James Corden hosted the 2017 GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, in an evening filled with some touching tributes, some unusual acceptance speeches and a whole lot of Blue Ivy!
From Beyonce's unbelievable and hypnotic performance to Adele's non-stop run of emotional wins to Lady Gaga crowd surfing for some reason, here's a look at the best, worst and downright weirdest moments from music's biggest night.
Adele Opens the Show (With Her Ring)
After her previous glitchy performance at the GRAMMYs, Adele returned to the stage to open this year's show and her flawless delivery of "Hello" had people in tears. However, many watching at home were just as obsessed with the sparkling band on her ring finger, adding fuel to the rumors that she secretly got engaged to -- or even married -- her boyfriend, Simon Konecki. But we were mostly fascinated about how well she hit her high notes.
Twenty One Pilots Strip Down to Their Underwear, Corden Responds
When Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun won Best Pop Duo/Group, the two artists stripped off their tuxedo pants and accepted the award in their skivvies. While the stunt seemed silly at first, it turned out there was a meaningful reason behind it all.
Joseph recounted how, years before they "were able to make any money playing music," he invited Dun over to his house to watch the GRAMMYs, and "as we were watching, we noticed that every single one of us was in our underwear. Josh turned to me, and we were no one at the time, and he said, 'If we ever win a GRAMMY, we should receive it just like this. So, not only is this amazing but I want everyone watching at home to know that you could be next. Anyone from anywhere can do anything."
Beyonce's Psychedelic Live/Holographic Performance
The Lemonade singer, who is pregnant with twins, delivered one of the highlight performances of the night that ended up being more like art than your standard live GRAMMYs fare. Combining holograms and pre-recorded packages with a live stage presence, the trippy Golden Goddess experiment was unlike anything we've seen from her (or the awards show) in the past.
Katy Perry Gets Political
Perry delivered the debut live performance of her new single, "Chained to the Rhythm," along with collaborator Skip Marley. While the song would have been fun to watch on it's own merit, Perry made sure to inject some bold political commentary. Aside from rocking a "PERSIST" arm band and a Planned Parenthood pin on her lapel, the duo ended the song by standing in front of a massive projection of the preamble to the Constitution.
Bruno Mars Channels Prince
In a tribute to the late star, Mars' proved his love for Prince's legacy with an amazing rendition of the legend's 1984 single, "Let's Go Crazy," while decked out just like music icon, rocking a glittery purple suit, complete with a white ascot. Mars showed just how talented he really is while covering the iconic song. Not only did he nail Prince's vocal range, he shredded on the guitar in a performance that blew most other Prince tributes out of the water.
BEST MOMENT OF THE NIGHT
Adele Wins Album of the Year, Tries to Give It to Beyonce
To say Adele had a big night would be a laughable understatement. She opened the show, she performed the tribute to George Michael and she became the only artist to win Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the year at the same show, twice!
Her tearful acceptance speech for Album of the Year was a non-stop highlight reel. For example, she seemingly confirmed that she had indeed tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend while opening up about being a mom, when she referred to Simon Konecki as her "husband." However, her best moment might have come when she openly wept and said that, while she appreciated the honor, she felt wrong winning it over Beyonce.
"I can't possibly accept this award. I'm very humbled and very grateful and gracious but [the] artist of my life is Beyonce," Adele said through tears as Beyonce looked up at her from the audience. "The Lemonade album is just so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful. 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 appreciate you."
"I love you," Adele said. "I always have and I always will."
Metallica and Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga got in touch with her heavy metal side during a performance with Metallica and the results were… awkward. From out-of-place crowd surfing to lead singer James Hetfield's mic getting accidentally turned off, the whole thing just fell apart on its feet in slow motion.
Adele Makes Herself Cry
We never like to see Adele sad! While she might have been flawless in her opening number, when it came time to sing a tribute to the late George Michael, she had a bit of a vocal mishap that led to her getting very emotional.
While performing Michael's 1996 song, "Fastlove," a clearly upset Adele stopped the song and said, "I know it's live TV. I f**ked up. I can't do it again like last year. I'm sorry for swearing. Can we please start it again? I'm sorry, I can't mess this up for him." After the second time around, the singer appeared to be on the verge of tears, despite a stirring performance and a lot of support from the audience.
Greg Kurstin Gets Cut Off
Musical artists often have to contend with the "wrap it up" music when their acceptance speeches go long, but rarely do you see their mics cut off entirely. When Adele and producer Greg Kurstin won the GRAMMY for Song of the Year, Adele got to thank fans, but when Kurstin took the mic, the show producers could not care less and cut away without letting him talk at all. The move elicited a chorus of boos from the audience and was yet another tech hiccup. Luckily, Adele ended up correcting the show's mistake by letting Kurstin talk first when they won Record of the Year.
James Corden Trolls Fans Over Kanye West's Boycott
Kanye West was very adamant about not showing up to the GRAMMYs this year. So, when Corden came out to seemingly introduce a performance by the Life of Pablo artist, a lot of fans and viewers freaked out! Then, it turned out Corden was trolling us entirely and the whole thing was just a set-up to the invariably dry annual speech by Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. It was a letdown, to say the least.
James Corden's Disastrous Intro
In what was supposed to be a joke mocking the recent spate of tech problems at various awards shows, Corden's introduction was filled with (intentionally) broken lifts, pratfalls and various mishaps. While it was very funny at the time, it turned out to be a good predictor of the multitude of technical issues that plagued the rest of the show.
Everything With John Travolta
The Saturday Night Fever star came out to promote the fact that there was going to be a Bee Gees tribute later in the show. While that alone was sort of weird, what made things truly bizarre was his unexplained "bling" and his unprompted confession that he can't read without glasses. This appearance will never make sense.
Demi Lovato Singing Bee Gees Tunes
In a tribute to the iconic Bee Gees, the "Confident" singer wore a disco-tastic dress and sang "Stayin' Alive." (Or, more specifically, only portions of the '70s classic.) While the tribute -- which also included Tori Kelly, Andra Day and LIttle Big Town -- on the whole wasn't bad, it just felt a little disjointed overall.
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