Adele, Beyonce steal the limelight at Grammys
British star Adele emerged as a big winner at the 59th annual Grammys taking home major prizes – Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year, in suprise win over Beyonce, whose power-packed performance was the highlight of the ceremony. Adele's comeback track 'Hello' and album '25' helped her win in all the five categories that she was nominated for including Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.
She triumphed over Beyonce, who was the front-runner in the race with nine nods for 'Lemonade' but could only win in the two categories of Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video. In her acceptance speech, Adele, who opened the James Corden-hosted award ceremony with an epic performance of her hit song 'Hello', paid tribute to Queen Bey, as Beyonce is popularly known among fans.
"All us artists adore you. You are our light. My queen and my idol is Queen B. I adore you. The way you make my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering," Adele said. However, it was not a smooth evening for the singer as her George Michael tribute performance was marred by technical issues, similar to what she faced during last year's ceremony while performing 'All I Ask'.
After letting slip an expletive, which producers managed to censor in time for the live broadcast, Adele said, "I'm sorry for swearing, and I'm sorry for starting again... I'm sorry, I can't mess this up for him." Despite the glitch, she gave a beautiful rendition of Michael's 'Fast Love'.
Beyonce may have lost out the top trophy to Adele, but her performance on 'Love Drought' and 'Sandcastles' brought the house down. At the end of her nine-minute-long, well-choreographed, fiery performance, the pregnant star grinned and blew kisses to her rapper husband Jay Z and five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.
She later took to the stage to deliver a powerful message about including "every child of every race." She thanked "everyone who worked so hard to beautifully capture the profundity of deep southern culture."
"We all experience pain and loss and often we become inaudible," she said on stage. "My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that will give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable."
"It's important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House, and the Grammys, and see themselves, and have no doubt that they're beautiful, intelligent, and capable," Beyonce said.
Her speech came after she put on a stunning performance of two 'Lemonade' songs, 'Sandcastles' and 'Love Drought', that saw holographic imagery projected on a giant screen, that eventually gave way to the star gracing the stage. Chance the Rapper has become first black rapper to win the best new artist since 1999 at the 59th annual Grammys.
The 23-year-old star picked up the trophy for for his third official mixtape, 'Coloring Book'. The Chicago native was awarded the coveted Best New Artist award from presenter Jennifer Lopez. During his acceptance speech, Chance thanked his frequent collaborator Peter Cottontale and his manager Pat, who have helped him remain independent of a major label since embarking on his career in 2012. "I want to thank God for putting amazing people in my life, like Pete and Pat, who have carried me since 2012," he said. "I know a lot of times I talk about my independence and people think it has something to do with..." Chance beat out Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers and Anderson Paak in the category. He not only broke a lengthy dry spell in the process but he also made Grammy history by snagging best rap album at the ceremony as the first time the accolade has gone to a streamed-only album.
Pop star Lady Gaga and Metallica unleashed an intense act of the heavy metal band's 'Moth into Flame' at the 59th annual Grammys despite facing technical glitches. While performing the blistering number, Metallica frontman James Hetfield's mic stopped working. However, the singer somehow managed the situation by sharing the microphone with the 30-year-old diva.
For the rest of the performance, the pair tore through the 'Hardwired... to Self-Destruct' song amidst a flurry of pyrotechnics and a horde of headbangers with Gaga.John Legend and singer-actress Cynthia Erivo delivered a moving rendition of the Beach Boys' , 'God Only Knows' at the 59th annual Grammys In Memoriam segment to honour the artistes who died over the last year.