The 2017 Grammys were held on Sunday February 21th, and for the 13th consecutive year it was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. With more than 26 million viewers watching at home, James Corden hosted one of the most eventful Grammy Awards yet.
Corden opened the show with a somewhat “series of unfortunate events.” Starting with several planned mistakes, it left many wondering whether these were planned or not. Even Corden said, “This is a disaster!” After his long fall down the stairs, it was obvious that it was part of the show.
Adele opened the show with her single “Hello”, which won her Song of the Year and Record of the Year. She also racked up three other awards including the coveted Album of the Year, Best Solo Pop Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album.
During the week leading up to the 59th annual award show, many fans speculated that these categories would come down to either Beyonce or Adele. Taking home the top 3 awards of the night, Adele praised Beyonce in all of her acceptance speeches.
Adele did a tribute performance for George Michael, who passed away this Christmas, singing his song “Fastlove.” After about a minute she stopped and asked to start the song over. She repeatedly apologized for swearing and starting again. Adele said “I can’t mess this up for him,” as he had always been an icon to her. She ended the performance in tears while the audience gave her a standing ovation.
James Corden, best known for his series “Carpool Karaoke” brought a cardboard car into the audience and invited many celebrities to join in singing the song “Sweet Caroline” at the midpoint of the show. Some people Corden included were Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, The Weekend, and even Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy even joined in.
Some other memorable moments include Twenty One Pilots taking home their first Grammy in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. As they walked to the stage they took off their pants; leaving them only in their underwear. In their acceptance speech, they explained that years ago a group of them and their friends were watching the Grammys and all realized they were pantless and vowed that if they were to ever make it there they would accept their award in their underwear. They also told the viewers of the show they can accomplish anything, saying “Anyone from anywhere, can do anything.”
During the second half the show, Bruno Mars honored Prince, a beloved singer who died unexpectedly last April. Bruno Mars covered songs like “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Jungle Love”, and “The Bird.” Many reviewers felt he did Prince justice with his performance. Personally, I felt he did a great job by keeping the performance simple and using it to really honor Prince. Overall, this year’s Grammy Awards is one for the books