George Michael & Prince dutifully honored. Chance Inspires. Adele takes them home. But Queen Bey stole the show.
At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards last night, Adele became the first artist ever to sweep Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year at a single Grammys twice – the first time was in 2012. Chance the Rapper took home two Grammys. Beyoncé’s Lemonade won best urban contemporary album, and David Bowie posthumously swept his five nominated categories, including best rock song for Blackstar.
Katy Perry debuted a new single, Lady Gaga had mic problems, and A Tribe Called Quest’s unflinchingly and fiercely called out “President Agent Orange”. For a fill list of winners, right this way.
“I’m sorry for swearing and sorry for starting again, can we please start it again? I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him,” said Adele after dropping the f-bomb and getting an off-key start. But, as Hollywood Reporter wrote “Ending on the final lyrics of “I miss my baby,” the singer began to cry as she received a standing ovation from the crowd, many who were shown also with tears in their eyes.”
“Bruno Mars stepped into Prince’s similarly sized shoes to pay tribute to the pop icon,” noted USAToday preceded by a band that can remember the late legend better than nearly anyone else in music, his former band The Time.” As for the tribute itself, they added “Prince wouldn’t have been mad.”
Chance the Rapper was nominated for seven awards and was the winner of two. He gave an “enormous spiritual performance of Coloring Book’s “How Great” and “All We Got” during the ceremony,” us how Pitchfork summed it up.
“Beyoncé, staging her first live appearance since announcing she was pregnant with twins, crafted a hallucinatory, epic medley of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles,” marking one of the night’s most powerful performance,” noted Rolling Stone
“After an evening of political soft-pedaling, the ’90s rap veterans, joined by Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes, and Consequence, pulled no punches. During a performance that included “Award Tour,” “Movin Backwards,” “We The People,” and a little bit of “Can I Kick It?,” Busta thanked “President Agent Orange” for perpetuating evil, and the whole thing ended with a “Resist! Resist! Resist!” chant,” scribed StereoGum. They went on to summarize it perfectly, “A Tribe Called Quest just rolled through and fucked shit up right.”
And now, back to our regularly scheduled pornography.