2017 GRAMMYs: Highlights and Winners

The 59th annual Grammy Awards ceremony took place Sunday night in Los Angeles. The show, hosted by James Corden, lasted nearly four hours and was jam-packed with appearances by Jennifer Lopez, Solange Knowles and Taraji P. Henson as well as tributes to the Bee Gees, George Michael and Prince. Check out some of the ceremony’s highlights below.

Adele sweeps the Grammys

Adele was this year’s Grammy sweetheart. She opened the show with “Hello,” performed “Fastlove” in a tribute to George Michael and  took home the awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

Beyoncé wows the crowd

In her first appearance since announcing her pregnancy, Beyoncé graced the Grammy stage to perform “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” from her sixth studio album, Lemonade. The singer’s performance was an ode to motherhood and the enduring strength of women. Shortly after, Bey accepted the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Bowie wins posthumously

After Lady Gaga’s moving tribute to David Bowie at last year’s ceremony, the Recording Academy honored him once again—awarding four trophies to his 2016 album Blackstar. The last time Bowie won a Grammy was in 1984.

Twenty One Pilots go pantsless

Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots stripped to accept the award for Best Pop Duo Performance. Joseph explained that, before they were famous, he invited Dun to his house to watch the Grammys with his roommates and partway through the show, they realized they were all in their boxers. So, naturally, the pair made a pact to accept their first Grammy in their underwear.

Bruno Mars steals the show

Bruno Mars may not have been nominated for this year’s ceremony, but he definitely made his mark on it. Cool, calm and collected, Bruno performed “That’s What I Like” from his third studio album 24K Magic. He returned later in show—in full costume—to perform alongside The Time in one of the best Prince tributes of any award show.

Chance The Rapper wins big

The Recording Academy’s rule change allowing stream-only albums paved the way for Chance The Rapper’s three Grammy wins. Chance took home the trophies for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album.

For a full list of this year’s winners, click here.

What was your favorite Grammy moment? Let us know in the comments!

BreeAngela Hamilton is a senior majoring in print journalism. She still burns mixed CDs for her car radio on a desktop computer. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram (@breeelyse_).

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