Highlights from the 2017 Grammy Awards

We will never forget how Adele made Beyoncé cry

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 13 Feb 2017

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Hosted by James Corden, the 59th Grammy Awards honoured some of the music industry's biggest talents like Adele, Beyoncé, the late David Bowie, George Michael and even Prince. For some, it was a night to voice their political views as they stood against US President Donald Trump's Muslim-majority country ban. For others, it was merely a night of celebration.

Scroll on to see some of the best moments from the event.

1. Adele restarted her George Michael tribute
Adele opened the night with Hello before she performed Fast Love later on as a tribute to the late George Michael. Unfortunately for Adele, she messed up the song and decided to start all over again. "I f-cked up, I need to start this again, I can't mess this up," she said while the internet and the world fell in love with her again.


2. Adele made Beyoncé cry
The 28-year-old also dedicated her Album of the Year win to Beyoncé, who only took home two awards that night (Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video). "The artist of my life is Beyoncé," Adele said. "Lemonade was so monumental... The way you make me and my friends feel, the way you made my black friends feel, is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you, I always have and I always will."

3. Beyoncé's performance was extra other-worldly

If you ever doubted that Bey could perform flawlessly on stage while pregnant with twins, banish those thoughts from your mind now. When you're Queen Bey, you get to slay your performance of Love Drought and Sandcastles in a custom gold embellished gown by Peter Dundas with a matching head piece. She even had her mum, Tina Lawson, introduce her on stage.

Beyoncé also delivered a very powerful speech about her record breaking album Lemonade after accepting Best Urban Contemporary Album award for it. "We all experience pain and loss and often we become inaudible," she said. "My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain... our struggles, our darkness and our history." Watch her full performance below.

4. David Bowie won five awards

The late singer posthumously won all five awards he was nominated for, thanks to his album Blackstar which was released a month before his death in January 2016. The album won Best Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Non-Classic Album and Best Recording Package. The title track nabbed Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.

5. More proof that Rihanna is just like you and me
Bad gal Riri lived up to her Instagram handle when she was caught on camera sipping from a diamond encrusted flask (and sharing it!)! We feel you, Riri.

6. Metallica performed with Lady Gaga
Metal band Metallica took the stage with Lady Gaga as they performed Moth Into Flame and Hardwired. Unfortunately for frontman James Hetfield, he had a faulty mic and ended up sharing with Gaga. Despite the technical difficulties, the duo rocked the stage. (BTW, is there a genre Lady Gaga can't pull off?)

7. Busta Rhymes called out US President Donald Trump

Rapper Busta Rhymes decided to skip the anti-Trump subtlety altogether, when he said "I want to thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban." He joined A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson Paak onstage to call for a resistance against Trump's anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies as they brought out other people on stage to chant 'resist!'.

8. Blue Ivy dressed as Prince

Blue Ivy won best dressed celebrity, hands down, when she turned up in a pink Gucci suit, a tribute to Prince's Purple Rain tuxedo. Not only was she super stylish; the 5-year-old also had an onstage cameo with host James Corden, Jennifer Lopez, Faith Hill, John Legend, Jason Derulo and more when they performed Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline.

9. Chance the Rapper made history

Chance the Rapper became the first artist to win a Grammy since last year's rule change that allowed for streaming-only releases. As he is not signed to a record label, Chance had been streaming his music on SoundCloud. He also made history when he won Best New Artist, becoming the first black hip-hop artist to win an award in the category since Lauryn Hill in 1999. To cap it off, he brought the Grammys to church with a rendition of How Great.

See the list of winners below and click here for the full list.

Record of the Year
Hello by Adele

Album of the Year
25 by Adele

Song of the Year
Hello by Adele

New Artist
Chance the Rapper

Pop Solo Performance
Hello by Adele

Pop Duo/Group Performance
Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots

Pop Vocal Album
25 by Adele

Dance Recording
Don't Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

Dance/Electronic Album
Skin by Flume

Rock Performance
Blackstar by David Bowie

Metal Performance
Dystopia by Megadeth

Rock Song
Blackstar by David Bowie

Rock Album
Tell Me I'm Pretty by Cage the Elephant

Alternative Music Album
Blackstar by David Bowie

R&B Performance
Cranes in the Sky by Solange

Urban Contemporary Album
Lemonade by Beyoncé

Rap Performance
No Problem by Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz

Rap/Sung Performance
Hotline Bling by Drake

Rap Song
Hotline Bling by Drake, written by Aubrey Graham and Paul Jefferies

Rap Album
Colouring Book by Chance the Rapper

Recording Package
Blackstar by Jonathan Barnbrook, art director David Bowie

Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Blackstar by David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (David Bowie)

Music Video
Formation by Beyoncé

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

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