The Grammy Awards is “Music’s Biggest Night,” and viewers expect to see top-notch live performances. This year’s performers didn’t disappoint. From touching tributes to a politically charged message to a Broadway musical scene, there was something for everyone to enjoy at the 58th annual Grammys. Here’s a look at some of the best performances from last night’s show:
Kendrick Lamar: “The Blacker the Berry” & “Alright”
Lamar took the stage in chains while his band was locked behind bars. He then broke free and joined African dancers and drummers covered in glow in the dark body paint. His performance was literally “lit” with a fire blazing in the background. The final backdrop of the performance was an outline of Africa with “Compton” written in the middle. The rapper, who won five Grammys this year, took this opportunity to perform as a chance to chronicle black culture. One word to describe the performance: showstopping.
Lady Gaga: David Bowie Tribute
Gaga took a creative, flashy approach to honor David Bowie in a tribute. The performance started with a close-up of her while computer-produced makeup and symbols flashed across her face. She then went on to perform a medley of Bowie’s greatest hits to honor her lifelong idol.
“Hamilton” Cast: “Alexander Hamilton”
Live from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, the cast of Broadway’s “Hamilton” performed a scene from the hot new musical. The addition of a Broadway performance to the lineup brought something different to the mix of more commercial performances. Hip hop and Hamilton is an interesting but very intriguing combination.
Justin Bieber, Skrillex & Diplo: “Love Yourself” & “ Where Are Ü Now”
Bieber celebrated his first Grammy win with a performance of two of his biggest hits from the past year. His acoustic version of “Love Yourself” sounded better than the recording, and he danced the night away during his “Where Are Ü Now” performance with Skrillex and Diplo. While his album “Purpose” missed the deadline to be considered for this year’s awards, expect Bieber to rack up multiple nominations next year.
John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor, Tyrese: Lionel Richie Tribute
An eclectic mix of musicians across all genres came together to honor the legendary Lionel Richie. Legend started off the medley strong with his rendition of “Easy Like Sunday Morning” on the piano, and Demi Lovato followed suit with a powerful performance of “Hello.” Richie, the MusiCare’s Person of the Year, appeared to be honored while watching from the audience prior to taking the stage himself.
Alabama Shakes: “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Brittany Howard brought the house down with her gritty, bluesy vocals during her band’s performance. The rendition of the band’s Grammy-award winning Best Rock Song proves that bells and whistles aren’t needed to put on an impactful performance; a great song and powerhouse vocals are more than enough.
Adele: “All I Ask”
Well. hello again, Adele. The songstress made her return to the Grammy stage since her last performance in 2012. She opted to perform her heart-wrenching, piano driven track “All I Ask,” but the performance was plagued by technical difficulties. All I ask is that critics acknowledge the fact that even if she was a little off, Adele can still do no wrong.
The piano mics fell on to the piano strings, that's what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune. Shit happens. X
— Adele (@Adele) February 16, 2016
Because of it though… I'm treating myself to an in n out. So maybe it was worth it.
— Adele (@Adele) February 16, 2016