April 21, 2017
Music's finest gathered at L.A.'s Staples Center last night to celebrate the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Here’s a recap of the most unforgettable moments.
Husband-and-wife duo Beyoncé and Jay-Z hit the stage for the Grammys opener.
Beyoncé—sporting wet hair and a barely-there body suit—and hubby Jay-Z opened the show with a steamy performance of their new hit “Drunk in Love.” [Rolling Stone]
Jay-Z later won a Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration and, of course, thanked his beautiful wife and gave a shout out to their daughter Blue Ivy saying, “Daddy’s got a gold sippy cup for you.” [Hollywood Reporter]
Newcomer Lorde performed her breakout song “Royals,” which earned her Grammys for song of the year and best pop solo performance, beating out music vets like Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake. [LA Times]
Taylor Swift entertained with a passionate (ahem, hair-flipping/head-banging) performance of “All Too Well.” [US Magazine]
Robin Thicke's Grammys performance was a departure from his controversial VMA showing.
Rap star Kendrick Lamar and rock band Imagine Dragons joined forces for arguably the most electric performance of the night. Together they lit up the stage with a mashup of Lamar’s “M.A.A.D City” and Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive.” [Vulture]
Pink wowed with impressive acrobatics as she descended from above during her performance of “Try.” A duet of “Just Give Me a Reason” with Nate Ruess followed. [Huffington Post]
Daft Punk’s electronic beats won big last night. Their grand total four wins included the highest honors: record of the year and album of the year. [CNN]
Pharrell's funky hat generated just as much buzz as his collaboration with Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk.
The robotic duo also made history with their second-ever TV performance of “Get Lucky” alongside Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder. [Billboard]
Queen Latifah officiated the marriage ceremonies of over 30 couples to the tune of "Same Love."
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took the stage alongside Miranda Lambert for a tear-jerking performance of “Same Love,” which was followed by a wedding ceremony of 33 gay, lesbian, and straight couples officiated by Queen Latifah. [LA Times]
Madonna then serenaded the newlyweds with “Open Your Heart.” [FUSE]
The night also featured a Beatles reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who were honored with a Lifetime Achievement award. [Rolling Stone]
The awards show culminated with a performance by Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. But the act was cut short—which sparked an angry tweet from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. [CNN]
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