For the sheer diversity of performances the Grammys has to be one of the best music awards ceremonies. There were over 3 hours worth of fantastic performances this year, but the stand out ones are as follows:
Kendrick Lamar left the audience stunned with a 10 minute rendition of songs from his 2015 hit album, including tracks such as ‘The Blacker The Berry’. The politically charged perfomance had Lamar entering the stage with his band in shackles and a prison uniform, then the lights dropped and to reveal the band members glowing with neon paint. His performance to a backdrop of fire and strobe lights, made this an unforgettable Grammys experience!
Next there is Adele, The singer is famous for her performance of ‘Someone Like You’ she delivered at the Brit Awards in 2011, so the expectations were high. She gave a heart felt rendition of her song ‘All I Ask’, however she encountered a slight technical difficulty at the beginning of the song, when a piano microphone fell into the piano hitting the strings and making a sound like an out of tune guitar. This led to some twitter critics accusing Adele of singing out of tune. However Adele persevered and finish the song with a standing ovation from the audience. She explained later to her fans on twitter what had gone wrong.
One eagerly anticipated performance that you didn’t see was Rhianna who dropped out at the last minute due to her fighting off a vocal infection.
The night also included some stirring tributes to the recently fallen superstars of music; with a BB King tribute from Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr. and Chris Stapleton. Later on Jackson Browne lead the remaining members of the Eagles in a touching tribute to the late Eagles frontman, Glen Frey.
However Lady Gaga blew everyones minds with a tribute to the legend that was David Bowie, playing a medley of the late artist's greatest hits and in true Lady Gaga fashion it was a sight to behold, with bright orange hair, costume changes, extravagant facial lighting displays and elaborate set pieces.
So Who Won What?
Well Kendrick Lamar was the biggest winning of this scooping up 5 of the 11 nominated awards including:
Best Rap Album - ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’
Best Rap Song - ‘Alright’
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - ‘These Walls’
Best Rap Performance - ‘Alright’
Best Music Video - ‘Bad Blood’
After opening the ceremony with her song ‘Out Of The Woods’ Taylor Swift made history by being the first women ever to win Album Of The Year two times, she also gave a rousing speech which addressed gender diversity and some say a subtle dig at Kanye west.
She also won awards for Best Pop Vocal Album - '1989' and Best Music Video - 'Bad Blood’.
Ed Sheeran won his first ever Grammys; Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for his hit song, Thinking Out Loud. On winning the award for Song Of The Year, Sheeran’s close friend Taylor Swift was brought to tears, rushing over to him to give him a big hug. This surprised many, as Swift had also been nominated for the prize. You can hear Matchbox Music's very own Nick Child performing his rendition of Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud'.
Alabama Shakes took home a whopping three Grammys for Best Alternative Music Album - "Sound & Color," and Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song - "Don't Wanna Fight.”Brittany Howard, showing off what a great band they are.
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars Picked up Record Of The Year for ‘Uptown Funk’. From the album ‘Uptown Special’ Produced by Ronson, this song features the vocal skills of Bruno Mars. The single spent fourteen consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, and has already received many awards and broken several world records.
'All about that Bass' singer Meghan Trainor went on to win the Best New Artist Award, "I'm a Mess" she told the audience as she cried and collected her golden grammerphone. The singer beat fellow nominees Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt and Tori Kelly for the highly coveted award.
Lastly ‘Amy’ the Amy Winehouse documentary won Best Music Film. For any of you that haven't seen the film, this a well deserved win. The Documentary followed the life of the very talented Amy Winehouse, with interviews from close family, friends and musicians. Chronicling her musical highs, personal life and ultimately her tragic death.
We hope you have enjoyed our blog, keep checking in for more music related topics in our blog section.