Beyonce, Adele & Chance The Rapper Shine Bright At The GRAMMYs
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:46:10
Last night the GRAMMYs took place in Los Angeles, California's Staples Center. Performances from Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper, and Anderson Paak with a politically charged Tribe Called Quest blew audiences away. Meanwhile, Adele spent the night racking up the biggest awards. There were also tributes to the recently passed Prince and George Michael that enraptured the audience.
Adele won Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance. She also graced the GRAMMY stage twice for performances, including a stirring tribute to George Michael, which she started over part way through, explaining, "I can't mess this up for him." During her acceptance speech for Album of the Year, the singer basically dedicated the award to Beyonce saying she couldn't "accept the award," and telling Queen B, "the way you make my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel, is empowering."
Chance the Rapper took home the award for Best New Artist and took the GRAMMYs to church with a Coloring Book medley featuring gospel singers Tamela Mann and Kirk Franklin singing, while he rapped selections from "How Great", "All We Got", "Blessings", and "No Problem."
Beyonce picked up two awards, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video for "Formation". However, the very pregnant Bey might have given the night's most memorable performance when she sang Lemonade ballads "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles".
A Tribe Called Quest fired up the audience with their anti-Trump performance. Joined on stage by Anderson .Paak, Consequence, and Busta Rhymes, the group performed "We the People", and then fists shot into the air, followed by a rallying call: "RESIST! RESIST! RESIST!"
Other highlights included Daft Punk's first live appearance since they won Album of the Year back in 2014, when they performed with The Weeknd. Busta Rhymes referred to Donald Trump as Agent Orange. And Bruno Mars dressed up in purple to deliver a stunning tribute to Prince.
It wasn't all smooth sailing however, Metallica and Lady Gaga ran into some microphone issues during their performance. All in all, however, it was quite a night for the music industry, which saw many stars burn bright.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff