- Seth Woolcock
- Lead Culture Writer
This article contains opinion.
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards paid tribute to some of the greatest artists of the past, while also celebrating this generation’s great music.
The Staples Center in Los Angeles held music’s most famous night Sunday. James Corden hosted the show.
Corden, a writer, producer and actor, may have surprised many by hosting, strictly because he is on so late at night that many people may not be familiar with him. He is on CBS’s “Late Late Show,” which airs around 12:30 a.m. each weeknight.
Adele gave everyone what they could expect, opening the show with “Hello” from her latest album “25.”
Chance the Rapper, a Chicago native, took home the first award of the night for Best New Artist. The independent artist “claimed victory in the name of the Lord.”
The Weeknd and Daft Punk delightfully changed it up from the popular track “Starboy” to perform the soulful “I Feel It Coming.”
The guitar-slinging Australian Keith Urban paired up with Carrie Underwood to give country fans what they wanted by performing “The Fighter” from Urban’s latest album, “Ripcord.” The song had the sound of more pop music rather than country, but still showcased the talents of both artists.
Twenty One Pilots surprised some by receiving the Best Pop Duo/Group award with their song “Stressed Out,” which beat hits “Closer” and “Seven Years” for the win. The duo decided to accept the award in their underwear. According to the lead singer, Tyler Joseph, the stunt was to make a point that “you could be next” as they had promised each other at a younger age to accept a Grammy in their undergarments if thery were to ever be fortunate to win one.
Ed Sheeran’s musical talents were on full display as he played keyboard and guitar while singing his new song “Shape of You.”
Meanwhile, the late David Bowie won Best Rock Performance with “Blackstar.”
Kelsi Ballerini and Lukas Graham delivered one of the best performances of the night with a mashup of “Lost Boy” and “Seven Years.”
Beyoncé, introduced by her own mother, delivered a show-stopping performance which may have confused some viewers. The pregnant artist was sending a clear message for moms and pregnant women everywhere. Her goddess-like dress was an indicator of how powerful pregnancy can be.
Country newcomer Maren Morris took home Best Solo Country Performance with her hit song “My Church.” Morris will now have a lot of hype to live up to as we await her next release.
Katy Perry released her groovy side, singing “Chained to the Rhythm” with Skip Marley just before Bruno Mars gave another one of his vintage performances.
Alicia Keys, the savvy musical veteran, helped Morris make a name for herself when the duo performed “Once.”
Adele’s good luck continued as she compiled a new arrangement of “Fastlove” in a tribute to George Michael. Partway through the song, Adele asked to restart after a technical difficulty because she “couldn’t mess this up for him.”
Chance the Rapper added to his trophy case when he also received Best Rap Album for his debut album “Coloring Book.” The rapper then gave a shoutout to “every Indie artist out there,” and to SoundCloud for “holding him down.”
Little Big Town shredded the stage with Demi Lovato and Tori Kelly with a rendition of “Staying Alive.”
After a Prince tribute from Mars and a political statement made by The Tribe Called Quest, Chance the Rapper took the stage with a soulful performance of “All We Got.”
Adele then pulled off the trifecta, winning Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year with “Hello” and “25.”
After winning Album of the Year, Adele tried to hand the award to Beyoncé, saying she was the one who deserved it.
John Legend then closed the ceremony by singing for the members of the music community whom we lost this past year.