Grammys 2017: Adele, Bowie and the Missing Acts

Technical difficulties, social disapproval and posthumous awards… the show was full-on.

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59th Annual Grammy Awards (source: Mirror)

This year, the annual ceremony was quite eventful, particularly for the star of the show: Adele.

The singer first made an appearance performing a tribute to George Michael’s “Fast Love”, which consisted in a slower and melancholic version of the famous song. It didn’t take long before it became clear that something was off and the singer suddenly decided to start over, apologising to the audience and It didn’t take long before it became clear that something was off and she decided to stop and start again. She apologised to the audience and sprinkled a couple of swear words too.

“I f—ked up, I need to start this again, I can’t mess this up for him,” Adele said, before repeating the F-word away from the mic.

How not to love her?

She later came back on stage to accept her Grammy for Best Song of The Year for “Hello”, which she shared with the song’s writer and producer, Greg Kurstin, and beating Beyonce’s “Formation”.

The British singer also won Best Pop Vocal Album for her album “25” and the most significant Grammy, Record of The Year, once again for “Hello”.

Although flattered, the star showed her understanding of the typical Grammys’ modus operandi by directing her acceptance speech to Beyonce and her record “Lemonade”, who she though should have won.

“I can’t possibly accept this award… Lemonade was so important to me… The way it made me feel, the way it made my black friends feel… We f—king adore you,” she told Beyonce, as the audience praised her with a standing ovation.

Meanwhile, some of the industry’s biggest current acts were missing, including Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Justin Bieber, due to their disapproval of the awards organisation’s attitude towards young black artists.

Beyonce’s performance was also one of the highlights of the ceremony. The singer, pregnant with twins and covered in gold, took on the stage with a gasp-worthy act, singing two songs from her acclaimed Lemonade album. It was an ethereal, personal reflection on motherhood that left everyone in the audience woozy and impressed, in typical Queen Bey style.

On a lighter note, Australian DJ and producer Flume, won a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic album with his second album “Skin”. Considering his recent win of the annual Triple J’s Hottest 100 on Australia’s Day with his song “Never Be Like You” featuring Kai, it seems like 2017 might just be his best year yet.

David Bowie won too. He won four posthumous Grammys for his final album “Blackstar," which was released just days before his death from cancer in January 2016. These are the first music Grammys the British start has ever won in his lifetime.

Band-mate Donny McCaslin accepted the award on his behalf, referring to Bowie as “an artistic genius and a funny-as- hell guy”.

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