Music's Biggest Night is upon us and promises to deliver GRAMMY Moments that will make all fans Believe In Music™. The star-studded performance lineup for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards includes a performance by Lady Gaga — fresh off her Super Bowl LI halftime performance — tributes to the late music icons Prince and George Michael, Bruno Mars' return to the GRAMMY stage, and the best in country, hip-hop, pop, and rock. James Corden will host — will he tap one of the night's guests for a special GRAMMY edition of Carpool Karaoke? Tune in to CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. to see the award-winning television personality as well as our stellar cast of performers and presenters.
Adele Does A Showstopper — Literally
Only someone like Adele could bring a live TV broadcast to a halt. In this case, Adele wanted to make sure her gorgeous rendition of "Fastlove" to honor George Michael, who died Dec. 25, 2016, hit all the right notes. A few moments after beginning, she waved her performance to a stop exclaiming, "I can't mess this up for him." Adele's redo certainly did justice to the late legend, and her emotional reaction reverberated through the supportive crowd.
Beyoncé Delivers Stunning Acceptance Speech
Following an ethereal performance of "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles," a pregnant Beyoncé took the stage to accept the GRAMMY for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade. In true Queen Bey style, she delivered a poignant speech read from a golden card: "My intention for [Lemonade] was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness, and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable. …"
A Tribe Called Quest Get Political
Music's Biggest Night has never shied away from political moments, and the 59th GRAMMYs was no different. As A Tribe Called Quest took the stage with Anderson .Paak, they eventually brought out Consequence and Busta Rhymes for "We The People." Not only did Busta Rhymes work in a "President Agent Orange" reference, but the most powerful moment came as people of different ethnicities gathered in front of the stage while Q-Tip punctuated their powerful performance with a simple "resist."
James Corden & Friends Bring Carpool Karaoke To The GRAMMYs
The 59th GRAMMYs saw late-night TV host, comedian and music aficionado Corden's first turn as host. He brought plenty of humor, including a disastrous opening performance, a false Kanye West introduction and a call for tweets gone horribly wrong. But perhaps his best bit involved a cardboard cutout car for an impromptu star-ladden Carpool Karaoke rendition of Neil Diamond's classic "Sweet Caroline," which included Diamond himself, Jennifer Lopez, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, John Legend, Keith Urban, Ryan Tedder, Jason Derulo, and Beyoncé's daughter Blue Ivy.
Bruno Mars Channels Prince
Prince, who died April 21, 2016, was honored on the 59th GRAMMYs with a tribute segment by longtime friends and collaborators the Time and none other than Mars decked out in a dazzling purple jacket. Mars, who donned Prince-inspired make-up to complete his homage, reached the guitar-shredding conclusion of "Let's Go Crazy" with the audience dancing in the aisles.
Twenty One Pilots Drop Trou
Newcomers Twenty One Pilots certainly caught people's attention as they shed their pants on the way to accept their first career GRAMMY for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Turns out the duo, comprising Tyler Joseph and John Dunn, told each other before they were famous if they ever won a GRAMMY they would accept it in their underwear. The pair delivered on their promise, adding the inspiring message that "anyone from anywhere can do anything."
A GRAMMY Moment "Once" More
The GRAMMY telecast is known for delivering GRAMMY Moments pairing artists across genres for unforgettable performances, and the 59th show bolstered that reputation. Of particular note, GRAMMY-winning R&B powerhouse Alicia Keys and first-time GRAMMY winner Maren Morris dazzled the audience with a soulful rendition of Morris' "Once." And of course, we can't forget The Weeknd with Daft Punk, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr. with William Bell, among others.
The Bee Gees Get A Reboot
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, The Recording Academy will air "Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees" in spring 2017. The 59th GRAMMYs offered a sneak preview as Demi Lovato belted out "Stayin' Alive" in her best bedazzled 1970s jumpsuit, along with renditions of "Tragedy" by Tori Kelly, "How Deep Is Your Love?" by Little Big Town, and "Night Fever" by Andra Day.
Adele Shares Her Win With Beyoncé
As the big winner of the night, Adele took home five GRAMMYs — increasing her career total to 15 — including Record, Album and Song Of The Year. But Adele also celebrated fellow Album Of The Year nominee Beyoncé during her acceptance speech, a testament to strong women across genres making impactful music. "The Lemonade album … was so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul-bearing," said Adele, whose words visibly moved Beyoncé. "And we all got to see another side to you that you don't always let us see, and we appreciate that. And all us artists here, we f***ing adore you. You are our light."
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Music's Biggest Night doesn't end as soon as the evening concludes. This year, the GRAMMY Awards reached more than 27.6 million viewers, a 6 percent increase from last year's telecast.
That's a huge audience of fans — both returning and new — for artists performing and accepting GRAMMYs. As a result, many artists benefit from the "GRAMMY Effect." Immediately following the GRAMMY Awards, the resulting flux of activity includes boosts for album chart positions, sales and streaming numbers, while some musicians capitalize on the extra momentum to make tour announcements.
"This immediate and impressive reaction proves the unparalleled power of the [59th] GRAMMY Awards to reach a wide audience and engage fans," David Bakula, senior vice president of global product leadership and industry insights for Nielsen Music, told Billboard.
From Adele, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars to Chance The Rapper, The Weeknd and Metallica, take a look at this year's beneficiaries of the GRAMMY Effect by genre.
