Grammy’s 2017


Bonnie Konopka, Reporter

 This Sunday marked the 59th anniversary of the Grammys. The show included some political performances and big moments from Adele, Beyoncé, and Chance the Rapper.

     Adele won a total of five awards, including Album of the Year for her album “25”, and Record and Song of the Year for “Hello”. She is the only artist to win these three awards twice. The awards were seen as a contest between Adele and Beyoncé, who were up against each other for major categories. Adele was upset that she beat out Beyoncé for Album of the Year, and was even photographed with her trophy broken in half to share with Beyoncé.

     “My album of the year was ‘Lemonade,’ so a piece of me did die inside, as a Beyoncé fan,” Adele said.

     Out of the nine awards that Beyoncé was nominated for, she won two for Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Lemonade” and Best Music Video for the song “Formation.”  

     “My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable, It’s important for me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first in their own families, as well as the news, and see themselves and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race.” She said.

     Beyoncé sang “”Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” in a performance that celebrated women and motherhood, and was introduced by her mother, Tina Knowles.  Adele sang “Hello” and “Fastlove” as a tribute to George Michael. After a few verses, she swore and stopped singing, then restarted the song.

     “I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him,” Adele said.

     Chance the Rapper also had a successful night, taking home three Grammys, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album. He is the first artist with a streaming-only album to win a Grammy.

     Some of the night’s performances included political statements. A Tribe Called Quest accused “President Agent Orange” of “perpetuating evil” throughout the country and were joined with women wearing headscarves during their performance. Katy Perry performed her new single “Chained to the Rhythm” and ended her performance by shouting “No hate!” with an image of the Constitution projected over the stage.