THE 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS: TRIBUTES TO THE WORLD’S BEST IN MUSIC

Natalie Hanson   |   13 - 02 - 2017

The world’s biggest music stars took to the red carpet last night at the Staples Center in LA for the 59th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. James Corden had the task of taking over the reins as host from LL Cool J who had hosted for the previous five years.

As usual, the event was a feast for the eyes as stars paraded their glittering ensembles before the start of the show before going inside to take their seats.

See our round up of the best dressed on the red carpet here.

From left to right: Solange in Gucci, Rihanna in Armani Privé, Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo

From left to right: Solange in Gucci, Rihanna in Armani Privé, Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo

The night began with Beyoncé leading the pack of nominees, with a total of nine to her name. Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West all had eight nominations each and Chance the Rapper had seven.

Adele kicked of the proceedings by performing her song ‘Hello’ for the crowd, a song that would go on to win her two awards during the night. She was a big winner of the evening, taking home five awards in total; Album of the year, Record of the year, Song of the year, Best pop solo performance and Best pop vocal album. According to Grammy officials, this makes Adele the first artist to sweep album, record and song of the year twice.

Image: Adele picking up her awards and later performing a tribute to George Michael

Image: Adele picking up her awards and later performing a tribute to George Michael

Later in the evening, she took to the stage again and delivered an emotional reworking of George Michael’s hit song ‘Fastlove’ in a tribute to him. In fact, she was so overwhelmed at the beginning of the performance that she had a shaky start and, in true Adele fashion, she stopped and started the whole thing again. This was met with applause and respect from the star-studded crowd.

In her final acceptance speech of the night she humbly honoured Beyoncé, who was also nominated for Album of the year, for her ‘monumental’ album Lemonade saying ‘I adore you.’

Images: Beyoncé accepting her award and performing during the ceremony.

Images: Beyoncé accepting her award and performing during the ceremony.

Beyoncé picked up awards for Best urban contemporary album for ‘Lemonade’, and Best music video for ‘Formation,’ but what Beyoncé will be remembered for at the 2017 Grammys was her show-stealing performance. The world had been eagerly speculating as to whether she would perform on the night, and she did not disappoint. A clearly pregnant Beyoncé took to the stage as a glittering gold goddess and gave an emotional and spiritual rendition of two of the songs from her Lemonade album, ‘Love Drought’ and ‘Sandcastles.’

It was a night where the music industry took the opportunity to honour those no longer with us. Aside from Adele’s tribute to George Michael, Bruno Mars, Morris Day and the Time took to the stage to honour Prince with a rousing performance. Day and the Time, who played in a band for Prince just months before his death said backstage after the performance, ‘His legacy will go on forever. He was one of the best musicians that ever lived.’

Image: Bruno Mars performs his tribute to Prince

Image: Bruno Mars performs his tribute to Prince

Other performances on the evening included Katy Perry singing her new song ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ and Lady Gaga performing with Metallica.

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Other winners on the night included:

Album of the Year25, Adele

Record of the Year: “Hello,” Adele

Song of the Year: “Hello,” Adele

Best Rap Album: The Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper

Best Urban Contemporary AlbumLemonade, Beyoncé

Best Rock Song: “Blackstar,” David Bowie

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots

Best New Artist: Chance the Rapper

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Hello,” Adele

Best Pop Vocal Album25, Adele

Best Dance Recording: “Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya

Best R&B Performance: “Cranes in the Sky,” Solange

Best Rap Performance: “No Problem,” Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Best Rap/Sung Performance: “Hotline Bling,” Drake