Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 GRAMMYS: Adele 5/5, Beyonce 2/9, Drake 1/8, Rihanna 0/8,

Last night was the 59th Grammy awards and they were surprisingly watchable and interesting. Most of the pre-show hype was the talk about the battle between the divas. Beyoncé was up for 9 awards while Adele was up for 5. However, the two superstars went head-to-head in 3 of the 4 biggest categories. The result was a romp by Adele, who won Record of the Year, Song of the Year and (most controversially) Album of the Year.

Album of the year:
  • WINNER | “25” — Adele 
  • “Lemonade” — Beyoncé 
  • “Purpose” — Justin Bieber
  • “Views” — Drake 
  • “A Sailor's Guide to Earth” — Sturgill Simpson
Record of the year:
  • WINNER | "Hello" — Adele
  • "Formation" — Beyoncé
  • "7 Years" — Lukas Graham
  • "Work" — Rihanna featuring Drake
  • "Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots
Song of the year:
  • "Formation" — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • WINNER | "Hello" — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
  • "I Took a Pill In Ibiza" — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
  • "Love Yourself" — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
  • "7 Years" — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)
New artist:
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers
  • WINNER | Chance the Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak 
However, Beyoncé arguably say she had the most impact on the show, with an astonsihing performance revealing her fully pregnant (with twins) body and the antics of her daughter Blue Ivy throughout the night in the audience, Adele opened with an impeccable rendition of "Hello" and later on performed a decidedly not impeccable version of George Michael's "Fastlove" as a tribute to the pop singer who died on December 25th, 2016. Amazingly, she stopped her performance (for reasons that were unclear to me) about 30 seconds in, dropped an F-bomb on live television and asked to restart the song, which she did, although not in a noticeably improved fashion. The choice of song was very strange, since I think no one would say it is one of Michael's best.

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