The 58th Annual Grammy’s were a hit
On Monday, Feb. 15, the 58th Annual Grammy Awards show was hosted at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The night featured performances by Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, a Lady Gaga tribute to David Bowie, Justin Bieber, Adele and The Weeknd.
Unfortunately, the Grammy performances were marred by audio issues. Adele’s highly anticipated performance of “All I Ask” started with an off-key sound from the piano, which continued throughout the entire performance.
Lamar led the night with 11 nominations, winning five for Best Rap Album for “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Alright” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “These Walls” featuring Bilal, Annie Wise and Thundercat, effectively sweeping the rap categories.
Swift and The Weeknd trailed behind with seven nominations each; the Weeknd picked up two awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Beauty Behind the Madness” and Best R&B Performance for “Earned It.”
He shared the award for Best Music Video for “Bad Blood” with Swift, who was also awarded Best Pop Vocal Album and the coveted Album of the Year for “1989,” becoming the first female artist to win the award twice. Her first Album of the Year win was in 2010 for “Fearless.”
In her acceptance speech, Swift said, “As the first woman to win Album of the Year twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undermine your success or who will try to take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.
But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you are going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ catchy dance tune, was named Record of the Year, and Ed Sheeran finally snagged a Grammy with “Thinking Out Loud” for Song of the Year after being nominated four times previously. “Uptown Funk” also won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Remixed Recording.
Bieber scored his first Grammy with Skrillex and Diplo for their Best Dance Recording collaboration, “Where Are Ü Now.”
There were many other winners on Monday night, including power-duo Skrillex and Diplo, who snagged Top Dance/Electronic Album for “Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü.”
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