Often referred to as “Music’s Biggest Night”, the 59th annual Grammy awards was quite an interesting show filled with key moments ranging from a faulty mic during Metallica to Lady Gaga’s set to Adele claiming she could not accept album of the year due to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’.
The night began with perhaps, the star of the night, Adele, winning the two most coveted awards. Honestly, it would have been nice for the Grammy's to begin the night by bringing something new to the stage. However, Adele did deliver an excellent performance as always while singing her Grammy winning single, “Hello”. As the night continued, unfortunately, there were a few too many forgettable performances that lacked luster. Luckily though, key performances included; The Weeknd and Daft Punk performing “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming“, Bruno Mars with his incredible tribute to Prince, and of course, the top performance being newly pregnant Beyoncé, gracing the stage covered in flowers and jewels with a show stopping performance of "Love Drought"/"Sandcastles.”
The entertainment continued with the newest award winners. Chance the Rapper, a popular favorite, took home three Grammy's beating out established legends such as Drake and Kanye West. 21 Pilots accepted the award for Best Pop Duo strangely in their underwear, beating out the ever so popular “Closer” by Syracuse’s own The Chainsmokers, as well as summer anthem “Work” by Rhianna and Drake, (this came as a personal upset too me). However, The Chainsmokers, comprised of fellow Syracuse alumni Drew Taggart and his partner Alex Pall, did manage to take home the award for Best Dance Recording for their hit song “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya. Finally, Adele snagged seven of the prestigious awards, including the two biggest of the night, Album and Song of the Year.
The show then ended with the same person it began with, Adele. While accepting the final award of the night for her album “25”, she redirected the attention to Beyoncé, stating that she was the one truly deserving of the award for her “monumental” album “Lemonade,” as well as praising her for the empowerment she gives off too her fans and community. Overall, the night was one filled with entertainment and surprises for all.
Lately the Grammys have come under large scrutiny and controversy due to its board and the decisions that are made regarding the awards. Notable celebrities such as Kanye West have boycotted the show due to this belief. Over the next coming years, it will be important to keep an eye out and watch to see how the landscape of the Grammys will continue evolve and change, in hopes of becoming more updated with the current times.
By Gabrielle LaMarco