- Mary Romeo
- Lead Wet Ink Writer
Although the Academy Awards are being accused of lacking cultural diversity, the 58th annual Grammy Awards managed to do quite the opposite during Monday night’s three-and-a-half-hour-long show.
LL Cool J hosted the night’s events for a fifth consecutive time.
Taylor Swift kicked off the show by performing “Out of The Woods.”
She earned Album of the Year for a second time, and she also took home Best Pop Album and Best Music Video with Kendrick Lamar.
Lamar’s politically powerful and memorable performance in a night filled with soft, somber and sad songs showcased exactly why he took home a leading five Grammys, including Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Collaboration. Aside from Lamar, “Hamilton,” the hottest Broadway musical, invigorated the crowd.
Though the Grammys broadcasted live from Los Angeles, “Hamilton” took place in New York City. Directly after the sneak-peek performance, the cast and crew earned Best Musical Theater Album.
It was a good night for Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd, as well.
The star took home Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Performance and was nominated in three other categories.
“Thinking Out Loud,” by acoustic artist Ed Sheeran, earned Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance went to Chris Stapleton. Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt, who were both nominated in those categories, performed a steamy collaboration of their hit songs early in the night.
Adele, who swept every radio station with her hit “Hello,” surprisingly did not take home a Grammy.
The singer performed a song from her album “25,” but there were malfunctions with the audio that caused her to sound off-key.
In between the slow medleys were tributes to artists that had passed away, such as Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey, Motorhead frontman Lemmy and Earth, Wind & Fire singer Maurice White.
Even Lionel Richie, who is still alive, received a tribute from Demi Lovato, John Legend, Luke Bryan and Meghan Trainor, who won for Best New Artist.
Of course, the show also honored musical legend David Bowie. Lady Gaga, one of his biggest admirers, honored his memory, and she perfectly captured his essence through her outfits, dance moves and makeup.