By Nia Todd
Published: February 15th, 2017
One of the biggest shows of the year, the Grammy Awards, came on this past Sunday. Viewers tuned in for the fashion choices, performances and, of course, the awards.
The night was filled with awards given to our favorite artists and not-so favorite artists. One artist that stood out was Chance the Rapper, who spent the year campaigning for his mixtape “Coloring Book” to be considered for nominations. His hard work paid off: he walked away with three awards and gave a stellar performance to celebrate.
In between awards came the highly anticipated performances. Though better than the previous year, there were still some imperfections when it came to the sound. Adele, five-time winner of the night, had to restart her George Michael tribute due to nerves and starting off flat. For the first half of Lady Gaga and Metallica’s performance, lead singer James Hatfield’s microphone wasn’t working.
Yet, with all the ups and downs, here are are some of the best moments from this year’s Grammys:
- Adele Stands For Beyoncé
“…I can’t possibly accept this award. And I’m very grateful and gracious but my artist of my life is Beyoncé and this album to me, the ‘Lemonade’ album, was just so monumental, Beyoncé.” Those were the words of a tearful Adele who had just won the biggest award of the night, Album of the Year, just seconds after winning Record of the Year. She went on to explain how much of an impact Beyoncé has had on, not only her, but her black friends as well citing “…the way you make my BLACK friends feel, is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves”. Beyoncé, with tears in her eyes as well, mouthed “I love you so much” back to Adele after her speech. Even though her album “25” went Diamond, Adele still thought it didn’t compare to Beyonce’s visual album that set the Internet on fire for weeks. To further prove her point, a few seconds after the live telecast went off, Adele broke the Grammy in half in order to give Beyoncé a piece. Adele is both the ultimate #BeyHive member and possibly the sweetest woman in the industry.
Two Tributes We Can Appreciate
The Grammys decided to honor a few legends last night per custom, but only two of those performances are worth mentioning. First up was the sparkly Bee Gee’s tribute that covered a few of the group’s hits. Demi Lovato kicked things off in a classic 70s-inspired jumpsuit while singing “Stayin’ Alive.” Tori Kelly followed next with her guitar singing “Tragedy.” Then the members of Little Big Town gave a country twist to “How Deep Is Your Love.” The surviving member of the Bee Gee’s, Barry Gibb, watched the whole performance wearing a smile. Next up, was the tribute for the ‘Purple One,’ otherwise known as Prince. The Time, a band of childhood friends put together by Prince himself, started off the tribute with their classic “Jungle Love” before ending with a funky cover of Prince’s “The Bird.” The true highlight came next when Bruno Mars appeared on staged donned as Prince circa ’84. With his powerful vocals and guitar skills, Bruno had everyone on their feet. I’m sure even Prince would have approved of this performance.
This award season, celebrities have been using their platforms more than ever to speak out against President Trump and the way he is conducting himself. Katy Perry and A Tribe Called Quest were no different. Perry performed her new single “Chained to the Rhythm” while sporting a white pantsuit, a subtle nod to her continued support of Hillary Clinton. Viewers even noticed a pin for Planned Parenthood on her pantsuit, as well as an armband that spelled out “PERSIST.” The performance ended with her shouting out “No Hate,” in front of a blown up image of the Constitution. Things became more blatant in the second half of the show when A Tribe
Called Quest took the stage. “We’d like to say to all of those people around the world, all those people who are pushing people who are in power to represent them, tonight, we represent you,” Q-Tip said before getting into the song “Award Tour.” A few minutes later, Busta Rhymes joined them for “We the People” stating, “…I just want to thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban. When we come together—we the people!” These aren’t the first vocal displays of disproval towards the current government, and they won’t be the last.
Notable Mention: Beyoncé’s stunning nine-minute performance of songs “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” off of the nominated album “Lemonade.” Dipped in gold from head to toe and surrounded by flowers, the very-pregnant singer proved that no matter what she can still put on a great show.