The 59th Annual Grammy Awards dropped plenty of jaws at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night. The program garnered 26 million viewers on CBS and featured The Late Late Show’s James Corden as the award show’s MC. Additionally, the show featured many dynamic performances including Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper, Anderson .Paak, The Weeknd, John Legend, Alicia Keys and a powerful tribute to Prince by Bruno Mars and The Time. While Adele collected awards in the big three categories (Record, Album and Song of the Year), artists like Solange, Beyoncé, Drake and Chance the Rapper dominated victories in the Hip Hop and R&B Categories.
Perhaps one of the most notable moments of the night was Beyoncé’s toned-down but ambient performance. The singer performed a monologue about motherhood, and a melody featuring her songs “Sandcastles” and “Love Drought” from her critically acclaimed visual album Lemonade. Beyoncé performed donning a baby bump holding two twins and a golden gown inspired by the Yoruba goddess Oshun. The performance was a refreshing variation from her high speed debacles featuring her hits “Formation” and “Sorry” but was exquisitely captivating nonetheless.
Beyoncé’s full 2017 #GRAMMYs performance. pic.twitter.com/Ul5Wkypymg
— BEYONCÉ CAPITAL (@BeyonceCapital) February 14, 2017
The Knowles sisters seemed to have a prosperous Sunday night as Solange won her very first Grammy in the Best R&B Performance category for her acclaimed single “Cranes in the Sky”. “Honestly, I feel like I won a long time ago because of all of the connectivity this album has had, particularly with black women,” Knowles said backstage. Another big urban contemporary winner, Chance the Rapper, beat out Anderson .Paak, The Chainsmokers, Kelsea Ballerina, and Maren Morris to win Best New Artist. Chance thanked his family, Chicago, and God for “putting amazing people in my life.”
Solange wins her first Grammys on a song she wrote 8 years before it’s release.
There is a lesson to be learned here.
— Jully Ajose (@simplyyjuless) February 12, 2017