A Golden Grammy

Emily Fojon, Entertainment Writer

The Grammys are an honor award show recognizing the achievements in the English music industry. This year’s 59th show was hosted by late-night television talk show host James Corden, who replaced LL Cool J who has been the host for the past five years. According to the Los Angeles Times, Corden was a natural choice.  

Adele was the opening act; it was not the last time she kept her audience on the edge of their seats. Besides performing her 2015 number one hit song, “Hello,” Adele also won Album of The Year. Much to the surprise of the audience, Adele broke her Grammy in half upon receiving it to share it with Beyoncé because she felt that she deserved the win just as much as she did. Adele ended up taking home five Grammys, being the most awarded artist that night.

The night was full of unexpected surprises as Chance the Rapper won the first award of the night for Best New Artist along with Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album (Coloring Book) which was released in May of 2016. The critically acclaimed mixtape is the sole streaming-only album ever to be nominated and receive a Grammy award.

Like last year’s Grammys, it was full of tributes to the music legends who have passed in the last year. For example, Bruno Mars paid tribute to the late R&B singer Prince, who died last April. Adele paid tribute to George Michael of Wham!, who passed away on Christmas Day of 2016, and wanted the performance to be impeccable to properly pay her respects to the late musical influence, resulting in her restarting the entire set in dedication. Also, David Bowie’s twenty-fifth and final studio album, Blackstar, received a Grammy for best alternative album. Many of Bowie’s fans were ecstatic that the late icon’s work is still being appreciated a year after losing his battle with liver cancer.

Not all awards made it into the Grammy broadcast, but all the performances and suspense made it a great night with a lot to offer the audience.