This year’s Grammy Awards were the first ones I was actually anxious to see. There was so much that happened on the show (good and bad). However, I’ll get straight to it and recap 5 of the most memorable moments of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
Chance Takes Us To Church
2016 was a huge year for Chance the Rapper. He closed it with 7 Grammy nominations for his critically acclaimed album, Coloring Book. He won several awards, but the biggest victory was his win for Best New Artist. Let’s not forget he made history as the first and only artist to win a Grammy for a streaming only album. Oh and how could we forget the way he took everyone to the spiritual mountain top with a medley of hits from Coloring Book, featuring Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann?
Beyonce: The New Age Virgin Mary
Although Beyonce’s performance seemed like a bit of blasphemy, there is no doubt that she captured everyone’s attention. She won several awards, including Best Urban Contemporary Album. Everyone was thinking, “How is Beyonce going to slay us all with this pregnant belly in tow”? Well, she did just that as she leaned back in that chair, making us all nervous for her safety. Eeesh. Plus, she performed “Love Drought” which in my opinion, is the best song from Lemonade. Plus, her sister, Solange, won the well deserved Best R&B Performance Award for “Cranes In The Sky”.
Adele’s Fastlane Flake Up
Adele opened the Grammys with her monstrous hit “Hello”. However, that wasn’t the performance that really made people talk. She performed a new arrangement of George Michael’s “Fastlane”. Things seemed to be going well until she stopped the song, coupled with some explicit language. She apologized profusely, pulled it together and contnued the song (which she nailed by the way). She even tried to offer up her Album of the Year Grammy Award to Beyonce, stating that she was the one who really deserved it. Adele had a strange night in many aspects, but she took home the most hardware for the evening.
A Tribe Called Quest Gets Political
Busta Rhymes and Anderson Paak joined the legendary A Tribe Called Quest on stage for their high energy performance. They blazed through their hit “Award Tour” and then went into songs from their latest album, We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service, including the poignant “We the People”. Their performance was Hip Hop nostalgia at its best and simultaneously the creme of the crop for the new age movement. RIP Phife Dawg.
That’s How We Like It
Bruno Mars didn’t disappoint in either of his two performances tonight. First up, he performed “That’s What I Like”, which is in my opinion the best track from 24K Magic. The performance was filled with pyrotechnics, bright lights and a risen stage. I think everyone was ready for his upcoming tour after that performance. Then he performed again with The Time, as they took us back to the late 80s. The Time was actually good enough by themselves, but Bruno Mars really took it home, complete with a Prince outfit that made him look eerily familiar to the purple one.
What were your favorite moments from this year’s Grammy Awards?