Published March 9, 2017
As the dark stage appeared on the screen and the first two notes to “Hello” by Adele play, I knew I was ready for this magical night of awards, emotions and music.
The Grammys’ 59th edition was broadcasted live Feb. 17. The show began with an astonishing performance by the soon-to-be winner of five Grammys that night, Adele. The simplicity of her performance and the power of her voice were more than enough to leave every spectator on the edge of their seat. The night had begun.
Soon after, host James Corden made his first appearance in a rather silly way while pretending to fall down the stairs. However, he ended up fixing it with an intelligent and funny rap which included many of this year’s nominees and their achievements.
The event was full of amazing performances from all the styles of music. Artists like Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Keith Urban and Pentatonix were part of the long list. However, I would like to point out my favorites. Please notice the ranking is irrelevant, because my jaw dropped with every single performance.
Ed Sheeran, after being isolated from the musical world for a whole year, made an incredible comeback showing the audience how a guitar, a loop-pedal and himself was enough to make the audience stare in awe at him.
After losing so many great artists in 2016, the producers wanted to honor their music careers.
Bruno Mars, who also performed his single ‘That’s What I Like,’ played a tribute to Prince. Showing up on the stage with a glittery purple suit, he made the world mourn for Prince’s loss.
Adele, also being part of a tribute performance, performed a tribute song to George Michael that brought her to tears.
After surprising the world with the news that she was pregnant with twins, Beyoncé did an astonishing performance showing us who “The Queen” really is. I really enjoyed how she focused her performance on the power of the female figure and motherhood. It was impressively beautiful.
The night also included some rock classics like Metallica. Despite some technical difficulties with the microphones at the beginning of the song the band, joined by Lady Gaga, gave the audience an enjoyable performance that included dancing, guitar solos and fire.
In the light of recent political events, some artists used the Grammys’ to show their points of view. Katy Perry, who performed “Chained to the Rhythm”, showed up on stage with an armband that said “Resist” in pink. She also had a projection of the Declaration of Independence behind her at the end of the song. Paris Jackson, joining this group, made a reference to stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Next to Adele, another big winner of the night was Chance the Rapper, with 3 Academy Awards. Surprisingly, Beyoncé only won two Grammys that night.
It was an event full of surprises, political claims and a lot of good music.