The 59th Annual Grammys had its ups and downs. James Corden was a lackluster host and despite Beyoncé being snubbed for Album of the Year, the performances were the best in a long while. Adele basically said, “f**k this” and restarted her tribute to George Michael. Beyoncé, glowing with twins while channeling African goddess, Oshun, reigned supreme during her performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.” Post-performanace, she won the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album and delivered her speech on a gold card because why not? Speaking on why she created Lemonade, she had this to say, “My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that will give a voice to our pain, our darkness, and our history — to confront issues that will make us uncomfortable.” Watch her full speech and performance below.
Beyoncé speech – Best Urban Contemporary Album
A Tribe Called Quest paired with Anderson.Paak dedicated their performance to Phife Dawg and made a political statement while doing so. Q-Tip opened their set with this sentiment: “We like to say all around the world, all those people who are pushing people who are in power to represent them. Tonight, we represent you.” Busta Rhymes also joined the group on stage and addressed Trump indirectly by calling him President Agent Orange. Shoutout to the culture for always pushing the uncomfortable buttons of society. Check out their full performance below.
Chance The Rapper won every award he rightfully deserved, including Best New Artist. He, also, effortlessly, brought God to the Grammys with his dynamic rendition of “How Great” and “All We Got.”
Compared to Beyoncé’s “Freedom,” D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli,” and Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam,” Drake didn’t deserve to win Best Rap/Sung Performance. Bruno Mars killed his tribute to the late legend, Prince. Solange won her first Grammy [Best R&B Performance] for “Cranes in the Sky,” proving that she is no longer just Beyoncé’s little sister. While accepting the Grammy for Album of the Year, Adele dedicated her win to Beyoncé.
“I can’t possibly accept this award… My artist of my life is Beyoncé, and this album for me, the Lemonade album, was just so monumental. And so well-thought-out, and so beautiful and soul-baring. And we all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see, and we appreciate that. All us artists here adore you. You are our light.”
However, the real winner of the 2017 Grammys was Rihanna and her bejeweled flask. She was the epitome of #mood.