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GRAMMYs 2016: The Round Up

Every year I get SO excited when awards season arrives. I have always especially loved the GRAMMYs because it’s basically just a 4 hour long concert with artists teaming up for performances that we otherwise wouldn’t get to see. They only hand out about 5 awards all night. As always, there were some amazing moments…and some not so amazing moments. Read on for my full thoughts on last night’s show.


5. Adele

Yes, there were definitely some issues with this performance. I will come right out and say it. A lot of people are harping on Adele’s performance of “All I Can Ask” because she was a bit off key and straining for a few notes during her song. There were definitely some technical difficulties going on throughout the show and specifically during her performance. But, ultimately, on Adele’s “worst” day she is 99.9% better at singing and making everyone feel all of the feelings than anyone else. She still left me with goose bumps and for that reason, she gets a spot in my top 5.

onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

4. Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt (B.B. King Tribute)

There is just something about the blues. This is one of those magical Grammys moments that keeps me tuning in every year. Chris Stapleton was a perfect vocal choice to join Gary Clark Jr. on “The Thrill Is Gone”, honouring the late, great, B. B. King. When the legendary Bonnie Raitt walked out on stage, it reached another level and just hit me in all the right places (again, all of the feels).

Chris Stapleton Gary Clark Jr Bonnie Riatt Grammys 2016

3. Demi Lovato and Lionel Richie (Lionel Richie Tribute)

There were a lot of people involved in the Lionel Richie tribute last night, but Demi Lovato was the shining star. Demi keeps performing live at various events and showing us over and over that her voice is unreal. She SLAYED her version of “Hello”, hitting notes that made me literally get up out of my seat. I then eagerly awaited the man himself to come out on stage, and he (obviously) rocked it. The others were fine, but these two really made the performance epic.

Demi Lovato Grammys 2016

Lionel Ritchie GRAMMYS 2016

Lionel Richie is all of us when Demi was singing.

Lionel Richie Tribute GRAMMYS 2016

2. Lady Gage (David Bowie Tribute)

Basically the internet unanimously agreed that no one was better suited than Lady Gaga to put together an epic David Bowie tribute. And the internet was right. Gaga incorporated Intel robotics, holography and live computer graphics into her performance, ultimately transforming her into David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust). She won a Golden Globe last month, slayed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl and now this. It’s only February 16th and I feel like it is the year of Gaga.

Lady Gaga Grammys 2016

1. Kendrick Lamar

All praise King Kendrick. He literally never disappoints. In a high energy, politically motivated performance, Kendrick proved why he earned 11 nominations this year…and why he should have won Album of the Year. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the screen for a second during this performance, and I wasn’t alone. The internet obviously erupted with support for Kendrick, who not only is an amazing performer, but also delivers a powerful message with his music. All hail the King.

Kendrick Lamar Grammys 2016


There are obviously a million other things going on at the Grammys besides the top performances. Some good, some bad and some just plain awkward…

The flow of the show was NOT the best

I usually attribute this to jamming in 100 performances of varying genres into a 4 hour timeslot. But last night there were some really ridiculous transitions that I think the producers could have avoided.

First, we saw Miguel do an amazing rendition of “She’s Out Of My Life” in honour of Michael Jackson. I loved it, but then, as soon as he was finished, he mentioned that Spike Lee is releasing his MJ documentary this year…and then he presented the award for Best Rock Album to the Alabama Shakes. No segue. No logic.

Miguel Grammys 2016

Then, we saw an awkward moment with Neil Portnow, Recording Academy president, and Common. They talked about how we should all be supporting music by paying for albums, a streaming service, etc. I’m down with supporting artists, but then they launched right into the “in memorium” reel. Like, could we not have had a better intro for that segment, given that there were about 7 different tribute performances that night?

Common and Neil Portnow Grammys 2016

Pitbull and Robin Thicke are the Worst

Like, honestly, this was the worst way to close out the show. Plus, they cut off Bruno Mars’ acceptance speech for it. I do love Sophia Vergara though, so the performance had 1 redeeming quality.

Pitbull Tweet

Pitbull Grammys 2016

Ariana Grandé’s Pun

Her ponytail was on fleek, but her joke was suuuuuper awkward. Introducing The Weekend, she decided to make the cheesiest joke of all time. At least she called herself out on it, but still. Crickets.

Ariana Grande Tweet

Justin Bieber’s Baby Moustache

Guys, I am a HUGE belieber. No shame. But…I could have done without the fuzz on Justin’s lip. It’s not his best look and it’s such a contrast between the bleach blonde hair. A little stubble is good, but not when it’s wispy. Even his little brother wasn’t a fan…

The 58th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals

Justin Bieber Little Brother Grammys 2016

Stevie Wonder is the BEST

Apparently pulled together at the last minute, Stevie Wonder and the acapella group, Pentatonix, did a lovely performance. BUT, the highlight was when Stevie went to announce the winner for Song of the Year. He flashed the card with the winner’s name and teased the audience that they couldn’t read it because it was written in braille. He then took a stand for all of those with disabilities and the need for inclusiveness, proving, yet again, that he’s the man.

Pentatonix Stevie Wonder Grammys 2016

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But are they actually vampires?

I feel like every time I see these guys, I seriously question if living a healthy lifestyle is actually better for me. “Hollywood Vampires” is not just a joke anymore (well, depending on how you look at it). It’s a real band, featuring Johnny Depp (??), Joe Perry and Alice Cooper. Half pirate, half vampire, these guys put on a performance that had some people confused, some people scared and some people rocking out. It may not have been the head-splitting performance that Depp promised us in advance of the show, but these guys proved that they’ve still got it.

Hollywood Vampires Grammys 2016

No Rihanna 

Sadly, she had to pull out at the last minute from her performance due to health issues. A huge loss, because we love RiRi and were so looking forward to her performance, but obviously understandable.

Rihanna Tweet

Not Enough Beyoncé

There never is, really. Our sweet angel took the stage to present song of the year and I was just pleading with the gods to let her sing. No dice. Still love her more than ever though.

Beyonce Tweet

New Carpool Karaoke

Even though we didn’t get our expected doses of RiRi or Queen Bey, we were treated to a new Carpool Karaoke featuring James Corden and Justin Bieber. We are absolutely smitten with James and we obviously love J.Biebs. I just want to be in the backseat so badly.

Carpool Karaoke

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Taylor Swift (Just So Much Happened)

1. Taylor Swift & Selena Gomez are #friendshipgoals

Selena Gomez Taylor Swift Grammys

2. TayTay lost it when Ed Sheeran won (like more shocked/happy than when she did)

Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran Grammys 2016

3. She won album of the year over Kendrick Lamar and people are not pleased

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4. She used her acceptance speech to throw MAD SHADE at Kanye 

“I want to say to all the young women out there—there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be greatest feeling in the world.”

Taylor Swift Acceptance Speech Grammys 2016

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So, with that, another GRAMMYs has come and gone. What were your favourite moments? Leave us a comment below to let us know! Now on to the Oscars…

Final Tweet Grammys

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