The Grammys had some technical stumbles this year, but also some unforgettable moments from Kendrick Lamar to Lady Gaga and a Broadway smash. Here are a few of the top moments from the 58th annual Grammy Awards:
KING KENDRICK REIGNS
Kendrick Lamar’s cinematic and energetic performance shined at a Grammys show full of slow songs and ballads. He started the performance shackled in chains singing “The Blacker the Berry,” but broke free to perform his anthem “Alright” in front of a massive bonfire.
He ended the performance in front of an image of a map of Africa labeled with the name of his California hometown of Compton. It was a true Grammy moment, one that was deftly executed, daring and culturally significant.
LADY GAGA HONORS BOWIE
Lady Gaga and producer Nile Rodgers put together a memorable tribute to the musical chameleon David Bowie, complete with her bright red hair, costumes reflecting his unique styles and splashy technical visuals.
She managed to fit together snippets of 10 of his iconic songs, including “Space Oddity” and “Heroes,” into a psychedelic sing-along as she danced all over the stage.
TAYLOR DOESN’T NEED KANYE
Donning a new bob and a sparkly jumpsuit, Taylor Swift opened the 2016 Grammys with a performance of “Out of the Woods,” but correctly noted – for one night – it was actually “1989,” the title of her best-selling album. B
Everyone was wondering if anyone at the Grammys would mention Kanye West’ latest diss of the pop star, who claimed in a new song lyric that he made her famous.She didn’t need to name drop him in her acceptance speech for album of the year for “1989,” but delivered a strong rebuke against those she said would try to “take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”
STELLAR SINGERS TAKE THE STAGE
The Weeknd continues to impress on big stages and delivered another stirring performance of “In the Night,” backed by a piano and a cellist.
Enough with words… feast your eyes on some of the epic moments from The 58th Grammy Awards Ceremony
Beyone smiles at the crowd
Kendrick commands the stage with his stellar performance
Adele belting out one of her tunes
Ed Sheeran accepting his award for Song of the year “Thinking out Loud”
From left, singers John Legend, Demi Lovato, Lionel Richie, Meghan Trainor and Tyrese Gibson gather onstage after their tribute to MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Richie.
Host LL Cool J greets the crowd.
Kendrick Lamar receives the Grammy for his rap album “To Pimp a Butterfly” as Ice Cube looks on.
Musicians Peter “Peetah” Morgan, left, Roy “Gramps” Morgan and Nakamyah “Lukes” Morgan of Morgan Heritage accept the award for reggae album for “Strictly Roots” at the pre-telecast show.
Angelique Kidjo, best world music trophy