As New York Fashion Week was well underway, Brit James Corden presented the 59th Grammy Awards at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, opening with an introductory rap.
Many artists brought down the house including Lady Gaga and Metallica, Bruno Mars in purple sequins, The Time paying homage to Prince, and a blonde Katy Perry, performing her new single Chained to the Rhythm, dressed in a white trouser suit with black lapels and cuffs by Tom Ford.
When Adele took to the stage for the second time, she cut her performance short apologising and asking to start again. She explained how she didn’t want to let the late George Michael down with her slow rendition of Fast Love; she didn’t, of course. The singer scooped up all five awards she was nominated for including Album of the Year for 25.
I can’t possibly accept this award, and I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful and gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyonce. The Lemonade album was just so monumental and so well thought out, beautiful and soul bearing, and we all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see. The way you make me feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering. I love you and I always have and I always will.
The 28 year old said during her speech, wearing an army green silk satin and lace Givenchy Haute Couture gown by Riccardo Tisci. She even snapped her award in half and promised to give it to Beyonce, who looking teary-eyed and touched, mouthed thank-you from the front row, dressed in a plunging red sequin dress, emphasising her baby bump.
That was just one of the looks Queen Bey wore, debuting Peter Dundas’ eponymous namesake label – previously at Roberto Cavalli and Emilio Pucci. One gold gown, with lyrics from her song Love Drought embroidered into it, complete with a veil and halo-come-crown, took 50 people a week to construct.
Beyonce did win Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music video for Formation, and also put on a 9 minute spectacle complete with film footage. Her sister Solange Knowles shone in gold Gucci lurex pleating and picked up Best R&B performance. Unsigned Chance the Rapper won 3 accolades and gave a shout out to “every indie artist, everybody who has been doing this mixtape stuff for a long time.”
Also winning 5 awards on the night was David Bowie, who sadly died in January 2016, and who proves to continue to make a mark on the music scene.