The star-studded evening in American music pays tribute to all its legends and acknowledges the best talent in music.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards became a night to remember in the history of American music. The show included a star-studded list of attendees and an enthralling set of performances.
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A great line up of winning artists along with some hiccups and small scale disasters here and there took place this time around.
This year’s Grammy awards were the first in history to be held on a Monday. The pre-Grammy show where the majority of the awards are announced and awarded were already in full swing when the stars started to file out on the red carpet for the event.
In fact, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift were behind the scenes when Taylor’s music video “Bad Blood” won the Best Music Video of the Year award. The stars on the red carpet showcased some of the best outfits and dresses.
The ceremony itself was a star-speckled affair with a variety of performances for the audience at the Staples Centre in Downtown L.A. Taylor Swift kickstarted the festivities with a heart-rending performance of her track “Out of the Woods” from her album 1989.
The songstress performed in a black sequined dress and welcomed all the attendees to the show. From there LL Cool J took over the show to perform his emcee duties.
The night’s nominees all performed some great numbers and some of them were already winners from the pre-Grammy ceremony which took place earlier on.
Justin Bieber delivered an acoustic performance of his track "Love Yourself" before joining Skrillex and Diplo for an amped up performance of “Where are You Now”.
The Weeknd performed a great musical rendition of his track "In the Night" accompanied by a cellist and pianist, but not before his former duet partner Ariana Grande got booed while introducing his performance.
Luckily, The Weeknd gave a stellar performance which not only earned him a standing ovation from the audience but also a Grammy for his track “Earned It”.
Alabama Shakes also delivered a great performance with Brittany Howard's amazing voice while Little Big Town performed "Girl Crush" featuring a string section.
Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt collaborated to perform a great duet singing a medley of "Take Your Time" and "Heartbeat". Other duets of the night included performances by Andrea Day, Ellie Goulding, Tori Kelly and James Bay.
The most anticipated performance by Adele singing “All I Ask” was hindered by some technical issues and ended up looking very bad indeed. Kendrick Lamar delivered a somewhat controversial/tribal performance of "The Blacker the Berry" and "Alright" which was enhanced by strobe lights, rapid-fire editing, shooting flames, a jailhouse set and other provocative imagery not to mention his riveting, intense delivery.
That is not all on the performance roster though. The Grammys this year featured an array of posthumous tributes. Lady Gaga embodied David Bowie on stage, complete with his eccentric costume, performing style and sang a medley of his best songs on stage.
The Eagles with Jackson Browne performed a heart wrenching version of "Take It Easy" dedicated to the late Glenn Frey. Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton and Gary Clark Jr. paid tribute to B.B. King while performing "The Thrill is Gone".
Dave Grohl, introduced a tribute to the Motorhead frontman performed by The Hollywood Vampires, featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp.
Miguel commemorated the 35th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Grammy-winning album “Off the Wall” by singing "She's Out of My Life" while Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix collaborated to honour Maurice White with a brief, a cappella rendition of "That's the Way of the World".
The MusiCare Person of the Year tribute to Lionel Richie was one of the greatest performances of the night featuring John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor and Tyrese Gibson as well as Lionel Richie himself who performed at the end.
The big wins of the night were a great line up as well. Taylor Swift won Album of the Year as well as Best Music Video and Best Vocal Pop Album.
Other multiple winners included:
Ed Sheeran for Thinking Out Loud for Song of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance;
The Weeknd for Best R&B Performance and Best Urban Contemporary Album while
Kendrick Lamar took out four Grammys including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Music Video which he shared with Taylor Swift for “Bad Blood”.
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Meghan Trainor won the Best New Artist award which she received with a tearful acceptance speech. Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson picked two Grammys for their hit record “Uptown Funk” including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Justin Bieber won a Grammy for the Best Dance Recording which he shared with Diplo and Skrillex for Where Are U Now.