Last night saw the broadcast of the highly-anticipated 2017 Grammy Awards. And, exactly as we predicted, there were some pretty major upsets. Namely that Beyoncé’s Lemonade did not win any of the evening’s top prizes for which it was nominated. Sigh.
That said, being Grammy night, there were more stupendously extravagant performances than one could keep up with. Here are a few of the evening’s highlights:
Adele Beat Beyoncé, Then Split Her Grammy in Half to Share It
By all accounts, Lemonade was utterly robbed. Even Adele felt this way, particularly after her own album 25 swept all three of the night’s top categories. In her tearful acceptance speech for Album of the Year, Adele wept at how unfair these results were. “My album of the year was Lemonade, so a piece of me did die inside, as a Beyoncé fan” she said after winning. To make up for it, she literally split her Grammy in half.
But Beyoncé Still Slayed Anyway
To the surprise of no one, Bey’s solo performance was the event of the evening, trophy or no trophy. Introduced by her mother Tina Knowles and prominently addressing the recent announcement of her pregnancy, it was a decadent, but intimate, family affair.
Chance the Rapper Won Big and Played Bigger
As far as pleasant surprises of the evening go, it was a huge, huge night for Chance the Rapper. He made Grammy history with Coloring Book, the first-ever streaming-only album to take home a prize, let alone one as big as Best Rap Album. He also won Best New Artist, and performed a medley of hits from the album that made for a truly dizzying showcase.
Daft Punk Returned to the Grammy Stage
Dressed like very chic versions of Darth Vader, Daft Punk made their return to the live stage for the first time since winning Album of the Year in 2014 for a set with The Weeknd, on whom they collaborated on the latter’s smash album Starboy. They briefly teased the title track before going into “I Feel It Coming.”
A Tribe Called Quest Delivered a Call to Arms
As the evening’s most political act, A Tribe Called Quest did not disappoint. Together with Busta Rhymes and Anderson .Paak, the group performed their song “We the People…” with explicit and necessary attacks to the policies of Donald Trump.
Katy Perry Also Got Political… Somewhat
Though decidedly less forthright than A Tribe Called Quest, Katy Perry premiered her new song “Chained to the Rhythm” in a context that was still more message-laden than most of the pop-star’s previous offerings.
Bruno Mars Looks Surprisingly Good as Prince
The big tribute of the night arrived for the Purple One himself led by his former band The Time, but the real showstopper moment took place when Bruno Mars barrelled out of the gate singing “Let’s Go Crazy” dressed in homage to Prince’s iconic Purple Rain get-up. He may not have the range of the late legend, but at least Bruno has the right attitude.
Be sure to read our take on why the 2017 Grammys are the most out of touch yet right here.
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