The 59th Annual Grammy Awards was broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles last Sunday evening. The show was a spectacular with great performances, astonishing tributes and thought-provoking speeches. Late Night personality James Corden, who replaced LL Cool J as the new host for the Grammys, was very entertaining throughout the evening.
An emotionally charged evening, Adele was the big winner despite Beyoncé leading the nominations. The English singer songwriter won the Album of the Year award for “25” and also the Record Of The Year for “Hello.” Chance the Rapper won for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for his song “No Problem” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, along with Best Rap Album for his mixtape Coloring Book. The Chicago-born rapper, who skyrocketed his career independently without a major label deal, has come a long way putting out his mixtapes for free. In his speech, he gave thanks to SoundCloud, not Apple Music, and to God. Thanks to Chance the Rapper, other independent artists following this path can have a “chance” at winning a Grammy.
The 2017 show had some great performances from Adele, Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, The Weeknd and Daft Punk, Anderson .Paak and A Tribe Called Quest, amongst many others. But the biggest highlight of the evening was Beyoncé taking the stage with her baby bump. She was dressed as the Oshun, a Yoruba goddess of fertility and love. The 35-year-old, who is pregnant with twins, won grammys for Best Urban Contemporary Album (Lemonade) and Best Music Video for “Formation.”
Other highlights of the show included David Bowie’s five award win, including Best Rock Song for “Blackstar,” which was announced during the telecast of the show; the highly anticipated
Metallica and Lady Gaga performance, which also saw some microphone malfunctions; and James Corden surprised everyone with his Grammys version of “Carpool Karaoke” that was joined by Jennifer Lopez, Neil Diamond, John Legend and even Blue Ivy.
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