Last night, the best musicians in today’s music industry conveyed at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. While eyes were on who the winners might be under categories like ‘Best Rap Performances’, “Best Rap Album”, “Best New Artist”, “Best Dance Records”, etc, it was also expected that the night has it’s fair share of interesting and controversial moments.
Regardless of what you listen to, yesterday night seems to capture the taste of range of groups, create controversy and fantastic performances. Check out our highlights below:
1.) Justin Bieber & Jack U Perform “Love Yourself” & “Where Are U Now”
Justin Bieber took to the stage to give a two-part performance, where he performed on-stage solo to “Love Yourself” of his album, “Purpose”. He soon transitioned to a live instrumentation rendition of “Where Are U Now”, where Skrillex strummed away on his guitar, while Diplo took command of the keys. Outside of his performance, let’s not forget that he bought his young brother to walk the red carpet, which had the ladies’ swooned.
2.) Kendrick Lamar Wins “Best Rap Album” and “Controversial” Performance
Before kicking off the Grammy`s, the hip-hop fans were excited about Kendrick’s 11 nominations across nine categories. Last night, Kendrick Lamar managed to secure the highly coveted award for “Best Rap Album” and soon after took to the stage to performance an amazing rendition of “Blacker The Berry”, “Alright” and a new freestyle dubbed, “Untitled 3”. The performance were spoke to many social issues facing the African-American community and was easily the best highlight of the night.
3.) The Weeknd Performs “Can’t Feel My Face” and “In The Night”.
In one of the evening’s most anticipated performances, The Weeknd took the Grammy Stage to perform a couple of his biggest hits of 2015 – Abel, who took home two awards that night, stepped on the stage for clad in his full tux showing off his constantly improving dance moves for “Can’t Feel My Face”. He then switched it up to perform a slowed down ballad-like version of another up tempo hit “In the Night.” PS – Happy Birthday to The Weeknd!
4.) Taylor Swift Responds Back To Kanye West’s “Famous” Lyric
It seemed that all was well and good between Taylor Swift and Kanye West, until the release of “Life of Pablo“. The album featured a song called, “Famous”, which has a line calls out Taylor Swift. Kanye raps, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, why?, I made that bitch famous”. During yesterday night`s show, Taylor seemed to have responded back to the lyric within her acceptance speech after winning “the Album Of The Year”. The young singer spoke and said, “…there will be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.” Oh snap!
5.) Lady Gaga Pays Tribute To David Bowie.
Lady Gaga was the perfect person for this – she delivered such a memorable yet powerful tribute to the late David Bowie. The performance was filled with special effects, costume changes and a cameo from ‘Let’s Dance’ and ‘Black Tie White Noise’ producer Nile Rodgers. Gaga covered multiple hits like “Space Oddity” to the fully choreographed hits like, “Fashion”, “Rebel, Rebel” and much more. Back in 2008, Gaga thanked David Bowie for being an inspiration after releasing her album, “The Fame”, so it’s nice to see her return to see that tribute manifest into a reality.
6.) Pentatonix and Stevie Wonder’s emotional tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire’s Maurice White
It was a beautiful when Pentatonix joined legend Stevie Wonder on the Grammy stage to pay tribute to the legendary Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire. It was pure magic when the group sang, “That’s the Way The World Works”, which garnered a standing ovation from the crowd. The founding member passed away earlier this month, it was a lovely paid tribute. We’re all music lovers here, so tributes always hit us right in the nerve.
7.) Super-rock band, ‘Hollywood Vampires’ pay tribute to Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.
Alice Cooper and the Hollywood Vampires, who is made up of Johnny Depp, Guns and Roses‘ Duff McKagan and Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry take to the stage to pay tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. The performance kicked off with an original song called, “As Bad As I Am” and transitioned in the title track from Motorhead‘s 1980 album, “Ace Of Spades“. Lemmy past away in this past December after a short battle with cancer. It was nice to see some rock legends come together to pay their tributes, give an energized performance and give Johnny Depp a wicked guitar solo.
10.) Drake not winning any of the 5 awards he was nominated for.
Just a mere 24 hours after soaking in the giant success of NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, the good fortune did not carry over to music’s biggest night for Drake. The 6 God did not pick up any of the awards he was nominated for including “Best Rap Album” for last years smash surprise release “If You’re Reading This its Too Late.” To make matters a bit more bitter, Drake lost to one of his public rivals Kendrick Lamar and his revolutionary offering “To Pimp a Butterfly“. Would this be considered Drake‘s first ‘L’, or maybe second – given the fact he lost to Reggie Miller in ping-pong showdown during the NBA All-Star Weekend
10.) Sir Paul McCartney Denied Entry at Tyga’s Grammy Afterparty.
This something that honestly blows my mind. Last night after the awards show, Sir Paul McCartney was denied entry twice into Tyga‘s afterparty at the Argyle in Hollywood. TMZ captured footage of the Beatle`s legend attempting to gain entrance, but the security was firm on their decision. Paul was alongside artists like Beck and Taylor Hawkins. At one point in the video, Paul can be heard saying, “How VIP do we gotta get, we need another hit”. TMZ captured the play-by-play of Paul`s night as it continued, but personally I can’t imagine this ever happening – ever again. EVER AGAIN!
Bonus: Bow Wow’s Awkward CBS Grammy Awards Pre-Show
Rapper Bow Wow landed a gig to start off the Grammy Awards show. With more than 90 seconds on the countdown clock, Bow Wow kept introducing the start of the show – not once, but TWICE. It’s definitely cringe-worthy as the camera continues to focus on him as he improvises his way through 90 grueling seconds – full stocks with a marching band. Laughable.
Written By: Jonathan Joseph & Fouad David Suleiman