Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran win big at the Grammys
The country singer took Album of the Year home while Sheeran collected the Song of the Year award
Music's biggest night of the year didn’t disappoint fans. The Recording Academy bestowed awards to a diverse list of Anglo, African American, Latino, Asian, straight, gay, young and veteran performers in Los Angeles. Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar emerged as the big winners at the 58th Grammy Awards. Country-turned-pop superstar Taylor Swift added another Grammy on her shelf while accepting Album of the Year for her blockbuster ‘1989’.
Accepting the award, Swift took a moment to address “the young women out there” by indirectly responding to Kanye West’s suggestion that he made her famous by crashing the stage during her 2009 MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech. “There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," Swift said. "But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday, when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world."
The dance hit ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson and singer Bruno Mars was named Record of the Year. British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran collected Song of the Year for his ode to eternal love, ‘Thinking Out Loud’. Lamar’s five Grammys, including Best Rap Album for ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, notwithstanding, his impassioned high-octaned performance earned high praise from the audience. During his performance, Lamar made his entrance at the front of a line of dancers and singers, all outfitted in prison blues and shackled in chains on a set built like jail cells. He rapped two songs from the album: ‘The Blacker the Berry’ and ‘Alright’.
While the award for Best New Artist went to Meghan Trainor, the Grammy for Best Rock Performance was won by Alabama Shakes, ‘Don't Wanna Fight’. Best Musical Theater Album went to ‘Hamilton’ and Best Country Album was won by Chris Stapleton for ‘Traveller’.
The evening also saw a stellar tribute by Lady Gaga to legendary David Bowie who died of cancer last year. Lady Gaga gave it her best shot during a heartfelt tribute to the singer's legacy. Gaga’s full tribute to Bowie comprised nine of his hit songs and spared no sparkle. To add effect to the performance, this lady even walked the red carpet in Bowie-esque red hair and a blue satin floor-length jacket over a sequined leotard! Now that’s some affection.
But R&B fans were in for a disappointment. Rihanna who was slated to perform ‘Kiss It Better’ from her new album ‘Anti’ cancelled her performance after rehearsals due to an upper-respiratory infection, according to her spokeswoman. Also, Adele’s much-anticipated performance was marred by technical glitches. Accompanied only by a piano and golden spotlight, Adele sang ‘All I Ask’, co-written by Bruno Mars, from her record-smashing ‘25’. Unfortunately for the British singer, her performance was plagued by faulty sound, which cut out intermittently. Later she tweeted about the incident after, blaming piano mics that fell on piano strings for the technical difficulties and shrugging it off, saying, “Shit happens”.