Hello Grammys 2017! Adele takes it all
It was five on five for Adele at the 59th Grammy Awards. The English singer took home trophies for all the five categories;Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Pop Solo Performance and Pop Vocal Album. Her album ‘25’ and song ‘Hello’ stole the show at the music awards.
She also won humility points for paying homage to her rival Beyonce. Beyonce, who received the most nominations this year, won two of her nine categories. ‘Lemonade’ won for urban contemporary album and ‘Formation’ won the music video award.
“My queen and my idol is Queen B. I adore you,” Adele said to Beyonce as she accepted her award. “The ‘Lemonade’ album is monumental, so monumental, so well-thought-out, so beautiful and soul-baring,” Adele said as Beyoncé looked on from her seat and mouthed the words ‘Thank you’. In accepting the urban contemporary album award, Beyoncé said, “My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that will give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable. It's important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys, and see themselves. And have no doubt that they're beautiful, intelligent and capable."
David Bowie’s final album, ‘Blackstar’ also picked up five Grammy Awards for alternative music album, rock song, rock performance, engineered non-classical album and recording package.
Chance the Rapper kicked off the night with a Best New Artist win for his mixtape Coloring Book, an R&B album laden with Gospel references, and used his moment in the spotlight to continually repeat “Glory to God", while accepting his award. And when he won Best Rap Album, he dedicated it "to the indie artists who’ve been doing this stuff for a long time".
While Katy Perry wore an armband with the word ‘Persist’ and stood in front of the preamble to the Constitution projected on a wall, Anderson Paak joined A Tribe Called Quest for a performance bedazzled with political statements. Standing on the center stage, the group thanked ‘President Agent Orange’ for the Muslim ban and had backup dancers knock down a wall onstage. However, it was singer Joy Villa who made the most news when it came to politically motivated actions. The 25-year-old, who was not nominated, originally appeared in a flowing, conservative white dress and then unveiled her statement-making dress underneath. The navy-blue dress — with details of red, silver and white — reads “Make America Great Again” along the front, while its train reads “TRUMP” in big, blinged-out letters.