2017 Grammy Awards: Adele wins big and performs twice

February 13, 2017

by Carla Hay

Adele at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12, 2017. (Photo by Phil McCarten/CBS)

British singer/songwriter Adele set a new record at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on February 12, 2017. Adele became the first artist to win the Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year in two separate years. Her album “25” and her smash hit song “Hello” also won Grammys for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Performance, respectively.

Adele also performed twice on the televised portion of the ceremony: She sang “Hello” at the beginning. She later paid tribute to the late George Michael with a literally show-stopping version of Michael’s “Fastlove,” when she began the song and then stopped and asked to start over so she could sing better. Adele made profuse apologies for the interruption, but that flub was overshadowed by her historic sweep of the Grammy Awards. She also won in all five categories for which she was nominated.

David Bowie’s “Blackstar” album and song were awarded five Grammys: Best Alternative Music Album; Best Rock Performance; Best Rock Song; Best Recording Package; and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Other multiple winners included Chance the  Rapper (who was named Best New Artist), Beyoncé, and Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, who won two Grammys each. Beyoncé went into the ceremony with the most nominations (nine).

The ceremony handed most of the awards in a pre-telecast ceremony (hosted by Margaret Cho) that could be viewed on the Internet. The televised portion of the show is about the live performances and the awards in the biggest categories.

A complete list of winners can be found at the official Grammy website.

“The Late Late Show” host James Corden hosted the televised portion of the ceremony, which was shown on CBS in the United States.  He was brought in as a new host for the Grammys, which were hosted by LL Cool J from 2012 to 2016. The change in hosts appears to have made an impact on the ratings. According to CBS, the 2017 Grammy Awards had 26 million U.S. viewers:  the largest Grammy Awards audience since 2014. Corden also emceed the 2016 Tony Awards, which had its highest ratings in several years, due in large part to the Tony-winning blockbuster “Hamilton.”

Here is the complete list of performances that took place at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards:

Artist(s) Song(s)
Adele “Hello”
The Weeknd
Daft Punk
“Starboy” (intro)
“I Feel It Coming”
Keith Urban
Carrie Underwood
“The Fighter”
Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”
Lukas Graham
Kelsea Ballerini
“7 Years”
“Peter Pan”
Beyoncé “Love Drought”
James Corden
Neil Diamond
Jennifer Lopez
John Legend
Faith Hill
Jason Derulo
Ryan Tedder
Keith Urban
Tim McGraw
“Sweet Caroline”
Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
Little Big Town “Teenage Dream” (intro)
Katy Perry
Skip Marley
“Chained to the Rhythm”
William Bell
Gary Clark Jr.
“Born Under a Bad Sign”
Maren Morris
Alicia Keys
Adele Tribute to George Michael
Lady Gaga
“Moth Into Flame”
Sturgill Simpson
The Dap-Kings
“All Around You”
Demi Lovato
Tori Kelly
Little Big Town
Andra Day
Tribute to the Bee Gees
“Stayin’ Alive”
“How Deep Is Your Love”
“Night Fever”
A Tribe Called Quest
Anderson .Paak
Busta Rhymes
“Award Tour”
“Movin Backwards”
“We the People….”
The Time
Bruno Mars
Tribute to Prince
“Jungle Love”
“The Bird”
“Let’s Go Crazy”
Pentatonix “ABC”
Chance the Rapper
Kirk Franklin
Francis and the Lights
Tamela Mann
“How Great”
“All We Got”
John Legend
Cynthia Erivo
In Memoriam
“God Only Knows”

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Backstage interviews

Tamela Mann backstage at the 2017 Grammy Awards

February 13, 2017

by Carla Hay

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards took place on February 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


Grammy win:

Best Gospel Performance/Song (“God Provides”)

Here is what this Grammy winner said backstage in the Grammy Awards press room.

Tamela Mann at the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Tamela Mann at the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


What does winning this Grammy mean to you?

Like I’ve been saying all day, it’s a blessing to be nominated, but to win it, it makes you feel like … I’m on Cloud Nine. It’s like the icing on the cake of all the hard work and time I’ve put in. I’ve been singing since I was 8 years old. I’m almost at a loss for words. I’m in awe. I don’t want to cry. I’m just really thankful and really blessed to be here.

What was it like to be on stage tonight with Chance the Rapper and Kirk Franklin?

Being on stage tonight with Chance and Kirk Franklin, it was fantastic. It was like I was hanging out with my brothers, with the boys. It was a lot of fun to see them jumping around and singing with them. Them doing what they do, and I do what I do, and to pull it all together, I thought it was a great collaboration.

You’ve talked about a love project you’re working on with your husband. When is that coming?

I would love to, but it’s just trying to get David to do it is the hard part. As soon as he says yes, we’ll do it. So hopefully, soon. We are doing a marriage book. In April, it’ll be 29 years [we’ve been married].

Maren Morris backstage at the 2017 Grammy Awards

February 12, 2017

by Carla Hay

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards took place on February 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


Grammy win:

Best Country Solo Performance (“My Church”)

Here is what this Grammy winner said backstage in the Grammy Awards press room.

Maren Morris at the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Maren Morris at the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/CBS)


With four nominations, you were the most-nominated country artist at the Grammys this year, so how does it feel to walk away with a Grammy?

I’m still sort of processing it, but it feels amazing. I was nominated with a lot of my friends in those categories. To walk away with it, it’s really validating.

Can you talk about what going to Grammy Camp meant to you?

I was in the first crop of Grammy campers back in 2005. I think everyone who went to that camp hoped they’d get to be on that stage, or in the pre-tel get to walk away with some hardware, but I never really thought that would happen. So it’s crazy 11 years later to have one.

What was more nerve-racking: performing with Alicia Keys or giving your acceptance speech?

Singing with Alicia, we’ve sung together before, so it sort of feels really natural now, but I was more nervous about actually walking up the steps to accept my award and not falling over my dress. Luckily, that did not happen, but the night is young.

Can you talk about your chemistry with Alicia Keys?

Alicia and I did “CMT Crossroads” a few months ago. It aired in December. Ken Erlich [executive producer of the Grammys telecast] saw the special and thought that if I’m going to be performing, this would be an amazing collaboration. It just felt really natural to be paired with Alicia again because we had already sung together, and we sort of joked that country and soul are cousins. It just seemed natural. She’s stood in my shoes before as a Best New Artist nominee. And she won, back in the day, so it was cool to be sort of ushered in by her today.

How are you going to celebrate?

My family is here. My boyfriend is here. I’m going to my label’s party after this. And I’m going to my first drink in a month. I fit into the dress, so now we can throw down.

Does winning a Grammy put more pressure on you for your next album? And have you started working on it yet?

Well, now that you said it, it does. I don’t know. I don’t really look at things in terms of pressure. I think that’s extremely counter-productive to the creative process. I haven’t started writing my next record, so I guess I’ll have to answer that question later down the line, but if anything, this just gives validation to the fact that that album did something for people. I think going into the next one, it’s going to be fun. I don’t think it’ll be pressured at all.



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