New York, NY – True to fashion, the 59th Grammy Awards came equipped with the Stars and Sounds from some of the best musicians in the World, on one night, on one platform to receive recognition for their respective body of work. The night opened with a most epic performance of Adele singing her smash hit “Hello”. Hosted by James Corden, the night was filled with thrills and surprises as each presenter frantically opened each envelope to reveal the winners!
The first presenter of the night was the eloquent Jennifer Lopez, who vividly reminisced to winning her first Grammy and how music is needed to inspire.” She quoted the Legendary Toni Morrison:
“‘There is not time for despair no place for self-pity, no need for silence and no room for fear,’”
she stated, before opening the envelope to announce the Best New Artist, which went to Chance the Rapper. The night went on to include Paris Jackson, The Weeknd, Nic Jonas, Katharine McPhee, and the Chainsmokers who presented the Best Rock Song, which went to “Blackstar” by David Bowie.
A video along with a live Beyonce switched back and forth while a track of her voice whispered, “You look nothing like your mother. You look everything like your mother … Your mother is a woman and women like her cannot be contained.”
On cue, Beyonce appeared dressed in a gold gown, draped by dozens of dancers. Beyonce blessed the crowd with a performance that included two songs from her highly acclaimed “Lemonade” album. The crowd paid homage by giving her a standing ovation that included a very proud husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy.
Despite Beyonce epic performance, Adele was the night’s biggest winner with the honor for Song of the Year for “Hello” and best pop vocal album and pop solo performance. Adele’s biggest competition for the prestigious honor was Beyoncé. Their competition for album of the year was well noted and anticipated by those in the industry.
The tear-jerker moment of the night came from the award nominations for Legendary Rocker, David Bowie who won three of the four categories he was nominated for his works on his “Blackstar” project. The “Blackstar” signifies the last album recorded before he lost his battle with cancer last year.
Chance the Rapper won the best new artist award and best rap album for Coloring Book, over Drake and Kanye West. Twenty one pilots won best pop duo/group performance for the hit Stressed Out in which they came to the podium to accept the award pantless.
Adele performed a tribute for George Michael with a rendition of songs from his last project, Fastlove. Bruno Mars then followed up with a tribute to Prince, who subsequently died unexpectedly in 2016.
Overall, the 59th Grammy Award’s was a brilliant display of talent ~ Renzo
GRAMMY 2017 Chance The Rapper wins Best New Artist #GRAMMYs
Song of the Year: “Hello,” Adele
Best Rap Album: “Coloring Book,” Chance the Rapper
Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Lemonade,” Beyonce
Best Country Solo Performance: “My Church,” Maren Morris
Best Rock Song: “Blackstar,” David Bowie
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots
Best New Artist: Chance the Rapper
Pop Solo Performance: “Hello,” Adele
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin,” Willie Nelson
Pop Vocal Album: “25,” Adele
Dance Recording: “Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
Dance/Electronic Album: “Skin,” Flume
Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Culcha Vulcha,” Snarky Puppy
Metal Performance: “Dystopia,” Megadeth
Rock Album: “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” Cage the Elephant
Alternative Music Album: “Blackstar,” David Bowie
R&B Performance: “Cranes in the Sky,” Solange
Traditional R&B Performance: “Angel, Lalah Hathaway
R&B Song: “Lake By the Ocean,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
Rap Performance: “No Problem,” Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Rap/Sung Performance: “Hotline Bling,” Drake
Rap Song: “Hotline Bling,” Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
Best Latin Pop Album: Jesse & Joy, Un Besito Mas
Best Country Album: Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Best Country Song: Tim McGraw, “Humble and Kind”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Pentatonix, “Jolene (feat. Dolly Parton)“
Best Roots Gospel Album: Joey+Rory, Hymns
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield, Country for Old Men
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Gregory Porter, Take Me to the Alley
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: John Scofield, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”