Last night the 58th Annual Grammy Awards rewarded the many talents of the music industry at the Staple Centre in Los Angeles. The Grammy show was full of energy and surprises with an over-the-top David Bowie tribute by Lady Gaga, and Kendrick Lamar’s big win – bringing home five out of the 11 awards he was nominated for.
Here are some highlights from this year’s show.
Lionel Richie tribute by John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan and Meghan Trainor
After being named MusiCares Person of the Year, Lionel Richie was honoured with an amazing tribute by various artists. John Legend began the tribute, playing the piano while singing ‘Easy’ by the Commodores – the band Richie was part of from 1968 to 1982. After that, Demi Lovato performed an impressive rendition of ‘Hello’, followed by Luke Bryan who sang ‘Penny Lover’. Meghan Trainor honoured the man of the hour with a pleasant version of ‘You Are’ before Tyrese added some energy with a cover of ‘Brick House’. Finally Lionel Richie himself went on the stage to sing ‘All Night Long’ with the other artists.
Lady Gaga honours late David Bowie with powerful tribute
In light of David Bowie’s death ––a major loss for the music industry – Lady Gaga gave a spectacular performance as an homage to his career. With the help of Intel, the Queen of Pop opened with ‘Space Oddity’, featuring an intricate light effect that made it look like she was wearing the deceased icon’s makeup. She then moved on to a more lively act, singing classics from ‘Rebel Rebel’ to ‘Under Pressure’, emulating the great figure by wearing the same flaming red hair. Though she did an admirable job, no one will ever come close to Bowie’s greatness.
Ed Sheeran finally wins a Grammy after being nominated for four years
It was a great night for Ed Sheeran, as he finally won not one but two Grammy Awards after being nominated in various categories of the past four years. He thanked his parents for coming every year and consoling him after each loss by saying, “maybe next year”. The British singer and songwriter was given the award for Song of the Year by none other than the legendary Stevie Wonder. After opening the envelope, Wonder made a joke by singing “you can’t read it, you can’t read braille!” before taking the opportunity to promote more accessibility for people with disabilities. Sheeran did not forget to mention the honour in his acceptance speech, “if you’d have told 11-year-old self – or any age – that I’d be receiving an award from Stevie Wonder, then I’d have been chuffed, so thank you very much.”
Taylor Swift wins Best Album of the Year for the second time – a Grammy first
Finally, Taylor Swift made history by being the first woman to win Best Album of the Year twice. The 26-year-old singer also made the most of her acceptance speech by encouraging young women to be ambitious and work for their dreams. Her speech was also a response to Kanye West – for those of you who don’t know yet, the rapper dissed her in his song ‘Famous’ with the lyrics,“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.”
By MARGAUX NADLER