From showstopping performances to controversial winners and jaw-dropping antics – we count down the biggest moments from the 59th Annual Grammy Awards Words: Kiera Collins
Local rapper Khuli Chana was invited by Absolut Vodka (with VIP access) to attend the super exclusive event while rocking the red carpet in nothing other than MaXhosa by Laduma.
With superstars Adele and Beyoncé up against each other in all major categories, it was expected that the Grammys was going to be BIG. Adele made a clean sweep winning five out of the five awards she was nominated for (Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance) resulting in Beyoncé winning only two out of her nine nominations (Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade and Best Music Video for “Formation”). Most shocking though were thatLemonade didn’t get Album of the Year, even winner, Adele, gave a tearful acceptance speech – stating that she “cannot possibly accept this award” because the album Lemonade was “so monumental”. Controversial moment, check.
Beyoncé gave a show-stopping nine-minute performance, in which she celebrated motherhood. Introduced by her mother, Tina Knowles she performed two songs off the album Lemonade – “Sandcastles” and “Love Drought” in what can only be described as a visual masterpiece. She wasn’t the only Knowles making waves, with sister Solange taking home the award for Best R&B Performance. Another show-stopping moment was when Bruno Mars walked on-stage dressed in Prince’s Purple Rain suit for a tribute performance of “Let’s Go Crazy”.’
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Chance the Rapper also had everyone in a frenzy when he won Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album! Drake took home the remaining two awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance.
Every 2017 award show up to now have had subtle political undertones and the Grammys was no exception. A not so subtle A Tribe Called Quest, who was joined on stage by Busta Rhymes and Anderson Paak, dedicating their performance to protestors and targeted Donald Trump, calling him “President Agent Orange”. The stand-out performance ended with fearless Q-Tip raising his fist in the air and chanting “Resistance!” while being joined on stage by people of every colour. Powerful.
List of 2017 Grammy Award Winners:
Record of the Year – “Hello”, Adele
Album of the Year – 25, Adele
Song of the Year – “Hello” Adele
Best New Artist – Chance the Rapper
Best Pop Solo Performance – “Hello”, Adele
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Stressed Out”, Twenty One Pilots
Best Pop Vocal Album – 25, Adele
Best Dance Recording – “Don’t Let Me Down”, The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
Best Dance/Electronic Album – Skin, Flume
Best Rock Performance – “Blackstar”, David Bowie
Best Rock Song – “Blackstar”, David Bowie
Best Rock Album – Tell Me I’m Pretty, Cage The Elephant
Best Urban Contemporary Album – Lemonade, Beyonce
Best R&B Performance – “Cranes In The Sky”, Solange
Best Traditional R&B Performance – “Angel”, Lalah Hathaway
Best R&B Song – “Lake By The Ocean”, Hod David & Musze
Best R&B Album – Lalah Hathaway Live, Lalah Hathaway
Best Rap Performance – “No Problem”, Chance The Rapper
Best Rap/Sung Performance – “Hotline Bling”, Drake
Best Rap Song – “Hotline Bling”, Drake
Best Rap Album – Coloring Book, Chance The Rapper