From Kendrick Lamar’s powerful theatrical performance highlighting America’s incarceration problem, to Taylor Swift’s shady response towards Kanye West ‘s explicit lyrics in his new song “Famous,” the 58th Grammy Awards did not disappoint to say the least. The biggest artists in the industry filled the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 15 to celebrate music. Though the show consisted of many “hot” moments, there were also a few “not” so hot moments on music’s biggest night.
HOT: Lady Gaga honors the life of David Bowie with an AMAZING tribute
After winning a Golden Globe last month for her role of the countess in “American Horror Story: Hotel,” and delivering a flawless performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl 50, it comes as no surprise that Lady Gaga nailed her tribute in honor of the late David Bowie. The hardworking songstress reminded viewers why Bowie was such an influence on music culture with her dazzling outfits. Performing updates of “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” and “Heroes,” Gaga championed the chameleon-like spirit of Bowie with the over-the-top performance while staying true to who he was.
NOT: Rumor Has It Adele’s Audio Malfunctioned
Recently shattering records with the release of her third studio album “25,” rumors of Adele performing at the Grammys made this a must-watch event. Although the megastar didn’t qualify for any awards this year, her presence on stage was merely enough of a blessing. All hearts melted and eyes were glued to the singer as she appeared on stage in a red sparkly gown to perform her song “All I Ask.” Then the unthinkable happened: audio failure. Throughout the entire performance, Adele experienced audio troubles which threw her voice off key and, at one point, almost completely silenced the singer. After the performance, Adele took to Twitter to explain the mishap, posting: “The piano mics fell on to the piano strings; that’s what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune. Shit happens. Because of it though… I’m treating myself to an In-N-Out burger.” After returning to the Grammys since her last appearance in 2012, this isn’t the way many Adele fans envisioned her comeback.
HOT: Taylor Swift Tells her Hater Kanye West to HATE
During her acceptance speech for Album of the Year, Taylor Swift made it clear that her haters are not affecting her success whatsoever. In response to Kanye West’s misogynistic lyrics in his new song “Famous,” implying that he made Swift famous after interrupting her acceptance speech at the 2009 Video Music Awards, Swift surprised everyone with her shade. Swift said:
“As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you’ll know it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
West reportedly responded to Swift’s Grammy blowback with even crazier and bizarre statements than before.
NOT: Rihanna Ditches Her Highly Anticipated Grammy Return
The 28-year-old Barbadian songstress was set to perform at the ceremony. However, she dipped out early in the show, ditching her highly-anticipated performance. TMZ and a spokesperson reported that she left the building at the beginning of the night due to suffering complications with bronchitis for a few days and felt her voice was not suitable for the event. The pop singer’s doctor placed her on strict orders to not sing in order to avoid vocal hemorrhaging, which resulted in fans missing the opportunity to hear her new single “Work,” from her latest album “Anti” performed on television for the first time.
Other hot moments of the night included: The Weeknd’s dramatic rendition of his single “In the Night,” accompanied by a pianist and cellist, and Stevie Wonder’s and Pentatonix’ tribute to the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. Other not-so-hot moments included Gwen Stefani’s live music video debut of her new song “Make Me Love You,” and Pitbull’s closing number of “El Taxi” sampled by the dancehall classic “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus and Pliers.