While you were sleeping the 2016 Grammy Awards took place. But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Here’s everything that happened at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
A REALLY SUPER-SUPER SHORT SUMMARY: The Los Angeles Timessummarized the Grammys as follows: “The 58th Grammy Awards saw Taylor Swift take home her second best album honour and Uptown Funk the award for best record. Meghan Trainor took home best new artist and Ed Sheeran won for best song. In the performances, Adele sounded less-than-stellar andHamilton measured up to the hype, but Kendrick Lamar’s fiery set was the show-stealer and overshadowed much of the night.”
Here is everything you missed:
Grammys bring the heat
Grammy nominees really felt the heat at this year’s awards show, and not just from the competition. It was a reported 88 degrees on the red carpet.
Some folks were walking into the carpet tent with faces glistening from sweat after getting out of limos and waiting in the hot sun to go through security.
Fashion-wise, anything goes at the Grammys
Choices for early arrivals to Monday’s ceremony ranged from tuxedos to gowns to jeans and sneakers.
Pitbull takes home his first Grammy
Singer-rapper Pitbull started the day by winning his first Grammy Award.
The 35-year-old entertainer made good on his first Grammy nomination — Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album — in a tie with Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade.
Pitbull won for his ninth studio album, Dale, while Lafourcade won for Hasta la Raiz.
Country wins big
Little Big Town’s hit song Girl Crush was a big winner at this year’s Grammys, bringing home back-to-back awards.
Girl Crush took honours for Best Country Song and Best Country Group Performance.
Chris Stapleton won the Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance for his song, Traveller.
Stapleton was clearly humbled by the award, saying, “I’ve never had one of these, and that’s amazing.”
He added: “I’ve been sitting out in this audience a couple of different times, and the third time’s a charm, I guess.”
Justin Bieber adds Grammy Award winner to his rep
Justin Bieber can finally say he’s not just a star but a Grammy Award-winning star.
The 21-year-old singer won his first Grammy, sharing the prize for Best Dance Recording with Skrillex and Diplo for Where Are U Now.
Skrillex and Diplo also won the Best Dance/Electronic Album category with Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U.
Diplo thanked the other artists nominated in both categories and also the recording academy “for supporting awesome music.”
The Weeknd wins two Grammys
The Weeknd won’t know until the end of the month if Earned It will earn an Oscar, but he’s definitely taking home a Grammy for the song.
The Oscar-nominated track from the film Fifty Shades of Grey, was named Best R&B Performance.
The Weeknd also won the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Beauty Behind the Madness.
Kendrick Lamar owns the night
Kendrick Lamar racked up Grammy Awards victories.
Coming into the show Lamar was the leading nominee with 11 nods in all. The 28-year-old rapper wasn’t on hand for his early wins.
Lamar won Best Rap Song and Performance for Alright and Best Rap-sung Collaboration for These Walls, featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat.
He also shares the Best Music Video prize with Taylor Swift for Bad Blood and won Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly.
Ed Sheeran suprises with Song of the Year
Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud won the Song of the Year Grammy Award.
Sheeran also won the Best Pop Performance for Thinking Out Loud during the pre-telecast ceremony.
The award was announced by Stevie Wonder, who read the winner’s name from a sheet printed in braille.
Before calling out Sheeran’s name, Wonder laughed and crowed to others on stage, “You can’t read it, you can’t read braille. Nah nah nah nah.”
As the audience laughed and then applauded, he went on to use the moment to declare, “We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability.”
Riri was a no-show
Rihanna was a no-show at the Grammys because of illness.
She was scheduled to be introduced by late-night host James Corden and perform Kiss It Better early in the show but her slot was skipped.
The singer’s publicist says Rihanna was examined after rehearsal on Sunday and a doctor put her on vocal rest for 48 hours because she was at risk of damaging her vocal cords.
Kendrick Lamar’s fiery performance
Kendrick Lamar delivered a hot performance at the Grammy Awards, one complete with a roaring fire.
Lamar walked onto the stage in shackles to perform The Blacker the Berry only to shed the shackles as a pulsating spotlight illuminated his performance.
It was a performance ended with an image of the continent of Africa behind him and the word Compton inside it.
Meghan Trainor makes waves as a newcomer
The 2016 Grammy Awards Best New Artist trophy is all about Meghan Trainor.
The 22-year-old who scored a hit in 2014 with All About That Bass appeared stunned as she tearfully thanked her mentor L.A. Reid for urging her to record a song others had passed on.
All About That Bass quickly became an anthem about body acceptance for women and girls.
Adele’s return a disappointment?
Adele made what should have been her triumphant return to the Grammys, but the mega-selling singer’s performance proved a disappointment to TV viewers when it was plagued by sound problems.
Social media exploded with complaints about the quality, with some posters saying Adele looked distracted by her onstage monitor.
A CBS spokesperson confirmed there was a five-to-eight second technical issue with the broadcast, adding without elaboration that it was outside the network’s control.
Inside the Staples Centre, the Grammy audience gave Adele a standing ovation.
Lady Gaga transforms into Bowie
The Grammys also paid tribute to a number of artists who recently died – chief among them the rock icon David Bowie.
Lady Gaga appeared to transform on stage into Bowie, her face merging into his thunderbolt logo, against a three-dimensional backdrop of space imagery befitting the Starman.
She sang a medley of hits including Space Oddity, Changes and Let’s Dance to guitar by Nile Rodgers of Chic fame, a longtime friend and collaborator of Bowie.
Taylor Swift owns her Grammy win
Taylor Swift is the winner of the Grammy for Album of the Year for 1989.
It was the third Grammy of the night for the often-honored Swift, who also collected the first award of the night for “1989,” in the best pop vocal album category.
Taking the stage, Swift highlighted her role as the first woman to win the top Grammy twice and warned women against those “who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”
Beyoncé surprises the audience
Uptown Funk won the final Grammy Award of 2016, for Record of the Year, but it was Beyoncé who stole the spotlight when she walked on stage to present the award.
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