10 Highlights From The 2017 Grammy Awards

BY Samantha Hamilton Rushforth / Feb 13 2017 / 14:55 PM

Tears, tributes, a tumble and more on music's biggest night

10 Highlights From The 2017 Grammy Awards
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Despite boycotts from the likes of Justin Bieber and Drake, there wasn't a dull moment at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this year. Taken over by the mutual fangirling of Beyoncé and Adele, both of whom performed and won big on the night, the ceremony also had its fair share of controversy with Chance The Rapper, Busta Rhymes and A Tribe Called Quest all taking aim at Donald Trump and sending a strong message of togetherness to the audience. Bazaar charts best musical and non-musical moments on the night... 

1. Adele swore, cried and then re-started her tribute to George Michael

Adele Performing At The Grammy's

They don't come more down to earth than Adele. Despite taking home two of the biggest awards of the night, Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year, taking her Grammy count to an impressive 15, the singer knows when to put her hands up, apologize and ask for a second chance. During her tribute performance to the late George Michael, who passed away last December, the superstar messed up a line in the song and immediately asked the band if they could restart her performance, telling the audience "I'm sorry. I can't mess this up for him." Singing a pared-down version of Fast Love, the audience cheered as she regrouped and continued with her stunning performance. 

2. Beyoncé was peak Beyoncé

Beyonce Performing At The Grammy's

The hologram. The outfit changes. The dance moves. The headpiece. We can't handle it. Even though we expect nothing less than perfection from the pop icon, she continued to smash ceilings with her bump on full display and holographic appearances by her mother Tina and daughter Blue Ivy as she serenaded the crowd with a mix of 'Love Drought' and 'Sandcastles' from her critically-acclaimed album, Lemonade. It's no wonder Adele snapped her Grammy in half (see number 7). 

3. Lady Gaga crowd-surfed and performed with Metallica 

Lady Gaga Performing At The Grammy's

After wowing audiences with her high-energy Superbowl performance a few weeks ago, Gaga took over the Grammy's with the heavy metal rockers to perform their hit 'Moth Into A Flame.' Wearing a cropped Metallica t-shirt and fishnets, the signer head banged her way through the performance before jumping into the audience and crowd surfing her way back to the stage. The reinvention of Gaga continues... 

4. A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes made their performance political

Busta Rhymes Performs At The Grammy's

Not mincing their words, the rap group and Busta Rhymes made sure to have their say on President Trump at the ceremony by performing a mix of 'Movin' Backwards,' 'Award Tour,' 'Can I Kick It,' and 'We The People.' Directly calling out the recent ban on Muslims from certain countries, Busta Rhymes told the audience, "I want to thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all the evil that you've been perpetuating throughout the United States...Now we come together!" 

5. Katy Perry threw shade at Britney's 2007 meltdown 

Katy Perry At The Grammy's

Move over T-Swift, Katy's taking aim at a new superstar now. After launching her new single 'Chained to the Rhythm' to average reviews on Friday and debuting bright blonde locks, the singer is certainly trying to set tongues wagging. When asked by Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet about spending the past year away from the spotlight, the signer, who also swore live on air before apologizing, explained she had taken a year off to look after her mental health. When asked if it had served its purpose she glibly replied "Fantastic! And I haven't shaved my head yet," clearly referencing Britney's infamous 2007 meltdown. Ouch. 

6. Blue Ivy made her carpool karaoke debut 

Blue Ivy Joins Carpool Karaoke

Joining Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez and of course, James Corden, Blue Ivy jumped at the chance to make her carpool karaoke debut as she hopped off Jay-Z's lap to join the A-list crowd in the aisles of the concert hall. Granted, as it was only a skit the car was actually made of cardboard and she refused to sing when the mic was given to her, but we're still willing to bet James would count it as one of his more successful guests. No shade, Britney. 

7. Adele broke her Grammy in half and made Beyoncé cry 

Adele Breaks Her Grammy

The whole night was really about two of the world's most famous singer's fangirling over each other. Not only did Adele pen a note to Queen B when it was announced they would be competing for album of the year, writing on her website a week after the nomination, 'I'm not late on this I've just been speechless. Beyoncé is the most inspiring person I've ever had the pleasure of worshiping,'  the BRIT School of Performing Arts alumni even wore a bejewelled lemon brooch in tribute to Beyoncé's album on the red carpet. After winning for her album 25, the singer then preceded to shower Beyoncé with praise to the point of tears and then snapped her Grammy in half declaring the duo should share the accolade. 

8. Bruno Mars payed tribute to Prince 

Bruno Mars Prince Tribute

In looks and performance, Bruno Mars certainly did Prince proud. Dressed in a glittering purple blazer and white frilled shirt the Philippines-born singer joined long time Prince collaborators The Time for an electric rendition of 'Jungle Love' The Bird' and finally, 'Let's Go Crazy.' Taking on a guitar solo halfway through the performance with a white electric guitar the '24 Carat Magic' hit maker nailed his homage. 

9. James Cordon took a tumble 

James Corden Falls at Grammy Awards

Doing what he does best, the British host of The Late Late Show took on the Grammy Awards in true slapstick style and began his opening monologue by faking an accidental fall down the stairs, losing a shoe in the process. Discussing the divisiveness of the current political climate before referencing Donald Trump as he segued into a rap song about his hosting abilities, Lady Gaga and Drake and Rihanna dating. Classic Corden.

10. Chance The Rapper and Solange won their first Grammy Awards  

Solange Wins Grammy Award

Despite not being signed to a record label, Chance The Rapper not only performed to huge audience applause at the awards ceremony, he also took home his first three accolades. Performing a mini-medley of all his songs, the artist quickly won over the crowd on his first ever Grammy's appearance. Congratulations also went to Solange on the night, who took home a gold trophy of her own (Beyoncé who?) for 'Cranes In The Sky,' a song she had actually written over eight years ago but was finally released in 2016. Definitely worth the wait.