The Grammys 2017: Adele scoops the big three and Chance the Rapper gets what he deserves

The Grammys tried but ultimately failed to rid itself of its out of touch reputation in Los Angeles last night

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Last night Los Angeles played host to the 59th annual Grammy Awards and as ever, the night was a mixed bag. Daft Punk made their live return with The Weeknd after three years away from the stage, Lady Gaga and Metallica gave a joint performance that rivalled Lulu for misjudged Metallica collaborations and Kanye and Rihanna were both snubbed with neither artist taking home any awards despite multiple nominations.

However the main topic of conversation last night was Adele. She took home the three biggest awards of the evening: Album of the Year, for 25, Record the Year and Song of the Year, both for ‘Hello’, beating Beyoncé in all three categories. The Grammy’s decision to hand over the three biggest awards of the night to a white, British, largely apolitical, artist, in a year dominated by discussion of race and representation in the United States, much of which was framed by tracks like Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’, came as a shock to many, Adele included. The fifteen-time Grammy Award winner refused to accept her award for Album of The Year, dedicating it instead to Beyoncé and snapping the trophy in half for them to share.

Elsewhere, and proving that the Grammy’s aren’t completely out of touch, Chance the Rapper picked up the awards for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for ‘No Problem’ ft 2 Chains & Lil Wayne, and Best Rap Album for his third mixtape Colouring Book. Meanwhile, the late David Bowie picked up five awards for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance Best Rock Song, Best Recording Package, and Best Engineered Non-Classical Album, Beyoncé won Best Urban Contemporary Album, and Australian wonk-master Flume bagged the Grammy for Best Dance / Electronic Album.  

Yet, those worthy winners didn’t totally absolve the Grammys of their sins last night. Inexplicably, Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Stressed Out’ beat Rihanna & Drake’s ‘Work’ to win ‘Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance,’ and ‘Hotline Bling’ was declared Best Rap Song over Kanye’s ‘Ultralight Beam’ which really goes to show what the Grammys think of rap music and ‘urban’ culture in general. Shouts to A Tribe Called Quest for bringing the fury though.

To see the full list of winners and nominees head over to the Grammys website
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