By Katharine Grubb
February 16, 2017
On Sunday, Feb. 12 the 59th annual Grammy Awards ceremony took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The event was hosted by James Cordon and there were hundreds of people in attendance, most of them nominees for one or more of the 30 fields and 83 categories one can be placed in.
Here are some of the prominent category winners:
Record Of The Year: “Hello” — Adele
Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele
Song Of The Year: “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
Best New Artist: Chance The Rapper
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Hello” — Adele
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots
Best Pop Vocal Album: 25 — Adele
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson
Best Dance Record: “Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skin — Flume
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Culcha Vulcha — Snarky Puppy
Best Rock Performance: “Blackstar” — David Bowie
Best Metal Performance: “Dystopia” — Megadeth
Best Rock Song: “Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
Best Rock Album: Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant
Best Alternative Music Album: “Blackstar” — David Bowie
Best R&B Performance: “Cranes in the Sky” — Solange
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Angel” — Lalah Hathaway
Best R&B Song: “Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Lemonade — Beyoncé
Best R&B Album: Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway
Best Rap Performance: “No Problem” — Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Best Rap/Sung Performance: “Hotline Bling” — Drake
Best Rap Song: “Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
Best Rap Album: Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
Best Folk Album: Undercurrent — Sarah Jaroszh
Best Comedy Album: Talking For Clapping — Patton Oswalt
Best Musical Theater Album: The Color Purple — Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Greg Kurstin
Best Music Video: “Formation” — Beyoncé
Best Music Film: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years — (The Beatles)
The full list of winners is available on the official Grammy Awards Show website, http://www.grammy.com.
While most people were satisfied with the result of the Grammys, there were a few who were not happy with the way things turned out.
Frank Ocean, an up and coming contemporary R&B singer, decided not to allow any of his work to be submitted for nomination because he believes The Grammy Awards Show is racist. Beyoncé’s sister Solange seemed to agree with him, because after Beyoncé lost out on Best Album of the Year to Adele, she sent a “wuddup frank” tweet to Ocean in response to his tweet “Winning a TV award doesn’t christen me successful. It took me some time to learn that…I’ve actually been tuning into CBS around this time of year for a while to see who gets the top honor and you know what’s really not ‘great TV’ guys? 1989 getting album of the year over To Pimp A Butterfly. Hands down one of the most ‘faulty’ TV moments I’ve seen.”
Solange and Frank are not the only ones who have a problem with the Grammys’ supposed bias. Adele practically wiped the floor with the competition, taking home five Grammy Awards, and although she looked clearly pleased when photographers took a picture of her cradling her new awards, she delivered a heartbreaking speech after she won Album of the Year, saying “I can’t possibly accept this award. And I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful and gracious. But my artist of my life is Beyoncé. And this album to me, the “Lemonade” album, is just so monumental. Beyoncé, it’s so monumental.” Her moving words brought a pregnant Beyoncé to tears, and the most shocking portion of the whole show was when Adele broke her award in half to share it with Beyoncé.
Overall, the 59th Grammy Awards Show will be one that is remembered for years to come, especially by any angry Beyoncé fans that feel like their queen got snubbed.