The 59th Grammy awards— the most prestigious honour for the recording industry— were held last night/early morning at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Hosted by Brit James Corden, the event featured a heavily-pregnant Beyoncé Knowles delivering a stunning performance, Adele paying tribute to the late George Michael and Lady Gaga performing alongside metal legends Metallica. Here are the highlights of the night:
Adele Wins Big and Swears Live
Adele picked up Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Hello”. She also picked up Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Album for 25.
After a pitch-perfect performance of “Hello” at the beginning of the ceremony, Adele faced a slight hitch in her tribute to George Michael in her performance of “Fast Love” which caused her to drop the F-bomb on live TV. But the professional asked for a restart and powered through.
Beyoncé’s Stunning Performance
Queen Bey performed “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” from her album Lemonade in a power-packed performance which even saw a dramatic chair stunt. She also won best urban contemporary album.
The late rockstar was the big winner of the night picking up Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for “Blackstar”. His album, Blackstar, also won Best Alternative Music Album. His album Blackstar also won best recording package and engineered album with a total of five posthumous Grammys.
Lady Gaga and Metallica
This year’s Grammys were marred with technical problems but that didn’t hold back performers. Pop star Lady Gaga and Metallica’s James Hetfield headbanged and sang along to the latter’s “Moth Into Flame” with Gaga crowdsurfing in the end.
Tribute to Prince
Bruno Mars, Morris Day and the Time paid tribute to late pop legend Prince with Morris busting some mean guitar solos and Bruno Mars dressed as Prince from Purple Rain.
“Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers featuring Daya won Best Dance Recording.
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant Best Rock Album.
“Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) won Best R&B Song.
Drake’s smash hit “Hotline Bling” won Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song.
Chance The Rapper won Best Rap Album for Coloring Book and Best New Artist and also Best Rap Performance for “No Problem”.
Sing Me Home — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble win Best World Music Album.
Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” Best Song Written For Visual Media.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens won Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media.
Here are the full list of winners.