When your award show clocks in at OVER THREE AND A HALF HOURS, you can expect a few glitches. And there were two BIG ones at the “Grammys” last night. The first one happened during ADELE’s tribute to GEORGE MICHAEL. She was singing his ’90s hit “Fastlove”, but it wasn’t going too well, so she STOPPED. She said, quote, “I [effed] up, I can’t do it again like last year . . . I can’t mess this up for him.”
Then she started over, and pretty much nailed it.
Adele had sound issues at last year’s Grammys, too. And when she went on “Ellen” after the show, she said the next time that happened, she would stop and start over.
Then there was the much-hyped METALLICA / LADY GAGA duet . . . which SHOULD HAVE rocked. And it did, except for one thing: JAMES HETFIELD’s microphone didn’t work for the first few minutes. He and Gaga were supposed to be trading verses, but his audio was non-existent. So it came off really bad until they fixed it.
After it was over, James was so ticked, he threw his guitar offstage. For a lot of Metallica fans, it brought back the OUTRAGE of the ’89 Grammys, when Metallica lost the inaugural Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Grammy to JETHRO TULL.
Another performance that had everyone talking was BEYONCÉ doing “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles”. Although if you boil it down, it really wasn’t much of a performance. There was a lot of prerecorded video and spoken word stuff, and a little singing. But she was dressed like a goddess and everyone lost their minds.
BRUNO MARS teamed up with THE TIME to pay tribute to PRINCE.
But the most star-studded performance of the night was host JAMES CORDEN’s “Carpool Karaoke” with J-Lo, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, John Legend, Jason DeRulo, and Neil Diamond.
As for the awards, it’s a good thing KANYE WEST wasn’t there, because Adele went five for five, beating Beyoncé in several categories, including Album, Record and Song of the year, and Best Pop Solo Performance. She also became the only artist to sweep the album, record, and song categories TWICE. Beyoncé came into the show with NINE nominations, but she didn’t go home with much hardware. “Lemonade” won Best Urban Contemporary Album, and “Formation” won Best Video.
DAVID BOWIE won all four Grammys he was up for, and CHANCE THE RAPPER won Best New Artist.