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Highlights from the 2016 Grammy Awards

You have to see Kendrick Lamar slay his performance, Lady Gaga's tribute to David Bowie, and Johnny Depp's guitar skills

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 16 Feb 2016

2016 Grammys roundup
Photo: Robert Hanashiro/TPG Images

The 2016 Grammy Awards is sure to be the talk of the month thanks to the celebs who won big and all the wild performances we've seen on stage. Leading the pack of winners is Kendrick Lamar who snagged five awards for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Song, Best Music Video and Best Rap Album.

Taylor Swift won Album of the Year for 1989, an award Kanye West boycotted the Grammys for. Meghan Trainor got Best New Artist, Ed Sheeran got Song of the Year, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson nabbed Best Pop Duo/Group Performance while Skrillex and Diplo received Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Dance Recording with Justin Bieber.

Besides the winners, here are the other things that happened at the Grammys.

1. Taylor threw subtle shade at haters
After Ye rapped "I made that bi*** famous" at his Yeezy Season 3 show over the weekend, we've not heard anything from Taylor until now.

"As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice," Taylor said. "I want to say to all the young women out there: 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."

"If you just focus on your work and you don't let those people sidetrack you. Someday when you get where you're going, you look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world," she added. 

But who is the shade for when Kanye had already explained the reason behind his misogynistic lyrics?

2. Kendrick Lamar's award-winning performance
Kenrick's rendition of The Blacker the Berry and Alright was so good, it impressed Adele. She said "I love you, Kendrick! You're amazing!" at the end of her performance (see number 3). It's that good, guys. Watch his performance below.

3. Adele's somewhat disappointing performance
Adele might have broken YouTube's most viewed records within a week of its release but she didn't do so well on stage with her rendition of her single All I Ask. It's okay Adele, we still love you. She later explained that the "piano mics fell on to the piano strings, that's what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune. Shit happens."

4. Lady Gaga's stunning tribute to David Bowie
Gaga's red carpet look wasn't the only thing she dedicated to the late rock star. She owned the stage with a snippet of Space Oddity while projections transformed her face into David's famous guises. She also performed Changes, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Rebel Rebel, Fashion, Fame, Let's Dance, and Heroes. She obviously got a standing ovation.

5. Johnny Depp performed with Joe Perry and Alice Cooper
The Hollywood Vampires consisting of Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper had a turn on stage too. Alice killed it with his harsh vocals, Joe shredded the guitar and Johnny looked really good on stage. Of course, the trio paid tributes to metal legend Lemmy Kilmister who passed away earlier this year.


6. Justin Bieber threw his guitar after his rendition of
Love Yourself 
The popstar, who received his first Grammy award for Best Dance Recording, also performed Where Are Ü Now with Skrillex and Diplo. Despite his awkward dance, the performance was rather epic. He also had a carpool karaoke session with James Corden, on the way to the Grammys.

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