During the countdown of days to the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, the two top contenders for the top wins were former Destiny’s Child lead singer Beyonce Knowles for her album “Lemonade” and English pop star, Adele for her album “25”.
Last night in Los Angeles, Adele beat Beyonce hands down by winning Album of the Year, her memorable track “Hello” bagging her Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. The modest winner however insisted the Album of the Year Grammy belonged to Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and not her “25”.
“I can’t possibly accept this award... the Lemonade album was just monumental, Beyonce. It was so monumental and well thought out and beautiful and soul bearing...we appreciate that. All of us artistes adore you. You are our light.”After which, she stunned everyone present by breaking the coveted prize in two and presented one to Beyonce.
Beyonce, who was nominated 9 times and gave a spectacular live performance despite her pregnancy, did not go empty handed as “Lemonade” won Best Urban Contemporary Album and bagged a Best Music Video Grammy for her music video, “Formation”. “My intention for the Lemonade album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable,” she explained after accepting her win.
Newcomer Chance the Rapper bagged Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for his track “No Problem” and his album “Coloring Book” won Best Rap Album; his Best New Artist win making him the first black hip-hop artist to win since Lauryn Hill in 1999.
Other winners included Beyonce’s little sister Solange, whose “Cranes In The Sky” bagged her a Grammy for Best R&B Performance, late David Bowie posthumously won Best Rock Song, Best Recoding Package , Best Engineered Album, Non Classical and Best Alternative Music Album for “Blackstar”, Best R&B Song went to Maxwell for his “Lake ByThe Ocean”, Drake shared Best Rap song and Best Rap/Sung Performance with Hotline Bling and Lalah Hathaway’s “Lalah Hathaway Live” won Best R&B Album.
In other music genres; Best Country Duo/Group Performance went to Pentatonix featuring legendary country star Dolly Parton for “Jolene” while Best County Song was won by Tim McGraw for his song, “Humble and Kind”.
Even gospel maestro Kirk Franklin was not left out that night as he bagged Best Gospel Performance/Song for his track “God Provides”, his album “Losing My Religion” wining Best Gospel Album.
Son of late reggae legend Bob Marley Ziggy’s self named album won him a Best Reggae Album Grammy, comedienne Carol Burnet won Best Spoken Word Album for her “In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox”, Best Music Theatre Album went to the Broadway adaptation of Alice Walker’s classic “The Color Purple” with the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens winning Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media.
To see the full list of winners, visit the Grammy’s Official site: