9 highlights from the 2016 Grammys

Here's all that you need to know from the awards night

Entertainment Desk February 17, 2016
Here's all that you need to know from the awards night. PHOTO: PHOTOFILE

The Grammys this year were eventful to say the least. From a technical glitch during Adele's performance to Justin's red carpet moment with his little brother, we bring to you nine highlights from the grand event:

1. Taylor Swift's Speech (read: jab at Kanye West)

Taylor Swift left her fans in awe with her non-apologetic feminist speech when she went up on stage to collect the award for Album of The Year.

Swift fired back at Kanye West in her speech for claiming to be the reason behind her fame, in his highly misogynistic song Famous.

“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,” she said.

“But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. That will be the greatest feeling in the world,” she added.



We beg to differ, Kanye. You did not have her 'blessings.'

Grammys 2016: Lady Gaga makes psychedelic tribute to David Bowie

2. Adele experiences technical issues during her performance

Adele took to the stage to perform All I Ask -- and judging from Twitter, the live rendition was not her best. Sound cut out on the broadcast for a few seconds early in the performance, and throughout, the singer didn't quite sound like herself.

CBS responded to frustrated fans, with a spokesperson confirming to Billboard that there was a five-to-eight second technical issue with the broadcast, that was outside of the network's control.

Adele took to Twitter to tell her fans exactly what happened, adding that the performance gave her an excuse to treat herself to 'In n Out' (LA's popular fast food Burger joint).

3. Rihanna cancels her performance

A throat infection forced the singer to cancel her Grammy performance last minute, on her doctor's orders, who advised her to rest her voice for 48 hours or risk the hemorrhaging of her vocal cords, organisers said on Monday.

Rihanna was supposed to perform her song Kiss It Better from her new album Anti which was released in January after the cutoff period for this year's Grammy eligibility.

Justin Bieber serenades ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez with song 'My Girl'

4. Lady Gaga pays tribute to David Bowie

Lady Gaga paid a psychedelic tribute to the late British rock visionary David Bowie at the Grammy stage with a multimedia song-and-dance performance.

Gaga, who, like Bowie, is known for frequent self-reinvention, arrived on the red carpet dressed in an outfit that channeled Bowie’s signature androgynous look. She sported a bright, blue embellished jacket-dress and bright orange hair.

On stage she charted Bowie’s half-century career with a medley touching on 10 of his hits.

Gaga, overwhelmed with emotions, posted a teary-eyed video before her tribute to Bowie:
Here's her performance:

5. Sam Hunt heats up the Grammys

Country singers Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood took the stage for a duet, giving us a medley of Sam's hit single Take Your Time and Carrie's Heartbeat. Sam left every viewer fanning themselves with his good looks, and killer performance. With a hunk like this, country music might just gain more fandom.


Here's the duet:

6. Beyonce's surprise appearance and Kanye's ditch

Beyoncé, who was not planning on attending the Grammys this year, surprised audiences when she appeared on the stage to present the final award of the night, Record of the Year.

The singer wore a long sleeve, white semi-sheer lace gown with glittering embellishments, a high button-down collar and two thigh-high slits. She completed her gorgeous look with metallic sandals and large, glittering, diamond-shaped earrings.


Beyonce, who was not nominated for an award, was accompanied backstage by husband Jay Z, reports E! News.

Kanye West, on the other hand, ditched the Grammys. The rapper, who has been quite active on Twitter lately, recently tweeted that he wouldn't attend unless he was guaranteed an award.



He was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for his single All Day but was beaten by Kendrick Lamar's Alright, which explains his absence from the awards night. 

Sorry Kanye, better luck next time.


Who wore it better? Katrina Kaif or Taylor Swift

7. Taylor Swift's opening performance

Swift slayed in her black sequenced, sparkly onesie while performing her recent single, Out of The Woods from her album 1989.


8. Justin Bieber and his little brother's cute moment on the red carpet

Bieber brought the most adorable date to accompany him to the Grammys - his little brother, Jaxon. The dapper-looking pair rocked black and white suits, and Jaxon tried his best to look serious for photographers, even while his brother kissed him on his cheek.


9. 12-year-old Joey Alexander stole the show

Indonesian jazz pianist and child prodigy Joey Alexander took the stage to play the piano. This year's youngest Grammy nominee released his first album, My Favorite Things on May 12, 2015, at age 11. He was nominated for Best Jazz Improvised Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

If this doesn't make you feel unaccomplished, watch him bask in all his talent:



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