Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Grammy Awards absences grab as much attention as Beyoncé's nine nominations

Felix Bryan | 13 February, 2017, 15:09

There were plenty of standout moments during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night, and Beyonce's nearly 10-minute-long performance will be remembered for years to come.

Morris also performed the song "Once" with R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys and said that was actually much less nerve wracking than having to try not to trip up the stairs to accept her award.

Beyonce's main competition is Adele, who won album, song and record of the year in 2012 with "21" and "Rolling In the Deep".

Other notable performances included an explosive tribute to Prince by legendary Minneapolis soul band The Time and Bruno Mars, and a dreamy, kaleidoscopic medley by Beyoncé, resplendent (and Afrofuturistic) in a golden crown and sporting a shimmery baby bump.

She was introduced by her mother, Tina Lawson (otherwise known as Ms. Tina, to true friends and fans). She was honored with best urban contemporary album and best music video.

Many expected-and wanted-Beyonce's Lemonade to take home that golden gramophone, including Adele.

Sydney's Harley Streten, or Flume, victor of the best dance/electronic album prize for his second record, Skin, won his first but likely not his last Grammy.

Other nominees include David Bowie's "Blackstar", his final album, released days after he died of cancer previous year.

The singer announced she is expecting twins via her Instagram account on February 1.

This year Frank, Kanye West and Drake all skipped the Grammys in protest of the lack of diversity among its nominees, believing it didn't represent black or younger artists, while Beyoncé, Rihanna and Drake were the only artists of colour nominated, all were snubbed for white people.

The Hello hitmaker thanked her "husband" and her son in her speech after being awarded album of the year at the Grammy Awards for her latest release, 25.

"I really do apologise for swearing", she said.

However, a surprise loss didn't stop Beyonce from being center of attention Sunday's Grammy awards, as the pregnant singer delivered the night's most anticipated performance.

Best dance/electronic album: Skin, Flume.

Her five wins were quietly matched by late David Bowie, whose album "Blackstar" and its title track, won the best rock song, the best rock performance, the best alternative music album, the best recording package and the best engineered non-classical album.

"I'm sorry, I can't do it again like a year ago", she apologized on stage as the music eventually stopped behind her.

They call her Queen Bey for a reason.

A hilarious moment came when Twenty One Pilots took off their trousers to accept the award for best pop duo/group performance for their song, "Stressed Out". At the end of his rap Corden turned political, sharing a message of unity and quipping about President Donald Trump.

The award for the best country solo performance went to 26-year-old songstress Maren Morris. And I was like, "no, no, no.' I remember how I felt hearing her voice". Chance also received the best new artist award.

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