Grammy Awards in review: nominees, winners and performers
February 17, 2017
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Music’s biggest night was the 59th Grammy Awards, which celebrated all of the greatest music from 2016. With show-stopping performances, various comedic bits from host James Corden, and unexpected wins, the Grammys were nothing short of entertaining this year.
Adele said “Hello” as she opened the show with her famous song, starting the night off strong. She brought home the top awards, winning Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance.
When Adele accepted the award for Album of the Year, she graciously honored Beyoncé’s album,”Lemonade,” which was also nominated in the category.
Beyoncé was nominated for nine awards, receiving the most nominations of the night. She took home awards in the categories of Best Music Video for her song “Formation” and Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Lemonade.”
Beyoncé gave a powerful performance of her songs “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” from her album, “Lemonade.” The performance focused in on motherhood and empowerment, following Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement.
In between awards and performances, James Corden took the stage. His first appearance portrayed him tumbling down a flight of stairs and then using his own vocal talents to welcome presenters, nominees and audience members to the award ceremony.
Some of the performers added a political message to their presentation, calling for unity and resilience throughout the night. However, some performers were not as vocal.
Katy Perry’s performance of her new single “Chained to the Rhythm” carried a strong political narrative, ending the performance in front of a graphic of the Constitution. A Tribe Called Quest performed their song, “We The People.” Busta Rhymes mentioned President Trump explicitly as “President Agent Orange” while calling out for unity in the United States.
Though some of the performers and presenters added a political message to their presentation, Corden kept the commentary light throughout the night and even invited famous guests in the audience for “Audience Karaoke,” a play on the original skit, “Carpool Karaoke” on his late night show. Corden and celebrities sang along to “Sweet Caroline” with Neil Diamond leading the vocals.
Other big winners of the night included Chance the Rapper, with three awards, Tom Elmherst also with three awards and Greg Kurstin who walked away with four awards.
David Bowie’s final album before his death in 2015, “Blackstar,” won five Grammy Awards for Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance and Best Engineered Non-Classical Album.
For a full list of Grammy Award winners, visit https://www.grammy.com/nominees.
Contact the writer: Mjscott@m.marywood.edu