The 2017 Grammy Awards took place on Monday evening. The show certainly did not disappoint, and some of the acceptance speeches and performances were of the most significant to date due to their subject matter, specifically referencing equality, inclusion and failure to abide by discriminatory political decisions.
The following is a list of Grammy winners, the information being derived from GRAMMY.com (I did not list all category victors):
- Record of the Year: “Hello” by Adele
- Album of the Year: “25” by Adele
- Song of the Year: “Hello” by Adele
- Best New Artist: Chance the Rapper
- Best Pop Solo Performance: “Hello” by Adele
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Stressed Out” by Twenty-One Pilots
- Best Rock Performance: “Blackstar” by David Bowie
- Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Lemonade” by Beyonce
- Best Rap Song: “Hotline Bling” by Drake
- Best Country Solo Performance: “My Church” by Maren Morris
- Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Jolene” by Pentatonix and Dolly Parton
- Best Country Song: “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw
- Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Beyonce’s performance was arguably the most anticipated of the night, and remains the most popular topic of conversation regarding the Grammy’s. Adele’s opening performance in addition to her George Michael’s tribute were close contenders in terms of the most satisfactory, and Adele’s breaking of her Grammy to share with Beyonce for Album of the Year victor was an incredible moment (yes, she literally broke her Grammy in half to share it with Beyonce. Adele is an absolute boss).
I did not watch the entire show, however what I did watch was thoroughly enjoyable because of the emphasis placed on political and human rights activism. I am so content to witness celebrities using their public platforms to speak on behalf of those whose voices are oppressed, and the 2017 Grammy Awards show provided numerous occurrences of this wonderful choice.
As for the red carpet? That’s a whole other post.