After taking home five GRAMMYs, the highest total of the night, Adele said "Hello" to the Billboard 200 Top 10 again with her Album Of The Year-winning 25. The album darted to No. 6 on the Billboard 200, catapulted by a sales bump of 238 percent, while sales of "Hello" increased by 255 percent. Meanwhile, Adele's stop-and-start George Michael tribute skyrocketed Michael's original version of "Fastlove" by 5,367 percent in sales, and by 1,266 percent in Spotify streams. "Fastlove" was Michael's last Top 10 hit, climbing to No. 8 in 1996.
Bruno Mars, who gave a sultry performance of "That's What I Like," saw his song's sales increase by 354 percent, and album sales of his 24K Magic grew by 108 percent. Marking the live performance debut of "Chained To The Rhythm," Katy Perry's latest single gained 128 percent in sales, spurning a No. 4 chart debut. GRAMMY newcomers Lukas Graham saw sales of their Song Of The Year-nominated "7 Years" jump 793 percent, and the band increased their station adds by 164 percent on streaming radio service Pandora.
Veteran metal quartet Metallica took the opportunity to leverage their GRAMMY performance with Lady Gaga of "Moth Into Flame" to announce the North American leg of their WorldWired tour the day following the telecast.
Still proving she's the queen, Beyoncé's "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles," which she performed during the telecast, saw sales increases of 1,217 percent and 958 percent, respectively. Her Best Urban Contemporary Album-winning Lemonade jumped to No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart, representing a sales increase of 241 percent.
Crowned this year's Best New Artist, Chance The Rapper saw his streaming-only numbers cumulatively increase 206 percent on Spotify. The three-time GRAMMY winner also saw a 461 percent jump for his song "How Great," which he performed on the GRAMMY stage as part of a medley with Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann. Not wasting any of his momentum, Chance The Rapper announced a spring tour just two days after his GRAMMY stage debut.
Best New Artist nominee Anderson .Paak caught the attention of fans on Pandora, experiencing a 500-plus percent increase in new artist station adds. His collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest also helped boost the rap group's song "We The People," which benefitted from a 441 percent gain on Spotify following their powerful, politically driven performance.
The Weeknd, who performed "Starboy" and "I Feel It Coming" with Daft Punk, gained 154 percent in sales for the latter song. Meanwhile, R&B legend William Bell experienced an astonishing 12,085 percent lift on Pandora, while his GRAMMY Awards performance partner Gary Clark Jr. increased his Pandora artist station likes by 3,239 percent.
No stranger to the GRAMMY stage, Keith Urban netted an 896 percent sales spike for "The Fighter" featuring Carrie Underwood. GRAMMY newcomer Sturgill Simpson saw a 346 jump in sales for his Album Of The Year-nominated A Sailor's Guide To Earth. He also experienced a 9,772 percent sales increase for "All Around You," which he performed with the Dap-Kings during the telecast.
First-time GRAMMY winner Maren Morris saw her sales skyrocket by 7,430 percent for "Once," which she performed with Alicia Keys. Morris also experienced a 2,884 percent lift on Spotify for her Best Country Album-nominated, Hero, and a 417 percent increase in artist page additions on Pandora. Best New Artist nominee Kelsea Ballerini saw a 266 sales increase for her track, "Peter Pan," which she performed as part of a medley with Lukas Graham. The country singer/songwriter also saw a 75 percent increase in interest on Pandora.
The Recording Academy's 40th-anniversary celebration of the landmark Saturday Night Fever film soundtrack — "Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees" — will air on Sunday, April 16 at 8–10 p.m. ET/ PT on CBS.
From "Stayin' Alive" to "How Deep Is Your Love," GRAMMY winners, nominees and star performers will take the stage to reinterpret classics from the groundbreaking soundtrack. The all-star lineup features GRAMMY winners Celine Dion, John Legend, Little Big Town, Pentatonix, Ed Sheeran, Tavares, Keith Urban, and Stevie Wonder; GRAMMY nominees Kelsea Ballerini, Andra Day, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, Demi Lovato, Panic! At The Disco, and Thomas Rhett; and Jason Derulo, DNCE and Katharine McPhee.
To cap the night, Bee Gees co-founder and seven-time GRAMMY winner Barry Gibb will perform a selection of hits from Saturday Night Fever — Soundtrack, which won Album Of The Year for 1978 at the 21st Annual GRAMMY Awards and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2004. The memorable tribute special will also feature appearances by Cynthia Erivo, John Travolta and Wilmer Valderrama.
"Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures LLC. Ken Ehrlich and Rac Clark are the executive producers, Ron Basile is the show producer, and David Wild is the writer.
The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Recordings and Atlantic Records have partnered for the 2017 GRAMMY Nominees album, which is now available in stores and via all digital retailers. Now in its 23rd year, the album features a collection of GRAMMY-nominated music for the upcoming 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. A portion of album proceeds benefit the year-round work of the GRAMMY Museum Foundation and MusiCares Foundation — The Recording Academy-affiliated charitable organizations focused on music education programs and critical assistance for music people in need.
The 2017 GRAMMY Nominees album highlights 21 hits from this year's GRAMMY nominees, including Album Of The Year nominees Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Sturgill Simpson; Best New Artist nominees Kelsea Ballerini, the Chainsmokers, Maren Morris, and Anderson .Paak; and Twenty One Pilots, Sia, Sean Paul, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Lukas Graham, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brandy Clark, Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw.
"The 2017 GRAMMY Nominees album provides a unique playlist, and showcases some of the greatest songs and talented artists that make up this year's incredible nominees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "We are pleased to collaborate with Atlantic Records on this project, which provides support for the invaluable programs and initiatives our charities produce throughout the year."
The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.