Monday 26 September 2016

Top moments from the Grammys: Kendrick Lamar steals the show with the performance of the night

Sasha Brady

Published 16/02/2016 | 16:02

Kendrick Lamar performs on stage during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Kendrick Lamar performs on stage during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Rapper Kendrick Lamar (C) performs onstage in chains during The 58th GRAMMY AwardS. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)
Adele performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Musician/producer Nile Rodgers (L) and singer Lady Gaga perform a tribute to the late David Bowie onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
(L-R) Actor/musician Johnny Depp, singer Alice Cooper and musician Joe Perry of Hollywood Vampires perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)
Musicians Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, Jackson Browne and Steuart Smith, honoring Eagles founder Glenn Frey, perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

Adele sang her heart out, Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie and Kendrick Lamar delivered the performance of the night.

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Here are our top moments from the 2016 Grammys.

Kendrick Lamar's politically charged performance

Kendrick Lamar not only won five awards (he lead the field with 11 nominations) but walked away with the performance of the night with his songs that have become touchstones of the Black Lives movement.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar (C) performs onstage in chains during The 58th GRAMMY AwardS. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)
Rapper Kendrick Lamar (C) performs onstage in chains during The 58th GRAMMY AwardS. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

The Compton rapper performed The Blacker the Berry and Alright from his latest album To Pimp A Butterfly,in a brilliantly staged sequence.

The set started off with the rapper in chains for Blacker before shifting to an African-themed set for Alright. It culminated with an image of the outline of the African continent, with the word "COMPTON" written on it.

“This for hip-hop,” as he accepted his award for Best Rap Album and honoured artists who have not been accepted by the Grammys: “This for Snoop Dogg, ‘Doggystyle.’ This for ‘Illmatic,’ this for Nas. We will live forever, believe that.”

The rapper even got a shout-out from Barack Obama.

Adele's technical issues

The 27-year-old singer's performance was the most anticipated of the night but Adele faced a sound glitch which threw her off her game during her performance of All I Ask from her album 25.

She was accompanied by a piano during the song but the audio appeared to have a random guitar sound at one point.

A spokesperson for CBS, where the Grammys aired, said "there was a brief 5-8 second technical issue that was out of our control."

Adele performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Adele performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Adele took to Twitter to explain with her usual down-to-earth manner: "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. X"

She added, "Because of it though... I'm treating myself to an in n out. So maybe it was worth it."

Taylor Swift's acceptance speech-slam of Kanye West

Taylor handled her response with to West claiming he made her famous, saying during her acceptance speech: "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.

Singer Taylor Swift accepts the award for the Album of the Year onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music Awards in Los Angeles
Singer Taylor Swift accepts the award for the Album of the Year onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music Awards in Los Angeles

"But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday, when you get where you are going,' she added, 'you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment."

Lady Gaga's David Bowie tribute

Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie at the 2016 Grammys with a high fashion performance of his greatest hits that sent Twitter into a frenzy.

Musician/producer Nile Rodgers (L) and singer Lady Gaga perform a tribute to the late David Bowie onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
Musician/producer Nile Rodgers (L) and singer Lady Gaga perform a tribute to the late David Bowie onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

Gaga ran through 10 of the icon's hits from the 70s and early 80s, including Space Oddity, Changes, Fame, Let's Dance and Heroes. She managed to capture the hugely varied, era-defining sounds that Bowie kept producing right up to his death last month.

The other tributes

Earth, Wind and Fire's appearance at the Grammys was their first public outing since founding member, Maurice White, died earlier in the month.

Musicians Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, Jackson Browne and Steuart Smith, honoring Eagles founder Glenn Frey, perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)
Musicians Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, Jackson Browne and Steuart Smith, honoring Eagles founder Glenn Frey, perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

Stevie Wonder, wishing that Earth, Wind & Fire’s White “rest in eternal bliss and peace,” sang That’s The Way of the World with the vocal group Pentatonix.

Surviving Eagles members, joined by Jackson Browne, played a stately version of Take it Easy, with a giant Glen Frey portrait backing them as the song came to a close.

The Hollywood Vampires – the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, actor Johnny Depp plus Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum – staged their first ever televised performance as they remebered Motohead's Lemmy with Ace of Spades that featured a moving introduction from Dave Grohl.

(L-R) Actor/musician Johnny Depp, singer Alice Cooper and musician Joe Perry of Hollywood Vampires perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)
(L-R) Actor/musician Johnny Depp, singer Alice Cooper and musician Joe Perry of Hollywood Vampires perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

The Grammys also featured a tribute to B.B. King with Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr. and Chris Stapleton honouring the blues legend who passed away in May 2015.

Lionel Richie honoured as MusiCare's Person of the Year

Lionel Richie, who was honoured as MusiCares' Person of the Year, received an all-star, all-hits-filled medley from John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor and Tyrese before Richie joined in for his classic hit, All Night Long.

(L-R) Singers John Legend, Demi Lovato, Lionel Richie, Meghan Trainor, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Bryan perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)
(L-R) Singers John Legend, Demi Lovato, Lionel Richie, Meghan Trainor, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Bryan perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

Funk it up - musicians pay respect to the OG

Uptown Funk was 2016'S most ubiquitous song, and when it won record of the year, Mark Ronson paid tribute to some of funk's old guard — including George Clinton, who smiled from the audience. Said Mars: “We wouldn’t be up here if it wasn’t for the people dancing to this song.”

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