The Grammy Awards are one of our favourite shows throughout this very hectic awards season, featuring all of the best and brightest from the music industry! The 59th #GRAMMYs certainly didn’t disappoint, with incredible performances, hilarious and touching acceptance speeches, and more than enough tears for us to talk about! Fans (and even celebrities) loved the show, talking about some of the night’s biggest moments across social media, and keeping the show trending throughout the night and into Monday and Tuesday as well. While we could talk about many of the night’s hits and misses, we’re going to focus on the one’s that caused the biggest waves on social media!
Whenever Queen Bey walks into a room, people notice and Sunday night was no different. Not only was Beyoncé (@Beyonce) absolutely glowing, following last week’s pregnancy announcement, but her performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” was one that simply took fans’ breath away.
Her talent is undeniable, we know that, but what was so telling was how her fellow musicians reacted to her performance. They were silent throughout her entire 9 minute performance, becoming completely entranced in what they were watching, just like we all were at home. It’s hard to describe what we saw, but if you missed it: 1) you’re one of about 10 people who haven’t seen it yet, and 2) you can find it in literally every corner of the internet right now, so go and find it. Seriously, we’ll wait!
Now, moving past Beyoncé is hard, but there was another queen on display at these awards and that was the immeasurably talented Adele (@Adele)! She rocked her performance of “Hello,” won every single award she was nominated for, and looked stunning while she did it. But these weren’t the moments everyone was left talking about around the water cooler on Monday morning.
In the middle of the show, Adele had the opportunity to give a tribute to one of the UK’s greatest musical icons – George Michael, who tragically passed away on Christmas Day. And boy what a tribute it was! Standing on stage, dressed all in black, with an orchestra behind her, Adele began what was truly a love song to the legend, singing his 1996 song “Fastlove.” But then something happened that no one expected, Adele stopped singing and apologized to the crowd. She knew that she had one chance to honour him and she was going to do it right, something we can certainly appreciate. And while the shocked expressions in the crowd were one thing, social media quickly jumped in to defend the star as she absolutely blew everyone away on her second take.
And as she finished the song, the crowd was on their feet (many of them breaking down), while Adele was in tears. And we have to admit that we were too. You felt her love. You felt her passion. Adele left it all on the stage and as fans, what more could we ever want or ask for? The only answer is nothing. She has earned her status as a queen – simple as that!
But Adele wasn’t done there! After winning the most coveted award of the night – Album of the Year – she took the time to praise someone else in the crowd – none other than Ms. Beyoncé herself. She stated, “I can’t possibly accept this award, and I’m very humbled and very grateful and gracious, but my life is Beyoncé. And the album to me, the Lemonade album, Beyoncé, was so monumental and so well thought out. And so beautiful and soul-baring, and we all got to see another side of you that you don’t always let us see, and we appreciate that. And all us artists adore you. You are our light. And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have.” And social media, well social media took note!
It was yet another Adele moment that no one saw coming and no one knew they needed, but the reality is, after all of the negativity we are regularly seeing on social media, this lovefest was exactly what we needed. She had Beyoncé in tears, she had us applauding, and she has now been heralded as being one of the most genuine artists of our time. Adele, you have firmly and completely cemented your place in our hearts after Sunday!
Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t touch on some of the other moments that had social media in a tizzy! James Corden (@JKCorden) absolutely crushed his opening performance, shocking the world with a rap that was incredibly impressive! And he brought down the house when he performed his best Carpool Karaoke yet – a rousing rendition of Sweet Caroline – featuring Jennifer Lopez, Faith Hill (@FaithHill), Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw), Jason Derulo (@jasonderulo), Ryan Tedder, John Legend (@johnlegend), and Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond), with a special photobomb by Blue Ivy!
Lady Gaga and Metallica (@Metallica) partnered up for perhaps the most anticipated performance of the night and blew everyone away with Metallica’s Moth to the Flame, working through some technical glitches that left fans more than a little ticked off! And then there was Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars), who not only sang the hell out of his own songs, but did a fittingly wonderful tribute to the iconic Prince (@prince) who passed away last year.
And finally, viewers were even privy to a series of political statements made by Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes), A Tribe Called Quest (@ATCQ), and Anderson .Paak (@AndersonPaak) during their performance of “Movin’ Backwards” and “We the People”. During their time on stage, they shouted “resist”, called President Trump (@realDonaldTrump) “President Agent Orange,” and literally broke down a wall. The Grammys literally had it all.
But now that we’ve touched on all of the most memorable moments, we say thank you. Thank you to all of the incredible performers who once again reminded us of why we love music. Sometimes it’s easy to forget, thanks to all of the glitz and the glamour, but you all reminded us of what made us fall in love with music all those years ago. And, even if it was just for a night, we were reminded that love can trump all!