The 59th annual Grammy Awards had a lot of big moments, including tributes to George Michael and Prince, but it was Adele and Beyoncé who stole the show. Between the 7 awards won between the two of them, and multiple performances, it really felt like they never left the stage.
Adele swept Grammy’s biggest categories, including song, record and album of the year. The British songstress even paid tribute to Beyoncé when she claimed her album of the year award, stating that she adored her, and that she thought that “The Lemonade album was so monumental.” Her words brought tears to Beyoncé’s eyes. Over all Adele won all five awards she was nominated for. She also took the stage twice, opening the show alone on stage singing her hit Hello, and performing a tribute to George Michael by singing his 1996 hit Fastlove. Her tribute didn’t start off on the best foot however, as she swore after messing up a few notes. She quickly apologized though and asked to restart. It brought back memories of her issues at last year’s Grammy’s.
Beyoncé on the other hand only walked away with two awards after receiving nine nominations. Her performance though is clearly the most talked about one of the evening. It was a tribute to motherhood, and after recently announcing that she is pregnant with twins it was a powerful statement. Draped in gold, Beyoncé opened with a pre-recorded dance number and a spoken word praise for mothers everywhere. She performed her hits Love Drought and Sandcastles from her album Lemonade. Her performance got a standing ovation from the crowd, which included her husband Jay-Z and her daughter Blue Ivy. Her acceptance speech for Best Urban Contemporary Album was equally as powerful, when she said “This is something that I want for every child of every race, and I feel that it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.”
The night itself was hosted by James Corden, who held his own and did a great job. Lady Gaga took the stage with Metallica, and did a great job showing the world that she wasn’t about to let a few body-shamers get to her by wearing a belly baring outfit, and Bruno Mars performed an amazing tribute to Prince, complete with purple jacket. Still though, it was the two women, both known only by one name, that clearly claimed the night as their own.
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