Your Guide to the Grammys

Last night the Grammys were 3.5 hours long… and that doesn’t even include everything. Most of the Grammy Awards are handed out before the main broadcast. The Grammys are a huge night in music recognizing talented artists and, of course, not without over-the-top performances and surprises.

The host of the Grammys, James Corden, killed it in his opening rap. However, his “carpool karaoke” was a little cringe-worthy, and it in no way, compared to the famous Ellen selfie from the 2014 Oscars. Give me more music. Please -- the show is long enough without the trying to be funny bits.

Even though Adele took the night home with Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year, the night was all about Beyoncé. In Adele’s acceptance speeches, she applauded and bowed down to Beyoncé’s monumental album “Lemonade.” Pregnant with twins, Beyoncé still SLAYS. She dedicated her performance to motherhood. She defied all odds, and at one point I was worried that she was putting three lives on the line.

Adele paid tribute to George Michael, but she stopped, apologized, and restarted to make sure she got it right. The Time and Bruno Mars honored Prince. David Bowie’s Blackstar received five Grammy awards. Music doesn’t die.

I have to note that The Weeknd and Daft Punk on stage were cooler than I expected, and they set the bar high for the rest of the performances. I was also pleasantly surprised that Chance the Rapper won three well-deserved Grammys including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance. He became the first artist to win a Grammy without actually selling his music.

Politics? Katy Perry made a statement wearing a white pantsuit and an armband that read “persist.” Her live performance ended with the United States Constitution projected across the stage. Also, A Tribe Called Quest with Busta Rhymes called out “President Agent Orange for perpetuating all the evil” and chanted “we the people.” When has there been an award show without political controversy?

I was shocked when Twenty One Pilots won a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and the surprise continued when they accepted the award in their underwear. My biggest disappointment was that Drake’s “Hotline Bling” won for best rap song. I had to remind myself that the Grammys hate Kanye. Never forget.

-Amanda Thompson

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