'You are our light': Why Adele bowed to Beyoncé

Carla Harmon
February 14, 2017

Paris Jackson, the 19-year-old daughter of pop icon Michael Jackson, wore a multicolored beaded Balmain gown, and stayed coy about her future music plans: "I guess we'll find out", she teased. "[But] my album of the year was Lemonade ... as a Beyonce fan, a piece of me did die inside". Her lyrics to "Sandcastles", "Love Drought" regaled the concepts of motherhood, love, and fertility.

But "Blackstar" won in its five categories - including Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Music Album and best engineering on a non-classical album. All us artists here adore you.

Despite the interruption, the audience were quick to show their support for Adele as loud cheers filled the stadium.

"There's so much divisiveness and people on one side or the other and we just need to listen to each other", Perry said.


The crowd was clearly behind her, with one shouting out: "You've got this!" Add to that, Hetfield was unceremoniously ditched by his microphone in the first half of the song "Moth into Flame", and the performance catapulted into an unpleasant mashup attempt, nearly as if strung together half heartedly by the Grammy committee (ranked only above Demi Lovato's laughable, full of cheese attempt at the BeeGees).

Bowie, who was always more recognized in his native Britain than in his adopted home the United States, was controversially passed over for Album of the Year honors at this year's Grammys.

"You are our light", Adele told Beyoncé, who looked on with an expression of queenly gratitude.

It is less known, that the Grammy committee actually changed their entry regulations this year, to allow consideration of Chance's online streaming only album "Coloring Book".


Frank Ocean didn't submit his critically acclaimed "Blonde" for Grammy consideration because he considers the organization out of touch with young black artists; Justin Bieber, in the best album race for "Purpose", and Kanye West, who has kept a low profile since a mental health crisis last fall, are not expected to attend for similar reasons despite multiple nominations; and Canadian rapper Drake, whose "Views" was the biggest selling album worldwide in 2016, and who has eight Grammy nominations, is on tour in England.

Against a chandelier lit backdrop, Maren Morris sang the first lines of her ballad "Once", and was joined by Keys, second verse onwards, both coming together to belt out a fierce rendition of the song over the ornately done Grammy stage.

The 2017 Grammy Awards are under way and first up, Adele and the song I will never, ever be able to pull off at karaoke.


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