The Grammys 2017 Rewind – Bow Down Bitches

The biggest night in music – The Grammys – is over and Beyoncé is still queen of everything, even if she didn’t win the most prestigious prize of the night – Album of the Year. She didn’t need to because the winner – Adele with 25 – split her award in two and graciously named her Album of the Year Lemonade, which even reduced the ever ‘hard’ Beyoncé.

“I can’t possibly accept the award and I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful but the artist of my life is Beyoncé. Lemonade album was just so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul-baring. The way you make my black friends feel is so empowering. I love you.”

Friendship goals!

Let’s be honest, Lemonade did deserve the award, as good as 25 was, it was essentially a repackaged (and slightly better) version of 21 – and it she won four other awards last night, c’mon Adele, stop slaying. Lemonade pushed musical boundaries, gave the world another lens to look at Beyoncé through and at the end of the day was simply the best album of the year!

While we’re talking about these queens, we may as well carry on…

Beyoncé hands down had the performance of the night, many wondered what she would do being a dance-heavy artist and being pregnant with twins (I’m still shook). Well, she did a Beyoncé and fucking owned it in front of a screen filled with waving arms and creepy children running around her. Of course, her vocals were on point, especially in the beautiful “Sandcastles,” but let’s talk about that chair leaning back – THAT BITCH IS PREGNANT! The Grammys aren’t known for going smoothly are they? WHAT IF THE CHAIR BROKE!

Adele wasn’t as flawless the first time round, but luckily for Adele – well, she’s Adele. Paying tribute to the late, great George Michael with “Fast Love,” Adele suffered another fail, but she’s not just going to let it go this time “I know it’s live TV, but I can’t do it again like last year, I’m sorry for swearing, but can we please start it again, I can’t mess this up for him.” Her second go at the song was flawless, so good for you for standing up for yourself.

So, believe it or not, there were other things happening other than these two queens…

Chance The Rapper won Best New Artist as well as Best Rap Album with Colouring Book. That statement sounds more impressive when you know his album was a streaming-only album, the first streaming-only album to ever win a Grammy, showing that the Grammys is indeed moving with the times.

“President Agent Orange” – thank you, Busta Rhymes for this majestic saying! The performance it was a part of was A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .Paak’s extremely political “Movin’ Backwards” and “We Are The People.” The incredibly powerful performance may just have Trump ready to do the extremely presidential thing of sending out a not so nice tweet…

In a night of politics, Katy Perry performed her new single, “Chained to the Rhythm” behind a white picket fence which was eventually smashed to pieces, a projection of the constitution during Skip Marley’s verse, and an armband that read “Persist.” It all sounds a lot but it worked and made the political statements in the song a lot more powerful. What didn’t quite work were Perry’s shaky vocals, at times she was great, but others they were weak and relied a lot on the backing track.

Lady Gaga joined metal legends, Metallica, for a duet of their track, “Moth into Flame,” which Gaga got tattooed on her back prior to the performance. This performance would have been electrifying – however, Metallica front man, James Hetfield’s mic didn’t work for the whole of the first verse. Yes, Gaga sounded great and once he had a mic that worked the performance was amazing, but the dodgy start took away from the performance overall.

Can we please start a petition to make a rock/metal album in the next couple of years please?!

Many more things happened at this year’s Grammys – there were 16 performances…16 – but many of them were run-of-the-mill award show performances.

To see the full list of winners, visit The Grammys.

What did you think of the most important night in music? Who should have won? What were your favourite performances? Comment below!

 

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