The 58th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, showcased astounding musical performances, tributes, and even an appearance by Beyonce who announced the Record of the Year awarded to Mark Ronson for “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars. During his acceptance speech, Ronson recognized the pioneer of funk music George Clinton who was in attendance at the Grammy’s celebration. Other big winners included Ed Sheeran for Song of the Year; Taylor Swift won three awards including Album of the Year becoming the first woman to win this award for the second time; and Kendrick Lamar won five awards including Best Rap Performance and received a standing ovation from the audience for his powerful and though-provoking performance focused on racial and social injustice.
This year’s Grammy Awards also included a phenomenal live Broadway performance by the cast of the hip-hop musical “Hamilton” which won for Best Musical Theater Album. Other highlights of the evening included the musical tribute to Lionel Richie, MusiCares Person of the Year, who joined John Legend, Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, and Tyrese Gibson on stage to sing his hit song “All Night Long.” The Weekend also performed and received a standing ovation from none other than music sensation Adele. Adele also performed and received a standing ovation from the crowd despite the technical difficulties during her performance. The show also included great duets from Andra Day and Ellie Goulding; Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt; and Tori Kelly and James Bay.
In recognition of the recording artists who passed away this year, there were many musical tributes including Lady Gaga’s amazing tribute to David Bowie; Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix tribute to Maurice White from Earth, Wind, and Fire; the Glenn Frey tribute by Jackson Browne and The Eagles; Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton and Gary Clark Jr. tribute to BB King; as well as Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and yes Johnnie Depp’s musical tribute to Lemmy Kilmister. Some fans, including Recording Artist Eric Benet and Filmmaker Lee Daniels took to social media to voice their disappointment that Natalie Cole was only mentioned in the Memoriam segment of the Grammys, but was not given a musical tribute.
Grammy Lifetime Achievement winners included Ruth Brown, Linda Ronstadt, Jefferson Airplane, Herbie Hancock, Run DMC and Earth, Wind and Fire. Other notable Grammy moments included Gwen Stefani’s live video promoting her new album; Justin Beiber performance and win for Best Dance Recording with Skrillex and Diplo; and Miguel’s performance of Michael Jackson’s “She’s out of my life” in celebration of 35 years since Michael Jackson won a Grammy for the “Off the Wall” album which is featured in the new Spike Lee documentary “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall.”
Rihanna was scheduled to perform at the Grammys but canceled half hour before the show as directed by her doctor due to bronchitis.
Sadly, while the Grammy’s were underway news broke that Prince protege Denise ‘Vanity’ Matthews from the musical group Vanity 6 died at the age of 57.
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