night?
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