It all went down last night as artists, songwriters and producers came together for music’s biggest night. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards aired live for the first time in history on Monday evening at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, celebrating today’s top music artists with electrifying performances, honorary tributes and more!
Returning to the stage for the fifth year in a row as Master of Ceremonies was Hip Hop legend, LL Cool J. “With all that divides us we can depend on the love of music to unite us,” he said.
Seven time Grammy winner Taylor Swift opened the show with the premiere of her single, “Out of the Woods.” Swift also made history last night becoming the first female artist to win Album of the Year twice.
During her acceptance speech, Taylor threw subliminals at Kanye West who recently claimed that he made her famous. “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous,” Kanye raps in his new song “Famous.”
To which Taylor responded, “I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” Swift continued. “But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.”
History making moments didn’t stop with Taylor. The cast of The Hip Hop Theater musical, “Hamilton” won a Grammy for Best Musical. And Gwen Stefani partnered with Target to shoot the first live music video for her single “Make Me Like You,” which aired during the commercial break.
The stage also lit up with incredible performances from The Weeknd, Miguel, Tori Kelly, Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, Justin Bieber and more.
And after a long wait, our girl Adele returned to the Grammys stage performing her new single “All I Ask,” but had sound issues that were out of her control.
The piano mics fell on to the piano strings, that’s what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune. Shit happens. X
— Adele (@Adele) February 16, 2016
R&B soul icon Lionel Richie was honored with artists paying tribute to him, including John Legend, Demi Lovato, Tyrese and more. And Stevie Wonder and pop group Penatonix honored Earth, Wind & Fire member Maurice White with their classic hit, “That’s the Way of the World.”
But the biggest highlight of the night came from Hip Hop artist Kendrick Lamar who not only scored five Grammys including Best Rap Album but delivered a powerful and unapologetic performance of his hit singles “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright,” displaying visuals of the rapper and his back up dancers handcuffed in a jail cell then slowing breaking free from the chains, symbolizing freedom throughout the performance. He received a standing ovation.
The night ended with Beyoncé presenting the final award for Best Record of the Year, which went to Bruno Mars for his top charting record, “Uptown Funk.”
What an amazing night! Congratulations to all the winners, we can’t wait until next year’s show!
By Tiffany Hercules