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.
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. …"
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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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