The 58th Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Fans across the world for their favorite artists winning the golden gramophone statue. The world was spellbound by some amazing performances and moving speeches. The glittering ceremony was marked by some great moments. Here are our favourites.
Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie: Paying a tribute to one’s inspiration is a challenging task; especially if the inspiration is none other than David Bowie. Gaga performed a multisensory extended tribute to Bowie, who died battling cancer last month.
CBS News reports that the singer partnered with Intel technologists for visual effects while she paid homage to Bowie by singing his hits “Space Oddity,” ”Let’s Dance,” ”Changes” and “Heroes.”
The Golden Globe award winner believed that performing for Bowie was a bittersweet way to say goodbye to one of her inspirations. She also got a tattoo of Bowie’s face on the side of her body few days before the Grammys.
“I don’t know who I’d be if I didn’t have [him as] a figure in my life. I don’t know what my identity would be,” she said according to CBS news.
Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods” opening: Wearing a black sparkly jumpsuit, the singer welcomed everyone to the event in the middle of her performance. “Welcome to the 2016 Grammy Awards,” she said, reports Huffington Post.
Stevie Wonder’s “you can’t read Braille” taunt: Stevie Wonder took to stage with Pentatonix to pay tribute to Maurice White, who passed away earlier this month. According to E Online, the 65- year-old and the group received a standing ovation for their rendition of “The Way of the World.” They also announced the ‘Song of Year’ award, which went to Ed Sheeran.
While opening the envelope, Wonder called for more inclusion of people with disability. “Y’all can’t read this. You can’t read this you can’t read braille, na na na na na!” said the singer.
“I just want to say before saying the winner we need to make every single this accessible to every single person with a disability,” he added.
Person of the Year, Lionel Richie: Awards host LL Cool J invited James Corden to introduce a tribute to ‘Person of the Year’ honoree Lionel Richie. Demi Lovato, John Legend, Luke Bryan and Tyrese joined the ‘Best New Artist’ Meghan Trainor on stage for a tribute to Richie.
He was honoured as MusicCares Foundation’s Person of the Year. Richie said he was “really very proud of this,” reveals MyNewsLA. “As far as I’m concerned, this is the highest honor in our music business because it means you have a career. You’ve survived the journey, if you will. The people who have been there defy categories. When you say Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney, are you kidding me?” he added.
Justin Bieber’s electrifying performance: Bieber smashed the 58th Grammy Awards when he performed his song, “Love Yourself” and “Where Are Ü Now” alongside co-collaborators Diplo and Skrillex. He also won the ‘Best Dance Recording’ award for “Where Are Ü Now.”
Meghan Trainor in tears: Meghan Trainor took the golden gramophone statue for the ‘Best new artist’. The “All About That Bass” singer could not stop her tears as she thanked her family, friends and colleagues in an acceptance speech. E Online reveals that the singer, who cried through her speech said, “I have to thank L.A. Reid for looking at me like an artist instead of just a songwriter. And my mom and dad, for always believing in me.”
Ariana Grande’s Awkward Pun: Taking the stage to introduce the The Weeknd’s performance of “Earned It,” Grande asked “How did this next performer land his 7 nominations tonight, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year?” “Well, ladies and gentlemen, get ready for the pun of the century… he earned it.” E Online reports that her pun had almost no takers and immediately turned it over to the “Can’t Feel My Face” singer.
LL Cool J, the host: Despite criticisms, LL Cool J did a fine job of hosting the 58th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in LA. While doing his hosting duties for the fifth time in a row, he stayed away from the negativity of politics and protests, saying “With all that divides us today, our shared love of music unites us.”