Grammy Awards 2017: An evening of glamour, talent and Adele


The 59th Annual Grammy Awards occurred at Staples Center, Los Angeles on Sunday, 12 Feb 2017. The night witnessed Adele taking armloads of gramophone trophies along with her.

Adele opened the show singing ‘Hello’ and mesmerised the audience with her voice. Presenting the ceremony for the first time, James Corden made an entry with intentional tripping over the stairs. He took a dig at US president and asserted “Live it all up because this is the best and with President Trump we don’t know what comes next”. One section saw him reading tweets from the viewers and all took a jab at him except Donald Trump ‘“Bring back LL Cool J,” “I wish I could Brexit this host,” “This host has one of those classic punchable faces.” And from @realDonaldTrump: “Just as I predicted, Corden doing a GREAT job as host. Terrific,” further adding “The negative ones are fake” making the audience burst into laughter.

What thrilled the audience was a sensational performance by Beyoncé. In glittery gown and loaded with gold, she represented the beauty of childbirth. She was introduced by her mother Tina Knowles pronouncing “Ladies and gentlemen, with my mother’s pride, my daughter, Beyonce.” She was also accompanied by daughter Blue Ivy and enacted various poses that represented fertility, femininity, and regality.  Beyoncé was showered with flowers as she sang two of Lemonade’s songs- “Sandcastles” and “Love Drought.”

But it was Adele, who owned the night as she bagged all five Grammy’s for which she was nominated including three in top categories ‘Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year’. As she accepted the ‘album of the year award’ for the blockbuster ’25,’ she paid homage to Beyoncé’s album, she said, “The Lemonade album is monumental, so monumental, so well-thought-out, so beautiful and soul-baring.”

Beyoncé on the other hand grabbed ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ and ‘Best Music Video’ and she averred in her thank you speech “It’s vital that we learn from the past and recognise our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.” Beyoncé had nine nominations to her name while Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West were all tied at eight.

The event was also a witness to some debacles especially when Adele stopped midway in her homage to George Michael to begin again from the starting. Other performers of the evening included Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, The Weekend and Daft Punk, Anderson among many others.

Chance the Rapper, was also among the top winners of the night, taking home the prize for ‘New Artist’ as well as ‘Rap Album’. “Glory be to God. I claimed this victory in the name of the Lord. I want to thank God for my mother and my father who supported me since I was young,” Chance the Rapper said while accepting the award.

Here is the full list of winners along with the nominations of  59th annual Grammy Awards:

Album of the year
25 – Adele – WINNER
Lemonade – Beyoncé
Purpose – Justin Bieber
Views – Drake
Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson

Record of the year
Hello – Adele – WINNER
Formation – Beyoncé
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Work – Rihanna
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

Song of the year
Formation – Beyoncé
Hello – Adele – WINNER
I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
7 Years – Lukas Graham

Best Rap album
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book – WINNER
De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody
DJ Khaled – Major Key
Drake – Views
Schoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Best urban contemporary album
Beyonce – Lemonade – WINNER
Gallant – Ology
King – We Are King
Anderson Paak – Malibu
Rihanna – Anti

Best country solo performance
Love Can Go To Hell – Brandy Clark
Vice – Miranda Lambert
My Church – Maren Morris – WINNER
Church Bells – Carrie Underwood
Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

Best rock song
Blackstar – David Bowie – WINNER
Burn the Witch – Radiohead
Hardwired – Metallica
Heathens – Twenty One Pilots
My Name Is Human – Highly Suspect

Best pop duo/group performance
Closer – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Work – Rihanna
Cheap Thrills – Sia featuring Sean Paul
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots – WINNER

Best new artist
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance the Rapper – WINNER
Maren Morris
Anderson Paak

Best pop vocal album
Adele – 25 – WINNER
Justin Beiber – Purpose
Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
Demi Lovato – Confident
Sia – This Is Acting

Best pop solo performance
Hello – Adele – WINNER
Hold Up – Beyoncé
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
Piece By Piece (Idol Version) – Kelly Clarkson
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

Best R&B performance
BJ The Chicago Kid – Turnin’ Me Up
Ro James – Permission
Musiq Soulchild – I Do
Rihanna – Needed Me
Solange – Cranes In the Sky – WINNER

Best R&B song
PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake – Come See Me
Bryson Tiller – Exchange
Rihanna – Kiss It Better
Maxwell – Lake By the Ocean – WINNER
Tory Lanez – Luv

Best rap performance
Chance The Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – No Problem – WINNER
Designer – Panda
Drake featuring the Throne – Pop Style
Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – All the Way Up
Schoolboy Q featuring Kanye West – That Part

Best rap/sung performance
Drake – Hotline Bling – WINNER
Beyoncé featuring Kendrick Lamar – Freedom
DRAM featuring Lil Yachty – Broccoli
Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream – Ultralight Beam
Kanye West featuring Rihanna – Famous

Best R&B album
BJ The Chicago Kid – In My Mind
Lalah Hathaway – Lalah Hathaway Live – WINNER
Terrace Martin – Velvet Portraits
Mint Condition – Healing Season
Mya – Smoove Jones

Best rap song
Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – All The Way Up
Kanye West featuring Rihanna – Famous
Drake – Hotline Bling – WINNER
Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – No Problem
Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream – Ultralight Beam

Best metal performance
Baroness – Shock Me
Silvera – Gojira
Korn – Rotting In Vain
Megadeth – Dystopia – WINNER
Periphery – The Price is Wrong

Best rock performance
Alabama Shakes – Joe (Live from Austin City Limits)
Beyoncé featuring Jack White – Don’t Hurt Yourself
David Bowie – Blackstar – WINNER
Disturbed – The Sound of Silence (Live on Conan)
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens

Best dance recording
Bob Moses – Tearing Me Up
The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down – WINNER
Flume – Never Be Like You
Riton – Rinse and Repeat
Sofi Tukker – Drinkee

Best dance/electronic album
Skin – Flume – WINNER
Electronica 1: The Time Machine – Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch – Tycho
Barbara, Barbara, We Face A Shining Future – Underworld

Best music video
Beyonce – Formation – WINNER
Leon Bridges – River
Coldplay – Up and Up
Jamie xx – Gosh
OK Go – Upside Down and Inside Out

Best country song
Keith Urban – Blue Ain’t Your Color
Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man
Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw – WINNER
My Church – Maren Morris
Miranda Lambert – Vice

Best country duo/group performance
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King – Different For Girls
Brothers Osborne – 21 Summer
Kenny Chesney and Pink – Setting the World On Fire
Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton – Jolene – WINNER
Chris Young With Cassadee Pope – Think of You


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