Last night, CBS broadcasted the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The show took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and was hosted by James Corden. Not a big fan of award shows or don’t know who James Corden is? Basically, the Grammys are an annual award show that recognizes musicians and overall achievements in the music industry, and James Corden is the host of The Late Late Show with James Corden, a talk show on CBS. Here’s what happened at the show:
Starting Off the Show
Adele opened up the show at 8:00 on the dot with her chart topper, ‘Hello,’ welcoming the night and the plethora of performances to come. Her gigantic voice was a clear indicator of how the night would turn out- bold and fearless. In the beginning of the show, artists like Lukas Graham, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce showed the audience what they got, but my favorite performances in the first half of the show would have to be Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd with Daft Punk. Sheeran, the one-man band, played and sang his newest single, ‘Shape of You.’ Sheeran’s performances are so special because he creates each sound himself, layering it over the next and the next until he has his infectious, finalized beat. As far as The Weeknd and Daft Punk, this performance was so significant because this was Daft Punk’s first live performance in three years. The duo’s last performance was at the 2014 Grammys. The mashup of ‘I Feel It Coming’ and ‘Starboy’ was nothing less than other worldly.
Lady Gaga with Metallica
Lady Gaga joined the legendary Metallica to perform ‘Moth Into Flame,’ and although there were bits of technical problems, they definitely delivered. When the song began, lead singer James Hetfield’s microphone appeared to be not working. Quickly upon realizing, Gaga was able to pick up her mic and share with him, creating a more unified appearance. Gaga, proving to be amazing at pretty much everything, took on the hardcore rocker role perfectly. If you didn’t know who the singer was, you could believe she was a new addition to the band! Ending with a classic crowd jump, Gaga and Metallica proved to be a powerful team.
Adele’s George Michael Tribute
Adele came back to the stage again to bring us an emotional tribute to the late George Michael. With her cover of Michael’s ‘Fastlove,’ Adele was hell bent to prove this was one performance she cared about. Within seconds of the song, she paused singing to state that she had to restart, that she wasn’t doing well enough. Honestly, even when she restarted, it wasn’t all that great. Despite having a wonderful voice, Adele really took out meaning from the song when she demanded to do it over again. However, with her previous audio issues at last year’s Grammys, I don’t blame her for being nervous.
A Tribe Called Quest with Anderson .Paak
For the most political performance of the night, rap group A Tribe Called Quest with singer-songwriter Anderson .Paak definitely won. The artists took to the stage to address our “President Agent Orange,” presenting people of all races walking around and down off of the stage in a march. They also memorialized the late Phife Dawg, including his recorded vocals throughout their songs and a projected image of him on the screen. All of the performers on the stage energetically stood together to present a message against division and oppression. It was a performance that was without a doubt needed.
Chance the Rapper with Kirk Franklin
Finally, as the performers wrapped up for the night, Chance the Rapper was up. Winning already three Grammys that night, there was no doubt Chance was charged and ready to impress the audience. His performance began with a quick, breathless ‘How Great,’ where he was intensely engaged with both the song and the audience. Things escalated quickly, and before you knew it, a whole band and choir filled the stage behind the rapper. Transitioning into ‘All We Got,’ Chance actively owned the stage, with help from Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann. There really isn’t room to argue- this guy is a born star and performer. He took control of the whole Staples Center, and demanded his earned attention. Needless to say, I’m a big fan.
Album of the Year
And of course, besides the great performances, this is alas an award show. By the end of the night, Adele took it all home. For her album 25 and her song “Hello,” Adele won Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. It was a safe, arguably oppressed night for the awards, which is bringing up a lot of speculation as to why Adele won more than once against high competitor, Beyonce. Personally, I don’t love either of them, but with Adele’s acceptance speech for Album of the Year, I wished anyone would have won besides her. Tearing up as she took her stage to accept her award, Adele stated, “I can’t possibly accept this award.” Instead of just thanking who she needed to thank and be happy, she blubbered out her desire for Beyonce to win, and how much love she has for Beyonce. I mean, give me a break. The show was already well over time. Sometimes you need to just let things be.
Overall, it wasn’t much of a night, but I’m excited to see what 2017 brings for music. Comment your thoughts of the show down below!