A recap of the star-studded night at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards
The Grammys was first held in 1959 and has become a yearly tradition ever since to appreciate those talented musicians throughout the year. For those who don’t want to do the maths, this year we are celebrating the 59th Grammy awards and what a ceremony it was!
This year’s Grammy awards was held on the 12 February, and we weren’t disappointed with the winners chosen. The most talked about part of the night is Adele taking home five different gongs. The pop singer won record of the year, best song and best pop solo performance with her hit single ‘Hello’. Adele also won for album of the year and best pop vocal album with her ‘25’ but insisted that Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ should have taken home the award. After a heartfelt speech, Adele broke the award in half and gave it to Beyoncé stating that ‘Lemonade’ was a monumental album. Beyonce, however, did pick up an award for her album labelled as the Best Urban Contemporary album. Adele also made a speech in honour of George Michael but accidently cursed and with tears in her eyes requested that she could start again.
Adele was not the only artist to pick up multiple awards at the Grammys. Chance the Rapper took home awards for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for ‘No Problem’ and Best Rap Album for his release of ‘Colouring Book’. As everyone expected, Drake also took home multiple awards for his song ‘Hotline Bling’ with gongs for Best Rap / Sung Performance and Best Rap Song.
As expected there was, of course, some political remarks at The Grammy Awards, especially concerning Donald Trump. James Cordon opened the show with a rap about different celebrities and stated that “…With President Trump, we don’t know what comes next. We can survive by sticking together”. Jennifer Lopez followed on with this hinting at the uncertainty of the new president when she commented: “At this particular point in history, our voices are needed more than ever”. To take this even further Busta Rhymes referred to the president as ‘President Agent Orange’.
Following on from the political comments, Joy Villa even wore a blue dress with the slogan ‘Make American Great Again’ printed in big letters down the side. That’s one way to make a statement! As usual, the celebrities went wild with their outfit choices including Cee-Lo Green dressed in gold from head to toe and Twenty-One Pilots accepting one of their awards in their underwear!
The late David Bowie received five awards including Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance and Best Recording Package. Bruno Mars also performed a tribute to Prince by performing ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ and performing a solo on one of Prince’s signature guitars.
—Amy Curtis, Correspondent (Music)