2016 was a turbulent time for most people so we turn to the musicians, entertainers and artists for some relief in 2017. The Grammys got a lot of attention this year and they didn’t disappoint. From performances to musical tributes, it was certainly more emotional than past Grammys.
Who could kick off an emotional Grammys better than Adele? Her soulful rendition of her hit single “Hello” was hauntingly beautiful. It’s easy to see why Adele beat out some of the biggest names like Beyonce for huge categories like Album of the Year. Of course Adele being Adele did something beautiful. She actually broke her award in half to give the other half to Beyonce saying Lemonade was a far more deserving album than her own 25.
“I can’t possibly accept this award,” she said during her acceptance speech. “The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing… we appreciate that. All of us artists here adore you. You are our light.” She later added backstage: “I thought it was her year. What the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year?”
Speaking of how amazing Adele was, she had a beautiful tribute to George Michael, someone she personally attributes as being a huge inspiration in her career. Her feelings were made abundantly clear when she stopped her performance and cursed as she just felt like it wasn’t good enough. She restarted the tribute which went beautifully but she regrets how she messed up even days after the performance.
On a lighter note, who could forget James Corden. His hosting and comedy has hit a new high when he joked about being stuck in the scenery only to have backup dancers and music blast through the awkwardness.
If you didn’t love Ed Sheeran already then this is definitely a strong new reason to love him. His acoustic performance of “Shape of You” was as entertaining as it was amazing. He was a one man band doing all the instrumentals himself with the help of some looper pedals. That man’s musicality is definitely off the charts and we’re so happy he’s back on social media.
Of course there were so many great tributes to legends that passed on in 2016. Adele was one but Bruno Mars did a fantastic job with a tribute to Prince where he showed off his guitar skills. Not to mention Lady Gaga’s performance which isn’t technically a tribute but her performance with Metallica was certainly legendary even if it was marred by technical glitches. But the soldiered on and shared one mic when the other broke down.
Lastly, there were moments that highlighted a lot of people’s dislike of the current political landscape. Paris Jackson reminded people that the Dakota Access Pipeline wasn’t just a distant memory but an ongoing issue that continues to draw daily protests. James Corden took a shot at President Trump with a fake mean tweet that just highlights just how ridiculous many people find our Commander-in-Chief’s online activities. Finally we have A Tribe Called Quest and their very real performance speaking out against many perceived injustices by the new administration which ended with an extremely diverse crowd of people all chanting “Resist!”